Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) | Features, Interest, Tax Benefits

This article gives detail information on Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP), who can purchase Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP), Investment limitations of Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP),Tax benefits of Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP),Interest income on Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP),Withdrawal of Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)

Introduction to Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)

Kisan Vikas Patra is a saving certificate scheme which was first launched in 1988 by India Post. It was successful in the early months but afterwards the Government of India set up a committee under supervision of Shyamala Gopinath which gave its recommendation to the Government that KVP could be misused. Hence the Government of India decided to close this scheme and KVP was closed in 2011 and the new government re-launched it in 2014.


Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) can be purchased by :

  • An adult in his own name, or on behalf of a minor
  • A Trust
  • Two adults jointly

Investment limitations of Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)

KVP certificates are available in the denominations of Rs 1000, Rs 5000, Rs 10000 and Rs 50000. The minimum amount that can be invested is Rs 1000. However, there is no upper limit on the purchase of KVPs.

Tax benefits of Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)

Kisan Vikas Patra does not offer any income tax benefits to the investor. No deduction u/s 80C is allowed on investment and the interest received upon maturity/withdrawal is fully taxable. However, withdrawals are exempted from Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) upon maturity.

Interest income on Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)

The amount (Principal) invested in Kisan Vikas Patra would get doubled in 124 months as per existing rate of interest.The prevailing rate of interest is 6.9% from April 1, 2020.

The exact interest rate is obtained by using the formula (2^(12124) x 100) - 100 = 6.9379698571, or 6.94.

Withdrawal of Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)

The amount of KVP can be withdrawn after 124 months (10 years and 04 months). The maturity period of a KVP is 2 years 6 months (30 months). Premature encashment of the KVP certificate is not permissible. The certificates can only be encashed in event of the death of the holder or forfeiture by a pledge or on the order of the courts.

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