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Income tax calculator

Posted in Finance.

The excel based Income tax calculator can be used for computing income tax on income from salary, pension, gifts, fixed deposit and bank interest, house rent and capital gains(short and long term gains). This tool cannot be used for computing income tax from business or profession.

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File Income Tax Return Online

Posted in Finance, Income Tax, India.

From assessment year 2013-14, E-filing has been made compulsory for the person who is an individual or a Hindu undivided family (HUF), if his or its total income, or the total income in respect of which he is or it is assessable under the act during the previous year, exceeds Rs. 5 lakh rupees for the assessment year 2013-14 onwards. It clearly states total income and not taxable income.

Please read below to know how you can file income tax return online yourself.

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Never too late to buy a life insurance plan

Posted in Finance, Insurance.

If you are the one who had always procrastinated the decision to buy a life insurance plan or a protection plan then it’s time you buy it now. There are various kinds of life insurance policies available, some are sold through life insurance agents and some are sold online. The most famous and purest form of insurance sold online is term insurance. Term insurance plans are plans which provide protection to your family members in case an unfortunate event of death occurs to the nominee.

Why you should buy a term plan?
If you would ask me I would say a term plan is a must for everyone who has dependents like parents, spouse, kids, young siblings so that their future is secured even in your absence. Term plans are pure protection plans, they provide a higher sum assured at really low premiums.

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Do you need a critical illness insurance

Posted in Finance, Insurance.

Do you need a critical illness insurance if you have health insurance?

The answer is yes ! MediClaim or health insurance and a critical illness insurance works differently and has different utility. A few of the differences between MediClaim & Critical Illness insurance are:

  • Medical insurance operates on the concept of reimbursement of medical expenses unlike Critical illness insurance cover provides a lump-sum amount on diagnosis of a predefined critical illness.
  • On an average MediClaim cover is generally taken for less than 5 lacs which is mostly adequate for normal hospital and surgical treatments. However, the amount generally ends up being grossly insufficient for treatment of critical illnesses.
  • Critical illness insurance is cheaper than MediClaim . A limited number of illnesses are covered under Critical Illness insurance and the probability of those illnesses hitting a person is much lower than the general category of illnesses which are covered by MediClaim policies.

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New Age Unit Linked Insurance Plans

Posted in Finance, Insurance.

Unit Linked Insurance Plan:
Unit Linked Insurance Plan (ULIP) is type of insurance product, which gives policy holders both insurance and investment under same plan. A part of the premium is utilized to provide insurance cover to the policy holder while the remaining portion is invested in various equity and debt schemes (depending upon chosen plan). Policy holders can select the type of funds (debt or equity) or a mix of both based on their investment need and appetite.

Next Gen – ULIP Version 2:
Thanks to internet, insurance companies are now selling directly to customers and this helped in bringing cost down by eliminating middle man commissions.
Some low cost ULIPs which are directly available online are Aviva i-Growth, Bajaj Allianz Future Gain and Edelweiss Tokio Wealth Accumulation.

Some new ULIPs have lower costs than what many mutual funds charge. It makes sense to invest in the new and much-improved version of ULIPs. As ULIPs have longer lock-in (of five years), fund manager have at least five years, and returns can be higher considering a longer view. Plus they add risk cover also which mutual funds don’t have. Like Wealth Accumulation Accelerated cover (WAAC) from Edelweiss Tokio Life is already 5 star rated by MorningStar

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The best critical illness insurance plan

Posted in Finance.

The occurrence of illnesses has grown tremendously in India. Health insurance also known as mediclaim has become an integral part of an individual’s insurance plan. Most of us have a mediclaim policy which provides us a specific amount as sum assured. These mediclaim policies cover many illnesses ranging from minor to major. Now, it’s important to understand that mediclaim covers only hospitalisation costs and not any other cost incurred by you or your family but what if you need a lump sum amount for your immediate expenses or for an advanced treatment? That’s when you’ll need a critical illness insurance plan. Critical illness insurance plans cover certain predefined critical illnesses. Now when you have a mediclaim why should you opt for a Critical illness plan? Assume Raj suffered from Malaria so his entire treatment came up to Rs 75,000. Ten years later Raj was detected with cancer the expense for the treatment was around 15 lakhs altogether. Hospital charges for the surgery were only Rs 5,00,000 which was paid by his mediclaim policy.

It is important to understand that the treatment for a critical illness is more expensive, when one is diagnosed with a critical illness the income earning capacity is hampered, there could be a need to travel abroad for advance treatment, etc. and hence all this may require a lump sum amount which is provided by critical illness insurance plan.

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Things to consider when buying a life insurance policy

Posted in Finance, Insurance.

When disaster strikes, it is best to be prepared. Protection is the key when faced with danger, and life insurance policy acts as a shield that keeps the harm and loss at bay.

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Fixed or Floating interest rate home loan, which one is better?

Posted in Finance, Home Loan.

Every potential home-buyer opting for a home loan is often faced with the classic dilemma whether to choose a fixed interest rate or a floating one. However, there is no straight answer to this confusion. Decision needs to be taken after monitoring the pros and cons of both alternatives. Let’s study them individually.

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Income tax calculator for financial year 2013-14

Posted in Finance, Income Tax.

Excel based computation tool is based on slabs and recommendations proposed by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in budget presented on 28th Feb, 2013.

You can download excel based Income tax calculator for FY 2013-14 (AY 2014-15) and use it for computing tax on income from salary/pension, house rent and capital gains.

Income Tax Slab Rates for financial year 2013-2014 (Assessment year: 2014-15)

For Men
Upto Rs. 2,00,000Nil
Rs. 2,00,001 to Rs. 5,00,00010 per cent
Rs. 5,00,001 to Rs. 10,00,00020 per cent
Above Rs. 10,00,00030 per cent
For Women
Upto Rs. 2,00,000Nil
Rs. 2,00,001 to Rs. 5,00,00010 per cent
Rs. 5,00,001 to Rs. 10,00,00020 per cent
Above Rs. 10,00,00030 per cent
For resident individual of 60 years or above (Senior Citizens)
Upto Rs. 2,50,000Nil
Rs. 2,50,001 to Rs. 5,00,00010 per cent
Rs. 5,00,001 to Rs. 10,00,00020 per cent
Above Rs. 10,00,00030 per cent
For resident individual of 80 years or above (Very Senior Citizens)
Upto Rs. 5,00,000Nil
Rs. 5,00,001 to Rs. 10,00,00020 per cent
Above Rs. 10,00,00030 per cent

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Income Tax E-filing and its benefits

Posted in Finance, Income Tax, India.

What is E-Preparation of Income Tax Return?

E-Preparation of IT Return is the process of preparing your Income Tax Return using a software.

The E-Preparation  software can be of 2 types: Form-16

A. Manual Calculation:

Those that allow you to enter your Income Tax data but do not calculate the Income Tax & Refund etc. The individual user needs to calculate the above himself/herself

B. Auto Calculation:

Those that take the Income Tax related data that you have entered  to automatically calculate the Income Tax and Refund  using their  inbuilt  tax calculation engine that is updated for current rules

Auto Calculation Software  is more efficient and less prone to calculation errors.

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