This is an important announcement related to your investments in Mutual Funds : Income tax benefit from a Debt Mutual has been removed wef 1st April 2023
In order to understand this in simple manner, let us first understand the two basic categories of Mutual Funds in terms of Taxation :
Mutual Funds having Indian Equity or Equity related exposure of 65% or more
Mutual Funds having Indian Equity or Equity related exposure of less than 65%
As per earlier Taxation law,
any gains from Mutual Funds having Equity or Equity related exposure of 65% or more were treated as Long Term Gain ( if units are redeemed after 1 Year or more).
any gains from Mutual Funds having Equity or Equity related exposure of less than 65% are treated as long-term investments if held for more than 3 years and taxed at the rate of 20% along with indexation benefits or 10% without indexation. For those with a holding period of less than 3 years, they are taxed according to their tax slab
What has changed now ?
Firstly , the taxation rules for funds having 65% or more Indian Equity remains unchanged.
Secondly, a new category is introduced i.e funds having 35% or more Indian Equity. Such funds will enjoy the Long term capital gain with indexation rules, which were earlier applicable to Debt Funds ( if held for > 3 Yrs)
Thirdly, the tax advantage from any funds having less than 35% Equity or Zero equity, is completely removed wef 1st April 2023.
This means that all gains from pure Debt Mutual Funds will be added in your Tax Slab and will be taxes as actual.
" Suggestion : If you are looking to enjoy the existing Tax advantage of Debt Funds then must explore the best schemes under this category and invest before 31st March 2023"
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