**What is the Payback Period?**

The payback period is the time you need to recover the cost of your investment. In simple terms, it is time an investment takes to reach the break-even point. It would help if you retrieved the investment costs of a project as soon as possible to make a profit. The payback period shows you the time taken to recover the cost of the project. The payback period helps you to evaluate the associated risks of an investment. An investment may have a short or a long payback period. If your investment has a short payback period, you may quickly recover the cost of the investment. You may select a project or an investment that has a short payback period. The payback period in capital budgeting gives the number of years it takes for you to recover the cost of the investment. For example, if it takes 10 years for you to recover the cost of the investment, then the payback period is 10 years. The payback period is an easy method to calculate the return on investment. However, it does not account for the time value of money. You may use the payback period concept along with other metrics to evaluate the return on investment.

**What is the Payback Period Calculator?**

A payback period calculator is a utility tool, that shows you the time taken to recover the cost of the project or an investment. You can determine the number of years it takes to recover the cost of the investment. The payback period calculator consists of a formula box, where you enter the initial investment and the periodic cash flow. The payback period will show you the payback period of the investment.

**How does Payback Period Calculators work?**

The payback period calculator shows you the time taken to recover the cost of the investment. To calculate the payback period you can use the mathematical formula: Payback Period = Initial investment / Cash flow per year For example, you have invested Rs 1,00,000 with an annual payback of Rs 20,000. Payback Period = 1,00,000/20,000 = 5 years. You may calculate the payback period for uneven cash flows. For example, you have invested Rs 2,00,000 in a project. You expect Rs 70,000 in the first year of the project, a sum of Rs 60,000 in the second year of the project, Rs 55,000 in the third year of the project, Rs 40,000 in the fourth year of the project, Rs 30,000 in the fifth year of the project and Rs 25,000 in the sixth year of the project. Initial investment = Rs 2,00,000 Payback period = Years before full recovery + Unrecovered cost at the start of the year / Cash flow during the year You have year 3 which is the last year before the investment turns positive. You have the unrecovered investment at the start of the fourth year, which is the initial investment (Rs 2,00,000) minus the cumulative cash flow at the end of the third year (Rs 1,85,000). Payback Period = 3 + (2,00,000 – 1,85,000) / 40,000 = 3.375 years.

**How to use the ClearTax Payback Period Calculators?**

The ClearTax Payback Period Calculator helps you to evaluate the cost of the project or the investment. To use the ClearTax Payback Period Calculator:

- You must enter the initial value of the investment.
- Enter the net annual cash flow.
- The ClearTax Payback Period Calculator shows you the payback period in years.

You can also use the ClearTax Payback Period Calculator to calculate the uneven cash flows:

- You must enter the initial value of the investment.
- Enter the cash flows for each year.
- The ClearTax Payback Period Calculator shows you the payback period in years.

**Benefits of ClearTax Payback Period Calculators**

- It helps you evaluate the benefits of an investment or the cost of a project.
- It is a simple method to calculate return on investment.
- You get to know the risk and the liquidity involved in an investment.
- It helps you reinvest earnings and make a profit.

## Frequently Asked Questions

Is the ClearTax Payback Period Calculator easy to use?

Yes, the ClearTax Payback Period Calculator is a handy easy to use tool, that calculates the payback period in seconds. You just have to enter the initial investment and the net annual cash flow. The ClearTax Payback Period Calculator shows you the payback period.

How does the ClearTax Payback Period Calculator help you?

The ClearTax Payback Period Calculator helps you evaluate the return from an investment. You can choose a lucrative investment after understanding the liquidity and risk involved in the investment.

Why does ClearTax Payback Period Calculator have different calculations for even and uneven cash flows?

The ClearTax Payback Period Calculator calculates the payback period for both, even and uneven cash flows. If the cash flows are even you have the formula: Payback Period = Initial Investment / Net Cash Flow per period If the cash flows are uneven you have: Payback Period = Years before full recovery + Unrecovered cost at the start of the year / Cash flow during the year The ClearTax Payback Period Calculator calculates the payback period depending on the cash flows, as you have different calculations for even and uneven cash flows.