Rohit Singhal asked on 24/03/2020

What is the tax on FCNR Deposit?

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answered on 24/03/2020

There is no tax on FCNR Deposit in India.

 

What is an FCNR Deposit?

A Foreign Currency (Non-Resident) Account which is a term deposit account in USD, GBP, EUR, JPY, AUD, CAD, SGD, HKD, and others. The ‘term’ in a term deposit account is a fixed tenure of up to 12 months, 24 months, 36 months, 48 months or 60 months that can be opted by the NRIs at the time of account opening. There is no tax on FCNR Deposit on the interest earned in India and both the principal amount as well as the interest are completely repatriable.

Comparison between NRE/NRO/FCNR Fixed Deposits

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.

 

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 6.80%*

Up to 7.30%*

Up to 4.05%*

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

 

 

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