The Public Provident Fund is savings-cum-tax-saving instrument in India, introduced by the National Savings Institute of the Ministry of Finance in 1968. The aim of the scheme is to mobilize small savings by offering an investment with reasonable returns combined with income tax benefits.We at Myfirstcrore would recommend an investment in PPF (Public Provident Fund) as one of the means to build long-term corpus .PPF investments are eligible for deduction under Section 80C of the Income-Tax Act. Here's the lowdown on guidelines and process on opening a PPF account with a bank or post office.
Documents for the PPF account are similar to the any other account in banks.
With almost every investment option, be it stocks, mutual funds, fixed deposits or bonds, available at the click of the mouse, can PPF investments be made online too? Well, you cannot if you have an account with the post-office.
But some banks permit online transfers. For example, if you have your PPF account with SBI and your salary/savings account with ICICI Bank, you can log into net banking and add the SBI PPF account as a payee/beneficiary for transfer from your ICICI account. Similarly, money from your Citibank savings account can be transferred to your State Bank of Mysore PPF account.
Moreover, if you have a savings account and the PPF account with the same bank, these two can be linked. In this case, you need not add the PPF account as a third-party beneficiary. You can directly transfer money. Also, you can view the credits to the PPF account online just like how you see your bank statements.