Budget 2012 introduced RGESS ( Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme ), a scheme which allows tax rebate/tax deduction for investment in specified equity schemes. Since there already exists another similarly structured scheme called the ELSS ( Equity Linked Saving Scheme ) under which an investor can claim tax rebate u/s 80C up to Rs. 1 Lakh, it is important to understand the differences between the two.
Budget 2012 had proposed introduction of a new tax saving scheme called the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS) for investors with an income below Rs 10 lakh per annum, to be effective from the financial year 2012-2013 relevant to the assessment year 2013-2014. This scheme has been approved and the features of the scheme are as follows: