How to become a crorepati: Big EPFO impact! Turn just Rs 66 into MASSIVE Rs 1 crore in wealth
How to become crorepati: An employee can choose to contribute Voluntary Provident Fund or VPF in his EPFO account as it would help him or her garner an additional 0.75 interest more than the PPF investment.
How to become crorepati: Yes, your Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) account can be fixed to generate a higher amount of money for you than PPF. EPF or Employees' Provident Fund is something that an employee is bound to invest in. The benefit of investment in the EPF is contributory investment by the recruiter and the central government. However, there is another way of enhancing your EPF contribution. An employee can choose to contribute Voluntary Provident Fund or VPF in his EPF as it would help him or her garner an additional 0.75 interest on his or her contribution other than the PF contribution mentioned by the recruiter in the offer letter at the time of recruitment. In the long term, this small number can translate into a huge amount in terms of money in the bank for you. And yes, EPF beats PPF in terms of returns for a number of reasons.
Speaking on the benefit of choosing VPF instead of PPF (Public Provident Fund), Kartik Jhaveri, Manager — Wealth Management at Transcend Consultants said, "To save income tax outgo, people invest in Public Provident Fund as it gives an assured return which is currently t 7.9 per cent. However, there is one other EPF provision, which is called VPF, where a salaried individual can choose to enhance his or her EPF contribution on his or her own. If they do so, they will be able to get 8.65 per cent interest on his or her VPF investment along with the Section 80C tax exemption under the Income Tax Act." However, Kartik maintained that in VPF, the earning individual won't get the benefit of the recruiter's contribution.
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So, VPF can be a good option to accumulate retirement funds. For example, let's take Rs 2,000 per month in the VPF. Also, a person would work at least 25 years and hence contribute for that long in the VPF. Means, he or she will be saving around Rs 66.66 per day to invest Rs 2000 per month in the VPF with 10 per cent top-up per annum. The EPF calculator suggests that after 25 years of contribution in the VPF, his or her closing EPF balance due to this VPF would be Rs 1,19,53,586 or Rs 1.19 crore.
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