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  • MF investors can now plan ahead for their debt investments May 12, 2015 01:30 PM IST

    MF investors can now plan ahead for their debt investments

    Rollovers are not sale for the purpose of tax, says CBDT circular. This has eliminated confusion and allowed investors to extend their investments up to 36 months.

  • Here is how investors benefit from cost inflation index May 04, 2015 03:52 PM IST

    Here is how investors benefit from cost inflation index

    One should not expect it to eliminate the entire capital gains. Rather it would be lead to only reduction of the capital gains.

  • Look at risk adjusted return while measuring MF performance Apr 20, 2015 10:48 AM IST

    Look at risk adjusted return while measuring MF performance

    Using risk adjusted returns helps in making balanced decisions, as investors get to know the downside element present.

  • Why MF dividend gets reinvested instead of reaching you Apr 13, 2015 01:44 PM IST

    Why MF dividend gets reinvested instead of reaching you

    In some cases the dividend announced on an investment in mutual fund does not comply with the norm of minimum dividend amount, which can be paid out. Hence even if one chooses to invest in dividend payout option, the dividend is reinvested in the same scheme.

  • Tax: Losing out on short term capital assets Apr 10, 2015 07:46 PM IST

    Tax: Losing out on short term capital assets

    Long term capital gains are more tax-friendly - in listed equity there is no tax on it where as in case of bonds and property, one can enjoy indexation benefit.

  • Don't give up on gold, time to stay put Mar 31, 2015 12:32 PM IST

    Don't give up on gold, time to stay put

    Commodities such as gold typically have long cycles, unlike equity or debt where there may be quick rallies and correction. One must stay put in gold when there is nothing happening so that he benefits when there is a sudden jump in gold prices.

  • Taxability of pension receipts puts burden on retirees Mar 30, 2015 10:57 AM IST

    Taxability of pension receipts puts burden on retirees

    Pension is added to the other income of the recipient and there is not much that can be done to reduce the tax liability.

  • Tax deducted at source and actual tax liability may differ Mar 27, 2015 11:00 AM IST

    Tax deducted at source and actual tax liability may differ

    Though there is a provision to deduct tax at the source of income, one must assess this tax position. Despite TDS, one may have to pay tax, if his tax rate is higher than the rate of TDS. One may also claim tax refund if TDS rate is higher than his tax slab rate.

  • Tax on capital gain depends on time period they are held Mar 23, 2015 06:20 PM IST

    Tax on capital gain depends on time period they are held

    Many get confused with the period of holding of shares with the mode of holding. However it is the time period the shares are held is more important.

  • Take ETF route to widen your investment choices Mar 23, 2015 11:20 AM IST

    Take ETF route to widen your investment choices

    Mutual funds are planning to launch ETF that offer to track leading equity indices, benchmark government securities and broad based equity themes, which should allow investors to replicate diverse set of indices in their portfolios.

  • Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana – save tax & build wealth Mar 10, 2015 09:54 AM IST

    Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana – save tax & build wealth

    SSY offers to build corpus for a girl child that should come handy to meet her life goals such as funding education and marriage. The scheme offers tax benefits at the investment stage and proceeds are tax free.

  • Here is how you pay tax on income not received in cash Mar 09, 2015 09:51 AM IST

    Here is how you pay tax on income not received in cash

    There are situations where investments actually do not put any cash in the hands of the investors, however he is expected to income tax on the accrued income.

  • Balanced funds will find it hard to live up Mar 05, 2015 11:00 AM IST

    Balanced funds will find it hard to live up

    Balanced funds are showing performance that is actually the envy of many. Investors need to realise the special conditions that have propelled this performance and the outlook ahead so that they have some realistic expectation from these schemes.

  • Budget 2015: Mutual fund schemes' mergers are not taxing any more Mar 02, 2015 01:50 PM IST

    Budget 2015: Mutual fund schemes' mergers are not taxing any more

    Merger of two schemes will not mean a sale of units by the investor in merging scheme. Earlier it was construed as a sale and attracted tax

  • How important is your equity fund manager? Feb 20, 2015 02:58 PM IST

    How important is your equity fund manager?

    Many investors do not give adequate importance to the fund manager of the equity fund. However they must judge the fund manager based on the time period the fund manager has spent with the fund house, co-fund manager's role and performance of the scheme.

  • Capital gains tax: Right time to start your calculations Feb 18, 2015 10:28 AM IST

    Capital gains tax: Right time to start your calculations

    FY 2014-2015 has seen a good rally in the stock market and investors have made good money in shares. This also means that there may a need to pay some capital gain tax. Depending on the time frame of your investment, you may have to pay some capital gain tax.

  • Investing in an NFO? Do not miss these three factors Feb 09, 2015 10:10 AM IST

    Investing in an NFO? Do not miss these three factors

    There are many new fund offers being launched in the market. Investors will be better off looking at fundamental features offered by the scheme, style of fund management and fund manager of the scheme before investing.

  • Selling bonus shares? Note the tax implications carefully Feb 09, 2015 09:52 AM IST

    Selling bonus shares? Note the tax implications carefully

    Many companies are declaring bonus to their shareholders. If a shareholder sells bonus shares in less than one year after the allotment date, he is liable to pay short term capital gain tax on them.

  • ELSS offers tax saving, but do not ignore elevated risks Feb 03, 2015 09:13 AM IST

    ELSS offers tax saving, but do not ignore elevated risks

    Equity linked saving scheme (ELSS), also known as tax saving fund invests in equity. Due to high exposure to equities this entails higher risks.

  • Take a careful look at when the salary is taxed Feb 02, 2015 04:31 PM IST

    Take a careful look at when the salary is taxed

    One principle that is very important for the individual is that the amount that is earned by them would be taxable only once.

  • Know the exact amount that is being earned as tax benefit Jan 27, 2015 07:32 PM IST

    Know the exact amount that is being earned as tax benefit

    Summary: Individuals should know the exact money invested and the associated tax benefit that they may get. Amount of tax saving enjoyed by an individual depends on individual's tax slab.

  • Tax- Holding period matters a lot in property transactions Jan 16, 2015 01:33 PM IST

    Tax- Holding period matters a lot in property transactions

    Taking Section 80C benefit for housing loan will lead to a holding period of five years for a property, whereas to claim long term capital gain, you have to hold your property for at least three years.

  • Save income tax with help of donations under section 80GGA Jan 12, 2015 09:36 AM IST

    Save income tax with help of donations under section 80GGA

    Individuals can donate money for scientific research and rural development and claim deduction from taxable income.

  • Different ways of ensuring tax benefits for your income Jan 02, 2015 04:31 PM IST

    Different ways of ensuring tax benefits for your income

    One should keep a track of income earned under heads that are tax exempt. One should also be careful of transferring assets to others as it may lead to clubbing of income.

  • Understanding tax inefficient instrument Dec 29, 2014 09:16 AM IST

    Understanding tax inefficient instrument

    There are investments that do not bring in any respite in the form of deduction from taxable income. In some cases the returns offered by the investments are taxable and some investments make investors pay taxes on accrual, even before investors receive returns.

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