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Income Proof Now Mandatory for Rs10 Lakh Investment in Small Savings Schemes

Income Proof Now Mandatory for Rs10 Lakh Investment in Small Savings Schemes

In a recent development, the Indian government has made income proof mandatory for investments of Rs 10 lakh or more in small savings schemes. The move aims to curb money laundering, tax evasion, and other illicit activities that may be facilitated through such investments. Small savings schemes, such as the Public Provident Fund (PPF), National Savings Certificates (NSC), and Post Office Deposits, have been popular among individuals looking for safe investment options with attractive returns. However, the new requirement of providing income proof adds an additional layer of scrutiny to larger investments in these schemes.

This article explores the details of the recent circular and its impact on investors.

1.New KYC Segmentation: Low, Medium, and High-Risk Categories To strengthen the know your client (KYC) process, India Post has introduced a three-tiered categorization for customers holding accounts with them. The categories are based on the maturity value of certificates and the balance in savings accounts.

a. Low-Risk Category: Investors with certificates or a balance up to Rs 50,000 fall into this category. They are required to provide two passport-size photographs and self-attested copies of Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) as documentation.

b. Medium-Risk Category: Investors with investments ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh belong to this category. Similar to the low-risk category, they need to provide the aforementioned documents along with additional address proof, such as a driving license or utility bills.

c. High-Risk Category: Investors with investments exceeding Rs 10 lakh are classified as high-risk. In addition to the standard documentation, they must furnish proof of the source of funds, including bank statements, income tax returns, succession certificates, sale deeds, or any other documents reflecting income or fund sources.

2.Guardian and Minor Accounts: If the investor is a minor, the guardian’s KYC and income proof requirements apply. The guardian must also provide the necessary documentation for the KYC process.

Regular KYC Renewal: Depositors in the low, medium, and high-risk categories are required to resubmit their KYC documents every seven, five, and two years, respectively. This ensures up-to-date information and compliance with regulatory standards.

Aadhaar and PAN Submission Deadlines: Existing India Post depositors who have not yet submitted their Aadhaar details must do so before September 30, 2023. Similarly, PAN details must be furnished within two months if the account balance exceeds Rs 50,000, aggregate credits exceed Rs 1 lakh in a financial year, or if the transfer or withdrawal from the account exceeds Rs 10,000 in a month.

3.Consequences of Non-Compliance: Failure to submit the required documentation will result in the account becoming non-operational.

Reporting Cash Transactions: Postal authorities have been entrusted with the responsibility of reporting cash transactions valued at Rs 10 lakh or above. Additionally, cash transactions below Rs 10 lakh, but totaling more than Rs 10 lakh within a calendar month, must be periodically reported.

4.Benefits and Considerations of Small Savings Schemes: Small savings schemes offer attractive interest rates and tax breaks under Section 80C. However, they often have lower liquidity. Investors should align their investment horizon with the duration of the chosen savings instrument to ensure compatibility.

The decision to mandate income proof for investments of Rs 10 lakh or more in small savings schemes is a significant step towards promoting transparency and combating financial irregularities. By imposing this requirement, the government aims to discourage money laundering, tax evasion, and the use of these schemes for illegal activities. While it may add an extra layer of documentation for investors, it ultimately contributes to a more accountable and legitimate financial system. As the implementation of this policy unfolds, it is expected to enhance trust in small savings schemes, protect investors' interests, and foster a healthier investment environment in India.

Aparna Thakur

(Fin-Tech manager)







Email: info@10bestincity

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