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NPS returns better than EPF but taxation plays spoilsport

However, taxation has played spoilsport despite double-digit returns

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National Pension Scheme

Tinesh Bhasin 



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To bring (NPS) at par with Employee Provident Fund (EPF), the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has recently sought parity of taxation between the two retirement products in the upcoming Union Budget. At present, EPF enjoys the EEE (exempt-exempt-exempt) tax treatment while NPS is subjected to EET (exempt-exempt-tax).

This move has made NPS unpopular among the salaried because when an individual would withdraw his corpus from the former, he has to pay tax on 20 per cent of the final corpus, according to his tax bracket. If the finance minister corrects the tax disparity, most salaried should prefer NPS as it has delivered better returns, say investment advisors.

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First Published: Tue, January 10 2017. 09:48 IST

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