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GOI : Govt Bonds India

Key Features of GOI Bonds in India are given below: The Bonds may be held by

* An individual, not being a Non-Resident Indian
  • In his or her individual capacity
  • In individual capacity on joint basis
  • In individual capacity on anyone or survivor basis
  • On behalf of a minor as father/mother/legal guardian

GOI Bonds

  • A Hindu Undivided Family.
  • Charitable Institution' to mean a Company registered under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act 1956 or
  • An institution which has obtained a Certificate of Registration as a charitable institution in accordance with a law in force; or
  • Any institution which has obtained a certificate from Income Tax Authority for the purposes of Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
  • "University" means a university established or incorporated by a Central, State or Provincial Act, and includes an institution declared under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 (3 of 1956), to be a university for the purposes of that Act.
 

Limit of Investment in GOI Bonds:

  • There will be no maximum limit for investment in the Bonds.
 
Tax Treatment:
  • Income-tax: Interest on the Bonds will be taxable under the Income-Tax Act, 1961 as applicable according to the relevant tax status of the bond holder.
  • Wealth tax: The Bonds will be exempted from Wealth-tax under the Wealth- tax Act, 1957.
 
Issue Price
  • The Bonds will be issued at par i.e. at Rs.100.00 percent.
  • The Bonds will be issued for a minimum amount of Rs. 1000/- (face value) and in multiples thereof. Accordingly, the issue price will be Rs.1000/- for every Rs.1, 000/-(Nominal).
 
Form
  • The Bonds will be issued and held at the credit of the holder in an account called Bond Ledger Account (BLA).
  • New Bond Ledger series with the prefix (TB) are to be opened. All investment in 8% Savings (Taxable) Bonds by an existing BLA holder will be viewed as a new investment under a new BLA11.
 
Nomination
  • A sole holder or a sole surviving holder of a Bond, being an individual, may nominate in form B (Annex – 4) or as near thereto as may be, one or more persons who shall be entitled to the Bond and the payment thereon in the event of his/her death.
 
Transferability
  • The Bond in the form of Bond Ledger Account shall not be transferable.
 
Interest
  • The bond will be issued in cumulative and non-cumulative form, at the option of the investor.
  • The Bond will bear interest at the rate of 8% per annum. Interest on non-cumulative bonds will be payable at half-yearly intervals from the date of issue in terms of paragraph 7 above. Interest on cumulative bonds will be compounded with half-yearly rests and will be payable on maturity along with the principal. In the latter case, the maturity value of the Bonds shall be Rs.1601/- (being principal and interest) for every Rs.1,000/-(Nominal). Interest to the holders opting for non-cumulative Bonds will be paid from date of issue in terms of paragraph 7 above upto 31st July/31st January, as the case may be and thereafter at half-yearly for period ending 31st July/31st January on 1st August and 1st February. Interest on Bond in the form of "Bond Ledger Account" will be paid, by cheque/warrant or through ECS by credit to bank account of the holder as per the option exercised by the investor/holder.
 

Advances/Tradability against Bonds

  • The Bonds shall not be tradable in the secondary market and shall not be eligible as collateral for loans from banks, financial Institutions and Non Banking Financial Companies, (NBFC) etc.
 
Repayment
  • The Bonds shall be repayable on the expiry of 6 (Six) years from the date of issue. No interest would accrue after the maturity of the Bond.
 
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