Investing in ELSS Using SIP Mode

Published On: 03-Oct-2019

Equity Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS) is one of the investment instruments that allows the investors to avail a tax benefit up to Rs. 1.50 lakhs from the total gross income under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act 1961. Owing to its inherent benefits of lowest lock-in period of three years amongst all the eligible investment options and potential of higher returns, ELSS has been gaining immense popularity. However, recently, it is observed amongst the taxpayers that they resort to tax-saving investments at the end of the financial year. Even ELSS mutual funds get a significant share of its net inflows during the last quarter and especially the last month. 

 

ELSS SIP Investment

The table below shows that over the previous two years, more than 20% of the net inflows come only in March:

Particulars

2018-19

(Rs. in crore)

2017-18

(Rs. in crore)

Net inflows into ELSS

12,771

14,316

of which, 

Net inflows into ELSS in March (Rs. Cr.)

 

2,742

 

3,703

Percentage of total inflows 

21%

26%

 

Source: Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), www.amfiindia.com

However, instead of considering tax savings at the year-end, it is advisable to focus on saving taxes all through the year. Making lumpsum investments to avail tax deduction may stress the cash flows during that period for the taxpayers, and as such, the taxpayers may spread the tax-saving investments across the year. Just like the investment options available with other mutual fund schemes, the investors may also register a Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) in ELSS funds to make monthly investments in ELSS. Here are the benefits of investing in ELSS through SIP across the year:

1. Prudent Tax Planning –

Section 80C of the Income Tax Act provides a deduction of up to Rs. 1.50 lakhs in a fiscal year. If you are planning for tax savings at year-end, you may want to skip investing to avoid stressing the cash flows with lumpsum investments and instead, pay tax. Alternatively, you may opt to register a monthly SIP of Rs. 12,500 in ELSS funds (or any amount as low as Rs. 100, and even higher amounts than the prescribed tax deduction limit) and aim to utilize the entire tax benefit, eventually saving tax on the invested amount up to Rs. 1.50 lakh in a year. 

2. Aligning Tax Savings with Financial Goals –

If you stay financially disciplined and make regular investments through SIP, the financial planning objectives may be met effortlessly. Further, deciding to invest in ELSS through SIP may help you align your financial goals with your investments. So, while you might have been saving for existing goals through other investments, you may choose to replace those investments with ELSS. This helps you achieve the dual benefits of tax savings and investing for your financial goals concurrently. However, one must take care that such financial goals must have a time horizon of more than three years, as ELSS comes with a lock-in period of three years from the date of investment and hence, may not be redeemed before that in any circumstances. 

3. Taking Informed Decisions–

When you are planning to start tax investments across the year, you have the liberty of time to analyse various investment options to save tax. As such, one may appreciate the ELSS benefits in a better manner, and thus, take a well-considered and thought out decision about investing in ELSS through SIP.

With the special tax rates of 10% on gains from ELSS investments* (with an exemption up to Rs. 1 lakh for gains from equity shares and equity-oriented funds taken together in a year), ELSS funds deserve a due consideration for wealth creation needs of the taxpayer as well, instead of being just a tax-saving option.

* The tax benefits as mentioned in the article are updated for the latest Union Budget presented i.e. Finance (No. 2) Act, 2019. However, the tax treatment will be as applicable on the redemption date.

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