Questions To Ask Before Investing In Tax Saving Schemes

Posted On Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022

The looming deadline to invest in tax saving instruments can cause several investors to make desperate last-minute tax-saving attempts. This can, unfortunately, cause poor judgement for many leading to missed appropriate investment opportunities which can help to grow their wealth along with tax savings. It can also create unnecessary strain on your wallet to gather the required funds (Rs.1.5 lakhs) at the last minute for availing of the tax benefit under section 80 C of the Income-Tax Act, 1961.

This last-minute make-shift approach may not serve the purpose of making your investments work for you.

Investing on time will give you adequate opportunity to achieve your financial goals and also cater to the tax-saving needs.

If you haven’t already invested, the apt time is – RIGHT NOW.

However, before you finalize on a tax saving option, you need to ask yourself certain questions:

1. What are the Different Tax Saving Avenues?

There are several instruments u/s 80C of the Income Tax Act that can help in tax-saving. From traditional fixed income instruments such as PPF, NSC, Post Office Time Deposits, NABARD Bonds to market-linked options such as ELSS or ULIP. While traditional instruments have longer lock-in periods, market-linked instruments such as ELSS has a lower lock-in and potential for market-linked returns.

Name of InstrumentLock-in period of Less Than 5 yearsMarket-Linked Returns
Tax Saving FD
National Savings Certificate (NSC)
Public Provident Fund (PPF)
National Pension System (NPS)
Equity Linked Savings Scheme

As you see in the table above, ELSS combines the flexibility of a lower lock-in and the potential for long term wealth creation.

2. How does an ELSS help you with your tax-saving and wealth-creation goals?

ELSS or “Equity Linked Saving Scheme” as the name suggests, are equity mutual funds that invest a minimum 80% of the portfolio in equity and equity-linked instruments. Like other options u/s 80C of the income tax, investments done in ELSS Mutual Funds offer tax exemption up to Rs.1,50,000 from your taxable income. Therefore, you can save up to Rs 46,800 in a year by investing in ELSS Funds provided you are in the highest tax bracket. Let’s see how you can save this money with the illustration below:

ParticularsAmount Rs.
Maximum Eligible Income Tax Exemption1,50,000
Tax rate at the highest income tax slab30%
Tax SavedRs. 45000
Education cess @ 4%Rs. 1800
Total Tax savingsRs. 46,800

Thus, with an ELSS you not only save tax but also avail potential for wealth creation in the long-term due to the equity component.

3. Who Should Invest in ELSS Funds?

Since ELSS is an Equity Investment, it is suitable for investors with a high-risk appetite.

Thus, it could be suitable if you have a long-term investment horizon. Since ELSS invests in stock markets through equities, you can navigate the near-term market ups and downs by staying invested for the long term.

4. Why the current market is a right time to invest in ELSS?

As the market levels are facing ups and downs, now is a good time to plan your long-term equity allocation with an ELSS scheme and benefit from tax savings.

5. How to Invest in an ELSS?

You can invest in an ELSS with flexible options of SIP (Systematic Investment Plan) or lumpsum investment mode. With a lump sum, you have the flexibility of withdrawing once the lock-in period of three-year ends. However, with an SIP, each SIP gets locked in for three years and you will only be able to withdraw the first SIP that will get unlocked after 3 years.

If you are not comfortable with investing entire lumpsum at one point and want to spread the risk, SIP (Systematic Investment Plan) is the way to go for you. With an SIP, you get the benefit of investing in a fund across business cycles and the benefit of Rupee cost averaging. Whichever option you choose, make sure to stay invested for the long term to get the opportunity to build wealth and achieve your financial goals.

6. Why invest using Quantum Tax Saving Plan (QTSF)?

Having decided the need to invest in an ELSS, choosing on the right fund need to be also taken into account. Launched in December 2008, Quantum Tax Saving Fund is your answer to finding the right ELSS fund for saving tax and building wealth. The fund follows the value-based strategy and hence invests in quality stocks for long term. The fund manager carefully selects quality companies with a bottom-up stock selection approach.

5 Benefits of investing with QTSF:

5 Benefits of investing with QTSF

Investing in an ELSS using QTSF adds value to your portfolio:

Since Quantum Tax Saving Fund follows the value style of investment, any additional equity fund that you consider needs to be diversified in term of investment style or theme.

You may invest up to 15% of your equity allocation or up to Rs. 1,50,000 to a tax saving scheme (whichever is higher) to be eligible for tax savings up to Rs.46,800, provided you are under the highest tax bracket.

Quantum Solution for a balanced Portfolio

Use Quantum’s tried and tested 12-20-80 Asset Allocation Strategy to see how to build your portfolio with Equity, Debt and Gold.

Asset Allocation

Kindly note allocation to QTSF to be generally in a similar proportion as that of QLTEVF.
**Please note the above is a suggested fund allocation and not to be considered as an investment advice / recommendation.

1. Step 1: 12 Months in an Emergency Fund:
Emergency funds should be at the foundation of your portfolio. Set aside safe money worth 12 months of expenses in a bank savings account or Liquid schemes such as Quantum Liquid Fund that helps you prepare for emergencies and offers you the insta-redemption option (up to Rs.50K) whenever you need.

2. Step 2: Risk Reducing Benefits with Gold: You can benefit from Gold’s risk-reducing characteristics and allocate 20% of your portfolio to Gold and use price-efficient (no pricing markups associated with physical gold), & liquid forms such as Quantum Gold Savings Fund and Quantum Gold Fund.

3. Step 3: Diversify the balance 80% across an equity bucket: Use the 70-15-15 model to diversify your equity portfolio with just three funds that are market cap, sector, or style agnostic.

Sr. NoFundAllocationBenefit
Equity Fund 1Quantum Equity Fund of Funds70%1 Fund = 5-10 Well Researched Equity schemes
Equity Fund 2Quantum India ESG Fund15%Shortlists funds based on environmental, social and governance parameters
Equity Fund 3Quantum Tax Saving Fund or Quantum Long Term Equity Value Fund15%Follows value style lowering downside risks and helps achieve long term goals

Please note the above is a suggested fund allocation and not to be considered as an investment advice / recommendation.

So, don’t wait till 31st March, start investing in ELSS Mutual funds right away with Quantum Tax Saving Fund.

Watch this video on ELSS, where our fund manager Sorbh Gupta shares insights on how to select an ELSS mutual fund.

Asset Allocation

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Product Labeling
Name of the SchemeThis product is suitable for investors who are seeking*Riskometer
Quantum Equity Fund of Funds

An Open Ended Fund of Funds scheme Investing in Open Ended Diversified Equity Schemes of Mutual Funds
• Long term capital appreciation

• Investments in portfolio of open-ended diversified equity schemes of mutual funds registered with SEBI whose underlying investments are in equity and equity related securities of diversified companies
Quantum Equity Fund of Funds
Investors understand that their principal will be at Very High Risk
Quantum India ESG Equity Fund

An Open ended equity scheme investing in companies following Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) theme
• Long term capital appreciation

• Invests in shares of companies that meet Quantum's Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) criteria.
Quantum India ESG Equity Fund
Investors understand that their principal will be at Very High Risk
Quantum Long Term Equity Value Fund

An Open Ended Equity Scheme following a Value Investment Strategy
• Long term capital appreciation

• Invests primarily in equity and equity related securities of companies in S&P BSE 200 index.
Quantum India ESG Equity Fund
Investors understand that their principal will be at Very High Risk
Quantum Gold Savings Fund

An Open Ended Fund of Fund Scheme Investing in Quantum Gold Fund
• Long term returns

• Investments in units of Quantum Gold Fund - Exchange Traded Fund whose underlying investments are in physical gold.
Quantum Gold Savings Fund
Investors understand that their principal will be at Moderately High Risk
Quantum Gold Fund

An Open Ended Scheme Replicating / Tracking Gold
• Long term returns

• Investments in physical gold
Quantum Gold Fund
Investors understand that their principal will be at Moderately High Risk
Quantum Liquid Fund

An Open-ended Liquid Scheme. A relatively low interest rate risk and relatively low credit risk.
• Income over the short term

• Investments in debt / money market instruments.
Quantum Liquid Fund
Investors understand that their principal will be at Low Risk
* Investors should consult their financial advisers if in doubt about whether the product is suitable for them.
The Risk Level of the Scheme in the Risk O Meter is based on the portfolio of the scheme as on December 31, 2021.
Potential Risk Class Matrix - Quantum Liquid Fund
Credit Risk →Relatively LowModerate (Class B)Relatively High (Class C)
Interest Rate Risk↓
Relatively Low (Class I)A-I  
Moderate (Class II)   
Relatively High (Class III)   

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