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Firstly, there has been a tragedy of enormous proportions in Japan, and our hearts go out to the folks impacted. We have had a tsunami in 2004, and seen the devastation in India then, where most of the area affected was not very densely populated. In Japan, it’s a huge magnitude more, and the need is to help them in their time of grief and fear. Japan, stay strong.

It’s the month of the year that everyone’s looking to save tax, and we have a lot of requests for this piece. Long, and hopefully useful! And as usual, all else at MarketVision.

10 Tax Saving Avenues

The Indian financial year ends March 31, It’s time for the desperate tax saving that we must do. What can we do to save tax? We investigate.

#1: Infrastructure bonds

You can buy Infra bonds upto Rs. 20K and not pay taxes on that much. This is a separate tax section so you simply have to buy these bonds, directly from the issuer.  You can’t redeem them for about five years.

]The interest is taxable, though, even if you buy a “cumulative” option – that is, even if the interest is reinvested. To find out how much interest you’ve been paid, contact the issuer. If you’re mathematically inclined, the interest calculation is simple – if Rs. 100 has 8% interest compounded, the first year’s interest is Rs. 8 and so 108 is the new principal for next year, which at 8% gives you Rs. 8.64 and so on.

But some of you are not mathematically inclined, and I totally understand that. Life has more meaning when you don’t have to add things up.

There are some such infra-bonds currently available.

I won’t go into details, but they’re all fairly good. Call your broker or your banker, they can help you invest. You can even buy online from sites like FundsIndia.

80C investments

First, a note about “section 80C”. This is an often mentioned section of the Income tax act which allows you a deduction for certain investments or expenses upto Rs. 100,000 per year. That means, if you add all these expenses or investments together, you can only claim Rs. 100,000 off your taxable income.

#8: ELSS Mutual funds

You can buy tax-saving funds for saving as well. There are a number of tax- saving funds in the market; usually denoted as “tax-saver” funds – compare them here.
The downside: These funds seem to have underperformed other broad market funds by a few percentage points each year. Take 5-year performance. The best performing broad market mutual funds:
Equity Funds List

And the best ELSS funds over 5 years:
ELSS Funds List
(Source: Value Research Online)
Or, using certain other funds, and in a nutshell.
All charts in one image
(The pain in VRO is that funds are only easily comparable as "Large Cap" or "Large and Mid Cap" etc. Who cares, honestly, if they are large cap or large AND midcap; all we should care about is that they’re diversified. Still, VRO is the best source out there.)

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  • What are open and closed ended funds
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