Understanding Taxes

IDFC Long Term Infrastructure Bond under Section 80CCF- Public Issue 2

image Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) has launched its second tranche of public issue of long term infrastructure bonds, under section 80CCF. Section 80CCF provides tax payers an additional tax deduction to the extent of Rs 20,000 for investments in long term infrastructure bonds. This deduction would be over and above the Rs. 1, 00,000 existing under section 80C.


The IDFC Public Issue-Tranche 2

In September 2010, IDFC came up with its first instalment of public issue, with 4 series of bonds. It managed to raise around Rs. 471 crores in the issue. This second instalment of the public issue is a follow up of the first one and is open from January 17, 2011 to February 4, 2011, for investors.


Key Features of the Issue

Ø Who Can Apply

The bond issue is applicable only for resident individuals and HUFs. NRIs, FIIs and OCBs are not eligible to participate in the issue.


Ø Credit Rating

The bond has been assigned a “LAAA” rating by ICRA and an “AAA” rating by Fitch. The ratings speak of IDFC’s comfortable liquidity position, sound asset quality and timely servicing of debt.


Ø Demat Account not a necessity

The bonds will be issued in both dematerialised and physical form. It is therefore not necessary for investors to have demat accounts.

No TDS shall be deducted on the interest received if the bonds are kept in demat form. There will however be TDS for bonds kept in physical form when interest exceeds Rs. 2,500 p.a.


Ø Minimum Application

The bonds come with a face value of Rs. 5,000. The minimum subscription amount is Rs. 10,000, which means, investors would have to subscribe to a minimum of two bonds per application.


Ø Lock-in Period and Maturity

The bonds have a minimum lock in period of five years, and a maturity of ten years. They would be listed on the BSE as well as the NSE. Investors can trade their bonds after the initial lock in period of five years. Loans can be obtained against the bonds, by pledging them after the lock-in period.


Ø Different Series in the Bond Issue

There are only two series offered in this issue, unlike the first issue where four options were offered.

Series 1: Offers 8% returns annually.

Series 2: Offers 8% cumulatively.

Both series allow a buy back route after the initial lock in period of five years.


Ø Application Process

Application forms for the issue could be obtained and submitted at these collection centers.

· HDFC Bank

· ICICI Bank

· Kotak Mahindra Bank

· IDBI Bank

· Axis Bank

Alternatively online applications could be submitted, if you have an online trading account with any one of the above banks.


So should you invest in Long Term Infrastructure Bonds?

Long Term Infrastructure Bonds, may probably be yielding relatively lower returns when compared to various other investment options. However one must remember that, when the tax benefit under section 80CCF is considered, the effective net yield on maturity increases. Nevertheless, this investment is best suited for individuals who fall in the highest tax bracket.


IDFC Issue at a glance

IDFC Infrastructure Bond 

*Source: IDFC Tranche 2- Prospectus


Written by Ramya Ramachandran


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Srinivas said:

Dear Sir/Madam,

   I would like to pay online in 80ccf bonds. Is it possible to pay. Please suggest me regarding this.

With regards



January 17, 2011 10:10 PM

Raviraj Shetty said:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to know more about IDFC longterm bonds, can I get contact details of HDFC representative.


Raviraj shetty


January 31, 2011 9:18 PM

sweta said:


It would ge great if you could just explain how do we arrive at the figures-maturity amount per bond Rs.10,800 and buyback amount Rs.7350 per bond in case of cumulative.

Thanks in advance!


February 4, 2011 12:14 PM

Rishiraj said:

L & T as well as IIFCL infrastructure bonds are out offering a higher interest rate than IDFC.

please feel free to contact me on 9762847432 (Pune)

February 4, 2011 3:28 PM

Raja said:

Hi which is better Idfc or L&T. in simple ways if invest in 10000 in both the bonds how much i can get after 5 /7 /10 yrs

February 5, 2011 3:44 AM

karthik said:


February 19, 2011 6:54 AM

Dinesh M Tirale said:

hello, Pls expalin how to buy 80ccF infrastructure bonds online ?

September 12, 2011 1:53 AM

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