National Pension SchemeThe National Pension Scheme (NPS) is a social security scheme introduced by the Central Government. It is open to any Indian citizen between the ages of 18 and 65.NPS works like a combination of a bank account and mutual fund. You need to open an NPS account and deposit your money; these deposits are invested in pension funds that work like mutual funds.
During the course of your employment you can invest regularly in this pension scheme and avail benefits at the time of retirement. A certain percentage of your pension fund can be withdrawn by you as a lump sum, when you retire. The remaining amount will be paid to you as a monthly pension. This is a voluntary scheme that is portable across jobs and locations.
Features and Benefits of the National Pension Scheme
● Return on InvestmentA certain percentage of the National Pension Scheme is invested in equities. Hence, it has the potential to yield higher returns than other tax-saving instruments. The National Pension Scheme has been in operation for over a decade now and has generated an annualised return of 8-10%.
● Balancing of RiskThe maximum equity exposure in National Pension Scheme is limited to 50-75%. It is limited to 50% for Government employees. For those over 60 years of age, the equity exposure is capped at 50%. For investors who have crossed 50 years of age, the equity exposure reduces by 2.5% every subsequent year. Thus, the scheme seeks to strike a balance between returns and safety.
● Tax BenefitThe amount that you contribute to your pension fund is eligible for tax deduction under Sec 80 C and Sec 80 CCD of the Income Tax Act.
Who Should Invest?The National Pension Scheme has come as a boon to any salaried person who is not eligible for pension from the employer. It is also an ideal choice for people who are looking for a low-risk investment that can provide a regular income during their retired life. Since the scheme comes with tax benefits, it is an excellent tax-saving instrument.
National Pension Scheme is an excellent investment avenue for those who wish to invest in a safe, tax-efficient product that can guarantee a monthly pension after retirement.
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