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How To Withdraw Your Money From PPF Account

Hour of the need is money for many people and even if they had made investment say, under section 80C of our IT Act, they are not clear whether they are eligible to withdraw their money after maturity or partially. The post will give a clear idea about PPF Withdrawal.
The PPF is a Central Government Scheme, which is a long term small savings scheme to provide retirement security to self-employed individuals and workers in the unorganized sector. PPF account can be opened in any branches of State Bank of India or its subsidiaries or select branches of designated nationalized banks or select Post Offices across India. How to open an account or rules is not a matter now. The point here is to withdraw on maturity or partial withdrawal from account or continuation of account after maturity with investment or earning interest without investment.
Consider the below chart with applicable PPF rules where Rs. 1,00,000 is deposited in a PPF account from the Year 2011 to 2028. Account holder can withdraw from PPF account after completion  after the expiry of 5 full financial years from the end of the year in which initial investment was made or say amount can be withdrawn after completion of 6 years.

In the above case, account holder can withdraw money from his / her PPF Account only at the end of 6th Year of operation, so its ideally 7th year beginning. The PPF Withdrawal Rules in states that the maximum amount of withdrawal from PPF Account is 50% of the amount retained / remaining in the PPF account in the end of 4th year. In the above example its Rs. 3,55,293.45 INR and 50% of this amount is Rs.1,77,646.73 INR and so the Withdrawal Rules in PPF continues till the end of 12th year of which the amount can be withdrawn during the 15 year end. So ideally in PPF Withdrawal Rules is valid from 7th year end to 15th year end.
On maturity, the account holder can decide to withdraw all the money which is exempted from tax. The account holder of PPF account can continue to invest in PPF Account after the completion of maturity period by extending his lock-in-period for block of 5 years. In-case, if the account holder chooses to extend the account without making any fresh contributions, the left over balance will continue to earn interest till it is withdrawn.
For clear information about PPF account opening and withdrawal rules, refer Rajesh Goyal's article on PPF account AllBankingSolutions.com and www.ppfaccount.in

What Is Big With Sukanya Samriddhi Account aka Selvamagal Semipu With Calculator Chart

The talk of the town and many places are about a new scheme going hot on whatsapp circulation, it is not about “Sukanya Samriddhi Account”, and it is about making money or a kind of investment to the expectations of people who are looking to make easy money. The scheme about parents having a daughter who is below 10 years, they need to open an account in her name by paying Rs. 1000 for the first time and has to pay Rs. 100 every month till she completes the age of 21 will get Rs. 6,50,000 for her marriage. How it is possible? Even one who opens an account for his or her infant baby and pays that monthly Rs. 100 at the age of 21, with interest it will come to Rs. 40,000 or so, but how come the amount jump to Rs. 6,50,000 seems a fake message in the name of “Selva Maghal Thirumana Thittam” (Disclaimer: Please, check for such a scheme).
If you google and do a search for “Selva Maghal Thirumana Thittam”, you will find a lot of marriage halls in Tamil Nadu but not the information about scheme. What I found was “Sukanya Samriddhi Account” or “Selvamagal Semipu”, which is a Girl Child Prosperity Scheme where a parent or guardian needs to open an account in girl’s name in a post office or authorized commercial bank and earn an interest currently 9.1% (FY 2014-15)  to whatever the amount the deposited in that account to a maximum cap of Rs. 1,50,000 per account per year and the amount is exempted under section 80C of income tax, India.
Be sure that one may not get Rs. 6,50,000 on paying Rs. 100 every month till the girl attains the age of 21, it is a Girl Child Prosperity Scheme named “Sukanya Samriddhi Account” launched with effective notification from Ministry of Finance with notification number G.S.R.863(E) Dated 02.12.2014, scheme will be governed by ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account Rules, 2014’
Under the scheme, an interest of 9.1 per cent is provided on deposited amount which is tax free. The account under this scheme a saving account can be opened by the parent or legal guardian of a girl child of less than 10 years of age (born on or after: 02-December-2003; For FY 2014-15) with a minimum deposit of 1,000/- in any post office or authorized branches of commercial bank.
Partial withdrawal up to 50 per cent of the account balance is allowed to meet education expenses of the girl child till she attains 18 years of age. The account will remain operative for 21 years from the date of opening of the account or till marriage of the girl child.
Features Of Sukanya Samriddhi Account
  • Per girl child only single account is allowed. Parents can open this account for maximum two girl child. In case of twins this facility will be extended to third child
  • Minimum deposit amount for this account is 1,000/- and maximum is 1,50,000/- per year.
  • Money to be deposited for 14 years in this account.
  • Interest rate for this account is 9.1% per annum, calculated on yearly basis ,Yearly compounded.
  • Passbook facility is available with Sukanya Samriddhi account.
  • From FY 2015-16 the interest earned on account will be tax exempted. As per Finance Bill 2015-16.
Document required for opening Sukanya Samriddhi Account:-
Birth certificate of girl child along with  Address proof and Identity proof of parent or gurdian of the girl child.
Below chart is to understand the amount invested and final amount to be received till the girl child attains the age of 21 in Sukanya Samriddhi account. Table gives a clear picture for yearly investment of Rs. 1,000.00 and Rs. 1,50,000.00 for a investment period of 14 years.
Thanks to my investment ideas: http://goo.gl/dfJ0eF 

Changes in Provident Fund Rules

Changes in Provident Fund Rules
planning for retirement is as important as planning for one’s career and marriage. Everybody wishes to have a secure, independent retirement life, where you would not depend on others for your needs. Investments and allocations are accordingly channelized in this direction to achieve the desired goals. The Employee Provident Fund (EPF), Employee Pension Scheme (EPS) and Public Provident Fund (PPF) are some of the popular products to invest for the retirement years.

In the past few months, radical changes have been introduced in these schemes. Let us have a look at them.

1) PF portability: Every time you join a new company, you were given a new PF number. Then you had the option of moving your funds to the new account. Whether you did this or not affected the taxability of your PF deposits. Not any more. Your PF accounts are now going to be portable. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to launch the much-awaited Universal PF Account Number (UAN) website to enable PF portability on October 16. The UAN will be portable throughout the working career of an employee. With the UAN in place, workers in the organized sector need not apply for transfer of PF claim in case of job-change. This means, the PF subscriber will not get a new number on joining a new firm. Instead the employee will get an ID linked to UAN. So, this mechanism will help in smoothening PF transfer claims. The new website is expected to provide an individual personalized log-in mechanism to help in tasks like viewing updated PF amount, transfer claims and updating KYC.

Currently, the EPFO is in the process of linking the UAN of its 40 million subscribers with their bank accounts, Permanent Account Number (PAN), Aadhar and other identification details.

2) Bank account and PF portability: The retirement fund body has asked companies to provide bank account numbers of their employer members by October 15. It has also asked for the IFSC or Indian Financial System Code number for easy transfer of PF payment. The IFSC helps identify the branch where the account is based. This helps transfer money easily. The bank account numbers with IFSC codes will be linked to the Universal PF Account Number (UAN). This will help in portability of PF accounts.

3) Higher PF wage ceiling: The retirement fund body Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has raised the salary limit for maintaining a PF account to Rs 15,000. Earlier, the limit was Rs 6,500 per month. This means, any organized sector employee earning up to Rs 15,000-a-month have to compulsorily hold an EPF account with the government. For those earning more than Rs 15,000, it is a voluntary option. This is to ensure that low-wage earners have a sufficient kitty to help them in their retirement. This new measure is expected to bring in 50 lakh new PF subscribers, according to the EPFO.

12% of an employee’s basic salary goes to the PF account and is payable back to him/her together with interest once he/she leaves the company. The employer too pays an equal sum – 12% of the basic salary. Out of this, 8.33% goes into the pension scheme and 3.67% into the EPF.

As of now, only organized sector employees are covered under the social security scheme. They amount to about 8% of the total workforce. This still leaves the majority of India’s workers in the unorganized sector without sufficient retirement help.

4) Minimum monthly pension: Once the EPFO subscriber dies, his or her family gets an amount on a monthly basis. The government has raised the minimum monthly pension distributed to Rs 1,000 per month for the financial year 2014-2015. This move will benefit about 28 lakh pensioners, especially widows, some of whom get a paltry sum of Rs 150-200 a month.

5) Insurance limit hiked: Maximum sum assured under Employee Deposit Linked Scheme, 1976 (EDLI) has been hiked to Rs 3 lakhs plus 20% ad hoc benefit over the prescribed amount. This means in case of the death of the subscriber under EPFO, his family is entitled to get Rs 3.6 lakhs instead of the current Rs 1.56 lakhs.

All employers to whom the Employee Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provision Act applies, have to mandatorily subscribe to the EDLI scheme to provide life insurance benefit to their employees.

The above 3 changes have come into effect from September 1, 2014

6) PF interest rate: When you invest in a provident fund, you earn an interest. The government fixes this rate on a yearly basis. For the year 2014-15, the interest rate on provident fund deposits has been retained at 8.75%. This means, the nearly 50 million PF subscribers will earn 8.75% on their deposit amount this year.

7) Tax on PF withdrawal: If an employee withdraws his PF accumulation before five years of completing service, the entire amount withdrawn will be taxable for that year. However, if you transferred your PF every time you changed you job, your total tenure of work will be calculated. For example, if you worked for a year at company A and for four years at company B, and you transferred your PF, then a total work-period of five years will be calculated.

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