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).
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.
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.