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ELSS Fund - Equity Linked Saving Scheme

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What is ELSS?

Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) funds are tax-saving mutual funds in India. These investments combine the benefits of equity investments with tax deductions under Section 80C.

These ELSS schemes come with a 3-year lock-in period. Once the lock-in period is over, investors are free to redeem their units or switch. As per CBDT rules, ELSS shall remain invested to the extent of at least 80% in equity and equity related securities. So all ELSS schemes are required to invest in equities and equities are always subject to volatility.

ELSS schemes may be an ideal option, but investors investing in any mutual fund should carefully consider their risk tolerance, investment goals, and time horizon.

Benefits of ELSS Funds

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The primary benefit of ELSS is tax saving. By investing in ELSS, you can claim annual tax deductions on investments up to Rs.1.5 lakh under Section 80C.

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    Save Tax

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    Power of Compounding

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    Wealth Creation

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    No Maximum Period

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    SIP Option

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    Ease of Investment

Why choose equity for long-term wealth creation?

  • If you had invested, what would your returns be?
  • Performance of equities
  • 5 Years

    Amount Invested
    ₹6,00,000

    Current Value
    ₹7,83,785

  • 10 Years

    Amount Invested
    ₹12,00,000

    Current Value
    ₹20,50,340

  • 15 Years

    Amount Invested
    ₹18,00,000

    Current Value
    ₹41,86,232

  • 20 Years

    Amount Invested
    ₹24,00,000

    Current Value
    ₹1,03,86,776

Based on a SIP of 10,000 in S&P BSE Sensex on the last day of each month. As on: 31st January 2020. Source: Bloomberg

Past performance may or may not be sustained in future

Learn more about ELSS Funds

How To Choose ELSS Funds Based On Your Investment Objective?

How To Choose ELSS Funds Based On Your Investment Objective?

If you are someone with a moderately high risk appetite with a long term investment objective who wishes to seek capital gains through equity investments, you might want to consider ELSS as a solution to your taxes.

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7 Things to Know Before Investing in an ELSS Fund

7 Things to Know Before Investing in an ELSS Fund

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How ELSS Can Help You in Tax Saving and Retirement Planning

How ELSS Can Help You in Tax Saving and Retirement Planning

Generally, while setting their ultimate financial goal, investors tend to ignore one of its aspects, and this is planning for retirement.

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FAQs on ELSS Tax Saving Funds

When you invest in ELSS of up to Rs 150000, you can claim taxation deduction of up to Rs.46,800 every year and a chance to create wealth. 


Issiliye sochna kya hai, #ELSSHaiNa. 

ELSS is like any other open-ended equity fund. It's just that it has a lock-in period of 3 years, which means you can't redeem the investment before 3 years from the allotment date.
Money is invested in equities, which holds the potential to create wealth over a period of time. With ELSS, you can plan long-term financial goals such as your retirement, children's education and their marriage, or anything, with ease. When you invest in ELSS of up to Rs 150000, you can claim taxation deduction of  up to Rs.46,800 every year and a chance to create wealth

Oh yes! 
Since the money is invested in equities, it has the potential to create wealth over a long-term period.

There is no right or wrong time for investing in equity mutual funds. Don't try to time the market. The sooner you invest, the better!

ELSS has one of the shortest lock-in periods compared to other tax-saving instruments. Just 3 years! 
And it is a good thing. Here's why.

The inherent advantage is that money stays invested.

The answer is either.
For example, assuming  you want to invest Rs. 1.5 lakhs in ELSS, you can either do so in one go or else do a SIP of Rs. 12,500 per month to avail tax benefits during a particular financial year.

An SIP is a hassle-free way to invest your money in equity mutual funds. The minimum investment amount in ELSS for SIP or Lumpsum is just Rs. 500.

Remember, ELSS has a lock-in period of three years. Meaning, you will not be able to redeem your units before the completion of three years. Post redemption it will be taxable as Long term capital gain (LTCG). Long-term capital gains (LTCG) up to Rs 1 lakh is  tax-free and  LTCG over Rs 1 lakh is taxable at the rate of 10% without the benefit of indexation.

Disclaimer -
*ELSS Investments are subject to a 3-year lock-in period and are eligible for tax benefit under section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

#As per the present tax laws, eligible investors (individual/HUF) are entitled to deduction from their gross income of the amount invested in Equity Linked Saving Scheme (ELSS) up to Rs.1.5 lakhs (along with other prescribed investments) under section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Tax savings of Rs. 46,800 mentioned above is calculated for the highest income tax slab.


Finance Act, 2020 has announced a new tax regime giving taxpayers an option to pay taxes at a concessional rate (new slab rates) from FY 2020-21 onwards. Any individual/ HUF opting to be taxed under the new tax regime from FY 2020-21 onwards will have to give up certain exemptions and deductions. Since, individuals/ HUF opting for the new tax regime are not eligible for Chapter VI-A deductions, the investment in ELSS Funds cannot be claimed as deduction from the total income.

Investors are advised to consult his/her own Tax Consultant with respect to the specific amount of tax and other implications arising out of his/her participation in ELSS


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