Senior citizens savings scheme (SCSS): Benefits, Interest Rates, Other Features

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Senior citizens savings scheme (SCSS)

Government of India had come with a scheme called Senior Citizen Saving Scheme in 2004 in order provide a good source of investment to senior citizens so that it would be useful to them at their times of no earnings.

Senior citizens savings scheme

Benefits of Senior citizens savings scheme

  • An individual of the Age of 60 years or more may open the account.
  • An individual of the age of 55 years or more but less than 60 years who has retired on superannuation or under VRS can also open account subject to the condition that the account is opened within one month of receipt of retirement benefits and amount should not exceed the amount of retirement benefits.
  • Maturity period is 5 years.
  • A depositor may operate more than one account in individual capacity or jointly with spouse (husband/wife).
  • In case of cheque, the date of realiz​​ation of cheque in Govt. account shall be date of opening of account.
  • Nomination facility is available at the time of opening and also after opening of account.
  • Account can be transferred from one post office to another
  • Any number of accounts can be opened in any post office subject to maximum investment limit by adding balance in all accounts.
  • Joint account can be opened with spouse only and first depositor in Joint account is the investor.
  • Interest can be drawn through auto credit into savings account standing at same post office, through PDCs or Money Order.
  • In case of SCSS accounts, quarterly interest shall be payable on 1st working day of April, July, October and January. It will be applicable at all CBS Post Offices.

*Quarterly interest of SCSS accounts standing at CBS Post offices can be credited in any savings account standing at any other CBS post offices.

  • After maturity, the account can be extended for further three years within one year of the maturity by giving application in prescribed format. In such cases, account can be closed at any time after expiry of one year of extension without any deduction.

Investment under this scheme qualifies for the benefit of Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 from 1.4.2007.

Rate of Interest of Senior citizens savings scheme 2017

  • From 1.04.2017, interest rates are as follows:- 8.4​% per annum, payable from the date of deposit of 31st March/30th Sept/31st December in the first instance & thereafter, interest shall be payable on 31st March, 30th June, 30th Sept and 31st December.
  • There shall be only one deposit in the account in multiple of INR.1000/- maximum not exceeding INR 15 lakh.
  • Account can be opened by cash for the amount below INR 1 lakh and for INR 1 Lakh and above by cheque only.
  • Premature closure is allowed after one year on deduction of an amount equal to1.5% of the deposit & after 2 years 1% of the deposit.
  • TDS is deducted at source on interest if the interest amount is more than INR 10,000/- p.a.

Where once can open an account ?

One who is eligible for this scheme can open the Senior Citizen Saving Scheme account in any post office branch across India and in the branches of all nationalized and some private banks.

1 State Bank of India
2 State Bank of Hyderabad
3 State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur
4 State Bank of Patiala
5 State Bank of Mysore
6 State Bank of Travancore
7 Allahabad Bank
8 Andhra bank
9 Bank of Baroda
10 Bank of India
11 Bank of Maharashtra
12 Canara Bank
13 Central Bank of India
14 Corporation Bank
15 Dena Bank
16 Indian Bank
17 Indian Overseas Bank
18 Punjab National Bank
19 Syndicate Bank
20 UCO Bank
21 Union Bank of India
22 United Bank of India
23 Vijaya Bank
24 IDBI Bank
25 ICICI Bank Ltd.

Eligibility :

1) An individual who has attained the age of 60 years or above.

2) An individual Who has attained the age of 55 years or more but less than 60 years, and who has retired on superannuation.

3) Retired personnel of Defence Services shall be eligible to subscribe under the scheme irrespective of the above age limits subject.

Single or joint account :

The Individual may open a single account or a joint account with the spouse. And it was not said any where that the spouse should be a senior citizen.

One or more account :

A depositor may operate more than one account subject to the condition that deposits in all accounts taken together shall not exceed the maximum limit of Rs.15 lakhs and provided that deposits by depositors shall be restricted to the retirement benefits or Rupees 15 lakhs whichever is lower.

Nomination :

The depositor may, at the time of opening of the account, nominate a person or persons who, in the event of death of the depositor, will be entitled to payment due on the account. Nomination can be made even after opening the account but it should be made before closure of the account.

Minimum deposit :

Rs. 1000 and in multiples thereof.

Maximum deposit :

The maximum amount of deposit is Rs. 15 Lakh.

Rate of interest :

Rate of interest is decided by ministry of finance every year. The Interest Rate on Senior Citizen Saving Scheme for the financial year 2016-17 is 8.6% p.a. And interest is paid quarterly.

As Per India Post – 

From 1.4.2017, interest rates are as follows:-

8.4% per annum, payable from the date of deposit of 31st March/30th Sept/31st December in the first instance & thereafter, interest shall be payable on 31st March, 30th June, 30th Sept and 31st December.

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Taxability of Interest :

The Interest on SCSS is not tax free and tax is required to be paid as per the Slab Rates. And,TDS on Interest @ 10% would also be deducted if the interest paid during the year is more than Rs. 10,000.

Tenure of the scheme :

The Tenure of Senior Citizen Saving Scheme is 5 years and from the date of opening the account.

Extension :

A depositor may extend the account for a further period of three years by making an application to the deposit office within a period of one year after maturity.

Premature withdrawal :

1) Premature withdrawal / closure of the deposits from the accounts under the SCSS, 2004 has been permitted after completion of one year from the date of opening of the account after deducting the penalty amount as given below.

A) If the account is closed after 1 year but before expiry of 2 years from the date of opening of the account, an amount equal to 1.5% of the deposit shall be deducted.

2) If the account is closed on or after the expiry of 2 years from the date of opening of the account, an amount equal to 1 % of the deposit shall be deducted.

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