Fixed deposit (FD) is a type of deposit which can be withdrawn only after a pre-defined tenure and attracts a higher interest rate when compared to savings account. The minimum period for placing these deposit is 7 days while the maximum period is 120 months. A recent study indicates that banks are now free to determine the rate of interest to be offered on FDs. Banks may offer deposits on a floating rate, interest shall be paid on quarterly or longer rests and interest is calculated on daily balance. Further, scheduled banks with a total deposit of less than Rs 25 crores are permitted to give an additional ½% interest. When the amount paid to the individual is in excess of Rs 10,000 bank has to deduct tax at source if the depositor has not submitted Form 15H or 15G or certificate u/s197(1) of the Income Tax Act 1961. Banks have the discretion to disallow premature withdrawal of large deposits other than individuals and Hindu Undivided Family (HUF). On maturity if the bank does not receive any intimation from the depositor then such deposits are recorded as overdue deposits in the books of the bank. Banks can grant loans by taking FD as a security. However, there are certain prohibitions to raising Fixed Deposits: banks cannot launch deposits with freebies such as free lunch and trips, for example.