Vandana Kaushik asked on 24/03/2020

What is the tax on NRO deposit?

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answered on 24/03/2020

Only the interest earned on NRO Deposit is taxable in India: 30% tax + surcharge + education cess* is deducted at the source of interest earned in India. The repatriation of the money in the account can be done up to a maximum of 1 million USD per financial year.

 

*(Cess: A cess is a tax on tax that you pay to the government for purposes set by the government. The cess is charged till the objective set by the government is fulfilled. Eg: Krishi Kalyan Cess, Swachh Bharat Cess etc.)

Comparison between NRO Deposit, NRE & 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 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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