Even after getting the additional tax benefit of Rs 50000 over and above section 80C investments, National Pension Scheme (NPS) investments have not kicked off as expected. But it has surely succeeded in gaining people’s attention. Investors are still confused about the structure of the product. One of many reasons for this is the confusion among investors over NPS withdrawal rules at the time of maturity or prematurely.
Recently PFRDA came up with a notification in this regard with the title, “Pension fund regulatory and development authority (exits and withdrawals under the national pension system) Regulations 2015. This notification explains national pension scheme withdrawal rules. Through this regulation, PFRDA has also announced some provisions on Premature withdrawal of NPS. Premature withdrawal provisions were not there in the first version of national pension scheme
Before moving ahead to understand national pension scheme withdrawal rules in detail, let me first brief you on what NPS is all about. You may also go through my detailed article written on this.
National pension scheme or New pension scheme is a contributory pension scheme, where monthly pension at the time of retirement will be determined by the quantum of corpus generated under the pension account.
In this, the account holder contributes every year and his funds get invested in the investment portfolio of his choice (there are 7 fund managers to choose from). At retirement, the account holder has to compulsorily buy a pension from the part of accumulated corpus. (Read: How to open eNPS account online?)
The National pension scheme is compulsory for government employees excluding armed forces personnel, who have joined service after 1stJanuray’2004. It is now open for investment to private sector employees and general public too. Investing in NPS qualifies for tax benefit u/s 80CCD, 80CCD(1b). If your NPS a/c is opened through your employer and he’s also contributing to your account then employer contribution is exempt u/s 80CCD(2).
Understanding of NPS functioning is important for private corporate sector employees too, as the government is giving a solid push to corporate to move to NPS system along with EPF. In Budget 2015 speech, Finance Minister has proposed to make it optional for private sector employees to choose between EPF or NPS.
Investment wise, Return wise and tax benefit wise national pension scheme sound like a good product but still it has much operational confusion, one of which is NPS withdrawal rules.
PFRDA through its latest circular tried to clear off this confusion. It has also notified few rules on partial withdrawal of funds which was not there earlier in this product.
Let’s understand the national pension scheme or nps withdrawal rules in detail.
National pension scheme NPS withdrawal rules – Government sector subscribers
*Subscriber has to intimate in writing to national pension system trust, of his intention to defer the annuity or lump sum withdrawal in a specified form at least 15 days before the date of superannuation.
National pension scheme NPS withdrawal rules – Citizens and corporate sector employees
National pension scheme NPS withdrawal rules – Partial withdrawal
The government is doing every effort to make the national pension scheme popular. They understand the importance of Retirement planning for a young country like us. Diverting countrymen from Defined Benefit to Defined contribution will in one way reduce the burden on the government to support pension but also mobilize the savings into the financial system and stock markets. This will provide the necessary impetus to the Economy.
From an investment point of view, a national pension scheme is a good option, which can provide necessary growth to retirement savings with tax benefits with compulsory annuity purchase option. The Low-cost structure also is an attractive feature. But as I always say that your finances should be properly structured and when you have control of your money with defined goals then only you should choose suitable investment product.
Though national pension scheme or NPS withdrawal rules have clarified the doubts regarding exits and partial withdrawal, the product has yet to answer the operational difficulties in investment with the regular disclosure of investment portfolio tracking tool, which can help manage the investments better. As pension is always taxable so one also needs to do a proper tax planning before opting for this product.
How do you find the new national pension scheme withdrawal rules? You think these only can make you invest in NPS? What is your opinion on new pension scheme (NPS)?