The IDFC Infrastructure Bonds issue joins five other issues this financial year. A similar issue by Rural Electrification Corporation is already open. By investing in these products, taxpayers can claim a deduction of up to Rs 20,000 under Section 80CCF. This is above the Rs 1 lakh invested under Section 80C. While you save tax, your real returns may not be as high or precise as those being projected by some brokers. So before you rush to invest in the issue, here are a few points to ponder.
In 2010, the government introduced a new section 80CCF under the Income Tax Act, 1961 (“Income Tax Act”) to provide for income tax deductions for subscription to long-term infrastructure bonds and pursuant to that the Central Board of Direct Taxes passed Notification No. 48/2010/F.No.149/84/2010-SO(TPL) dated July 9, 2010. These long term infrastructure bonds offer an additional window of tax deduction of investments up to Rs. 20,000 for the financial year 2010-11. This deduction is over and above the Rs 1 lakh deduction available under sections 80C, 80CCC and 80CCD read with section 80CCE of the Income Tax Act. Infrastructure bonds help in intermediating the retail investor’s savings into infrastructure sector directly.