If you are a salaried employee, you must be aware of PF deductions. In case you aren’t, just take a peek at your salary slip. If the organization that you work for is registered with EPFO, you will notice a considerable amount being deducted from your total salary every month. That’s your PF or Provident Fund deduction. Don’t get worked up – you are not losing out on the money; it is deposited into your PF account as compulsory savings, and you can easily do a PF balance check from the official website of EPFO whenever you want.
Almost all salaried employees don’t receive an elusive chunk of their monthly salary due to EPF deductions. Have you wondered what are EPF deductions?
Commonly known as EPF, Employee Provident Fund is typically a post-retirement scheme which is accessible to all salaried employees. EPF is managed by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation of India (EPFO). The EPF and Miscellaneous Provisions Act states that a registered company with more than 20 employees is mandated by law to enroll with the EPFO. Employee Provident Fund is considered to be a great savings platform which aids the employees in saving a portion of their salary each month. As against the global average of 40%, women’s contribution in Indian workforce is pretty low (at a dismal 24%). There are several issues keeping women away from the formal workforce. Catalyst, a leading non-profit social marketing agency states that even a small increase of 10% in the participation rate of women in the workforce could increase India’s GDP by 700 billion dollars (1.4% of the GDP)
The most significant change implemented in the financial year 2018-19 is the revival of the long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax on the investments in the stock market. Now, a 10% tax will be imposed on the profits from stock markets which exceed one lakh in the form of Long-Term Capital Gains (LTCG) tax. These profits could be earned by the sale of stocks and equity-oriented mutual funds, which have been held by an investor for more than a year.
Presented by the Union Minister for Finance, Mr. Piyush Goyal, on February 1, 2019, the interim Union Budget for 2019 is a much-needed tax relief for the salaried middle class. Income tax concessions for salaried class and lowered peak tax rates for corporates seem to be the mantra for 2019. The alternative focus remained on the farmers and senior citizens.
The Union Home Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley, has called the Union Budget “historic and for the development of the common man.” The budget has undoubtedly focused on the common man this time, but it remains to be seen whether the Budget measures are implemented successfully.
Arguably, millennials are considered to be more intelligent and disciplined in terms of finance as compared to their previous generations. Even they are considered to be exercising better financial habits than the baby boomers. Are millennials disciplined in their finance? The answer to this frequently asked question has been given by a recent survey by Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc. As per their survey, despite the financial challenges that millennials face, they are taking mature decisions when it comes to saving and investing.