What is NRO Account Tax Implications?

Being an NRI does not restrict you in any way from setting up an operational account in India. Even though you may reside in another country, you still have the legal right to earn income in India and manage your finances. 

This article will focus on an NRO Account and NRO Account tax liability. 

What is an NRO account?

An NRO- Non-Resident Ordinary account is possible to set up as a Savings Account, Current Account, or Fixed Deposit. The funds in an NRO Account are held in Indian Rupees.

However, remittances received into the account can be either of a foreign currency or Indian Rupees. An NRO Account is your Savings Account for NRIs, that can be utilised to receive income and earnings or payments for expenditures in India. Additionally, this account is customised to accumulate the deposit earnings in India through rent, dividends, salaries, consulting fees, etc. Furthermore, select a mandate holder to manage the functionality of your account when you are overseas. 

Due to the earnings, the NRO Account tax slab comes into sight for taxation purposes. You are permissible to repatriate an amount up to USD one million per financial year for all bonafide purposes. 

Since we have established the basics of an NRO Account, let’s move forward to understand the taxation and the repatriation permissibility for an NRO Account. 

NRO Account Taxation

NRIs are liable to pay taxes on income earned in India. Accrual of funds through investments such as interest or dividends. Receipts as rent on property or consulting fees. You are accountable to pay taxes on those specific amounts. A few examples where tax is applicable are:

- Capital gains levied on investments in India

- Consulting fees or salary earned in India

- Rent from property owned in India

- Interest income earned from your NRO account or deposits. 

Do keep in mind that all the earnings received in your account irrespective whether you work in India or overseas, your NRO Account tax implication will come in place. 

The earning received through your NRO account is taxable at 30 % plus applicable surcharge and cess.

Though there is an NRO taxation implication, you can benefit from the DTAA Agreement. Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) is a scheme signed by India with 90 countries wherein you can claim tax credits while filing taxes in your country of residence by implementing a few simple steps. As an NRI you have the opportunity to earn tax credits for tax paid in India which is against your tax liability in the country you reside in. 

To avail these benefits, you need to submit a few documents, such as :

- Tax residency certificate that is issued by your country of residence

- Self-declaration format to your chartered account to deduct the tax at source in India. 

Now that you know about NRO tax implications on your account and how to benefit from DTAA; you’re one step away from setting up your NRO Account. To know more, click here

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