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  • Investing in gold? Know the tax rules first Sep 21, 2015 04:42 PM IST

    Investing in gold? Know the tax rules first

    Taxation of gold depends on the time frame the investment is held.

  • Your housing loan tax benefit depends on reason for loan Sep 18, 2015 12:05 PM IST

    Your housing loan tax benefit depends on reason for loan

    Housing loan can be taken for the purchase of a house or for the repairing of the house. And depending on the reason, the tax benefits change.

  • ELSS is not just a three year investment option Sep 14, 2015 09:25 AM IST

    ELSS is not just a three year investment option

    Tax-saving funds have three year lock in. However, you need not necessarily sell them after completion of three years.

  • Three conditions that define capital gains tax on shares Sep 09, 2015 03:18 PM IST

    Three conditions that define capital gains tax on shares

    Time frame of investment is not the only condition that defines how much capital gains one pays on his investments in shares. One cannot ignore other conditions too.

  • Why you should have rising mutual fund SIP in your planning Sep 07, 2015 10:19 AM IST

    Why you should have rising mutual fund SIP in your planning

    Higher SIP amount helps investor to tackle inflation in the financial goals. Also with the rising income levels, it is relatively easy to increase the mutual fund SIP.

  • Avoid over investing for tax purposes Sep 02, 2015 03:46 PM IST

    Avoid over investing for tax purposes

    One should know how much he has to invest to plan his income tax well. Otherwise, he ends up over-investing in tax saving instruments that offer little benefits to him.

  • The right way to look at tax free returns Aug 28, 2015 12:33 PM IST

    The right way to look at tax free returns

    Never confuse between pre-tax returns and post tax- returns. Also compare returns taking into account the tax slab the individual falls in.

  • Some misconceptions related to MIP offered by mutual funds Aug 27, 2015 11:24 AM IST

    Some misconceptions related to MIP offered by mutual funds

    Contrary to popular belief that MIP offers regular income, these mutual fund offerings may not help you to get regular income. Also exposure to equity and debt bring in different risks.

  • Understanding implications of new Cost Inflation Index Aug 21, 2015 09:27 AM IST

    Understanding implications of new Cost Inflation Index

    A lower number of cost inflation index means relatively less scope to raise the cost of asset and higher tax outgo.

  • Investing in mutual funds? Beware of operational issues Aug 20, 2015 06:47 PM IST

    Investing in mutual funds? Beware of operational issues

    While investing most investors sign off the form and forget about their investments. However, operational lapses can cost dear to the investor.

  • Grossing up income to show right results for tax payments Aug 18, 2015 12:27 PM IST

    Grossing up income to show right results for tax payments

    You have to account for tax deducted at source, while computing income tax payable and accordingly file your income tax returns

  • Five tax things that will help you ensure financial freedom Aug 12, 2015 07:10 PM IST

    Five tax things that will help you ensure financial freedom

    A little bit of work on the tax angle of all your financial transactions – especially investments, can pay rich dividends, which in turn ensures financial freedom for you.

  • Sudden developments should not change focus on fundamentals Aug 12, 2015 10:56 AM IST

    Sudden developments should not change focus on fundamentals

    Mutual fund investors have to learn to live with short term dips in schemes‘ performance and changes in ownership. Such changes should not deter focus on fundamental aspects of procedure of investment management.

  • Investing in international funds? Know these risks first Aug 05, 2015 11:43 AM IST

    Investing in international funds? Know these risks first

    International funds may look great from the diversification point of view, risks such as currency risks, portfolio concentration risks and operational risks.

  • Check your AS 26 and find clarity of income tax paid Aug 04, 2015 11:10 AM IST

    Check your AS 26 and find clarity of income tax paid

    AS 26 is a crucial document and can offer you a clear picture of how much income tax has been paid in your name.

  • Tips to get ready for the income tax return filing marathon Jul 30, 2015 10:14 AM IST

    Tips to get ready for the income tax return filing marathon

    Documents such as form16, interest certificate on home loan, TDS certificate and proof of your investments should be ready with you to ensure smooth filing of income tax returns.

  • Putting TDS provisions for recurring deposits to work Jul 22, 2015 01:16 PM IST

    Putting TDS provisions for recurring deposits to work

    TDS on recurring deposits makes investors either submit the exemption forms if there is no taxable income. In case of TDS on RD, they may have to revisit their tax calculations and accordingly pay tax

  • Look beyond balanced funds to truly balance your portfolio Jul 21, 2015 09:56 AM IST

    Look beyond balanced funds to truly balance your portfolio

    Balanced funds invest around 70% of the money in equities and rest in bonds. This may not the in line with 50:50 exposure to bonds and shares the investor desires.

  • Why you should go for long term equity MF Investments Jul 09, 2015 10:25 AM IST

    Why you should go for long term equity MF Investments

    Long term investments means the gains are long term in nature and do not attract tax. This means you not only save on taxes but also get to ride short term volatility in the equity markets.

  • Reading mutual fund dividends the right way Jun 25, 2015 02:09 PM IST

    Reading mutual fund dividends the right way

    Investors should check the dividend yield and should not get carried away by the rate of dividend announced on the face value of the units. Also one should assess if the dividends are sustainable.

  • Disclose right bank details in your income tax returns Jun 23, 2015 04:46 PM IST

    Disclose right bank details in your income tax returns

    Be it your bank account number, IFS code or the bank name, it is better to disclose all. You should also declare all earnings or credits you have received throughout the year

  • Riskometer: Better tool to measure risk associated with MF Jun 08, 2015 11:22 AM IST

    Riskometer: Better tool to measure risk associated with MF

    Compared to the old scheme of three colours system, five levels of risks help mutual funds better represent the risk associated with mutual fund schemes

  • Give some leeway for a dip in mutual fund performance Jun 03, 2015 11:42 AM IST

    Give some leeway for a dip in mutual fund performance

    A dip in mutual fund returns need not necessarily happen due to failure of the fund manager and investors need not take any decision in a haste.

  • Income tax return filing process goes online – truly Jun 02, 2015 10:34 AM IST

    Income tax return filing process goes online – truly

    Now the taxpayers will be issued a one time password on their mobile phones, which can be used to complete the procedure of tax filing online and there will not be any need to send tax returns physically.

  • Investors save capital gains tax on shares sold on exchange May 12, 2015 02:05 PM IST

    Investors save capital gains tax on shares sold on exchange

    Transactions carried out on exchanges attract zero rate of tax on long term gains, whereas transaction off the exchanges attract 20% tax on long term gains.

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