National Savings Certificates are one of secure investment available at all Indian post-offices. These certificates are designed for salaried employees and businessmen, and they produce fixed income like fixed deposits. Any individual can invest for up to 10 years under this scheme. There are two different issues of NSCs include NSC- VIII and NSC IX Issue.

ParticularsNSC (VIII Issue)NSC ( IX Issue)
Maturity Period5 Years10 Years
NSC Interest Rate8.1%8.8%

National Savings Certificates can be purchased individually, jointly and on behalf of minors.

Investment limit

There is no Limit for Investment in NSC.

Tax Treatment

National Savings Certificate qualifies for Deduction Section 80C of the Income Tax Act at up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs. Accrued interest on NSC also qualifies for deduction u/s 80C.

NSC interest is taxable. NSC is a scheme in which interest is not paid to the investor but instead accumulates in the account, each year’s interest is considered reinvested in the NSC. It qualifies a fresh deduction under Sec 80C and making it tax-free. When the National Savings Certificate matures then the final interest does not receive any tax deduction as it does not get re-invested, but is paid back with the interest of the earlier years and the capital amount to the investor.

Key benefits of investing in NSC

National Savings Certificates serve as the secure means of investment and come with attractive benefits. Listed below are the benefits offered by National Savings Certificates:

  • Attractive Interest Rates: National Savings Certificate offer attractive rates of interest on your savings. You can receive interest up to 8.8%.
  • Assured returns: Investors can receive assured returns by investing in National Savings Certificates for 5 to 10 years.
  • Minimum/maximum limit of investments: You can invest as minimum as Rs.100. However, there is no maximum limit for investment under NSCs.
  • Loan against NSCs: an investor can use National Savings Certificates as collateral to get loans in banks.
  • NSC Denominations: National Savings Certificates are issued in different denominations such as Rs. 100, Rs.500, Rs.1000, Rs. 5000 and Rs.10,000. A person is free to purchase any number of National Savings Certificates as per his/her convenience.
  • NSC Certificate Transfer: The National Savings Certificate can be transferred from one person to another. If the certificate holder proposes to transfer.

National Savings Certificate Tax Benefits

Apart from the aforesaid benefits, the National Savings Certificates also offer tax benefits. Listed below are the tax benefits available under the National Savings Certificates:

  • National Savings Certificate interest earned is not paid to the account holder/investor directly and is re-invested, claim a tax deduction on the interest amount can be made by the investor. First, they need to show the interest as income and then claim income tax rebate on it under section 80C of the Indian Income Tax Act.
  • A yearly investment up to INR 1, 00,000 qualifies for income tax rebate under National Savings Certificate.
  • There is no tax deducted source.

Salaried individuals and businessmen who come under income tax assessment can avail the NSC benefits. National Savings Certificates interest earned is shown under Interest from other sources.

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