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Using IIFCL Tax Free Bonds for ERE

by Vinaya HS on January 1, 2013

in Finance

So, here’s an interesting comparison that I did between using IIFCL’s Tax Free Bonds and one of my Regular Bank Fixed Deposits for my ERE strategy (I know it’s very very tax inefficient and I’ve been meaning to move away from these — this broad “let my investments become more tax efficient” theme in general being the primary goal for 2013 and hence this post on New Year’s Day).

Using IIFCL Tax Free Bonds for ERE

Note: I’d already locked-in into this fixed deposit rate very early in 2012 and hence the higher interest rate. But see the end of this post for a more realistic comparison were you to start today.

When you hit ERE, you’d typically expect to begin with by being in the 20% tax bracket (you’ll most certainly want to take a break from everything) and then ideally move into the 30% tax bracket (because ERE does not mean that you completely stop working, just that you do much much more of what you like and more money is always a welcome thing). This leads to some interesting observations –

  • In the 20% tax bracket, there’s a slight difference between the Regular Bank Deposit and the Tax Free Bond. But astute readers would have already caught that this difference is per lac invested and so the higher your sum invested the more significant would be the difference.

  • In the 30% tax bracket, there’s a huge difference between the Regular Bank Deposit and the Tax Free Bond. This is true of my situation today and it pains whenever I pay advance tax on such income (like I did last month).

But were you to start today, here’s what the situation would look like. Fixed Deposit rates have already come down a fair bit and that worsens the situation.

Using IIFCL Tax Free Bonds for ERE

Since there are a few more tax free bonds set to hit the market this quarter, it’d perhaps be a good idea to invest equal chunks across couple of these issues just so that the proverbial eggs are all not in the same basket. More on this line of thought and my “let my investments become more tax efficient” strategies in upcoming posts.

And before I completely forget, a Prosperous 2013 to you all.

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The following is a guest post from reader Nikhil Shah and deals with the intricacies of investing in the soon to close investment opportunity in PFC’s Tax Free Bond Issue along with the income tax angle. Nikhil’s analysis also contains a very interesting perspective on how you can plan for major financial goals through this investment route. A couple of weeks back, Nikhil had also put-up a detailed analysis of NHAI’s Tax Free Bond Issue.

Since I’ve already provided some background information to these tax free bond issues, this time we’ll go straight to the calculations and analysis which you can download from the link below:

Click here to download calculations and analysis for the PFC Tax Free Bond Issue (courtesy Nikhil Shah).

Please let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment to this post. I will respond to your queries at the earliest.

Disclaimer:

All views and opinions are my own and have no relation whatsoever with any person or firm. The information provided is just for guidance. It may not be absolutely or technically correct. The information could easily be dated. Always check with Fund Company/Brokerage/Financial Advisor/other relevant institution for the correct information. Information provided on this Blog/Web Site is for informational purpose only. It is the reader’s responsibility to ascertain the facts, conditions and risk factors. All investments are subject to market risks. Read all scheme related documents carefully before investing. You are advised to consult your financial advisor before taking any investment decision. Read the prospectus before investing in these bonds.

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The following is a guest post from reader Nikhil Shah and deals with the intricacies of investing in the soon to close investment opportunity in NHAI’s Tax Free Bond Issue along with the income tax angle. Nikhil’s analysis also contains a very interesting perspective on how you can plan for major financial goals through this investment route. A couple of weeks back, Nikhil had also put-up a detailed analysis of L&T’s Infrastructure Bond issue.

The Central Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT) has allowed four firms to raise up to Rs 30,000 crore through the issue of Tax Free Bonds in FY 2011-2012. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI; an autonomous authority of the Govt. of India under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) constituted on Jun 15, 1985) and the Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) have each been allowed to raise up to Rs 10,000 crore. The Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) and Power Finance Corporation (PFC) are allowed to raise up to Rs 5,000 crore each. Tax free bonds means that the interest earned from these bonds is exempt from income tax and is therefore not considered while computing one’s total income.

The Rs 10,000 crore National Highways Authority of India bond offering which opened for subscription on December 28, 2011 offers a good opportunity for investors to lock-in funds at higher yields and earn tax-free interest income.

40% of the Rs 10,000 crore issue is earmarked for institutional investors while another 30% is earmarked for retail investors and high net worth individuals. The bonds will have differential coupon rates of 8.2% for 10-years and 8.3% for 15-years. The NHAI issue presents a good opportunity for investors to lock money in “AAA”-rated sovereign-like bonds at higher yields. Apart from high coupon rates and safety, these bonds will be very liquid because of the large float. Investors will easily be able to buy and sell these bonds on the exchange.

An 8% tax-free coupon rate is very much comparable to an investment product that delivers 12% pre-tax returns. This issuance is even better than bank fixed deposits which are currently giving about 9% pre-tax returns. Also, with interest rates expected to slide over the next few months, these bonds can generate higher returns by giving you an option to sell these bonds at a relatively higher coupon rate.

I’ve prepared detailed calculations and analysis which you can download from the link below:

Click here to download calculations and analysis for the NHAI Tax Free Bond Issue (courtesy Nikhil Shah).

There are six sheets containing the following information:

  • Sheet #1 shows Present Value to Future Value computations.

  • Sheet #2 shows computation of pre-tax yield for Individuals & HUF and also for Banks & Corporates.

  • Sheet #3 shows some useful calculations and tools.

  • Sheet #4 shows how much to invest to get desired amount.

  • Sheet #5 shows Child Education Expenses Planning via Tax Free Bonds

  • Sheet #6 shows Retirement Expenses Planning via Tax Free Bonds.

For additional information about this bond issue, please download the FAQ from the link below:

Click here to download FAQs for the NHAI Tax Free Bond Issue (courtesy Nikhil Shah).

Disclaimer [from Nikhil]:

All views and opinions are my own and have no relation whatsoever with any person or firm. The information provided is just for guidance. It may not be absolutely or technically correct. The information could easily be dated. Always check with Fund Company/Brokerage/Financial Advisor/other relevant institution for the correct information. Information provided on this Blog/Web Site is for informational purpose only. It is the reader’s responsibility to ascertain the facts, conditions and risk factors. All investments are subject to market risks. Read all scheme related documents carefully before investing. You are advised to consult your financial advisor before taking any investment decision. Read the prospectus before investing in these bonds.

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