Tax Benefits on Mutual funds
Understanding Tax Deductions on Mutual Fund Investment
Hello and welcome to Part 11 of the
income tax education series brought to you by H&R Block, the global leader in
filing income tax returns. Today we will understand whether mutual fund investments can
qualify for a tax deduction.
The answer is Yes. Mutual funds do qualify for a deduction under section 80C of
the Income Tax Act. However you should be careful while purchasing a mutual fund
if you intend to save taxes as well as earn money on investments. This is because
only the Equity Linked savings schemes under mutual funds qualify for deductions
from taxable income. These are the savings schemes that generally have a lock in
period of 3 years. This means that these mutual fund instruments cannot be sold
for 3 years from the date of purchase. In this case you can claim a deduction of
Rs. 1,50,000 under the 80C limit of deductions. E.g. if you invest Rs. 1,00,000 in
ELSS scheme for the financial year 2015-16 then you may claim this entire amount
as a deduction u/s 80C as it is within Rs. 1,50,000.In this case you just need to
make sure that the scheme in which you invest qualifies for a deduction and is eligible
to be claimed u/s 80C. This can be known from either your tax advisor or from the
At H&R Block we make sure that you claim only those deductions that you are eligible
for and hence calculate an accurate tax liability.
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