Saturday, July 22, 2017

Is Aadhaar card Mandatory for NRI?

Ever since the income tax department of India made it mandatory to linked PAN card to Aadhaar card and ask every tax payer to quote Aadhaar card number into income tax return, many NRIs become worried. The reason was simple, most of them don't have Aadhaar card, but now Aadhaar card seems mandatory even for applying for PAN card. As far I know, from 1st July 2017 you cannot apply for PAN card without Aadhaar and without PAN card you cannot do a transaction involving more than 50,000 INR. So does this mean Aadhaar Card is mandatory for NRIs, PIOs, and OCI card holder?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Does NRIs need to link their PAN Card with Aadhaar Card

If you are an NRI, which has both PAN card and Aadhaar card then it is must for you to link your PAN card with the Aadhaar card. Failing to do so, will result in their PAN card cancellation. Though I have not seen any official news on that this is what many newspapers in India quote. On other hands, it's not legal for NRIs to get the Aadhaar card because it is only for the residents of India i.e. anyone currently living in India, irrespective of their citizenship. This means, both foreigners and Indias with foreign passports e.g. OCI and PIO holder can apply and get Aadhaar card if they are currently living in India.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Is Aadhaar card Mandatory for filling Income tax return for NRIs

Aadhar Card is mandatory for filling income tax return this year for all resident Indians. They even need to link their PAN Card to Aadhar card before filling income tax returns, but for NRIs, Aadhar card is not mandatory for filling income tax return.If you remember, NRIs need to file IT return if they have any income in India, even though it is not mandatory for NRIs to file income tax returns, especially if they have only income from Fixed deposits and Equity investment where TDS is already deducted, its advised that they file income tax return every year. It has many benefits but most important is that you will get your money back which is deducted as TDS if your total income is less than 2.5 lakh.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Can you break NRE fixed deposit Prematurely? ICICI vs SBI vs HDFC vs Kotak

One of the common questions amount NRI investor putting their money on NRE fixed deposit is whether they can close the NRE fixed deposit before maturity or not? and if break the NRE FD is allowed then what is the penalty? This is a very good question and every NRI should ask this to himself or anyone suggesting him to open an NRE fixed deposit account.

Yes, you can close the NRE fixed deposit before it gets matured but interest will be calculated at the rate applicable for the period the deposit has actually remained with the bank and you might need to pay the penalty as well, which varies from bank to bank e.g. ICICI bank has different penalty than HDFC or Kotak Bank.

Friday, June 30, 2017

How to convert existing Resident Saving account to NRO Account in India?

When a Resident Indian becomes an NRI he needs to convert his Resident saving account to NRO account as per Indian banking and income tax laws e.g. FEMA. The NRO account provides the simplest way to access and operate the money and investments already made in India. These accounts can receive foreign remittances, can have a joint account holder who is a resident India e.g. your mother or father, and RBI also permits repatriations from NRO account to abroad limited by a maximum annual amount.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Simple Guide to file your income tax returns Online in India

It's that time of the year again when every India taxpayer (including those who lives abroad) start to worry about filling your income tax in India. Like previous year, 31st July is the last date to file your income tax return in India. Everyone who earns an income in India is subject to income tax, including Indians living abroad or NRIs. Your income could be salary, pension or could be from a savings account that’s quietly accumulating a 4% interest. NRIs, who doesn't have any salary income in India may have to pay income tax if they are earning rental income from their house, flat, or any commercial property.