However, both of these options come with a lock-in period of 7 and 5 years respectively. Other tax-saving instruments also have a long lock in-period.
But this is where the Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) towers above all others when it comes to tax-saving investments. An ELSS investment has a lock-in period of just 3 years, which means that you can withdraw your funds from the scheme after the three year term of your investment is completed. Let us take a closer look at what ELSS funds are.
What are ELSS Funds?An Equity Linked Savings Scheme is a type of financial instrument that invests in equity mutual funds. In a mutual fund, funds from various investors are pooled together and invested in the equity market. The returns generated are then divided among the investors according to their initial investment.
The main benefit of the ELSS is that the premiums paid are tax deductible under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. Additionally, the returns that you receive after the three year lock-in period are also exempt from tax.
Benefits of ELSS fundsLet us take a look at some of the many benefits of an Equity Linked Savings Scheme.
- Income Tax Benefits: According to Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, a total investment of upto Rs. 1.5 Lakh can be deducted from the taxable income. You may invest more than Rs. 1.5 lakh in ELSS if you wish, but the tax exemption only applies to investment upto that amount.
- Unlike other tax saving schemes, the ELSS invests in equity, which has a greater potential to generate higher returns.
- ELSS tax saving schemes have a lock-in period of just 3 years. When compared to other tax-saving options, this is much shorter.
When it comes to ELSS, a lot of talk comes down to the lock-in period. But one must also understand what a lock-in period is, and how it applies to ELSS funds.
What is a Lock-in period?A lock-in period of any investment is a period of time before which you cannot withdraw or redeem your investment. Only and only after the lock-in period is over do you have access to your invested funds.
Now let us see how this works in an ELSS scheme.
In ELSS, just like any mutual fund, you have the option of either investing a lump sum amount in one go, or via Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) wherein you invest an amount every month. The lock-in period concept applies differently to both these methods.
Lump Sum ELSS InvestmentSuppose you invested a lump sum amount of Rs. 10,000 in an ELSS scheme on 1st December 2020. For your investment, let us assume you received 1000 units. According to the ELSS lock-in period of 3 years, you cannot redeem your units upto three years, i.e. until 1st December 2023. You can redeem all of your units or withdraw your investment only after 1st December 2023.
SIP ELSS InvestmentWhen it comes to SIP investment in ELSS, the concept of lock-in period is a little different. In a Systematic Investment Plan, you invest a fixed amount every month. Therefore, the lock-in period of three years applies to all your monthly investments individually.
For eg: if you invest Rs. 2000 every month from January 2021 to May 2021, a total of 5 months.
Let us assume for simplicity’s sake that you receive 100 units every month for your Rs. 2000 investment.
So, your investment will be as follows:
January 2021: Rs. 2000 investment, 100 units
February 2021: Rs. 2000 investment, 100 units
March 2021: Rs. 2000 investment, 100 units
April 2021: Rs. 2000 investment, 100 units
May 2021: Rs. 2000 investment, 100 units
Now the lock-in period of your January units will be 3 years, that is they can only be redeemed after January 2024. The other units of February, March, April and May are still in the lock-in period and are not eligible for redemption. They can only be redeemed after the complete 3-year term is over.
Can ELSS Funds Be Withdrawn Before the Lock-In Period?Now that we know how the lock-in period of an ELSS works, the question in everyone’s mind is always the same. What if we need emergency funds and wish to make an ELSS withdrawal before 3 years? The simple answer is that you cannot withdraw your ELSS before the lock-in period.
However, you can choose to get a loan against mutual funds (LAMF) if you want to fulfil an urgent need for funds. Many lenders allow you to keep your mutual funds as a collateral for a loan. The tenures for such a loan is usually short and the loan amount can be around 10-50 % of the value of the mutual funds.
Therefore, it is evident from the above information that the ELSS scheme has a mandatory lock-in period of three years and it works differently for lump-sum and SIP investments. Mutual funds always give better returns if the investment is for a longer term. Even in ELSS, refrain from redeeming your funds after the lock-in period, because a longer investment is bound to give you better returns.
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