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For financial planning, tax savings are essential. An effective tax-planning approach can help people achieve their financial objectives and reduce their tax burden at the same time. You may reduce the amount of tax you pay in many different ways.

Here is a list of the top investment options and tax-saving plans that can help people optimize their tax benefits:

• Life insurance

Life insurance is an essential part of a person's financial strategy since it protects the person's family in the event of sudden death. Despite not being a pure investment for tax savings, life insurance consistently manages to land a spot on the list of the finest tax-saving investment options available. Life insurance premiums up to a total of Rs. 1.5 lakhs are covered under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. Additionally, Section 10 (10 D) exempts from taxation survival benefits, maturity benefits, and death benefits.

• Fixed deposit

By making investments in tax-saving fixed deposits, you can reduce your tax liability in accordance with section 80C under the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961. You won't be able to withdraw your deposited money during a certain lock-in time. By making investments in tax-saving fixed deposits, you are eligible to receive a deduction of up to Rs. 1.5 lakh. Interest rates usually vary from 5.5% to 7.75%.

• Public provident fund

One of India's most tax-efficient long-term savings programs for salaried individuals is the Public Provident Fund (PPF), which is run by the Central Government. These deposits are eligible for Section 80C deductions of up to Rs 1.5 lakh each financial year.

• Employee provident fund

Employers are required to withhold a certain amount from each employee's pay and contribute it to the Employee Provident Fund (EPF). Section 80C allows for the deduction of an employee's EPF contribution from their overall taxable income. Tax deductions for EPF are only allowed up to a maximum of Rs 1.5 lakhs.

• Health insurance or mediclaim

Health insurance, or Mediclaim, pays for costs associated with an accident or hospitalization. According to Section 80D, you are able to receive an income tax reduction based on the premiums you paid for one or more health insurance plans you bought for your family (spouse, kids, and parents). Insurance premiums up to Rs 20,000 for senior citizens and Rs 15,000 for everyone else are eligible for tax advantages. A policyholder may get a yearly premium discount of up to INR 25,000. The maturity value is exempt from taxation for sums received under critical illness plans.

• ULIP (Unit Linked Insurance Plan)

Long-term investing alternatives like ULIPs allow you to choose from a range of equity, debt, or both funds. You can reduce your tax liability under sections 80C and 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, by investing in ULIPs.

• Senior citizen savings scheme

The country's senior citizens over 60 are the primary beneficiaries of the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS). Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act of 1961, the principal amount deposited in an SCSS account is eligible for tax reductions up to a maximum of Rs. 1.5 lakh.

We have tried to provide you with the best investment plans out there that bring effective tax savings. It is to be noted that all the tax savings rules are applicable as per the tax laws that prevail during the premium payments and receipt of the benefits. For more information visit Kotak General Insurance.

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Disclaimer: The content provided is for education and informational purpose only, none of the information contained in our blog amounts to any form of opinion or advice. Please go through policy related documents carefully or consult an expert before making any insurance-related decisions.


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