IDFC 80CCF Tax Saving Infrastructure Bonds

by Manshu on November 17, 2011

in Fixed Deposits,Tax

IDFC has launched their own 80CCF infrastructure bonds, and these come with a slightly higher interest rate than the other bonds that have been released so far.

They carry a 9% annual interest rate, and IDFC has simplified the issue a little bit by having the option with only one maturity – that of ten years.

Like, the other 80CCF bonds, these will have the the annual interest payment or the cumulative option, and a buyback option after 5 years.

The issue opens on November 21, 2011 and closes on December 16, 2011. In the past they have appeared on online platforms like ICICI Direct and Edelweiss, so that’s one way to buy them, or as Austere suggested you can print the forms online and submit it in one of the collection centers.

And of course, there’s always the option of taking the help of financial advisers like Shiv to apply for them.

Here are some other details about the bonds.




Interest Rate


Cumulative but effectively 9%

Maturity Period

10 years

10 years

Buyback Option

5 years

5 years

Buyback Amount



Maturity Amount




After the lock in period of 5 years, the bond will list on the NSE and BSE.

For whatever it’s worth the issue is rated highly by ICRA and Fitch – both of them rated the issue AAA. To me, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to apply anything more than Rs. 20,000 and that too only on one of these 80CCF bonds, so if you have applied for something already then you are better off investing your money in any other bank fixed deposit which doesn’t have any lock in period and will have a slightly higher interest rate also.

A new question that I see appear a few times with respect to these bonds is if you need to buy it every year to get the tax benefit. I think the source of that question is the confusion between the tax benefit.

Please be cognizant of the fact that the interest is not tax free. The interest will be taxable every year, but the way you get the tax benefit is that the value of bonds that you buy gets reduced from your taxable salary, and that means you have to pay less tax.

The other question that I saw today was would you have to pay tax if you exercised the buyback and the answer to that is that buyback doesn’t affect how the bond is taxed.

If you took the annual interest option then the interest will be taxed every year, and if you took the cumulative option then you will be taxed capital gains. The face value of the bond will not be taxed.

I can’t quite think of anything else to cover about this issue – so if you have any comments let’s hear them and a special thanks to Shiv who informs me about these bonds quite in advance.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Akhilesh Kumar Sharma October 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

Dear Sir,
In Feb.2012 I have invested Rs.20000/- for IDFC infrastructure bond from IDBI Bank-Indira Nagar branch at LUCKNOW(U.P.). But till now I have not received the bond. And this amount is deducted from my account.

can you help me please.
IDFC BOND application no.-21909890



Shiv Kukreja October 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Hi Akhilesh,
Please check these two links to know about your application’s status:

Just fill in your address again while checking the status on the first link.


Rajendra October 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Hi Akhilesh,

Your IDFC Infra Bond allotment done.
You can contact your broker for your certificate . If your agent/broker know how to get certificate then you can received your certificate Within 15 days.
Your certificate not deliver to you
If any qurey after contact your agent then ask me how to do.


vivek October 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

Can you please publish the various interest payment dates for various 80CCF bonds the way you have published for the Tax savings bonds? That way it would be helpful for all of us who have purchased these bonds.


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