What is the National Pension Scheme?The National Pension Scheme is a government-sponsored voluntary pension system. It is like a mutual fund but is targeted to only make retirement related savings. The pension savings, here, are linked to the market. Thus, the returns of the scheme are not fixed as they rely on the performance of the pension manager and market.
What is the Public Provident Fund?The Public Provident Fund is a government-funded long-term savings vehicle. It is regarded as an evergreen investment scheme as it enjoys the Exempt-Exempt-Exempt (EEE) treatment. It is widely popular amongst long-horizon investors who are looking to save tax and build a corpus for their retirement. It is regarded as one of the safest savings plans in India since it is fully guaranteed by the Central Government.
NPS vs PPF
|Return||10-14% (subject to changes in the market)||7.9% in Q1 FY 2020-2021 (revised by the Finance Ministry every quarter)|
|Minimum Investment||Rs. 6,000 p.a.||Rs. 500 p.a.|
|Maximum Investment||No limit||Rs. 1,50,000 p.a.|
|Tenure||Unlimited (subject to attainment of 60 years of age, after which extension for investment up to 70 years of age is available)||15 years|
|Tax Deduction on Contribution||Up to Rs. 1,50,000 u/s 80ccd(1) as long as such deduction does not exceed 10% of basic salary or 20% of gross income and an additional tax deduction of Rs. 50000 available u/s 80ccd(2)||Up to Rs. 1,50,000 u/s 80c|
|Taxability of Matured Sum||60% of the matured sum can be withdrawn tax-free. The balance 40% must be mandatorily used to buy an annuity||Tax-Exempt|
|Withdrawal||25% of the contributions can be withdrawn after staying invested for 3 years for specified reasons||Partial withdrawals may be made 7th year onwards (some banks allow partial withdrawals from the 5th year)|
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