India Post provides secure investment solutions with variable interest rates. The Government of India periodically sets these rates for post office deposit programs, assuring continuous growth for investors. These programs, administered by the National Savings Institute under the Department of Economic Affairs, are risk-free and offer significant returns.
Top 9 Tax-Saving India Post Investment Schemes
1. National Savings Certificates (NSC)
With a five-year term, NSC gives a 7.7% p.a. interest rate that is compounded yearly and paid out at maturity.
2. Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)
With a current interest rate of 7%, your investment in KVP will double in 123 months or 10 years and three months.
3. Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts (SSA)
Designed specifically for female children under the age of ten, SSA gives 8% p.a. interest rate, calculated and compounded annually.
4. Senior Citizen Savings System (SCSS)
This government-backed retirement system accepts lump sum contributions and pays out quarterly at an 8.2% interest rate for Q2 FY 2023-24.
5. 15-Year Public Provident Fund Account (PPF)
A popular investment and retirement instrument with Section 80C income tax deductions of up to Rs 1.5 lakh every fiscal year. PPFs pay tax-free interest at a rate of 7.1% per year, compounded yearly.
6. Post Office Savings Account
You can earn 4% annual interest on fully taxable interest with no TDS reduction.
7. 5-Year Post Office Recurring Deposit Account (RD)
Begin with a monthly deposit of Rs 100 and earn an annual interest rate of 6.5% compounded quarterly.
8. Post Office Time Deposit Account (TD)
A time deposit account is similar to a bank fixed deposit, with terms ranging from one to five years. The interest is calculated quarterly but paid out once a year. Rates for one-year accounts in Q2 FY 2023-24 are 6.9%, 7% for two- and three-year accounts, and 7.5% for five-year accounts.
9. Post Office Monthly Income Scheme Account (MIS)
A low-risk investment that provides regular monthly income at a rate of 7.40% per annum. The scheme has a five-year lock-in term.