PPF : Invest in this scheme, money will not be lost, government will take guarantee


People in the country invest money in PPF blindly. In this, not a single penny is lost on investment, because the Central Government takes guarantee of this scheme. Let us know the features of PPF scheme one by one-

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Your money will be safe and you will also get great interest on it. You will get both these features in one government scheme. Whose name is Public Provident Fund, in common language it is called PPF. This is one of the most popular small saving schemes in the country.

Actually, people in the country invest money in PPF blindly. In this, not a single penny is lost on investment, because the Central Government takes guarantee of this scheme. Let us know the features of PPF scheme one by one-

How much will have to be invested in PPF?

In this government scheme, you can invest at least Rs 500 annually, and the maximum limit is up to Rs 1.5 lakh. No interest is available on amounts deposited above ₹1.5 lakh in a financial year. The amount can be deposited in lump sum or in installments. There is no limit to this.

How much interest is available on PPF?

Public Provident Fund gives more interest than fixed deposits in banks and post offices. At present the government is giving 7.1 percent interest annually on PPF. Compound interest is earned on investments, which is calculated on an annual basis. Interest is paid every year in March. Interest rates are reviewed every three months i.e. on quarterly basis. The final decision regarding the interest rate is taken by the Finance Ministry.

Do you get the benefit of tax exemption on PPF?

This is an excellent scheme from the point of view of tax exemption. Therefore it is very popular among employed people. By depositing money in PPF, you can avail the benefit of tax exemption along with better returns. You can avail tax exemption under Section 80C of Income Tax, the maximum limit of which is Rs 1.5 lakh. Investment in PPF, interest received on it and the amount received on completion of maturity, all three are completely tax free. Investment in PPF has to be made for 15 years.

For how many years one has to invest in PPF?

According to government rules, investment in PPF scheme has to be made for 15 years. If you want to continue even after maturity, then in such a situation you can extend the PPF account for 5 years. Application for PPF extension will have to be made one year before maturity.

How to withdraw money from PPF midway?

Although the maturity period for this government scheme is 15 years. But in emergency you can withdraw 50 percent of the deposit amount. The condition for this is that 6 years should be completed after opening the account, that is, the amount can be withdrawn only after 6 years.

Is there a loan facility against the amount deposited in PPF?

After operating the PPF account for three years, you can also take a loan on it. Loan facility is available from 3rd to 6th year of account opening. However, the second loan can be applied only after the first loan is closed. You can take loan only for 25 percent of the amount deposited in PF account. 2% more interest has to be paid on the loan against PPF. For example, if the current interest rate on PPF is 7.1 percent, then the account holder will have to pay 9.1 percent interest on the loan. The loan has to be repaid in maximum 36 months.

Who and where can open a PPF account?

Investing in PPF account is quite safe. You can open PPF account in almost all government and private banks of the country including post office. For this it is necessary to be an Indian citizen. You can open a PPF account in the name of minor children, but for this it is mandatory to have a guardian. The earnings from the child’s account are added to the parent’s income.

How can one become a millionaire through PPF?

You can become a millionaire by depositing little by little money in this government secured scheme. The formula is very simple. By adding only Rs 405 daily i.e. Rs 1,47,850 annually, you can raise a total of Rs 1 crore in 25 years based on the current interest rate of 7.1%. You can verify the figures yourself with the help of PPF calculator.

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