Investing for TAX SAVING!

The major reason why a large number of young people invest is to save tax! In fact, thank God for tax. If tax did not exist, the youth would never even think about investing!

Incase you do not know how this whole “tax saving” and investing thing works, let us explain that first.
You see the Govt. wants us to invest in certain things. Some of the things that the Govt. wants us to invest in are for our own good. The other things are for the good of the nation. So to encourage people to invest their money in the “these things” the Govt. says that, “If you invest your money in these things, you do not have to pay ‘income tax’ for earning that money!”

Incase you are confused, I will just give you are very basic and crude explanation on how income tax is calculated and paid. You see, “income tax” is all about your “income” i.e. the money you earn! You have to basically pay a portion of what you earn to the Govt.

Suppose you do a job and you earn Rs.20,000 every month you will have to pay a part or a “percentage” of that money to the Govt. What is the percentage that you have to pay? That depends on the “tax bracket” you fall in.

What is a tax bracket?  You see, the Govt. feels that rich people can afford to give more money towards the development of the country and poor people cannot give much. Also the really poor people cannot give anything at all since they are struggling financially. So the Govt. has decided whether you are “very poor” or “poor” or “rich” or “very rich” depending on how much income you make. If you fall in the “very rich” category than you have to pay a big percentage of your money towards the county. If you fall in the “very poor” category you do not have to pay anything to the country.

This is basically what tax brackets are. The Govt. has decided what percentage of your income you must pay as “income tax” depending on how much you make or which “tax bracket” you fall in.

Now there is a legal way of paying less tax than what you are supposed to pay. And this way is though “investments”. If you invest part of your income into Govt. bonds, infrastructure bonds, life insurance etc. then your income will reduce and you will have to pay less to the Govt though income tax!

However, this is not true for any type of investment. It is true only for certain types of investments as stated by the Govt. Also, if you invest your money in these tax saving things, it does not just “go away”! You actually create an asset. An asset that produces money for your self. So, instead of loosing the earning power of the money by giving it to the Govt. though income tax, you could use the money to create an asset and also save tax in the process.

Again, incase you lost the original point in all the explanation, invest your money to save tax!

What we have told you above, are just the very basics of saving tax. There is a lot more to learn! If you are interested, we suggest you read the book "How to save income tax though tax planning?". You can get yourself the book from

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Table Of Contents

  1. How to manage your money? - Intro
  2. Why should you invest your money?
  3.       >> For making "big buys"!
  4.       >> For tax saving!
  5.       >> Inflation
  6.       >> "The power of compounding!"
  7. How to invest?
  8. Investing in Mutual Funds!
  9. Assured return investments...
  10.       >> Fixed Deposits (FD's)
  11.       >> Public Provident Fund (PPF)
  12.       >> Employees Provident Fund (EPF)
  13.       >> National Savings Certificate (NSC)
  14.       >> Kisan Vikas Patra
  15.       >> Post-office - Monthly Income Scheme 
  16.       >> Post-office - Time Deposits
  17. Insurance