Income Tax Slabs & Rates Financial Year 2018-19 (Assessment Year 2019-20)

Income Tax Slabs For Financial Year 2018-19
Income Tax Rates remain unaltered in the Budget 2018 for the next Financial Year. The chart above shows the latest Tax rates applicable for the FY 18-19 (Assessment Year 2019-20). However Cess has been revised to 4% from 3% and Standard Deduction reintroduced, details about the applicability on the Income along with exemption limit has been discussed below. Impact of the minor changes to your Tax Liability will be discussed in the upcoming post. Income Tax Rates applicable for Senior…

Budget 2018: Highlights

Budget 2018 Highlights
Budget 2018 is the last comprehensive budget for the current Government before General Election slated for 2019. The Budget was expected to be a populist one considering Lok Sabha as well as eight State Legislative Elections coming up. Government has tried to strike balance between Populism and Reforms. Budget 2018 may be seen as attempt to provide some benefits to each section of the society but primary focus was on Rural Population, Farmers and the Agriculture Sector. The Salaried Class…

Mutual Fund Investment: Difference between Direct and Regular Plan

Mutual Fund Difference between Regular and Direct Funds
Mutual Fund is diversified pool of funds collected from investors which is professionally managed by Fund Managers. The fund pooled by the Fund Managers is invested in purchasing securities. The fund is invested in multiple securities, Investors are expected to benefit from the diversification as the risk is mitigated and strengthens the prospect of better returns. Since the Fund is professionally managed by Portfolio Managers, the investors are saved from the hassle of managing the Fund. However, Investors may easily…

Investment in Bitcoin: Should You Ride The Wave?

Investment in Bitcoins
Cryptocurrency saw enormous interest in 2017 largely due to huge surge in the valuations along with expectation of phenomenal growth in the future. However, the new form of virtual currency exists in multiple forms making it difficult for the layman to understand the dynamics of the cryptocurrency. Even the absence of Centralized Authority and proper legislation governing the transactions makes it is highly vulnerable investment option. Furthermore, Peer to Peer based network intended to eliminate the intermediaries makes it difficult…

Investment In Properties Made Simple By SmartOwner

SmartOwner
The incredible advances in technology over the last decade have profoundly impacted humanity in a myriad of ways. In fields as varied as Communication, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Health, Education, Travel and Science, software and hardware are revolutionizing how we live our lives. Financial services are no exception to this upheaval, and a number of pioneering companies are using technology to make finding a good investment as easy as opening your computer. SmartOwner, India’s largest property marketplace, is a great example of…

Best Performing ELSS Mutual Funds for Investment in 2018-19

Top ELSS Mutual Funds 2018-19
Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) is Tax Saving Mutual Fund Investment Scheme. The investment in the scheme is eligible for Income Tax Deduction U/S 80C up to the maximum limit of Rs 1,50,000/-. However, the maximum limit is inclusive of other investment schemes eligible for deduction under Section 80C. ELSS has the shortest lock in period of 3 years among other tax saving investment plans. The returns on the ELSS are market linked which is moderately volatile, but investment over…

Cryptocurrency Market: All You Need To Know

Cryptocurrency Market
Cryptocurrency is the new craze among millennials as digitization is impacting our lives in every which way possible. Eventually leading to advent of virtual currency which is regarded to be the substitute of fiat currency (Dollars, Euro, INR, etc). However, the Virtual Currency has created a lot of buzz and concerns at the same time as dealing in digital currency which is decentralized raises regulatory issues. The peer to peer based nature of transactions eliminates middlemen but also creates probability…

Small Savings Schemes Interest Rates Revised For 4th Quarter (January-March) Of Financial Year 2017-18

Small Savings Scheme Interest Rates
Government has revised the popular Small Savings Schemes interest rates for the 4th Quarter of the Current Financial Year 2017-18. Last Year, Government had decided to align the small savings schemes interest rates with the relevant market rates of Government Securities. The rates are now recalibrated every quarter in order to maintain it at par with the current market rates. The interest rates on Small Savings Schemes are slightly higher as compared to rates offered by Banks. The Central Bank (RBI)…

Benefits Calculation Under Gratuity Act

Benefits Calculation Under Gratuity Act
Gratuity is provided to Employees in recognition of their service rendered to the Organization. The minimum tenure of service to be eligible for Gratuity is 5 years (4 years and 240 days). Benefits Calculation Under Gratuity Act is simple and easy to understand. In my earlier post I have discussed about the Gratuity Act, 1972 and the salient features of the act. Here I would discuss the calculation of Gratuity and Tax Liability on the same. Refer to the link…

Payment of Gratuity Act

Gratuity Act
Gratuity is a benefit extended to the Employees in gratitude of the service rendered to the Organization/Employer. Gratuity like other Statutory Benefits like Provident Fund and Pension Fund is received by the employee at the end of their employment tenure. Gratuity Act was introduced in 1972 as Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. However in the Appointment Letter, Annual Increment letter you will find CTC includes the Gratuity as well. In fact, while arriving at Cost to Company (CTC) for an…