Investments and Tax on LTCG all You Need to Know

Long Term Capital Gain

The new tax proposed on LTCG (Long Term Capital Gains) equity funds has peeved retail investors. Investor’s returns will be lower now. The new tax might change the way of investing.

In fact, the ELSS (Equity Linked Savings Scheme) might be loose the status of tax-free income which made it favor among the investor to save tax. According to the new rule, the equity funds will not be allowed for indexation benefits, the tax benefits on equity funds have decreased to make debt funds and fixed maturity plans alluring.

Do not ignore ELSS

The unit linked investments plans and PPF (public provident fund) will still be tax-free but the profits from ELSS will be taxable at 10%. But according to financial expert investors should not ignore the ELSS. Because of equity-based pure investment scheme ELSS can give higher returns compared to other investments. Irrespective of new tax ELSS still can be a better investment option for investors.

ULIPs being low cost only insurance company sell it online, might give good returns compare to ELSS in a long run. But compare to ULIPs, ELSS offers better resilience. Investors need not be invested their money in one scheme over the year they can switch to another investment scheme if the current funds are outperforming.

Investors can only switch in between funds if the ULIPs offer them. ELSS might have some other shine but it still remains one of the best options for tax under section 80C. Lock in period for ELSS is three years only which less than other investment option under section 80C.

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Escape Insurance Policies and ULIPs

Post budget announcement that tax on the long-term capital gain, the insurance provider is started offering tax-free returns for insurance policies and unit-linked investment plans. But our suggestion to avoid this insurance product and ULIPs because these are tax-free but it will give you lower returns.

According to market expert mutual funds still remains the investor’s first choice. However, we should not mix insurance product and mutual funds investment because term insurance can serve as life protection but mutual funds give higher returns.

The combo of insurance product like PPF and investment scheme like ELLS can serve better if you want to save tax under section 80C of IT Act. Where ELSS provide higher returns and PPF will give a stable income. Attractively combo of ELSS and PPF every investor should keep in their investment portfolio.

Program Trading Investment

Equity Program trading funds, a subcategory which offers liability like returns and equity-like taxation advantages, it is also under the new tax. Now Program trading investment is commensurate with those short & very-short-term debt funds. Retail investors would like to invest in these short-term investment goals to gain taxation benefits.

However, the debt funds now have to pay 28% of DDT (dividend distribution tax) there were no DDT funds. In the same way, the long-term capital gain was tax-free once investors completed one year of investments. Investors who had invested in debt fund had paid 20% of tax even after holding the investment for three years.

Although equity funds likely to suffer from LTCG tax and DDT tax, market expert say planned trading funds are the best option for short-term investment funds even now. This short-term investment can still generate higher returns after taxation than other investment option. If you look for tax rate they are still good on these funds compare to debt funds, for example, debt funds investors have to pay a total of 29.12 % tax after April 1st, 2018 and the tax for arbitrage funds will be 10.4%. Likewise, tax benefits are more if the investment holds for one to three years.

It is a good news for arbitrage funds because of increased market volatility will give a good opportunity for arbitrage funds. But either way, long-term increased market volatility will be harmful to arbitrage funds too.

Dividend options make more sense in funds like arbitrage. Actually, the taxation on short-term capital gain will be 15% where dividends funds will have to pay 10% of tax.

One can gain the benefits of arbitrage funds by buying and selling the funds in the different market. Anyway, the arbitrage funds can be more volatile in short-term investment. The ideal period of investment in these funds should be six to twelve months.

The Right Time to Buy Debt Funds

In the most cases, the retail investors ignore debt funds. The reason behind is tax calculated on returns. Long-term capital gain is taxed at 20% which is fixed but in short-term investment tax are being charged normally.


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