Money Today Archive February 7, 2008 Issue
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Edition: February 7, 2008

Cover Story

Babar Zaidi

Smart ways to manage your tax

Tax saving has evolved into tax planning. Learn how it changes your entire investment strategy. We guide you on smart ways to manage your tax in 2008.
Mutual Fund
Tanvi Varma/Money Today
Like IT, most pharma funds have underperformed in a booming market. What should the investor do right now — sell, hold or buy? Here are some answers.
Tax
Babar Zaidi
The new income tax return forms are more user-friendly than the earlier Saral. We explain the form and key new sections.
  • Help at hand to file taxes A growing number of taxpayers are finding that certified tax return preparers can help make filing tax returns less of an error-filled chore.
  • When the taxman cometh Filed your returns? Now worry over refunds, possible errors, or worst of all—notices. Money Today tells you some of the most common kinds of trouble that can happen after you file your return and how to handle them.
  • Is loan taken for renovation of house eligible under Section 80C? The repayment of the principal amount of a loan qualifies for deduction in both cases, that is, in case of a self-occupied house as well as a rented house, under Section 80C up to a maximum amount of Rs 1 lakh.
  • 'Timely refund is our priority' Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman Ratneshwar Prasad tells Money Today why honest taxpayers should not fear the taxman and what is being done to improve services and compliance.
  • Tax-planning strategies How can you take maximum advantage of the tax benefits available to you? Money Today takes a look at some strategies that could help you use tax planning tools more efficiently and effectively this year.
Banking
Sushmita Choudhury
Phishing has arrived in India and the prime target is financial services. We show how to safeguard your identity.
Travel
Sushmita Choudhary
The trend of solo travel is slowly taking root in India. But higher expenses, than travelling as a couple, is hindering growth. Here’s how to steer clear of the single supplement
Your Wallet
Thanks to Tata, almost everyone can afford a Nano. But can you afford a Hummer, where the EMI is more than the price of the Nano? We take a look at the EMIs you might have to pay for some of the stars of this year's Auto Expo.
BASICS
The deductions under various sections can reduce your income tax substantially. Find out what are the tax deductions available and how you can avail them.
Portfolio Doctor
Lucknow-based businessman Satish Chandnani earns well but must get a better grip on his finances and invest aggressively in equities.
Books
Rajshree Kukreti
This simple-to-read guide uses investment mistakes as take-off points for increasing a person's networth. Targeted at the neophyte, it should help readers find a foothold in the stock market.
Query Corner
Whatever anyone may tell you, there is no one-fit-for-all savings ratio. Even giving a minimum figure is deceptive.
Editors Note
Rohit Saran
Stocks are almost never the centrepiece of financial portfolio — a thick slice of the cake, rather than the thin icing. This has something to do with the way information and analysis on stocks appears in the media.
Talk Back
Our magazine has a regular section dedicated to equity investments including mutual funds and stocks. Our two model portfolios are very instructive for understanding the fundamentals of investing in stocks and funds.
Upfront
More than three years of record breaking wealth creation on the stock market has every investor wondering how much money can still be made, and how. A quick answer is—a lot and without taking too much risk.
Now and Then
While prices of most services shot up, telecom services have become cheaper. Little wonder then that you no longer make STD calls with one eye on the clock.

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