Friday, April 21, 2017

Migration to Australia, NewZeland, USA, UK, and Singapore More Difficult for Indian IT Professional Now

This month, particularly this week, starting from 18th April was pretty bleak for Indian IT professional looking for migration and an onsite opportunity to Australia, NewZeland, and the USA. Things were not easy from quite some time where many firms all over the world chopping and moving workforces from high-cost location to low-cost location and thus reducing the onsite opportunity for a large number of ambitious Indian IT guys working in service-based companies like Infosys, TCS, Wipro, and CTS. Things have started getting even worse due to a series of VISA reforms done by these nations to employ more stricter policies on immigrants has made the onsite dream of Indian IT professional even more difficult.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Can You transfer money from NRE to another NRE, NRO, FCNR and Resident Saving account? ICICI or HDFC?

One of the most common question among NRIs (Non-resident Indians), especially among IT professionals traveling to the USA, UK, Singapore onsite are whether they can transfer funds from one NRE account to another NRE account, or NRO account, or FCNR account, or a Resident saving account or not? Since many IT professionals have their resident saving account in India when they travel to Overseas and which they later converted to NRO account, this doubt is obvious. Well, since NRE account is maintained in Indian rupees, there is no restriction on transferring your money from one NRE account to another NRE, NRO, FCNR or resident saving account.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Can you send money from abroad to a normal Indian savings account, will it be taxable?

One of the frequently asked questions by people going abroad is that, whether they can send money to a resident saving account in India or not? Will that be taxable? The answer to this question depends upon whose resident saving account? For example, if you send money from abroad to a normal saving account of your parent, spouse, or children then it will be considered as a gift from Income tax perspective and gift to parent, spouse, and children are not considered as income in India, hence they will not be taxable.   But, if you send them to somebody else’s normal saving account then it will be considered as their income and they are liable to pay income tax on that.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Difference between Wire Transfer (SWIFT) and ACH (Automated Clearing House) Money transfer

Even though both Wire transfer and ACH are ways to send a large amount of money from one place to another, there are some significant differences in the way they operate. A wire transfer, also commonly referred as SWIFT transfer is an electronic transfer of money from one financial institution to other across the financial network. The word "wire" is chosen to signal the electronic transfer of money. It is fast and secure and can be used to transfer fund from one bank or credit union account to other. The wire transfer is mostly used for international money transfer e.g. sending money from the USA to India, particularly for a large amount of money due to its safety, security and speed advantages because no actual cash is moved in wire transfer transaction.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Top 5 Income Tax Changes and Slab Rates from Budget 2017

The Indian Budget for 2017 has been announced a couple of days back and Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitely announced some Income tax reforms, amendments, and relief for personal income tax payers of India in his budget 2017 speech. The most important of them are 5% tax on the lowest slab i.e. 2.5 lakhs to 5.0 lakhs instead of 10%. This change will impact most of the tax payers in India as data provided in the budget, total 3.7 crore people filed income tax returns in 2015-16 and out of those almost 2 crore was in the range of 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

NRIs can now exchange old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes until 30th June 2017 - deadline extended for Resident Indian and NRI returning from Abroad

In a pleasant surprise in the new year, Government now allows NRIs to exchange or deposit demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes until 30th June 2017. Earlier the deadline was 31st March 2017 on RBI offices for NRIs but this is now extended until 30th June 2017 to allow NRIs to better plan their trips to India. This is a much-needed relief to NRI community who was very disappointed with the way the government  handles this demonetization exercise as many of them left with old cash ranging from 5K to 25K due to no legal option to convert them at overseas.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Selling Properties in India? What NRI should Know

NRIs are allowed to buy and sell properties in India and they can also bring the profit post sale of their property to abroad but there are a couple of things which you need to learn and remember. For example, you need to know that the sale proceeds amount can only be deposited into your NRO account and not on your NRE account.  There are many similar points which every NRI should know and remember before selling their ancestral or self-bought properties in India. I have tried to list a couple of them in this article. If you have any suggestion or any other important things which are not in this list, please suggest in comments.

Friday, January 13, 2017

What is the limit and tax implication of Sending Money to India from the USA?

In theory, there is absolutely no limit to how much money you can send to India, provided you earned your money legally and paid your taxes but the USA is special. In practice, depending upon which channel you are using for sending money to India, you might have some limit. Similarly, you will also hit the daily limit of transaction you can do with your local bank e.g. paying bills up to 50,000 dollars daily for remittance purpose.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

5 Tax Benefits of taking NRI home loans in India

Many NRIs buy property in India by taking NRI home loans, but when it comes to tax saving, most of them are not sure whether they are eligible for any tax saving in India or not. They just earned in abroad and replay the home loan by their NRE/NRO account without thinking of tax deductions available under income tax law of India for home loans. Many banks, which provide NRI home loans e.g. ICICI, HDFC, State Bank of India, Axis bank, Federal Bank, Bank Of Baroda and other non-banking financial institution like Tata capital, LIC Housing or HDFC itself doesn't tell you anything to NRIs about how they can save taxes while paying their home loans in India.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Can NRI take Personal Loans in India? Which is the best bank to take NRI Person loan?

Yes, NRIs can take personal loans in India, nothing stops them except the bank which are giving Personal loans. Unfortunately, even though, all the public sector banks e.g. SBI, Bank of Baroda, Punjab national bank, private sector e.g. ICICI, HDFC, Axis bank, YESBank, Standard chartered, Federal bank, and even non-banking financial institution like Tata Capital, LIC finance are offering home loans to NRI but no one is providing personal loans to NRIs.