Namrata Bhargava asked on 23/03/2020

Comparison between NRE/NRO/FCNR Fixed Deposits?

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SBNRI Team
answered on 23/03/2020

There are multiple factors to consider while drawing out a comparison between NRE/NRO/FCNR Fixed Deposits. Here is an overview of the accounts for you to choose the best Fixed Deposit as per your needs.

 

Comparison between NRE/NRO/FCNR Fixed Deposits

 

Comparison between NRE/NRO/FCNR Fixed Deposits:

Factors to consider

Non Resident External (NRE) Account

Non Resident Ordinary (NRO) Account

Foreign Currency Non Resident (FCNR) Account

Purpose

For income earned outside India

For income earned from India (pension, rent etc.) 

Foreign Currency Investment in India

Currency

INR

INR

USD, GBP, EUR, JPY, CAD, AUD, SGD, HKD and CHF

Tenure of Deposits

1 year to 10 years

7 days to 10 years

1 year to 5 years

Interest

Up to 7.95%*

Up to 7.30%*

Up to 3.05%*

Repatriation

(transfer of money from Indian bank account to foreign bank account) 

Both Principal (money invested initially) and Interest completely repatriable

Up to a maximum of 1 million USD per financial year

Both Principal and Interest completely repatriable

Tax Deductions

No tax

Tax on Interest earned (not on principal amount): 30% tax + surcharge + education cess will be deducted at the source of interest earned in India

No tax

 

 

Repatriation Process of NRI Fixed Deposits:

Accounts

Process

Limit

NRE

1. ONLINE: 

  • Internet banking for outward remittance (sending money to your overseas account from your NRE account)

2. OFFLINE: Fill these 2 forms.

(You can get them at the bank branch or download them online, sign them and send them to the bank branch in India via courier in case you are abroad.)

  • Bank Request Form: Enter foreign currency/inr amount to be repatriated, beneficiary bank details (the beneficiary name can be same or different)
  • Form A2 (Form for remittance)

No Limit

NRO

All the following documents are needed to be submitted at the Bank Branch (in India). You can either submit it when you arrive here or download it online and send the signed copies to bank branch via courier:

  • Form 15CA (The purpose of this document is to ensure that taxes are collected on the funds before they are remitted abroad as it becomes difficult to recover taxes at a later stage) (Fill the form online on NSDL and print the acknowledgement)
  • Form 15CB (Certificate of an Accountant) (The Accountant fills the form and shares it with the account holder. The account holder then sends it to the bank via courier) 
  • Form A2 (Form for remittance)
  • Request Form from the Bank (for details to debit funds from your account)

USD 1 million

FCNR

1. ONLINE:

  • Internet banking for outward remittance (sending money to your overseas account from your NRE account)

2. OFFLINE: Fill these 2 forms.

(You can get them at the bank branch or download them online, sign them and send them to the bank branch in India via courier in case you are abroad.) 

  • Bank Branch Form: Enter foreign currency/inr amount to be repatriated, beneficiary bank details (the beneficiary name must be same)
  • Form A2 (Form for remittance) which also includes Corresponding bank details (A mediator bank through which the funds will be transferred to the beneficiary bank account)

No Limit

 

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