7.6% NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015 – Should you invest?

NHAI tax free bonds-December-2015NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015

After recent IRFC Tax Free Bonds of 2015, now it is the turn for NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015. NHAI Tax Free Bonds Dec 2015, Tranche-I would open for subscription on 17th December, 2015. NHAI Tax Free Bonds carry 7.6% tax free interest for 15 years bond. It offers 10 and 15 year tax free bonds. NHAI Tax-Free Bonds issue size is Rs 10,000 Crores. Should you invest in NHAI Tax Free Bonds of Dec-2015? What are the positive factors of NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015? Are there any hidden or negative factors in these tax free bonds?

About NHAI Ltd

NHAI is an autonomous authority of the GoI under the MoRTH constituted on June 15, 1989 by an Act of Parliament titled – The National Highways Authority of India Act, 1988 (NHAI Act). NHAI is responsible for the development, maintenance and management of the National Highway (NH) entrusted to it by the GoI and for matters connected or incidental thereto. Its functions include survey, development, maintenance and management of the NH and inter alia to construct offices or workshops, to establish and maintain hotels, restaurants and rest rooms at or near the highways entrusted to it, to regulate and control plying of vehicles, to develop and provide consultancy and construction services and to collect fees for services and benefits rendered in accordance with Section 16 of NHAI Act.

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Features of NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015

  • Issue start date: 17-Dec-2015
  • Issue end date: 31-Dec-2015
  • Face value of the bond is Rs 1,000.
  • Minimum investment – 5 Bonds i.e. Rs 5,000 and in multiple of 1 bond thereof
  • Interest rates and tenure (For Retail investors of < Rs 10 Lakh investment) are as follows: a) 10 Years – 7.39% b) 15 years – 7.6%
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRI’s) cannot apply for these tax free bonds.
  • Retail investors who are applying above Rs 10 Lakh investment + NRI investors who are applying for bonds would get 0.25% less interest compared to the rates indicated here.
  • Non retail investors would get an interest rate of 0.25% lower than the retail investor.
  • Interest is paid every year.
  • There is no tax on the interest from these bonds, hence no TDS would be deducted.
  • These tax free bonds would be listed on BSE and NSE. Hence these are liquid investments, provided there is buyer in stock exchange.
  • You can apply for these tax free bonds in physical form and demat form.

Below are the Interest rates chart along with pre tax returns for individuals with various tax brackets

NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015-Interest Rates

Why should you invest in NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015?

  • NHAI is Govt of India enterprise and it is safe to invest in such bonds.
  • Attractive tax free returns up to 7.6% per annum for 15 years bond. If you are in a high tax bracket of 30%, your pre-tax return works out to be 11%. Currently banks are offering 8% interest rates (pre-tax). Similarly if you are in the 20 % tax bracket, your pre-tax return works out to be 9.57%. Hence these bonds offer good interest rates for such high tax bracket individuals.
  • IRRPL, ICRA, CRISIL and CARE rated these bonds as AAA which indicates highest safety.

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Why not to invest in NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015?

  • Last year tax free bonds offered 8%+ tax free interest. Compared to them, interest rates offered for current bonds is very low.
  • There are a few tax free bonds which are available in the secondary market at discounted price where you can look them for alternative investment option.
  • There are better investment options like equity mutual funds which can give you 12% to 15% annualised returns if you are able to take risk.
  • Not that good investment option for low income tax bracket individuals.

How to invest in these NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015?

These are issued through demat form or physical form. In case of demat form, you need to apply through your broker where you are maintaining demat account. Just login to your demat account and under BONDS section you should be able to see a link on the start date of opening of subscription of these NHAI Tax Free Bonds of 2015. In case you want to apply in physical form, you can visit Edelweiss Financial Services website and download NHAI Tax Free Bonds Prospectus and application form at this link and follow the process.

Conclusion: Like I indicated in earlier tax free bonds analysis, banks are now offering very low interest rates of 8%. If you are in 30% tax bracket, your post tax returns would be 5.6% only. Similary if you are in 20% tax bracket, your post tax returns would be 6.4% only. Hence comparing to them, NHAI Tax Free Bonds which offers 7.6% tax free interest rates for 15 years is good investment bet. If you are long term investor and want to get highest tax free returns along with safety, you should invest in NHAI Tax Free Bonds of 2015.

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NHAI Tax Free Bonds 2015-Should you invest

One comment

  • Harsha Kashyap S

    Hi Suresh,

    I fall in the 30% Income Tax bracket. I think investing in PPF is better to me than NHAI Bonds.
    Could you please confirm in my understanding is correct.

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