You can still Save LTCG on equity by effective Planning Explained in detail with example

Since the time the FM has announced 10% Long Term Capital Gains (LTCG) without indexation benefit on Equity investments, there is continuous debate and discussion on the same.

You must have read multiple articles on how the LTCG will be determined, the rules, grandfathering provision and so on.

Here we show you how to use these rules to get maximum benefit out of the same.

Let’s assume that you invested Rs 6 lakhs in equity investments as on 31.01.2017. You require this amount for your Goals in 2024.

(Rs in lakhs)

Year Date of Investment Investment amount Date of Sale Market Value* Capital Gains Action Remarks
2024 31-01-2017 6.00 06-04-2024 13.26 7.26 Book profit and withdraw amount Assuming that the highest value of this investment was Rs 6.50 lakhs as on January 31, 2018.
Pay tax on [Rs 13.26-Rs 6.50] i.e. 10% of Rs 6.76 lakhs plus 4% surcharge i.e. Rs 70,347

* Assumed 12% return                                                                                        

 

You may plan your investments as illustrated below and save tax amounting to approx. Rs 65,000 [94% of your original tax liability]

(Rs in lakhs)

Year Date of Investment Investment amount Date of Sale Market Value* Capital Gains Action Remarks
2018 31-01-2017 6.00 After Jan 31, 2018 but before Mar 31, 2018 6.72 0.72 Book profit and re-invest amount again No tax as Budget comes into effect only on April 01, 2018
2019 31-03-2018 6.72 01-04-2019 7.53 0.81 Book profit and re-invest amount again No tax as LTCG is below 1 lakh
2020 01-04-2019 7.53 02-04-2020 8.43$ 0.90 Book profit and re-invest amount again No tax as LTCG is below 1 lakh
2021 02-04-2020 8.00$ 03-04-2021 8.96# 0.96 Book partial profit and re-invest amount again such that gain does not exceed 1 lakh No tax as LTCG is below 1 lakh
0.43$ 0.48  – Carry forward investment
2022 02-04-2020 0.48 0.54  – Book partial profit and re-invest amount again such that gain does not exceed 1 lakh Carry forward investment
03-04-2021 0.96# 1.08  – Carry forward investment
8.00# 04-04-2022 8.96## 0.96 No tax as LTCG is below 1 lakh
2023 02-04-2020 0.54 0.60  – Book partial profit and re-invest amount again such that gain does not exceed 1 lakh Carry forward
03-04-2021 1.08 1.20  – Carry forward
04-04-2022 0.96## 1.08  – Carry forward
8.00## 05-04-2023 8.96 0.96 No tax as LTCG is below 1 lakh
2024 02-04-2020 0.60 0.68 0.07 Book profit and withdraw amount Pay 10% tax on 0.42 lakhs plus 4% surcharge i.e. Rs 4,380
03-04-2021 1.20 1.35 0.14
04-04-2022 1.08 1.20 0.13
05-04-2023 8.96 06-04-2024 10.04 1.08

*(Assumed 12% return                                                                                           

$ Out of amount invested as on 02-04-2020 of Rs 8.43 lakhs. Book profit on investment of Rs 8 lakhs and carry forward investment of Rs 0.43 lakhs

# Out of amount invested as on 03-04-2021 of Rs 8.96 lakhs. Book profit on investment of Rs 8 lakhs and carry forward investment of Rs 0.96 lakhs

## Out of amount invested as on 04-04-2022 of Rs 8.96 lakhs. Book profit on investment of Rs 8 lakhs and carry forward investment of Rs 0.96 lakhs

 

Simply, by churning your portfolio at the appropriate time returns can be maximised and tax can be minimised. This would require in-depth research and analysis.

This is one of the simplest examples and yet so complicated.

There are many such ways to minimize your tax liability viz. investments through Systematic Investment Plan (SIP), Systematic Transfer Plan (STP) and Systematic Withdrawal Plan (SWP).

Paying 10% tax on asset generating 12% to 15% return is better than paying 20% (or 30%) tax on asset generating 6% to 7% return.

Always remember Compounding is the 8th wonder of the World and this 10% LTCG will be non-event in a few days. Believe in India’s long term Growth Story.

Planning is integral to achieving your Goals. Plan your finances and taxes to be in a WIN – WIN situation.

 

Regards,

Nitesh Buddhadev

Originally posted on Feb 02, 2018 on our Facebook page

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