Equity Linked Savings Scheme

up to ` 46,800* and
gain more with ELSS
at the same time!

Equity Linked Savings Scheme

Introduction to ELSS

An Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) is a mutual fund equity scheme, that offers wealth creation over the long-term along with tax benefits under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. ELSS also has a mandatory lock-in period of three years.

Benefits of ELSS

Your ideal tax saving investment


Save Tax under Sec 80C

*An ELSS fund can help you save as much as Rs. 46,800 in taxes per annum if you are in the 30% Income Tax bracket and invest Rs. 1.5 lakh per annum qualify. Investments in ELSS up to a maximum of Rs. 1.5 lakh per annum qualify for income deductions under section 80C of the Income Tax act. What this means is that you can deduct the amount you invest in an ELSS from your total income to reduce your taxable income and, therefore, your taxes.

*Under the old tax regime

Shortest Lock-in

ELSS has the shortest lock-in of all 80C investments – of just three years. Tax-saving FDs have a five-year lock-in and PPF has a 15-year maturity. Thus, ELSS allows you greater flexibility.

Potentially higher returns

ELSS has the potential to offer significantly higher returns – since it invests in a portfolio of equity instruments.

Ease of Investment

Investing in an ELSS is simple. You can put your money via a systematic investment plan (SIP) or as a lumpsum. You can continue holding your ELSS units after the 3-year lock-in.

Low Minimum Investment

You can invest with minimum Rs. 500/- and in multiples of Rs. 500/- thereafter

No Exit Load

No extra charges/fees to be paid on redeeming investment after 3 years

ELSS Vs Other Saving Schemes

Refer the below comparison table of various tax saving options for better understanding.

ELSS V/s Other Saving Scheme

PPF - Public Provident Fund, NSC - National Savings Certificate, FD – Fixed Deposit, ULIP – Unit Linked Insurance Plan. The above table is for illustration purpose only. Unlike PPF, NSC and Bank FD, investment in mutual funds is subject to market risks, hence, the performance may not be strictly comparable. PPF rate is effective for Oct 1- Dec 31, 2021, Ministry of Finance (Govt. of India); NSC rate is effective for Oct 1- Dec 31, 2021; 5 year SBI Bank FD rate is effective from 8th January, 2021. Please consult your financial advisor before investing. Fixed Deposits offer Fixed Rate of Return, while mutual funds are market linked. Bank Fixed Deposits are relatively safer as they are covered under DICGC to the extent of INR 5 lakh per account.

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*Disclaimer- These calculators are designed to be informational and educational tools only, and when used alone, do not constitute investment advice. We strongly recommend that you seek the advice of a financial services professional before making any type of investment. Applicable only to Individuals other than senior citizens/ super senior citizens.

Frequently Asked Questions about ELSS

ELSS or Equity Linked Saving Scheme is an equity mutual fund with the dual benefit of saving tax and wealth creation with a lock in period of 3 years. Investment in ELSS funds qualifies for deduction of upto Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.

It depends upon the tax bracket an investor falls in. In the highest tax bracket of 30%, if the investment in ELSS is Rs. 1,50,000 , investor can save upto 46,800*. Given the investments in ELSS are made in the equity markets, the returns are much higher than most investment options with tax saving benefits in the longer run.

Yes, until you consume your saving limit of upto Rs. 1.5 Lac Rupees under section 80C, your investments in mutual funds can be in an ELSS fund.

When you want to plan for long term goals, you should also stay invested for a longer period of time. The minimum period is 3 years. However, based on the different life goals you have in mind, investment for a span of 5-10 years is advisable.

It depends on the market conditions. If the volatility is high in the market, SIP will give better return than lump sum because you can buy units at a lower cost. On the other hand, if volatility is low in the market, SIPs will give lower returns than lump sum investments, because you will be buying units at a higher price.

After 3 years returns from ELSS will be taxed under Long term capital gain (LTCG) of 10% on aggregate gains exceeding 1 lakh per annum.

Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.

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*As per the present tax laws, eligible investors (individual/ HUF) are entitled to deduction from their gross total income, of the amount invested in equity linked saving scheme (ELSS) upto Rs. 1,50,000/- (along with other prescribed investments) under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961, under the old tax regime. Tax savings of Rs. 46,800/- shown above is calculated for the highest income tax slab. Long term capital gain and dividend distribution tax as applicable. Tax benefits are subject to the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and are subject to amendments, from time to time. © 2024 Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI) and its related entities. PGIM, the PGIM logo, and the Rock symbol are service marks of PFI and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide.