Retired and Enjoy Scheme
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Retirement means the end of earning period for many, unless one chooses to work as a consultant. For retirees, making the best use of their retirement corpus that would help keep tax liability at bay and provide a regular stream of income is of prime importance. Building a retirement portfolio with a mix of fixed income and market-linked investments remains a big challenge for many retirees. The challenge is not to outlive the retirement funds – one retires at 58 or 60, while the life expectancy.
Probably the first choice of most retirees, the Senior Citizens’ Saving Scheme (SCSS) is a must-have in their investment portfolios. As the name suggests, the scheme is available only to senior citizens or early retirees. SCSS can be availed from a post office or a bank by anyone above 60. Early retirees can invest in SCSS, provided they do so within one month of receiving their retirement funds. SCSS has a five-year tenure, which can be further extended by three years once the scheme matures.
Currently, the interest rate in SCSS is 8.6 per cent per annum, payable quarterly and fully taxable. The rates are set each quarter and linked to the G-sec rates with a spread of 100 basis points. Once invested, the rates remain fixed for the entire tenure. Currently, SCSS offers the highest post-tax returns among all comparable fixed income taxable products. The upper investment limit is Rs 15 lakh and one may open more than one account.
POMIS is a five-year investment with a maximum cap of Rs 9 lakh under joint ownership and Rs 4.5 lakh under single ownership. The interest rate is set each quarter and is currently at 7.8 per cent per annum, payable monthly. The investment in POMIS doesn’t qualify for any tax benefit and the interest is fully taxable.