Learn About Taxation on Mutual Fund


If you now invest in or are considering investing in the taxation of mutual funds, you should be aware of the laws dictating how your returns will be taxed. Gains and income from mutual funds are taxable, just like those from other asset types. Since taxes cannot be avoided, it’s important to learn how they are applied to mutual funds before putting money into them.

The main factors influencing the taxation of mutual funds in India are:

The taxation of mutual funds is a complicated topic, but examining it in parts may make it more manageable. Therefore, let’s start with the three variables influencing how taxes are applied to mutual funds.

Finance Options: For monetary purposes, a mutual fund can be categorised as either an equity or debt taxation of the mutual fund.

Gain classification: A capital gain occurs when an investor sells an asset for more than they paid for it, while a dividend is a portion of earnings delivered to investors by the mutual fund firm without the investor having to sell the asset. Following this part, we will go through what they are and how they are taxed.

Involuntary self-detention: How long you keep an investment is a key factor in calculating your capital gains tax. Holding onto your investments for longer can help you pay less in taxes. According to the country’s income tax code, investing with a longer time horizon results in a lesser tax liability.

How do mutual funds make money?

Taxation of mutual funds offers the potential for profit through both capital appreciation and dividends. Let’s break down the distinctions and clarify what each term means.

Earning more than what an asset was originally purchased for is considered a capital gain. If you own units in a mutual fund scheme and pay a NAV of 140 per unit, you will earn a capital gain if and when you sell them for more than 140.

Please remember that mutual fund units only generate capital gains upon redemption. Therefore, investors only have to pay capital gains tax on mutual funds when cashing out their holdings. Therefore, the taxation of mutual funds redemption must be included in the income tax returns for the subsequent fiscal year.

Taxes on dividends

The Dividend Distribution Tax was repealed by the Finance Act of 2020. Investors only had to report dividend income from mutual funds after March 31, 2020. Before sending dividends to the taxation of mutual fund shareholders, fund houses deducted the Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT). The investor must now report all dividend income as “income from other sources” and pay taxes on the full amount according to their tax rate.

Tax on Capital Gains

The type of taxation of the mutual funds scheme you have invested in and the time you have held its units will affect the taxation of capital gains from those schemes. Keeping that in mind, let’s examine these two parts more closely.

The terms “long-term capital gains” (LTCG) and “short-term capital gains” (STCG) need to be defined before proceeding (STCG). The difference between short-term capital gain (STCG) and long-term capital gain (LTCG) is the amount of time an asset is kept by the investor (i.e., a long holding period).

The scheme’s orientation

The capital gains tax you pay will depend on the type of mutual fund in which you invest once you have determined your holding period. Generally, mutual funds may be sorted into two broad categories: debt and equity. However, the tax treatment of hybrid funds requires further explanation. In this article, we will discuss the tax implications of mutual funds for various demographics in further depth.

The Concept of Equity in Accounting

Taxation of mutual funds schemes that invest at least 65% of their assets in Indian stocks or equity-related derivatives is considered equity-oriented for tax reasons. For tax on mutual funds redemption purposes, all other financing sources are classified as debt-oriented initiatives.

Mutual Fund Equity Schemes with Long-Term Capital Gains

Gains from the sale of stocks or equity mutual funds were not subject to long-term capital gains taxation of mutual funds until the beginning of 2018. (38). According to Section 112A of the Income Tax Act of 1961, long-term capital gains (LTCG) on equity-oriented plans such as mutual funds are now taxed at a rate of 10% on amounts above Rs 1 lakh. If you earned $120,000 in LTCG through an equity-oriented scheme in a fiscal year, your tax on mutual funds would be computed on $20,000 at 10%, independent of your tax rate. (with the appropriate fee and cess applied).

Investing in Stocks:  

Units of equity-focused mutual fund schemes are subject to a 15% STCG tax upon sale per Section 111A of the Income Tax Act of 1961. By way of illustration, if you received $1,300,000 in STCG from an equity-based compensation plan during a fiscal year, you would be subject to a 15% tax on that amount (plus any applicable cess and surcharge). This is because the STCG tax does not benefit from the Rs. 1,000,000 exemption available for LTCGs.

Individual Retirement Account:

At least 80% of the total value of ELSS mutual fund taxation of mutual funds programmes is put into stocks and shares. If you want to reduce your taxable exposure when investing in mutual funds, this is the option for you. Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act of 1961, ELSS investments are eligible for a tax deduction of up to Rs. 1.5 million. It’s important to keep in mind that there’s a Rs. 1.5 million cap on deductions under Section 80C. You would have less of a deduction for your ELSS payments if you already take deductions for other things under Section 80C, such as LIC premiums.


In terms of taxes, equity and debt plans are treated differently in the long and short term. In the case of mutual funds, a 12-month holding period is required for equity-oriented schemes, and a 36-month holding period is required for debt-oriented schemes to qualify as long-term capital gains. We’ve compiled a table with the relevant information to help determine whether your capital gains are long-term or short-term. Know more about it at Piramal Housing Finance.