A voluntary retirement scheme for persons who desire to receive a significant income after turning 60, the National Income System (NPS) is run by the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA). The NPS offers its members three different ways to leave: premature exit/voluntary retirement, which enables members to leave before age 60 and receive superannuation; normal exit, which enables members to leave at age 60 or older and receive superannuation; and exit upon the untimely death of an account holder.
After retirement, the subscriber has the choice to postpone both lump sum and yearly withdrawal choices from NPS until the age of 75. This plan must be abandoned after 75 years. The default option, however, allows for one-time withdrawals of the remaining 60% and yearly withdrawals of at least 40% of the initial amount. The user also has the option to remove the whole balance once a year.
You may choose to stop using NPS online or offline. To quit the scheme online, you may complete your request using an OTP or an e-sign. According to PFRDA, clients will be able to go into the Central Record Keeping Agency (CRA) system and submit an exit request using the online procedure. They have to provide information about the departure at this point.
The consumer has the option of making a yearly withdrawal or a lump sum payment. In order to do this, the customer must supply information on fund allocation, annuity service provider (ASP), annuity scheme, etc. In addition to this, KYC and other supporting paperwork must be supplied. The customer's bank account number and submitted papers are then verified by POP using 'Instant Bank Account Verification'. The accompanying costs for processing this request must also be paid by the consumer. These fees total 0.125 percent of the entire capital and vary in price from Rs 125 at the lowest end to Rs 500 at the highest.
Subscribers may enjoy tax benefits after leaving the NPS. Lump sum withdrawals up to 60% of the entire accumulated pension asset are tax-exempt. Furthermore, the funds used to purchase an annuity (in order to receive a pension) are tax-free. However, the annuity proceeds that are periodically withheld as a pension are taxed based on the recipient's tax bracket.