modified on 01.10.2016

Post Office Time Deposit Accounts

Post Office Time Deposit Accounts offers the facility of investing surplus funds at relatively higher rates of interest. The deposits made under this scheme for a period of 5 years are also eligible for tax benefits under section 80C of Income Tax Act.

Salient features Post Office Time Deposits

Eligibility

Any individual singly or jointly with another adult.

An adult individual on behalf of a minor.

Minimum amount

Rs. 200/-

Maximum amount

In multiples of Rs. 200/-. No upper limit.

Maturity period

One year, Two years, Three years and Five years.

Auto Renewal

A deposit account opened in a Post Office working on CBS platform shall be automatically renewed on maturity, for the same period it was opened initially at the rate of interest prevailing on date of such renewal.

Nomination facility

Available

Interest Rate

1 Year2 Years3 Years5 Years
Upto 30.11.20116.25%6.50%7.25%7.50%
01.12.2011 to 31.03.20127.70%7.80%8.00%8.30%
01.04.2012 to 31.03.20138.20%8.30%8.40%8.50%
01.04.2013 to 31.03.20148.20%8.20%8.30%8.40%
01.04.2014 to 31.03.20168.40%8.40%8.40%8.50%
01.04.2016 to 30.09.20167.10%7.20%7.40%7.90%
01.10.2016 to 31.03.20177.00%7.10%7.30%7.80%
01.04.2017 to 30.6.20176.90%7.00%7.20%7.70%
01.07.2017 onwards6.80%6.90%7.10%7.60%

The interest on deposits is calculated on quarterly compounding basis and is payable annually.

Nomination

Available

Premature withdrawal

Allowed after expiry of six months from the date of deposit, subject to following conditions :

For accounts opened upto 30.11.2011: No interest is paid for the deposit withdrawn prematurely after six months but before the expiry of one year.

In case of deposits for two, three or five years withdrawn prematurely after the expiry of one year from the date of deposit, interest is payable for the completed years and months at 2% lower rate than specified for the completed period.

For Accounts opened on or after 1st December 2011:

Where a deposit in 1-Year, 2-Years, 3-Years or 5-Years account is withdrawn prematurely after 6 months but before expiry of one year from the date of deposit, simple interest at the rate applicable to Post Office Saving Account from time to time shall be payable.

In case of deposits for two, three or five years withdrawn prematurely after the expiry of one year from the date of deposit, interest is payable for the completed years and months at 1% lower rate than specified for the completed period.

Tax benefits

Available for Term Deposits of 5 years

Interest Taxability

Taxable

Other features

A deposit can be renewed with retrospective effect, subject to the following:

Period elapsed from the date of maturityMinimum period of re-deposit
6 months or less1 year
More than 6 months up to 12 months2 years
More than 12 months up to 18 months3 years
More than 18 months5 years

Agency Commission

0.5%

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