LTCG will not impact National Pension Scheme, says PFRDA chairman


New Delhi, Feb 14: The proposal of long-term capital gains tax will not have much impact on the National Pension Scheme (NPS), a top Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) official has said. “It will not have much impact on us. The investments in the National Pension System are made by our trust (NPS Trust) which is a tax-exempted body. As far as pension investments are concerned, LTCG will not have an impact,” NPS regulator PFRDA chairman Hemant Contractor said here yesterday Contractor said this on the sidelines of a conference on the NPS in association with Stock Holding Corporation. However, it will have an impact on tier II accounts also known as non-pension account, he said. NPS manages two types of accounts — tier I and tier II. “Tier II has no tax benefits. Tier II account would be impacted but investments corpus in tier II is much smaller,” Contractor said.
The Budget 2018 had proposed to re-introduce long-term capital gains tax on gains arising from the transfer of listed equity shares exceeding Rs 1 lakh at 10 per cent (excluding cess). The same also implies on mutual funds. The total NPS corpus is currently at Rs 2.25 lakh crore from a base of two crore subscribers. “Our subscriber base is growing by 27-28 per cent a year. We just touched two crore subscribers’ mark. In March, there were about 1.54 crore subscribers. We expect to maintain the same pace of growth next year,” Contractor said.
PFRDA also expects that its Asset Under Management (AUM) would grow by 45-47 per cent in the next year.