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Saturday, November 17, 2012

5 Year Tax Saving Fixed Deposit (FD) under Section 80C

Can we do a risk free investment that not only saves your tax under Section 80C but is also more liquid than PPF or EPF? If yes, then you must have a look at 5 Year Tax Saving Fixed Deposit (FD).

We studied in detail about Bank Fixed Deposits (Bank FDs) and the tax implications arising out of the interest earned through Fixed Deposits in a few of our earlier posts:


Let us now look at one very interesting aspect of Fixed Deposits which is truly worth mentioning as a separate post. And that is a tax saver FD.

As per the Section 80C of the Income Tax Laws of India, we can do investments of up to Rs. 1.5 Lacs (Rs. 150,000 only) which would help us save taxes on an equal proportion of our salary. While there are various commonly known options to invest and save taxes under Section 80C (like investments done via PPF, EPF, Life Insurance etc.), one of the option which is not very commonly known for Section 80C investments is the 5 year Fixed Deposits.

With effect from Assessment Year 2007-08 (Click here to know more about what an Assessment Year is), investments done in Fixed Deposits for a fixed period of 5 years with a scheduled bank qualifies for deduction under section 80C.

Following are the key features of this policy:

1/ The lock in period for such a "Tax saving Fixed Deposit" is 5 years. You can not break this Fixed Deposit before 5 years tenure is over. This is different from any regular Fixed Deposit which can undergo a premature withdrawal.

2/ Interest rates for such a Fixed Deposit are decided by the respective banks, as is done for a regular Fixed Deposit.

3/ Tax Saving Fixed Deposit is available only through the banks. Company Fixed Deposits are not eligible for tax savings through Section 80C.

4/ A maximum of Rs. 1.5 Lacs is exempted under Section 80C, even though the amount of such a deposit can be more than Rs. 1.5 Lacs as well.

5/ No partial or premature withdrawal is allowed in such a Fixed Deposit. This is much like a Public Provident Fund (PPF) deposit, where the lock-in is permanent till maturity. 

6/ The one and only exception for premature withdrawal of such a Fixed Deposit is the death of the investor, in which case the nominee / legal heir can seek premature closure of the deposit with the bank. The rate of interest applicable in such a case varies from bank to bank.

7/ Sweep-in or overdraft facility in such a Fixed Deposit is not allowed.

8/ Only the first account holder, in case of joint accounts, is allowed the tax deduction benefits under Section 80C

9/ You get deductions on tax on the principle amount that you invest. The interest earned out of such a Fixed Deposit is fully taxable on an accrual basis, as is with any other fixed deposits. This is a point which many investors miss, and this definitely comes as a dampener if you compare this with EPF or PPF investments.

10/ NRIs can apply for this 5 year FD through their NRO accounts. However, as per Section 115D, the benefit under Section 80C is available to an NRI only if he / she has earned income other than investment income (interest) and long term capital gains. 

Missed Claiming Deductions?
In case you missed claiming any of the tax deductions last year, you can get a refund by filing a revised return. This option can be exercised within two years of filing your original return.

Summary
To summarize, while Tax Free Fixed Deposits are quick and easy investment options to save taxes on your income as per Section 80C, and are relatively more liquid as compared to EPF and PPF, these do not provide efficient returns since the interest earned is fully taxable. It is a trade off between liquidity and tax efficiency on interest earned.

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157 comments:

  1. You had publishing the good good information about 5 Year Tax Saving Fixed Deposit ! its a saving tax schemes. Thank you so much !

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  2. Very Good describe the 5 year tax saving Fixed Deposit or FD.Under Section 80c eligible investment tax free FD is very easiest option.

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  3. is there a way through which i can exit 5 years tax saving fixed deposit .pls reply a

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    1. Hi Shairam

      Thanks for your query. Unfortunately, no premature withdrawal is provided in the tax saving term deposit of 5 years. One can only exit from this scheme at the expiry of five years. In fact, for this specific deposit, there is no sweep-in facility i.e. this fixed deposit cannot be linked to a savings account also.
      On the other hand, you can get the term period extended from 5 years to anywhere up to 10 years, if you wish to :)

      Cheers

      Manoj Arora

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  4. Is there a way through which i can exit a 5 years tax saving fixed deposit.

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    1. Hi Shairam

      Thanks for your query. Unfortunately, no premature withdrawal is provided in the tax saving term deposit of 5 years. One can only exit from this scheme at the expiry of five years. In fact, for this specific deposit, there is no sweep-in facility i.e. this fixed deposit cannot be linked to a savings account also.
      On the other hand, you can get the term period extended from 5 years to anywhere up to 10 years, if you wish to :)

      Cheers

      Manoj Arora

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    2. Even after death of holder of tax saving bond, nominee is not permitted to withdraw.

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    3. On Interest received on tax saving bond of the expired person how to account in
      income tax

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    4. Dear Raghavan
      Death is an exception. Read point # 6 in the above post.

      Regards
      Manoj

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    5. Dear Raghavan
      The legal heir(s) are required to file IT Return on behalf of the deceased person - exactly the same way as it is done for any other IT Return. Interest received from bonds will be adjusted in that IT return.
      Regards
      Manoj

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    6. If the FD is in post office, Than after claiming under 80C,Is premature withdrawal is allowed after 1 year.

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    7. Dear Mirza
      A 5 year Tax Saving FD is locked for 5 years. There is no way it can be pre-maturely withdrawn , except under situation of death of an investor.
      Regards
      Manoj

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    8. Sor can you please quote any circular either rbi or income tax. For premature withdrawl of fd tax saving on death of holder.

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    9. Dear Mr Nandi
      Here you go..
      RBI guidelines states that in case of death, premature deposit is feasible.
      Read here
      https://www.rbi.org.in/commonman/English/scripts/Notification.aspx?Id=68

      Hope this clarifies..
      Regards
      Manoj

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  5. Your Blog describes good information about Tax Saving Fixed Deposit which is completely the easiest options under Section 80c. Please update your information with the latest Tax Saving Schemes instruments. Thanks for this posting

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  6. what is the 'scheduled bank' term mentioned over there mean?

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    1. Scheduled Banks in India are those banks which have been included in the Second Schedule of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act, 1934.[1] RBI in turn includes only those banks in this schedule which satisfy the criteria laid down vide section 42 (6) (a) of the Act.
      There are public, private and foreign banks which are scheduled. Most of the common banks that you know of are scheduled banks. For a comprehensive list, refer the below links:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheduled_banks

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  7. this is most essential 5 Year Tax Saving Fixed Deposit (FD) thanks for bring this type of saving tax info.

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    1. What is the proof that has to be submitted for this. how it differs from the regular FD?

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  8. Thank you for sharing such great information. It is informative, can you help me in finding out more detail on Tax Saving , I am interested and would like to know more about this field and wanted to understand the basics of Banking Services.

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    1. You are welcome Anil.
      You can find more Income Tax related information at the link below:
      http://elevate-your-life.blogspot.in/search/label/Income%20Tax

      Cheers

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  9. Thanks manojji for sharing information. Just want to know as this fd has lock in period of 5 years so for how many years i will be getting deduction under 80c.

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  10. it could be useful 5 Year Tax Saving Fixed Deposit (FD) information. really important issue to discuss with us thank you.

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  11. hi sir ,

    Is this investment is one time investment or we can invest every year some amount in to this account.

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    1. Hi Vimal,
      A maximum of Rs. 1.5 Lacs is exempted under Section 80C, even though the amount of such a deposit can be more than Rs. 1.5 Lacs as well. You can open up as many FDs as you want. You can open new FDs every year, but the maximum tax exemption limit remains 1.5 Lacs per annum.

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    2. Hello sir for example if i invest 50,000 this year and got deduction. what about next, should i invest gain 50,000 to gain tax benefit for that tax submit?

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  12. By mistake I had created an FD under RIRD scheme.
    I need it for tax saving.
    Is there any way i can change the scheme for an existing FD to 80c so that i can save tax.

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    1. Dear Reader,
      You will need to cancel your existing RIRD and re-invest the proceeds in the Tax SAver FD scheme.

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  13. can I show the online receipt of tax saver FD or need to collect the certificate from the bank?

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    1. Dear Reader,
      If you need it to submit it in your company for tax declaration, an online receipt is good enough that most companies accept, but better to check with HR in case they have specific norms.

      Cheers
      Manoj

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  14. Can I use the FD opened this year (but not claimed this year) to claim IT benefits for the next year?

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    1. Dear Karthik
      In case you missed any of the Section 80C tax deductions last year, you can get a refund by filing a revised return. This option can be exercised within two years of filing your original return.
      Hope this helps.
      Cheers
      Manoj Arora

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    2. Hi Manoj,
      I purchased home last year for which I claimed full limit (1,50,000) of Sec 80C under stamp duty and registration. I also did a 5-year-FD in the same year, so I wished to close that FD and reinvest in current year so that I may save some tax under Sec 80C(which is not possible). Could you please suggest what could be done?

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    3. Hi Manoj,
      I purchased home last year for which I claimed full limit (1,50,000) of Sec 80C under stamp duty and registration. I also did a 5-year-FD in the same year, so I wished to close that FD and reinvest in current year so that I may save some tax under Sec 80C(which is not possible). Could you please suggest what could be done?

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    4. Dear friend,
      Unfortunately, the 5 year tax saving FD cannot be closed prematurely, except under extreme circumstances like death. There seems to be no way out here, my friend !
      Regards
      Manoj

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  16. If my only source of income is normal bank FD intrest and total intrest earned is 4 lakhs (principle amount 50 lakh) , can I invest additional 1.5 lakh in tax saving FD and bring my tax liability to 0?

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    1. yes, you are right. Your tax liability will become 0.
      However, please note that since your bank FD interest is more than 2.5 Lacs annually, TDS will be deducted in spite of submitting Form 15G/H. You will have to claim that back as a part of your Income Tax Return, after showing your 1.5 Lacs investment in tax saving FD under Section 80C.

      Cheers
      Manoj

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    2. Dear Mr. Manoj
      Thank you for your prompt response. One more query - if I distribute my FD in two different banks and submit 15G/H at both banks, can I avoid TDS?

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    3. You can do that, but I would not advise you to do so.
      Doing this would mean giving a false declaration while submitting your Form 15 G / H (that your annual income is less than 2.5 Lacs prior to any deductions).

      Why should you give false declaration when you know that you can claim your deducted money, by filing IT returns. Your TDS would be 10% of 4 Lacs, which is INR 40,000/-. For such amounts (less than INR 1 Lacs), refunds usually happen pretty fast (within 1-2 months).

      Cheers
      Manoj

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    4. Thank you Mr. Manoj
      I will follow your advice and claim refund.

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  17. Hello sir
    I want to invest 1,50,000 as fixed deposit for five years for tax saving in LIC HFL or Shri Ram.
    Which one is acceptable for tax rebate?

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    1. Dear Deepak
      Both LIC HFL and Shri Ram have options for 5 year tax saving FD. Shriram seems to offer slightly higher interest rate compared to LIC, but then it comes at a slightly higher risk as well. Your call. You can go with either.
      https://www.bankbazaar.com/fixed-deposit/5years-fd-interest-rates.html

      Cheers
      Manoj

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  19. Hi Manoj,
    Thanks for the information.
    Just one doubt I had to clarify. So suppose if I start an tax saving FD of Rs.50,000 now so I can claim deduction of 50,000 for this year. But since the lock in period is for 5 years, can I claim for deduction in only the first year or in each of the subsequent years i.e. 2nd year, 3rd year and so on. So basically what I am asking is that the benefit of tax saving is only there in the first year or each of the years.

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    1. Dear Reader,
      You can claim the deduction in the year in which you are doing the investment. For subsequent years, you can open new tax saving FDs - with the total investment limit in any one year being 1.5 Lacs.

      Hope this clarifies..

      Cheers
      Manoj Arora
      www.manoj-arora.com

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    2. Thanks a lot Manoj!

      So basically there is tax benefit only in the year of investment, right?

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    3. yes sir, this is exactly the way it works for other investment tools as well e.g. PPF

      Cheers
      Manoj

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  20. Dear Sir,

    In case of death of policy holder of a 5 year tax saving FD, what are the rules ? Can nominee withdraw money if policy holder of 5 year tax saving FD expires before maturity ?

    Regards,
    Suresh

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    1. Dear Suresh,
      One can nominate a representative to withdraw the deposit before or post maturity in the event of depositor's death. Premature exit of this FD is only possible in the event of the death of the deposit holder, and in no other circumstances.

      Cheers
      Manoj Arora
      www.manoj-arora.com

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    2. Sir I have taken tax saving fd on my father's name who is above 60 years old and completely dependent on me. Can I get tax benefit under 80c.

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    3. Dear Shekhar
      Tax benefits of investments done by one adult citizen cannot be claimed by another adult citizen. However, there are various other ways in which you can strike a win-win situation to legally avoid taxes...
      Read this post --> http://elevate-your-life.blogspot.in/2013/12/smart-ways-to-save-taxes-and-avoid.html

      Hope this helps

      Cheers
      Manoj Arora
      www.manoj-arora.com

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  21. Sir,

    In case I invested money in the 5 year FD for tax saving, a few days back, but would want to withdraw the same now, before end of financial year, and thus not claiming the benefit under section 80C, is that possible?
    I understand that I cannot withdraw money once invested in the next FY or any further years until maturity, but was curious to know if withdrawal is possible in same FY, without claiming tax benefits under section 80C

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    1. Hello Mai
      Unfortunately, you cannot break the FD before 5 years tenure, irrespective of the financial year and a decision not to claim tax benefits. The rules are very stringent wrt withdrawal.

      Cheers
      Manoj

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  23. Sir

    I have a 5 year Tax-saver FD made in year FY15-16. Can i claim it in TDS for tax benefit in FY16-17 ? Or Do I need to make a fresh investment again to get tax benefit ?

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    1. Dear Harika,
      Tax benefits of the Tax Saver FD can only be claimed in the Financial Year in which the investments are done, just like what happens in case of PPF or EPF investments. Hope that helps.

      Cheers

      Manoj
      www.manoj-arora.com

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  24. Sir / Madam,

    My Mother had invested in a Tax saving FD with a Bank some 3 years back, Presently She is no more. I want to settle the account. As per Banking Rules & Regulations how much amount is due on me. please inform as bank is not ready to pay any interest for 3 years. Please also inform / provide the link in which the bank rule is available on this matter.
    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Vikas Chawla
    cavikaschawla@gmail.com

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    1. Dear Vikas
      First point that should be absolutely clear is that RBI guidelines states that in case of death, premature deposit is feasible. Read here
      https://www.rbi.org.in/commonman/English/scripts/Notification.aspx?Id=68

      Now, the amount of interest that you would get for 3 years period varies from bank to bank. e.g. Oriental Bank of Commerce follows the following guideline:
      i) If the deposit is accepted before 26.12.2006, interest shall be paid at the applicable rate for the period, deposit remained with the bank.
      ii) If the deposit is accepted on or after 26.12.2006, no interest shall be paid if prematurely encashed within 7 to 30 days.
      iii) If the period of deposit is more than 30 days to less than 5 years, the rate of interest payable shall be as per normal domestic term deposits, for the period, the deposit remained with the bank, as applicable on date of contract/ deposit or the date of payment whichever is less, subject to the applicable extra benefit of 0.50% for Senior Citizen/ as advised by Head Office from time to time, without penalty. However, in any case the rate of interest payable shall not be more than the contracted rate.

      Link here --> https://www.obcindia.co.in/obcnew/site/inner.aspx?status=2&menu_id=33

      You will need to check with the bank as to how much interest should be payable. But it seems that Zero interest is just too much...They should pay the agreed / running interest with some reasonable penalty.

      Cheers

      Manoj
      www.manoj-arora.com

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  25. Whether premature withdrawal will be taxable in the hands of legal heir of the deceased assessee?

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    1. Dear Ritu,

      The interest earned out of such a Fixed Deposit is fully taxable on an accrual basis, as is with any other fixed deposits. This is true whether you have to close the FD premature or continue with it for the full term.

      Hopefully, I could answer your question.

      Cheers
      Manoj Arora

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  27. Thank you for sharing such great information. It is informative, can you help me in finding out more detail on Tax Saving, i am interested and would like to know more about this field and wanted to understand the basics of Best Tax Saving Plans

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    1. Thanks Ritika ! You can read more about tax savings in the link here:
      http://elevate-your-life.blogspot.in/search/label/Income%20Tax

      Cheers
      Manoj

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  28. Ihad made an FD with start dt 2nd juune 2016. I have not availed of any tax benefits. Now I am moving permanently to USA. There will be a closure of my account. Can I ask for a redemption of this Fixed Deposit.

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    1. Hello Friend
      Unfortunately, you cannot break the FD before 5 years tenure, irrespective of the financial year and a decision not to claim tax benefits. The rules are very stringent wrt withdrawal. Exceptions exist only in case of incidents like death.

      Cheers
      Manoj

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    2. Thank you for your reply. But Sir, there is no Reserve Bank ruling in this regard. If I have sold my house and do not have a house to stay, and I am seeking closure of my account with income tax, and will not be returning to India---then what should I do. I think this should be possible, as there is no RBI ruling. Kindly help.

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    3. Dear friend !
      There is indeed an RBI guideline in this regard. Read here:
      https://www.rbi.org.in/commonman/English/scripts/Notification.aspx?Id=68

      Cheers
      Manoj

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    4. However, you may want to put up your case with your bank..
      Regards
      Manoj

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    5. Sir, I have read the link that you sent, but it does not anywhere say about premature break of FD specific for tax exemption. In fact there is no such ruling at all. I have taken up the matter with the bank---but I think they are quoting you. I have even found out from other banks, and they say that there is no RBI ruling. Even the IT office--I have found out that there is no such ruling. The bank is simply quoting you.
      This is unfortunate. You said about stringent rule---who has set this rule? Could you kindly explain. I am sorry to ask you all this---but since I am desperate, I have no other choice.

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    6. Dear friend !
      Yes, RBI rules are mostly guidelines for the banks to follow.

      Specific to a product, banks prepare their own set of rules (which follow the RBI guidelines in general).
      Tax Saving FD is a specific product by a bank which follows RBIs general guidelines on FDs.

      Most banks do not allow premature withdrawal of FD. You must read the rules specified by the bank on Tax Saver FD. I do not know which bank you have your FD with, but every bank publishes its set of rules.

      e.g. SBI clearly says this on its website for Tax Saving FDs:
      "Pre-mature closure of e-TDR/e-STDR under tax saving scheme is not allowed during the lock-in period. After 5 years, you may close it through your home branch only. In case of death of depositor, legal heir of depositor may pre-maturely close it through home branch only."

      Here is the link : https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbijava/osbi_etdr_itss_faq.html

      Post that, it is up to mutual discussion with the bank. RBI does not hinder in day to day working and decisions of the bank.

      Also, understand that you have a very typical situation. There may not be published rules for all possible situations and it is only between you and the bank to take a call in such cases.
      After going through the bank rules and discussing with them, if you are still unsatisfied with the response from the bank, you are free to take up your case with the banking ombudsman, who are not only reliable and prompt, but very customer friendly.

      Cheers friend. Wish you luck !

      Manoj

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    7. Thank you very much Sir, for your kind response. I shall take up this matter with the ombudsman.

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  29. Sir if i start making a 1.5 lac fd every year so that after fifth year i have three running fd one closing and one new for that financial yaer will that be any problem and if not tell me from that year will i have to pay tds on all fd and the one maturing will thats return will come under my earning and is there any relife possible

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    1. Dear Umed
      If you read point # 9 of this post, it says that "You get deductions on tax on the principle amount that you invest. The interest earned out of such a Fixed Deposit is fully taxable on an accrual basis, as is with any other fixed deposits. This is a point which many investors miss, and this definitely comes as a dampener if you compare this with EPF or PPF investments."

      Therefore, to your queries,
      1/ You can open as many tax saving FDs in one year or in a span of 3 years, as you wish.
      2/ Max deduction in any one financial year cannot be more than 1.5 Lacs and that too on the principle you invest.
      3/ Interest is taxable as with any other FD.

      Hope this clarifies

      Regards
      Manoj

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  31. When this tax-saving-FD matures after 5 years, will it be added into our taxable income? Noted the interest is taxable, here the doubt is on maturity of the principal FD amount.

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    2. Friend
      Tax is only on your earnings. The 'interest' is your earning, while the principle is your investment. Hence, only interest is taxable, as in any normal FD.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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  32. can i convert my normal FD whihc is of 5 years to tax saving FD

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    1. Dear @Sarath
      I am afraid not. You will have to break your existing FD, and book a new 5 year tax saving FD.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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  33. Thanks Manoj, one more question, is gratuity also we need to file the tax ? as i got separate form16 for that from my last organisation, do i need to file that Gartuity form 16 also ?
    please suggest.

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    1. Dear Sarath
      There is no tax payable on your gratuity income if the Gratuity is less than INr 10 Lakhs.
      Regards
      Manoj

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  34. Manoj, thanks for your answer, i am continuing as employee in other organisation, so in this case do i need to submit my gratutity form16 also? i have got around 65 thousand as gratuity from my last organization, will this need to be submitted with the other form16's ? and also i changed in March to new organization so i got total 3 form 16's. please suggest accordingly.

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  35. Hi sir,
    i have created a tax saving FD by mistake in HDFC bank thru netbanking. Usually i book only regular FDs which i started doing only after encouraged by personal banker. I was told by him that i can liquidate FD anytime. But When i try to liquidate the tax saving FD it is not allowing. I need the money urgently but the bank is saying i cannot liquidate it as the lock period is 5 years. I was not aware of this fact otherwise i wouldn't have booked FD. Please advise. Thanks.

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    1. Dear friend..
      As much as I would like to help you, unfortunately there is no way out in case of 5 year tax saving FD premature liquidation except in extreme circumstances like death.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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    2. Thanks or the reply. I thought there will be some exceptions to any process.Will the bank consider the below points ?
      1)I am maintaining the account with hdfc from 11 years.
      2)I got a chance to switch to citibank for salary account last year but i preferred to continue with hdfc.
      3) This tax saving FD was booked just 10 days back only. Obviously i have not got any tax benefit from it.

      Is there a still chance of getting it liquidated. Can it be liquidated if i go for closure of my account ?
      Thanks.

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    3. Friend... I am really afraid in this case. However, I would definitely recommend you to go to the bank branch personally and talk to the banker explaining your situation and urgency. Talking face to face resolves many things.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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  36. Hi manoj ji
    Nice article indeed.
    Just need a clarification
    My uncle had made an investment in this tax saving FD. Next year he died in may. On his death, my cousin get that FD prematured being his nominee. Now when filing uncle's income tax return Shall we avail the exemption of this FD being done within the due time????
    kindly reply sooner.
    regards
    Shashi
    pansarica@gmail.com

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    1. Dear Shashi
      Apologies for the delayed response.
      Yes, since the FD was prematurely terminated, all tax benefits need to be reversed during the filing of Income Tax Returns.
      For instant responses, connect with us FREE on WhatsApp (http://manojarora.netfirms.com/cgi-bin/MA/images/whatsapp_2Steps.png)
      Cheers my friend Shashi
      Manoj

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  38. Thank you very much for this post. Its really helpful.

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  39. I opened a tax saving deposit..but it is of simple interest. Then someone who is also a banker suggested about compound interest I approached the bank immediately on the very day of opening and requested for closure and opening under compound interest.. but the bank declined as it cannot be prematurely closed. They also made several requests to their head office and other departments..it has been a week since I opened. They are saying head office is not giving permission to close but we are trying.. what can I do. I have invested a very large sum ..

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    1. Unfortunately my friend, there is a very remote chance that a tax saver FD can be closed. Keep pursuing with your bank or write to banking ombudsman - they may help you if you approach them immediately.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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  40. Hi Manoj,

    providing useful information.can i close my tax saver fd after 5 premiums?

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    1. Dear friend,
      I did not understand the term '5 premiums'' can you please elaborate
      Cheers
      Manoj

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  42. Dear Manoj, I had created Tax saver FD 2 weeks back but now I need my Fd's money as I need to give it to my family for my sister marriage, Kindly help

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    1. My dear friend
      That is the biggest challenge with this tax saver FD. This cannot be closed before 5 years. Immediately connect with your bank and see if there is any chance, but based on all the questions on this post, it seems a lot of people are trapped in this clause.

      I am sue you will find a way out. Wish you all the best for your sister's marriage.

      Cheers my friend,
      Manoj

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  43. Sir I have invested in FD for 1000 days and I renewed for next 1000 days can it be claimed U/S 80 C.

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    1. My dear friend,
      Only 'special 5 year fixed deposits' are applicable for deduction under Section 80C. Your 1000 days fixed deposit does not fall in this category.
      To save tax under Section 80C, you could invest some of your money in PPF or increase yur EPF contribution if you are salaried.

      Read more about them here:
      http://elevate-your-life.blogspot.in/search/label/Employee%20Provident%20Fund
      and
      http://elevate-your-life.blogspot.in/search/label/Public%20Provident%20Fund

      Cheers

      Manoj

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  44. Hello Sir,
    I am NRI,and I am filing returns for income earned in India. Am I eligible to open Tax Free FD in a bank for 1.5 lac and claim for additional Tax benefit?

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    1. Dear Raju
      Yes, NRIs can apply for Tax Free FD through their NRO account. It will be called as a NRO Tax Free FD. However, please note that as per section 115D of the Income Tax Act, the benefit under Section 80C is available to an NRI only if he has earned income other than investment income (interest) and long term capital gains.
      Hope this clarifies..
      Cheers
      Manoj

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    2. Sir, Is the deduction applicable for income from house rent?

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    3. Sir, Is the deduction applicable for income from house rent?

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    4. Dear Raju, Yes, it is applicable for income from house rent.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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    5. Hello Sir,
      When I checked with SBI, they said it is not possible to open Tax Free FD from my NRO account. Then I checked with another bank also, they also refused to do Tax free Term deposit. So is this not applicable to us ?

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    6. Dear Raju
      Read this. It is so clear on one of the banks website. So, it is not that it is not applicable for NRIs. It is just that the SBI staff may not be aware.
      http://www.hdfcbank.com/nri_banking/accounts/fixed_deposits/NRO_Tax_Saver_FD/NRO_Tax_Saver_FD.htm

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    7. Dear Sir,
      Yes, I saw the same and have informed SBI also. Thanks a lot.

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    8. Cheers my friend. Wish you luck !

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  45. Hi Sir,

    I have booked a Fixed Deposit using my salary account. Suppose, if I quit the job and closing the salary account, what would be the status of the fixed deposits?

    Is there any option to take loan against the fixed deposits?

    Thanks in Advance.

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    1. Dear friend
      A Fixed Deposit account is a separate account which may not be linked to your salary account. If your maturity instruction involves transferring the funds to your salary account on maturity of your FD, then you might want to approach the bank and get the maturity instructions ammended appropriately.
      Yes, you can take loan even upto 90% of your FD amount.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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  46. Dear sir
    I opened fd account for 5 years locking period from start date 02 july 15 to maturity date 29 Jun 2020.but my HR department not accept this fd for tax saving because 3 days less for 5 years till maturity date.So I visit the bank for this matter then manager told me that fd is regular and no any change of this fd. So I request him to break the fd but not accept the request. Please advice me what to do for break this fd.

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    1. If you have done a regular FD by mistake, then no one can stop you from breaking the FD. However, the bank may charge some penalty for the same. Post breaking the FD, you should opt for a "5 Year Tax Saving FD" and not a regular FD for 5 years.
      Please approach the bank once again. I see no reason why they should not break your regular FD on your request.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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  47. Dear Manoj Sir, humbled by your prompt responses to many questions. Sir, if I have opened a regular FD for 4 years period for 1 lakh and another FD under 5 years lock in period. Should I take another 5 years FD for 50k to save maximum on tax? Kindly reply. Thanks in advance.

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    1. If the intent is to just save tax, there are more efficient options to fulfil the 1.5 Lacs Section 80C limit. Public Provident Fund, Voluntary Provident Fund, Equity Linked Savings Scheme, NPS are some of them. All these options provide you returns that are mostly tax free, unlike the Tax Saving FD, where only the invested amount gives you Sec 80C benefit but returns are 100% taxable.
      Suggest explore other options as well.
      Do write back for any clarifications.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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    2. i have quarry on what moral i cannot break my fixed deposit,,since its my own money

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    3. Dear Friend...
      Every investment comes with constraints including lock in periods. Just like you cannot withdraw from a PPF account before 5 years or an EPF account before retirement or on special life events - although all money is yours - the same way this FD has a lock in of 5 years. Hope it addresses your query..
      Regards
      Manoj

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  48. Sir
    i Have opened a 5year Regular FD in the month Feb 2017 but didn't show in 80c deductions.
    Can i claim it while submitting IT returns as it still falls in financial year(2016-2017)?

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    1. Yes Avinash.
      You can absolutely claim it while filing the IT Returns this year.

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  49. Hi Manoj,

    I am planning to open a FD for tax saving purpose for 5 years. Whether this FD reciept can be showcased every year for 5 years for tax saving under 80 C or we can show only for one year. Please clarify.

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    1. Dear friend
      You can show the invested principal under Section 80C only in the specific financial year in which you invested the amount.
      To get Sec 80C benefit next year, you have to open another 5 year FD.
      cheers
      Manoj

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  50. Hi Manoj,
    Thanks for the informative blog.
    I have a question here. Is the principal amount for such tax saving FDs taxable on maturity?

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    1. No Dibakar, the principal amount is not taxable. Only the interest component is.

      Regards
      Manoj

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  51. Sir, I have some questions around Tax Saving FDs.
    1. How may Tax saving FDs can be booked in one financial year, can threshold of 1.5 lakhs crossed in one financial year
    2. Is there tax implications on myself or the Bank even if the tax saving FD is more than 1.5 lakhs

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    1. Dear friend,
      You can book as many Tax Saving FDs as you wish to. There is no upper limit. However, you can claim tax benefit only upto 1.5 Lacs in that financial year in which you have booked the FDs.
      Hope this clarifies.
      Regards
      Manoj

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  52. Dear Manoj,

    I opened a Tax saving Recurring deposit account for 10 years in Year 2011 with monthly deposit of RS 50,000. There was no TDS till FY 2014-15, but latter I received notification from Bank that this account is becomes Taxable and Bank start deducting TDS from FY 2015-16 onwards. Annual investment on this account is Rs6,00,000. Can I mention Rs 1,50,000 under sec 80C while filing the returns? Please advise

    Regards,
    Kamal

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    1. Dear Kamal
      Probably what has happened is that your interest kept getting accumulating for 4 years, and from the 5th year, your total interest was more then 2.5 lacs. This is the limit after which banks start deducting TDS even if you submit Form 15G.
      Yes, you are right, you should start adjusting the interest (on accrual basis) in every ITR that you file every year and claiming the refund thereof.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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    2. Dear Manoj,

      Thanks foe the Advice. I'm not clear on ITR part. Am I eligible for the relaxation of 1.5 lacs under sec 80C or 10 thousands under sec 80TTA? I haven't claim the relaxation of 1.5 lacs under sec 80C for my FY 2015-16 ITR. Accumulated interest for FY 2015-16 was above 3 lacs. Can I file revised ITR for FY 2015-16 with relaxation of 1.5 lacs under sec 80C? Please advise

      Regards,
      Kamal

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    3. Dear Kamal,
      This FD provides only relaxation under Sec 80C. Rs 10,000 relaxation under Sec 80TTA is only for interest accrued on your savings account.
      Yes, you must file a revised ITR for prev FY 2015-16 with relaxation of 1.5 Lacs for this Tax Saving FD (assuming you did not claim any relaxation under Sec 80C last year).
      Hope this clarifies.
      Cheers
      Manoj

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    4. Dear Manoj,

      Thanks for the clarification. I checked with my bank and I was told the account is not tax saving account. It's normal RD account and there was no TDS till May 2015. Below is the answer regarding TDS applicable on RD from bank. Am I still eligible for tax relaxation under 80C? There was no TDS from 2011 till May 2015 for the same account.

      "According to Finance Bill, 2015, effective June 1, 2015, TDS shall be applicable on the interest earned on recurring deposit/ variable recurring deposits etc. Interest earned from fixed deposit/ recurring deposit / variable recurring deposit shall be clubbed for the purpose of computing the total interest paid/ payable during the financial year and applicability of TDS. 
      It has also been proposed that banks need to deduct tax on interest credited/ paid or likely to be credited/ paid exceeding Rs. 10,000 to a depositor at bank level as against the existing process of branch level."

      Regards,
      Kamal

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    5. Dear Kamal
      Since it is not a tax saver account, so any benefit from Sec 80C is ruled out.
      The only way to avoid TDS now is to submit Form 15G declaring that your total income in a financial year is less than INr 2.5 Lacs (if that is true).
      Otherwise, you have no way out but to pay tax on accrued interest.
      Suggest go for Debt based funds rather than Fixed Deposits. They are much more tax efficient than FDs.

      Let me know if I can be of any other help.

      Regards
      Manoj

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  53. Hello. after premature closure of tax saving fixed deposit on death of the investor, can the spouse claim tax benefit of it u/s 80 cc in the assessment year while filing the return on behalf of the investor ?

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    1. Dear Vassan,
      No, I do not think that anyone (even in the case of death of spouse) can claim tax benefit on someone else's investment.
      The spouse, however, should file the IT Return on behalf of the deceased in the year of death and claim all tax benefits as feasible. Read this for details :
      http://elevate-your-life.blogspot.in/2017/03/filing-it-returns-after-death-of-payee.html

      Hope this helps
      Manoj

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  54. Dear Sir,

    My brother has 3 Fixed deposits under 80 C for 5 Years. Recently he got expired due to heart attack. My question is whether nominee can claim the benefit immediately or only after maturing FD? What amount nominee gets if they able to claim immediately? Maturity Or Only deposit Amount?

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    1. Dear Friend,
      Sad to know about the demise of your brother. Death is the only exception in such a deposit. The nominee can withdraw the money if he wants. Please read #6 in the article above.
      The amount varies depending upon the bank rules. The bank will surely give you some reasonable interest for the period of deposit.

      Regards
      Manoj

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  55. Sir,
    Can i know if my spouse can claim deduction u/s 80 c in respect to 5 year tax saving deposit opened in my name..since my income is below exemption limit

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    1. Dear Janet
      As long as the deposit is in your name, no one in the world, other than you can claim the benefit.
      For the next investment however, you can gift money to your wife, which she can invest in her name

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    2. Thankyou Sir for the information...Can i also know if she could claim if the deposit was in our minor child's name..

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    3. In case the guardian mentioned for the minor child specifies her name, she can.

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