Tuesday, November 13, 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.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Limit of Foreign Currency NRIs or Foreigners can Bring to/from India - Indian Customs Limit for Foreign 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.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Does interest earned on NRO saving account and FD are Taxable in India?

Yes, unlike interest earned on NRE saving account and NRE fixed deposits which are totally tax-free in India, interest earned on NRO saving account or NRO fixed deposit are taxable in India. In fact, as per the current regulation, tax is deducted at source @normal rate of 30.9%, which is calculated by @30% + surcharge + cess 2%, surcharge can be up to @10% if taxable income is more than 10 lakhs INR. Which means, funds lying in NRO account can be taxed at the rate of almost 40.9% in India.

Thursday, October 25, 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.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Does NRO Account allows INR deposits and Foreign currency deposits via Cheque or Remittance?

One of the common questions among new NRIs or Indians just went abroad is whether they can deposit rupees in NRO account or not? The short answer to this question is YES, you can deposit INR or Indian rupees into NRO account. In fact, that's the sole purpose of opening an NRO account because you cannot deposit rupees into NRE account.  If you are new to NRI banking facilities available to Non-resident Indians then let me tell you there are two main types of saving accounts NRIs can open in India, NRE (Non-Resident External) and NRO (Non-resident Ordinary).

Sunday, October 14, 2018

5 Difference between L1A and L1B USA Visas

If you are working for an investment bank e.g Barclays or CitiBank or service company like Infosys or TCS and thinking to move to the USA on L1 VISA then but don't know the difference between L1A and L1B USA visas then you have come to the right place. In this article, I'll explain the difference between those two. Many of my friends have moved to the USA on L1A and L1B in last a couple of years hence I have some personal experience talking with them. Similar to H1 VISA, L1 VISA is also a temporary VISA which allows a foreigner to work in the USA.