Post Office PPF interest rates, tax benefits and more

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New Delhi : India Post, the government operated postal network in India is known for offering good number of saving schemes to manage small investments. A popular saving scheme offered by India Post is the Public Provident Fund (PPF) account. It offers an investment avenue with decent returns coupled with income tax benefits. Here, in this article, we will discuss 10 important things that you should know about Public Provident Fund (PPF) accounts in Post Office.

1) PPF comes under the exempt, exempt, exempt (EEE) category of tax status. This means that returns, maturity amount and interest income are exempt from income tax. Deposits qualify for deduction from income under Section 80C of Income Tax Act.

2) PPF accounts in Post Office can be opened by cash/cheque and in case of cheque, the date of realization of cheque in government account is the date of opening of account, said India Post.

3) PPF accounts can be opened by an individual with Rs 100 but he/she must deposit a minimum of Rs 500 in a financial year and maximum of Rs 1,50,000. The subscriber should not deposit more than Rs 1,50,000 per annum as the excess amount neither earns any interest nor is eligible for rebate under Income Tax Act, mentioned India Post.

4) Money in PPF accounts can be deposited in lump sum or in a maximum of 12 instalments per year

5) PPF accounts mature in 15 years. Thereafter, on application by the subscriber, it can be extended for one or more blocks of five years each.

6) In PPF accounts, premature closure is not allowed before 15 years.

7) A nomination facility is available at the time of opening and also after opening of the account. The account can be transferred from one post office to another.

8) A subscriber can open another account in the name of a minor subject to the maximum investment limit by adding balance in all accounts.

9) Withdrawal from PPF accounts is permissible every year from seventh financial year onwards.

10) For more information, please visit the official website of India Post,