Infrastructure Bond Save Tax & also contribute to nation

Infrastructure Bond :-

Government has introduced a new section 80CCF under the Income Tax Act, 1961 (“Income Tax Act”) addition benefit to tax payer by making subscription to long-term infrastructure bonds. These long term infrastructure bonds offer an additional window of tax deduction of investments up to Rs. 20,000 over and above Rs/- 1 lakh deduction available under sections 80C.

The Indian economy is on a robust growth trajectory and the best way to be a part of India’s growth story is to invest in its lifeline – its infrastructure retailer can participate by investing in this type of Infrastructure Bonds.

These bonds are available with two options:-

(1) Yearly interest payment
(2) Cumulative interest payment at the end of maturity

By doing investment in Infrastructure bond one can save tax :-

Current Income Tax Rates/Slabs Rate (%) applicable at India

For Male:-
Up to 1,80,000 = NIL ,
1,80,001 – 5,00,000 = 10%,
5,00,001 – 8,00,000 = 20%,
8,00,001 upwards = 30%,

For Female:-
Up to 1,90,000 (for resident women)= NIL
Up to 2,50,000 (for resident individual of 60 years or above)= 0,
Up to 5,00,000 (for very senior citizen of 80 years or above)= 0.
Education cess is applicable @ 3 per cent on income tax, surcharge = NA

To understand that you should make investment in this bond for tax saving or not we have considered four different parameters which are:-

  • Actual tax-saving / Highest saving possible
  • Returns from the investment made in bond
  • Prospective cost (what if the same money had been invested in other investment?)
  • Effect of Inflation on the returns on investment

Tax Saving :-
If we do analysis for people in the Rs 1.8-5 lakh taxable income group, income will be taxed at the rate of 10%.
Actual tax-saving: 10% of Rs 20,000 = Rs 2,000 (if you invest Rs 20,000 in the instrument you get to reduce your taxable income by Rs 20,000 thus giving a 10 per cent benefit).

Return from Investment:-
Most of companies offer this bond with Lock in period of 5 year and interest payment annually or cumulative at end of maturity.

  • Cumulative Interest Option:-
    Rs 20,000 would fetch an income of Rs 10,760. When added to the tax saved we get an effective return of Rs 12,760 ( Rs 10,760 + Rs 2,000) on investment. At maturity one will receive Rs 20,000 + Rs 10,760 = Rs.30,760
  • Annual Interest payment Option:-
    Rs 20,000 would fetch income of Rs/- 1800 every year for lock in period 5 years (till bond matures) hence total gain will be 9000 Rs/ – so effective return will be Rs 11,000 (Rs. 9000 + Rs 2000) on investment. At maturity one will receive principal amount Rs. 20,000 back as interest is already paid yearly.

Prospective Cost:-
If someone decide that not to purchase this bond and invest this amount Rs.20,000 in other equity related instrument available in market either direct equity or mutual funds considering effective return 12% on investment (This is just assumption actual return may vary based on selection of actual investment option) than this investment Rs.20,000 – Rs.2000 (As you will pay Tax) would fetch an effective return of Rs 31,722 (Rs 20,000 + Rs 13772) Rs 18,000 invested @12% per annum for 5 years.

Effect of Inflation:-
Consider that Inflation is growing @ 8% rate than minimum amount required to beat inflation for Rs.20,000 would be Rs.29,387 at end of 5 year.

Thus we see that for a person in the Rs 1.6-5 lakh slab, the benefit from investing in an infrastructure bond as a tax-saving instrument will be only Rs 1373 (Rs 30,760 – Rs 29,387) if one do not invest in this bond and pays tax and investing the balance in equity class instrument saving may be Rs 2,335 (Rs.31722 – Rs.29,387).

In order to make your task easy we have calculated return on investment for Infrastructure bond with considering various scenarios table shown below will provide you exact idea wheatear to make investment in infrastructure bond or not.

Rate of Tax

Investment in Infrastructure Bond

Investment return from other equity related investment


Tax Saving

Effective Returns

5 Years @ 9% Cumulative

5 Year @ 12%


Required return to beat Inflation


Most popular Infrastructure Bond available currently are –

It is but obvious from above example that people who are in slab of 20% or 30% it is sensible to invest in to use the infrastructure bonds as a tax-saving instrument for the people in 10 % slab (Rs 1.8-5 lakh bracket), we would say no for investment in Infrastructure bond for Tax saving purpose.

Article by Raviraj

Raviraj is the man behind He is graduate in finance, engaged in blogging since 6 years. Moneyexcel blog is ranked as one of the Top 10 Personal Finance Blog in India. He is not affiliated with any financial product, service provider, agent or broker. The purpose of this blog is to spread financial awareness and help people in achieving excellence for money. Please note that the views expressed on this Blog/Comments are clarifications meant for reference and guidance of the readers to explore further on the topics. These should not be construed as investment advice or legal opinion.

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