Question: Hi, I have invested in mutual funds for 3 months. Then I got my money back. With this can I get any tax exemption. Or do I need to invest for whole financial year. Kindly provide the details.
Answer: Dear Mr Ramesh, gains arising from investment in equity mutual funds, for a period of less than 12 months is considered as short-term capital gains. Tax would be 15% flat in such cases. If held for more than 12 months, it is tax exempt. In case of debt funds, for short term capital gains, amount of gains needs to be included in your taxable income while filing your return of income. If held for more than 12 months, tax would be 20% with indexation or 10% without indexation, whichever is lesser.
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