Monday, September 24, 2018

5 Things NRIs should know before Sending Money to India from Abroad

When a young software engineer gets his first onsite opportunity, whether it's short term or long term, he is full of excitement. Nothing beats the excitement and adventure of going abroad, especially America or Europe. As they settle down there are receive their first month's salary, it can be little difficult for them to send money back home. They are new and not aware of all the options they have for sending money to India. Many of them settled to what they are colleagues are using without doing any research about other options available and whether the option his colleagues are using giving the best value for his money or not.

Monday, September 10, 2018

How Much Foreign Currency NRIs or Foreigners can carry to/from India - Indian Customs Limit for Cash

In the last article, I told you how much Indian currency NRIs are allowed to take Overseas and in this article, I'll talk about how much foreign currency NRIs are allowed to bring India and then take back while going to Overseas. The discussion is also valid for many foreigners and tourists traveling to India. There is no limit to bring foreign exchange in India from the USA, Singapore, Dubai, UK or any other country, barring the local rules which tells how much foreign currency you take without declaring to Immigration or after declaring to customs.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Which is the best family floater health insurance plan in India - LIC vs ICICI Lombard vs Bajaj Allianz Policies

I was searching   for a good health insurance plans for my family recently when I come to know about this "family floater health insurance plans". I have not heard this term before, so I did a bit of research about family floater plans and benefits of taking this type of medical insurance and surprised to know that now you can cover almost all members of your family with just one health insurance plan. This is a big relief because you don't need to buy and maintain separate health insurance plans for different family members, in just once insurance policy you can cover yourself, spouse (wife or husband), children, parents (mom and dad) etc.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

What is difference between an NRI and a PIO?

Though both NRI and POI are used to refers Indians living and working abroad and they have more or less similar rights to open a bank account, buy properties in India and restrictions e.g. not allowed to buy agriculture lands, there is some difference in terms of citizenship and origin. NRI stands for Non Resident Indian, whereas PIO stands for Person of Indian.

An NRI is an Indian citizen who stays outside India:
(a) for purposes of carrying out employment or any business or vocation;
(b) under circumstances indicating an intention to stay outside India for an uncertain duration;
(c) any Indian citizen deputed outside India for a temporary period in connection with employment

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Best Tax Saving Option In India - ELSS Mutual Fund (Equity Linked Saving Scheme)

Many people so much effort to earn money, but they don't put even 10% of that to save money from taxes and expenditure. In my post 10 ways to save money, I have talked about some general saving tips, now here you will learn how to save income tax by investing money in the mutual fund. Though there are many ways to save income tax in India, some of them I have mentioned in my post 13 ways to save tax under section 80C and today we'll talk about one of them, called ELSS. It is a special type of mutual fund which stands for Equity Linked Saving Scheme, money invested in it is exempted from income tax. You can save up to one lacs of money by purchasing ELSS mutual fund. Imagine, you have a package of 10 lacs INR, which puts you on the higher side of income tax rates, by putting some money on ELSS scheme, your taxable income automatically reduces, which sometimes can benefit from lower tax rates as well.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Can NRIs Open NPS (National Pension Scheme) Account in India - Tax Saving Investment

Yes, NRI can now invest in NPS or National Pension Scheme in India. Recently, on July 2015, PFRDA, the Pension regular has clarified that Non Resident Indians (NRIs) can invest in National Pension Scheme (NPS) to save for their retirement and get a social security cover. Earlier, there was some confusion whether NRIs are allowed to put money on NPS or not, but given that NRIs are allowed to invest in mutual fund and insurance, RBI and PFRDA give clarification that NPS is also an eligible investment for NRIs.