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TAX ASPECTS OF MUTUAL FUNDS

Tax Implications of Dividend Income

Equity Schemes

Equity Schemes are schemes, which have less than 50 per cent investments in Equity shares of domestic companies.

As far as Equity Schemes are concerned no Distribution Tax is payable on dividend. In the hands of the investors, dividend is tax-free.

Other Schemes

For schemes other than equity, in the hands of the investors, dividend is tax-free. However, Distribution Tax on dividend @ 12.81 per cent to be paid by Mutual Funds.

Tax Implications of Capital Gains

The difference between the sale consideration (selling price) and the cost of acquisition (purchase price) of the asset is called capital gain. If the investor sells his units and earns capital gains he is liable to pay capital gains tax.

Capital gains are of two types: Short Term and Long Term Capital Gains.

Short Term Capital Gains

The holding period of the Mutual Fund units is less than or equal to 12 months from the date of allotment of units then short term capital gains is applicable.

On Short Term capital gains no Indexation benefit is applicable.

Tax and TDS Rate (excluding surcharge)

Resident Indians and Domestic Companies

The Gain will be added to the total income of the Investor and taxed at the marginal rate of tax. No TDS.

NRIs: 30 per cent TDS from the gain.

Long Term Capital Gains

The holding period of Mutual Fund units is more than 12 months from the date of allotment of units.

On Long Term capital gains Indexation benefit is applicable.

Tax and TDS Rate (excluding surcharge)

Resident Indians and Domestic Companies

The Gain will be taxed

A) at 20 per cent with indexation benefit or

B) B) at 10 per cent without indexation benefit, whichever is lower. No TDS.

NRIs: 20 per cent TDS from the Gain

Surcharge

Resident Indians : If the Gain exceeds Rs 8.5 lakhs, surcharge is payable by investors @ 10 per cent.

Domestic Companies: Payable by the investor @ 2.5 per cent.

NRIs: If the Gain from the Fund exceeds Rs 8.5 lakhs, surcharge is deducted at source @ 2.5 per cent.

Indexation

Indexation means that the purchase price is marked up by an inflation index resulting in lower capital gains and hence lower tax.

Inflation index for the year of transfer

Inflation index =      —————————————————-

Inflation index for the year of acquisition

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