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Which are the best performing tax-saving ELSS mutual funds in March 2024?

This post sifts through 43 options to find the best performing ELSS funds for the 3-year period ending before March 2024.

Which are the best performing tax-saving ELSS mutual funds in March 2024?


Posted on 02 Mar 2024
Author: Sayan Sircar
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This post sifts through 43 options to find the best performing ELSS funds for the 3-year period ending before March 2024.

Which are the best performing tax-saving ELSS mutual funds in March 2024?

Disclaimer: The fund names mentioned in this article are not recommendations to invest/not invest in those funds. Please perform adequate due diligence before making any investments. Past performance does not give any indication about future performance. You can lose all or part of your capital in mutual funds.

This article is a part of our detailed article series on the concept of ELSS Tax savings mutual funds in India. Ensure you have read the other parts here:

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This article is frequently updated. The latest version is here.

Do you really need to invest in ELSS funds?

Before we discuss ELSS investing, you need to note that ELSS is a part of 80C deduction which is no longer an allowed tax deduction in the new tax regime. You should always check first if you will save more tax in the new tax regime: Which is the best tax regime to choose from April?

That being said, many investors wish to know the best performing ELSS funds in the month of March and this article serves that purpose.

This article presents historical data only. Historical performance will likely not repeat in the future. We have taken ELSS NAV data from the AMFI website.

Investors should note that the each investment in ELSS funds is locked for 3 years and cannot be redeemed. If it is a lump sum then the amount can only be redeemed after 3 years. For a SIP, each instalment of the SIP is locked for 3 years.

All “Amount” and “Return” figures in the tables are pre-tax: Pay lower capital gains taxes for equity: understand how grandfathering works

Best performing ELSS funds for a 3-year investment (lump sum)

The table below shows the 10 best performing ELSS funds in the last 3 years. The invested amount is ₹1.5 lakhs.

Fund name Lump sum return Amount (₹)
Quant Tax Plan 34.46% 201,687
Sbi Long Term Equity Fund 27.44% 191,157
Hdfc Elss Tax Saver 26.19% 189,291
Bank Of India Tax Advantage Fund 25.49% 188,230
Parag Parikh Tax Saver Fund 24.70% 187,045
Motilal Oswal Elss Tax Saver Fund 24.16% 186,234
Bandhan Elss Tax Saver Fund 23.96% 185,941
Franklin India Taxshield 22.63% 183,952
Dsp Tax Saver Fund 21.85% 182,774
Jm Elss Tax Saver Fund (Direct) 21.57% 182,358

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Best performing ELSS funds for a 3-year SIP investment

The table below shows the 10 best performing ELSS funds in the last 3 years where ₹12,500/month has been invested in the last 36 months. The total invested amount is ₹4.5 lakhs.

Fund name SIP Return Amount (₹ lakhs)
Sbi Long Term Equity Fund 33.14% 7.22
Quant Tax Plan 32.51% 7.16
Motilal Oswal Elss Tax Saver Fund 29.12% 6.84
Hdfc Elss Tax Saver 28.58% 6.80
Bank Of India Tax Advantage Fund 28.39% 6.78
Iti Elss Tax Saver Fund 26.77% 6.63
Franklin India Taxshield 25.66% 6.53
Jm Elss Tax Saver Fund (Direct) 25.15% 6.49
Taurus Elss Tax Saver Fund 24.69% 6.45
Parag Parikh Tax Saver Fund 24.42% 6.42

We will now consider a step-up SIP since increasing your investment amount as per salary hikes has the potential to create more wealth. 80C deduction, if availed is applicable only up to the first ₹1.5 lakhs/year.

Related:
What is a step-up SIP and how much more wealth does it create vs. a normal SIP?

Best performing ELSS funds for a 3-year SIP investment via 5% step-up SIP

The table below shows the 10 best performing ELSS funds in the last 3 years where ₹12,500/month has been invested in the last 36 months. The amounts invested are:

  • ₹12,500/month for the first 12 months
  • ₹13,125/month for the next 12 months
  • ₹13,781/month for the last 12 months

The total invested amount is ₹472,875.

Fund name SIP Return Amount (₹ lakhs)
Sbi Long Term Equity Fund 33.47% 7.55
Quant Tax Plan 32.77% 7.48
Motilal Oswal Elss Tax Saver Fund 29.44% 7.16
Hdfc Elss Tax Saver 28.79% 7.10
Bank Of India Tax Advantage Fund 28.71% 7.09
Iti Elss Tax Saver Fund 27.13% 6.95
Franklin India Taxshield 25.90% 6.83
Jm Elss Tax Saver Fund (Direct) 25.41% 6.79
Taurus Elss Tax Saver Fund 24.94% 6.75
Parag Parikh Tax Saver Fund 24.58% 6.71

Best performing ELSS funds for a 3-year SIP investment via 10% step-up SIP

The table below shows the 10 best performing ELSS funds in the last 3 years where ₹12,500/month has been invested in the last 36 months. The amounts invested are:

  • ₹12,500/month for the first 12 months
  • ₹13,750/month for the next 12 months
  • ₹15,125/month for the last 12 months

The total invested amount is ₹496,500.

Fund name SIP Return Amount (₹ lakhs)
Sbi Long Term Equity Fund 33.79% 7.89
Quant Tax Plan 33.04% 7.81
Motilal Oswal Elss Tax Saver Fund 29.75% 7.49
Bank Of India Tax Advantage Fund 29.03% 7.42
Hdfc Elss Tax Saver 29.00% 7.42
Iti Elss Tax Saver Fund 27.47% 7.27
Franklin India Taxshield 26.14% 7.15
Jm Elss Tax Saver Fund (Direct) 25.66% 7.10
Taurus Elss Tax Saver Fund 25.18% 7.06
Parag Parikh Tax Saver Fund 24.73% 7.02

We have a detailed article on this topic here: What are the portfolio and tax related things that you must do in March?

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