In India, people are always in search of instruments that offer them the benefit of tax savings. To meet this need of investors, mutual funds came up with the tax-saving scheme known as Equity-Linked Saving Scheme (ELSS). This is an open-ended equity-oriented scheme with a statutory lock-in period of three years. As per SEBI, the scheme invests at least 80 per cent of its total assets in equity and equity-related instruments (in accordance with Equity Linked Saving Scheme, 2005, notified by Ministry of Finance). Tax benefit is the most attractive aspect of these funds, with investors getting tax exemption up to Rs 1.5 lakh u/s 80C of Income Tax Act, 1961.
Below are some of the top ELSS-Tax Saving Funds.