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How are your mutual fund returns
taxed
By Aakar Rastogi, ECONOMICTIMES.COM | Oct 31, 2016, 11.23 AM IST

The returns earned from mutual funds are taxed
under the head 'Income from Capital Gains.'

Many mutual fund investors are a bit confused
about the taxation of returns from investments.
Investment experts are always busy answering
questions like should I pay tax on my mutual
funds or will my investment qualify for a tax
deduction. Experts say the different treatment of MF returns for calculating the SPOTLIGHT
tax liability is the main reason for the confusion.
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The returns earned from mutual funds are taxed under the head 'Income from
Capital Gains.' And capital gains can be short-term or long-term based on the
holding period of investments. And tax rates are different for both. Moreover,
the capital gains rules are different for equity and non-equity schemes.

All that sounds too confusing? Don't worry. We will make it easy for you.

Taxation of equity schemes
A mutual fund scheme qualifies to be taxed as an equity scheme if it invests at Firms give bereavement leave
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Returns from an equity mutual fund are treated as long term capital gains if provide support to employees through v
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under short term capital gains. Such returns are taxed at 15 per cent.

Taxation of debt schemes
Mutual fund schemes that invest less than 65 per cent of the corpus in equity
are categorised as non-equity funds for the purpose of taxation. Your debt
mutual funds fall under this category.
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