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Last Year For ELSS

While ELSS give you dual benefits, they will no longer be a tax-saving instrument after the DTC…

I am 31 and want to invest Rs 10,000 every month in mutual funds. Of this I wish to invest Rs 5,000 in tax saving mutual funds and the remaining for growth. Please suggest funds that I can invest in?- Dr Vishal Kapoor

Investing in tax planning funds has the dual advantage of tax savings as well exposure to invest in equity funds. You can invest in Canara Robeco Equity Tax Saver or Fidelity Tax Advantage. Both these funds are highly rated with a proven track record and performance history to safely invest in. However, remember that these funds come with a three-year lock-in to avail of tax benefits. Moreover, this is the last financial year when you can invest in these to avail tax deductions under Section 80C, as under the direct tax regime from April 1, 2012 this category no more falls under the list of instruments that offer tax deductions on investments. You can invest the remaining Rs 5,000 in a large-cap fund such as DSPBR Top 100 Equity or Franklin India Bluechip for long-term growth.

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