Systematic Withdrawal Plan (SWP) – Mutual Fund

SWP or systematic withdrawal plan is a facility offered by Mutual Funds, through which investors can withdraw fixed amounts at regular intervals, for example – monthly/quarterly/yearly from the investment they have made in any Mutual Fund scheme.

Key Feature:

SWP generates cash-flows (income) by redeeming units from the scheme at the specified interval. The number of units redeemed to generate this cash-flow depends on SWP amount and the unit price (Net Asset Value) on the withdrawal date.

Benefits of SWP:

1.     Flexibility:

In a SWP plan, investor has the flexibility to choose the amount, frequency and the date according to his/her needs. Also, the investor can stop the SWP at any point in time.

2.     Regular Income:

SWP in mutual funds facilitates investors by providing a regular income from their investments. Therefore, this becomes highly convenient for those who need regular cash-flow for meeting regular expenses.

3.     Capital appreciation:

If the SWP withdrawal rate is lower than the fund return, the investor gets some capital appreciation too in the long term.

4.     No TDS –

For resident individual investors, there is no TDS on the SWP amount.

5.     Tax efficiency –

Investors in high tax bracket find SWP useful as the capital gains from equity/equity-oriented funds are taxed moderately – 15% for profits made on withdrawals within one year (Short-term Capital Gain) and 10% for profits made on withdrawals after one year (Long-term Capital Gain)


To give a perspective to SWP, we append below the returns and effective tax on an initial investment of Rs. 1.20 crores and a monthly withdrawal of Rs. 1 lakh considering actual NAVs during April, 2013 to March, 2021 for a large-cap MF.

Start Date01-04-2013
End Date01-03-2021
Initial Investment12,000,000
Monthly Withdrawal100,000
Total Withdrawal9,500,000
Maturity Value20,767,069
Total Value30,267,069
Tax Paid334,228
Net Profit17,932,841
Effective Tax Rate3.52%

To sum up, SWP is a good strategy to have a regular income with a defined periodicity. The good part is that the returns are tax efficient and there is no TDS on gains unlike traditional investment options.



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