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10 best personal finance articles from 2010

Here is a list of the ten personal finance articles that have been most popular on RaagVamdatt.com

The year 2010 has come to an end. Its time to look back and see what was most popular at RaagVamdatt.com!

 

10. Reached Section 80C limit? You can still save more income tax!

Most of us try to maximize our investments in section 80C instruments in order to maximize our tax savings. But the limit of investment under section 80C is only1 Lakh. Here are some other ways to save income tax.

Reached Section 80C limit? You can still save more income tax!

 

9. Cost To Company or CTC salary: Understanding and Calculation

What is Cost to Company or CTC salary? How is it calculated? If your CTC package is so high, why do you get so little in hand? This article explains it all.

Cost To Company or CTC salary: Understanding and Calculation

 

8. Income Tax (IT) treatment of House Rent Allowance (HRA)

Most of the salaried people get an allowance for taking care of the rent that they pay for their home. This is called House Rent Allowance, or HRA.

HRA gets special treatment in income tax laws, and is exempt from income tax to a certain extent. Here are the rules explained in simple terms.

Income Tax (IT) treatment of House Rent Allowance (HRA)

 

7. Income tax treatment of leave travel allowance / concession (LTA / LTC)

The government wants to encourage us to travel more and explore our country, and wants to assist us. That’s why it gives a favourable income tax treatment to allowance given to us for travel. We actually get income tax benefit for tourism! Read on.

Income tax treatment of leave travel allowance / concession (LTA / LTC)

 

6. Public Provident Fund (PPF) – Plan Your Retirement and Save Tax

This article illustrates the features of Public Provident Fund (PPF), and explains how it can be used for long term wealth creation.

Public Provident Fund (PPF) – Plan Your Retirement and Save Tax

 

5. Section 80CCF – Save Income Tax (IT) through investment in infrastructure bonds

Budget 2010 has introduced one more avenue for you to save tax – Infrastructure Bonds. This article explains the detailed provisions for this.

Section 80CCF – Save Income Tax (IT) through investment in infrastructure bonds

 

4. Provident Fund (PF) and Voluntary Provident Fund (VPF)

Provident Fund (PF) and Voluntary PF (VPF) are two investment avenues that most salaried people invariably encounter. This article explains what PF is, and also talks about Voluntary Contributions to the PF account. Here’s how you can use PF and VPF to create a great base for a great retirement.

Provident Fund (PF) and Voluntary Provident Fund (VPF)

 

3. Long Term and Short Term Capital Gain – Income Tax Calculation

We often hear the term “Capital Gains”. What is capital gain or loss? How is it classified into long term and short term? What is its treatment as far as income tax goes? Read on…

Long Term and Short Term Capital Gain – Income Tax Calculation

 

2. Income Tax (IT) Benefits of a Home Loan / Housing Loan / Mortgage

Many of us have taken home loans / mortgages to buy our house. And one of the most important motivators for going in for a housing loan is the Income Tax (IT) benefits that it entails. This article explains in detail how a home loan saves you Income Tax.

Income Tax (IT) Benefits of a Home Loan / Housing Loan / Mortgage

 

1. Saving Income Tax – Understanding Section 80C Deductions

This article explains how the deductions under Sec 80C of the Income Tax (IT) Act can help reduce your income tax liability. It also helps you decide where to invest to claim deductions under Sec 80C.

Saving Income Tax – Understanding Section 80C Deductions

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