As per the Foreign Exchange Management Act, any individual is a resident of the India, if he or she stays within the country for more than 183 days, preceding the financial year. If the individual does not satisfy this condition, then he or she is considered a non – resident Indian, commonly known as NRI.
While this definition may determine the status of NRI, it also determines the financial requirements and functioning of the individual. As an NRI, and the individual can enjoy the benefits of earning in foreign currency and investing in banking products that offer the best benefits of currency conversion. One such main benefit and requirement is the NRI account.
In this case, an NRI can either opt for NRE or an NRO account. Amongst the two options, the Non-Resident Ordinary (NRO) will provide to be a beneficial investment. As an NRI, whose also earning in Indian income, this is the best option to invest your earnings.
Given below are some of the features of the NRO accounts and how it can benefit you:
• This account has a restricted reparability. An amount of only 1 million USD can be repatriated per financial year for any bonafide purposes.
• Unlike the NRE account, the interest that is earned in this account is fully taxable.
• TDS also known as tax deducted at the source is also applicable to the interest that is earned here. This is also subjected to DTAA also known as the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with other countries.
• This account can be maintained in Indian rupees
• It can also be held jointly with another Non-Resident or Resident Indian as well.
Given below are some of the FAQ’s asked and answered about the account:
Can I repatriate the funds from my NRO accounts?
The interest that is earned in your NRO account, especially if you have opted for a savings account is repatriable. However, the payment of taxes will be made before the repatriation happens. Additionally, you can repatriate only up to a maximum of 1 million USD per financial year.
What are the funds or assets that can be repatriated from this account?
The following funds or assets can be repatriated from the savings account:
• Proceeds from the sale of immovable property, shares and securities
• Assets acquired by inheritance or any legacy
• A fixed deposit with a bank, firm of company
• Provident fund balance or superannuation benefits.
• Amount of claim or maturity proceeds of an insurance policy
• Any assets held in India in accordance with the provisions of the Act, Rules or Regulations made by the government.
Will be required to pay tax on the interest income earned?
As per the current regulations, a tax that is deducted at the source on the interest earned on your account will have to be paid.