Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana -LIC’s 8% Guaranteed Pension Plan

As it was promised by Ministry Of Finance, during the Budget 2017, the Government has announced Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY). This is available from LIC with 8% guaranteed pension plan.

Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

Let us see the features of this scheme.

Note:-Budget 2018-Effective from 1st April 2018, the limit of investment under this scheme raised to Rs.15,00,000 from the existing Rs.7,50,000. Also, the investment date was extended up to 31st March 2020.

Features and eligibility conditions of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

# Minimum Age at entry should be 60 Yrs of age.

# There is no maximum age limit set.

# The monthly pension will be 8%. The effective rate will be 8.3%.

# The pension period or policy term is 10 Yrs.

# Minimum pension per month is Rs.1,000, quarterly is Rs.3,000, half yearly is Rs.6,000 and yearly is Rs.12,000.

# Maximum monthly pension in this plan is monthly Rs.5,000, quarterly Rs.15,000, half yearly Rs.30,000 and yearly Rs. 60,000.

# This plan will be available for sale from LIC of India. You can buy Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY) either through online or offline. But LIC is the only insurance company which will sell this.

# You can buy this plan from 4th May 2017 to 3rd May 2018. Therefore, this plan is a limited period pension plan.

# You can surrender this policy during the policy period under certain exceptional circumstances like pensioner requires money for treatment of any critical/terminal illness of self or spouse. Surrender value payable will be 98% of purchase price.

# You can avail the loan facility after completion of 3 policy years. The maximum loan payable will be 75% of purchase price. Interest on the loan will be recovered from the pension amount.

# If the pensioner suicide during the policy period, then his nominee or legal heirs will receive the full purchase price.

# The pension will be directly credited to your savings account using NEFT facility or Aadhaar Enabled Payment System.

# Pension is payable at the end of each period, during the policy term of 10 years, as per the frequency of monthly/ quarterly/ half-yearly/ yearly as chosen by the pensioner at the time of purchase.

# The scheme is exempted from Service Tax/ GST.

How much can you invest in Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana?

This is an immediate pension plan. This means if you invest in this plan, your pension will start from the next month itself. Below is the chart of the minimum and maximum investment under this plan.

Min and Max Investment and Benefits under Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

Do remember that this ceiling of minimum and maximum pension is to the whole family. Here, the meaning of family means self, spouse, and dependents.

The ceiling of maximum pension is for a family as a whole, the family will comprise of pensioner, his/her spouse and dependants.

Benefits of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

The benefits under this plan are as below.

# During policy period

The pensioner will receive the monthly, quarterly, half yearly or yearly pension as he has opted during the time of buying.

# Death Benefits

On the death of the pensioner during the policy term, the Purchase Price will be refunded to the nominee (or legal heirs in absence of nominee).

# Maturity Benefits

If the pensioner survives up to the end of the policy term, Purchase Price and final installment of the pension will be paid to the pensioner.

Tax Benefits of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

The deposits made in the scheme are exempt from income tax under section 80C of Income Tax Act, 1961. However, the interest-earning is taxable income for you. Also, TDS is applicable for such interest income.

Review of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

As usual, only a few positives but includes many negatives. Let us see the review one by one.

  1. No Tax Benefits-I may say this product as one more failure. Senior Citizens desperately looking for tax benefits tax relief when they receive the pension. However, this product fails to meet that expectation.
  2. Liquidity-As one grows older, uncertainties related health or other issues pop up. Hence, one must invest in a highly liquid product. However, in this case, liquidity is available in exceptional cases. Hence, it fails to understand the requirement of senior citizens.
  3. Inflation– This plan will give you same equal monthly pension. But who will take care of raising inflation in terms of health issues or cost of living?
  4. Maximum Ceiling-The maximum pension one can avail under this plan is Rs.5,000 a month and the maximum investable amount is Rs.7,50,000. This means that one can’t sustain by depending on this product itself. It is hard for an individual to survive with meager Rs.5,000 pension. It seems that a replication of Atal Pension Yojana. The only difference is, this is immediate annuity plan but APY is deferred annuity plan.
  5. Returns-The only eye catching in this product is 8% guaranteed pension. But tax and inflation will eat this 8% return and at the end, you may have to survive with the negative real return. However, if one compare with FDs, then this product may be an eye catching.
  6. You can go ahead IF-You can go ahead and invest in this plan IF you are not concerned about your taxation, inflation or not aware about other products like tax-free bonds or other debt products. Simple, straight forward, backed by Government and managed by LIC are the positives of this product.
  7. No Age based purchase-Unlike Jeevan Akshay VI, which is also LIC’s immediate annuity plan, in this plan the purchase price is fixed. It is not dependent on your age.

119 Comments

  1. i have invested in Pradhan Mantri Vaya vandana Yojna with LIC, New Delhi Branch. After a year I am planning to shift to Bangalore. So, can I transfer my this PMVVY to any LIC Branch in Bangalore. Please advice.

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  2. Is there a live certificate to be submitted every year? If yes how can I download the form? Where should I send the certificate to?

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    • Dear Manjula,
      I think so. Because it is a senior citizen product. You better be in touch with regional LIC Office.

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  3. There is no notification or circular regarding 80C deduction in any of the official government website. can you provide any information regarding on 80C notification/ Circular?

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    • Dear Alok,
      You can refer the Government notification on the same.

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  4. You refer to “this circular of min of fin,” for TDS. It is not a circular. It is written reply to a question by min of fin. Comments for TDS are in context of Sr. Ctzn. Save. Sch. and not VVY. It seems there is thorough confusion regarding TDS. If you can seek expert opinion and let your readers know it, it will be highly appreciated.
    Thanks.

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  5. Army personnel retire earlier than the age of 60 . Are they entitled to invest in this plan ?

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    • Dear Saumitra,
      As per my knowledge, there is no such relaxation for army personnel.

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  6. I am 70 years old and Become NRI Recently.i have oci also can I invest in this yojana?

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    • Dear Girish,
      In my view NO. However, I suggest you to clear the same from nearest LIC Branch as there is no clarity in this regard.

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  7. Sir,

    1) Whether the interest rates will be revised for the earlier investment?
    We have invested in this scheme assuming that we will get 8.30 % interest during tenure of this scheme.
    2) Whether this scheme is alive till March 2020?

    Kindly clarify

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    • Arunbhai-1) NO.
      2) Yes, I already mentioned the same in above post.

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  8. Hello sir,

    Thanks for the informative blog. I am an NRI and want to withdraw my India EPF and invest it in PMVVY for my senior citizen parents based in India. Can I do this? Is there any tax implication or any other thing which I need to look at?

    Regards,
    Nitin Garg

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    • Nitin-Yes you can do it. Check the applicability of tax for your EPF (less than 5 years means it will be taxable income for you).

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  9. SIR,
    I AM RETIRED PERSON HAVING AGE OF 67 YEARS. I HAVE INVESTED AN AMOUNT OF RS. 7.5 LACS IN PMVVYOJNA ON 23.08.2017. I WANT TO KNOW WHETHER THIS INVESTMENT QUALIFY FOR TAX BENEFIT UNDER SECTION 80C OF INCOME TAX ACT. SECONDLY, ACCORDING TO RECENT UNION BUDGET, MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF INVESTMENT IS RAISED FROM 7.5 LACS TO 15 LACS INTO PMVVY AND EFFECTIVE FROM APRIL, 2018 ONWARD. KINDLY LET ME KNOW ABOUT THE ABOVE .
    THANKS AND REGARDS,

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    • Lakhvinder-I already explained about Sec.80C benefit and investment in this scheme. Hence, please refer the post properly. Yes, the limit now raised to Rs.15 lakh from the earlier Rs.7.5 lakh.

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      • I WANT TO KNOW WHETHER THIS PARTICULAR INVESTMENT QUALIFIED UNDER SEC 80C OF INCOME TAX ACT. PL REPLY ME IN YES OR NO.

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  10. CHECK ABOUT TDS. IT IS NOT THERE.

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    • Desai-It may not be there. But do you feel avoiding TDS means avoiding TAX??

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  11. Under PMVVY scheme form 15h is accepted for exemption of TDS. Please clarify.

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      • in my view there is no tds so no need of 15H, am i right sir?

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          • LIC deduct TDS on amount exceeding Rs. 1 Lakh. Since maximum pension amount is 60000 no TDS will be applicable. However, the pension amount is taxable in the hands of assessee received such pension.

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  12. In the last sentence of the tax benefits para, you have mentioned that TDS is applicable on such interest income but in the comments section, you have said that there is no TDS in the PMVVY scheme. Please tell me whether TDS is applicable or not?
    Regards…

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  13. Hi,

    Thanks for the helpful article as always. Would you recommend this plan over Jeevan Akshay VI or Post Office SCSS ?

    Regards,
    Samik.

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    • Samik-This gives a higher return than both the products you named.

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      • Sir, As per my understanding SCSS gives 8.3% whereas PMVVY gives only 8% return. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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        • Vasavan-Yes, but interest rate risk always on the head in case of SCSS, which is not with PMVVY.

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          • Well said Sir. Agreed.

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  14. whether i can invest 2.5 laks inthe pmvaya vandana scheme?

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  15. I WANT TO KNOW H.U.F. WILL BE INVESTED IN THIS YOJNA.

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    • Mukesh-In my view, HUF will not be eligible for Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana. However, for clarity I suggest you to consult the LIC branch.

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  16. Recently I invested in PM Vayavandhana Scheme. Shall I get the full interest or interest less TDS every month. I made an investment of ? 7.50 lakh on monthly interest plan. Can I get the first payment of interest from the first month or wait for sometime?

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    • Lalitha-As per my knowledge, there is TDS for the investors of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana. You will get immediately after the completion of a month.

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  17. My mother has already invested on LIC Varishta Pension Bima Yojana-828 arround 6.67 lacs.. Now can my father invest another 7.5 lacs in this Plan 842 (VAYA VANDANA)

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    • Udayan-Please see above post carefully. I already cleared this doubt.

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  18. Dear sir,
    My unmarried material aunt wants to open pmvvy pension policy with her nominee nephew i. e. me. My question, in future case of any emergencies with in 10 years of period how i introduce myself in front of lici? As far as i know they are not take any photo of nominee while opening the policy. If any unprecedented demising of insured person then how i give them relationship evidence? So, should i need to ready a will paper of prove of relationship between us for any same type of issues.

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    • Pratik-Legal heir certificate or registered will are the solutions.

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  19. Mr.Basavaraj Tonagatti, 7.5 L in the name of Husband and 7.5 L in the name of wife is it permissible, Thanks

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    • Srinivas-NO. Refer my lines “Do remember that this ceiling of minimum and maximum pension is to the whole family. Here, the meaning of family means self, spouse, and dependents.”.

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      • Is there any way they can detect if both husband and wife takes the policy individually? Relationships are not mentioned in PAN cards. So perhaps this is just a rule on paper but cannot be enforced.

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        • Anjan-As of now, there may not be a SYSTEM, but once implemented in future (like Aadhaar based), then they may return you the money without paying any interest on it and penalizing for earlier interest payment. Hence, better not to take such risks.

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  20. Sir,

    My mother who is 76 years old is a house wife and living alone in native. Can I invest my money in her name in Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY)? i.e; I will be issuing the cheque for buying this product from LIC. I intend to to invest the maximum of Rs.7.5 Lakh in 5 instalments over a period of 1 year or so. It is okay? Or should I necessarily transfer this money in her name name and she then invests? What about the taxation? Will it be taxed on me? My mother gets a monthly income of Rs.10,000/- from her senior citizen savings scheme from post office. Apart from this she does not have any other income. Please throw some light on this.

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    • Vasan-Yes, you can invest in her name. But the combined limit for an individual is ONLY Rs.7,50,000. Hence, you can’t invest Rs.7,50,000 each time. It is taxable income for her.

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      • Sir, Thank you for your quick reply.

        1. I want to know whether is there any Income Tax rule that she has to purchase this PMVVY from her own income?

        2. Please confirm that the pension will not be clubbed with my income and taxed in my name as I am in service and 55 years old.

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        • Vasavan-1) No such rule. You being her son, can gift the money to her and she can purchase it.
          2) It will not be clubbed to your income as clubbing provisions not apply with parents.

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          • Thank you so much , Sir

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  21. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO OPEN ACOOUNT (PMVVY PLAN 842). NOMINATED BRANCHES OF LIC IN DELHI DEALING INTO THIS.
    THANKS.

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    • My query has not been attended.

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      • Lakhvinder-Documents required are typical KYC and you can buy this product from all branches.

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        • I HAVE INVESTED AN AMOUNT OF RS. 750000/ IN AUGUST 2017. NOW MY WIFE WISHES TO INVEST FURTHER SOME AMOUNT INTO PMVVY.
          WHETHER TOTAL LIMIT IS RS 7.5 LACS FOR BOTH HUSBEND AND WIFE OR IT CAN BE MORE THAN THIS. PLAESE ADVISE.

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          • Lakhvinder-The combined limit for you both is Rs.7,50,000. Hence, your wife can’t invest.

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  22. No. it does not mean I am thinking of skipping TDS. In fact, I have an account in SCSS with one of the Banks. Bank has deducted TDS from the quarterly pay outs but it is not shown in the 26AS statement neither the Bank has included it in the TDS certificate 16A issued by the Bank to me. The payout belonged to the 4th quarter of last financial year. But the amount was credited in my account on 3.4.2017. Bank now says it will reflect in the 26AS as well as in TDS certificate of the first quarter of the current financial year. Is it OK from Income Tax point of view.

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    • Jain-If the TDS is for FY 2016-17, then it must include in Form 26AS of FY 2016-17 but not in the first quarter of FY 2017-18. I think they did wrong and not deposited the same with IT Dept. Hence, it is not reflecting.

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      • Thanks for your comments. However, Bank told me that this is in this way only. TDS deducted in a quarter is show in 26 AS in the next quarter only. This is being done in Post Office SCSS also.

        sc jain

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        • Jain-As per me, they deducted the TDS not before 31st of March. But still the earning is for the past FY means TDS must also be linked to that past year.

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  23. Dear Basu
    My father is 61 years with no fixed income. Recently our agricultural land was acquired by government for highway. He has received some 12 L rupees as compensation. Please guide HOW and WHERE should he invest this amount for secure future with good returns.
    P.S.>His monthly expenditure of Rs 5000-7000 as domestic expenses.
    > He may require 3L rupess for my younger bro wedding after 3-4 years.
    > My mother who is now 53 years will be his nominee.

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  24. Dear sir,
    I have 2 queries to you regardings pmvvy 2017

    First,suppose, i had invested one time payment amount of 500,000(monthly pension)
    parks as per condition but if i wish
    to invest further amount before the deadline of expiry date of that particular scheme for 250000 rupees(monthly pension) for my same to family…is it possible???

    second, suppose if i had gave cheque of SBI for my one time payment deduction to lici but i wish to credited my pension amount through another PSB savings a/c … is it possible or otherwise there have any stringent rules that it should be paid to payment deducted bank only …Because i want to get benefit credited by other PSB…is it possible???

    Please do clear of my both doubts.

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    • Pratik-Yes, you can break the investment like that. But the combined limit of all such investments per individual must not cross the maximum limit of Rs.7,50,000.

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      • Thanks..for..your..valuable..feedback…
        Further..i..want..to..ask..you..that..can..i..nominate..two..persons..for..this..plan???

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        • Pratik-That you have to check with LIC Officials as there is no such clarity.

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  25. Will there be TDS ?
    If we buy on line, how will policy document be delivered. Will they need documents proof before issuing policy

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    • Natarajan-There will not be any TDS. They send the documents to your address and email. Yes, once you submit the documents, then they verify and finally issue the policy.

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  26. Can you let know if i want to take this product online so there would be any additional incentives, purchasing through LIC Website apart from LIC Agent rout.

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    • Promod-There may be but not sure. This information is not available on online portal of LIC. Hence, better you discuss the same with branch.

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  27. which plan is better. this one Pradhanmantri vaya vandanaPension yojna or SCSS being adminstered through Banks.
    My second question is: in SCSS is it obligatory for the Bank to deduct TDS from the quarterly pay outs. And if the TDS is deducted from the pay outs, it is also obligatory for the bank to show the TDS deducted amount in 26 AS statement of the assessee.

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    • Jain-When you are looking for long term fixed return, then this product is best. Regarding TDS, do you feel skipping TDS does it mean skipping TAX??

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  28. Is it possible to invest more than 1.5 lakh each in 5 times in a gap of few months or one year each?

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    • Dipak-You can split the maximum limit of Rs.7.5 lakh into as per your wish. However, the combined limit for an individual must not be more than the maximum limit.

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  29. how the service tax deducted. is it deduct from pension. after policy holder death,purchase price given to nominee is taxable

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    • Vijay-It is deducted at the time of investment only. It is not taxable to a nominee.

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  30. Good review. Will investment in Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana -LIC’s 8% Guaranteed Pension Plan qualify for rebate under 80C or 80CCC.Regards Sanjiv Talwar

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    • Sanjiv-There are no tax benefits while investing or while getting a pension.

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  31. Will income tax be deducted at sourse while paying the pension ?

    Will the submission of form 15 H be necessary to get full pension without deduction of income tax ?

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    • Geeta-They will not deduct any tax (TDS). But it does not mean that you are OFF from your tax liability. It is still the taxable income and it is your responsibility to pay the tax as per your tax slab.

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      • LIC deduct a TDS @2% when payments are made more than one lac. In this case maximum pension is 60000 thus there is no question of TDS. But pension is always taxable in the hands of assesses, you have to show it in income tax return.

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        • Gulshan-Don’t worry, in this plan TDS will not be there as the amount of payment per year will not cross Rs.1 lakh.

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          • now since the limit of PMVVY has been increased to 15 lac from next FY and total pension will be 1,20,000( m0re than 1 lac) so please clarify whether LIC will deduct 2% TDS .
            Whether this 1 lac payment of LIC is on lumpsum amount? what will be treatment if i get monthly/qtly/Hly and not yearly option of pension to keep this amount below 1`lac , for noto deducting 2% TDS, to avoid TDS and then refund

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            • Rajinder-I am not sure why you are MORE concerned about TDS. Do you think avoiding TDS means avoiding TAX? As per the latest notification, this plan comes with TDS (I shared the link while replying to your earlier comment).

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              • no sir not to avoid tax but to avoid hassle of refund

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  32. Excellent Mr.Basavaraj Tonagatti, you are ahead of LIC ‘s Web site to be updated.

    Please clarify whether Service Tax would be levied.

    S.V.SUDHARSANAM

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      • sir,
        it is exempted from service tax

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  33. Please explain advantages of LIC Akshay VI against Post Office SCSS.

    Tax free Bonds – please provide details

    Regards

    Vishwas Phadnis _ PUNE

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    • Vishwas-I can’t explain everything in this comment section. But you can refer my earlier posts. Please have a look at Jeevan Akshay and SCSS posts of my blog.

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      • Its good plan from lic .because nowadays banks fd is not 8.30%.
        So compare to that this is more safe and better.

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        • Chinthalya-I am also of the same opinion. But the disadvantage part is taxation and less liquidity.

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  34. VERY NICE ARTICLES SIR
    IT WILL VERY HELPFUL TO SENIOR CITIZENS

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  35. I’m senior citizen age 61 year and 20% income tax slabe for financial year 2016- 17. We are beneficial for Pradhan mantri vaya vandna yogna by LIC. PL suggest

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    • Contractor-Go through my review (which is at the end of this above post). If you still feel that this product suitable to you, then go ahead.

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    • hi sir,

      If u want safe and better rate of interest,then this will be suitable.
      but
      if u expecting more then double digit returns ,this is not suitable for u…

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  36. Plan is best for Senior Citizens above aged 60 and above.But in some of States In India the retirement age of Gov/semi/quasi/public Sect employee is 58 years and they got hand some money as retirement benefit.
    And they people can not invest in this scheme.
    Maximum investment is 750000 is not enough.
    I.T.relief is not considered.
    Otherwise plan is Superb.

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  37. Dear Basavraj Ji
    I have seen your site and loved to read it. I liked analysis of each new policy like this LIC plan for senior citizen. In. Review you have discussed all pros and cons to make an independent and best decision.
    One of my query:
    I wish to invest maximum amount in my name and my spouse name (both senior citizen)separately. Though overall limit for one and spouse is given 750000 but if both are independent and filing senate returns, can we invest maximum sepately?
    Bank FDR maximum at 7.50% while my earlier FDR maturing in may 17 was giving 10.5 interest. Sr citizen saving scheme already taken. Any other option with 8+ interest?

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    • Yashpaul-Even though financially you both are independent, the combined maximum limit will be same as family. Hence, if your concern is to utilize such fixed return products, then why can’t you spread it among this product, Post Office SCSS or LIC’ Jeevan Akshay VI?

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  38. Would you suggest investing in short to medium term debt funds for senior citizens 65+ age.

    If yes then what could be the best and safe options and expected returns

    If no, then what to opt? Right now using bank FD.

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      • I am expecting good returns on my father savings, which could help him to create wealth on corpus.

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        • Pankaj-Define GOOD RETURNS. Whether wealth corpus is required for his own usage?

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          • Good returns means the maximum with very low to no risk.

            Corpus would be required for his own and then also want this corpus can be given to my younger brother who is still dependent on my father.

            I have taken my parents health insurance and ready for any other needs if required.

            So whole purpose is his retirement savings can be invested with a good returns so that a good corpus is created for dependents.

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            • Pankaj-If you are in mood to take LOW or SMALL risk also, then better you try this product or the products like Jeevan Akshay VI and Postal SCSS.

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  39. what are the best options available for 65+ senior citizens who want decent returns on money and good liquidity ?

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    • Satish-Why can’t opt for Post Office SCSS or LIC’s Jeevan Akshay VI (where you have an option of inflation protected pension also)?

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      • The SCSS is a good option but the rate is being reduced quarterly by Govt. I have no idea about Jeevan Akshay VI. Could you elaborate it please, being a Sr. Citizen I would like to know about it
        Thanks
        Your review on PM Vaya Vandana scheme is excellent

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