Abhishek Parekh asked on 24/03/2020

What are the taxes on sending money from India to Middle-East?

424 views
Avatar
SBNRI Team
answered on 24/03/2020

You can send money from India to Middle-East from either of your NRI Accounts. The taxes on sending money from India to Middle-East depends on the type of account chosen.

 

taxes on sending money from India to Middle-East

 

Taxes on sending money from India to Middle-East:

NRE: The NRE account can be opened for the purpose of maintaining the income earned outside India with tax free interest (upto 7.60%*) on Fixed Deposits. Both the principal amount and interest earned are freely and completely repatriable from India.

 

NRO: Only the interest earned on NRO Deposits 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.

 

FCNR: FCNR deposits are tax-free in India. The principal amount as well as the interest are freely and completely repatriable.

Receive money from abroad in India

There are multiple options to send money to India from abroad. Refer the table below to know the charges for sending money to India from abroad and choose the best suited medium for yourself.

 

*Money Transfer Operators: Money transfer operators (MTOs) are financial companies (but usually not banks) engaged in cross border transfer of funds using either their internal system or using their collaborations with other international banking networks. Eg: Transferwise, Western Union. 

 

*SWIFT: Society for Worldwide Inter-bank Financial Telecommunication (Offline money transfer facility that can be availed at bank branches overseas)

 

*Foreign Currency Demand Drafts: A form of demand draft made in foreign currency at various bank branches located overseas to remit money to India. The equivalent amount in INR will be debited for remittance. 

 

Place

Online 

Offline

Via Bank Branch

Internet/

Mobile Banking

(Card/ Bank Account Transfer)

Money Transfer Operators

(Card/ Bank Account Transfer)

Agents 

(Cash/ Cards/ Bank Account Transfer)

Call Centres

(Card/ Bank Account Transfer)

Foreign Currency Demand Draft SWIFT Transfers

Time and Charges

USA 1 hour to 2 working days

 Up to $9.38 per $200

1 hour to (3-5) working days

Up to $9.50 per $200

1 hour to 1 working day

Up to $11.88 per $200

1 working day

Up to $3.94 per $200

(2-3) weeks

Rs.500/- + taxes

(24-48) hours

service tax on currency conversion (up to Rs.300/- + taxes)

Dubai Same day to 2 working days

Up to 4.04 AED per 735 AED

Within an hour 

Up to 59.98 AED per 735 AED

1 hour to (3-5) working days

Up to 20.07 AED per 735 AED

1 hour to (3-5) working days

Up to 15.88 AED per 735 AED

(2-3) weeks

0.2% (making charges) + Rs.35/- (courier charges) or Rs.85/- (whichever is higher)

(24-48)

hours

service tax on currency conversion (up to Rs.300/- + taxes)

Saudi Arabia N.A. N.A. Within an hour

Up to 43.20 SAR per 735 SAR

2 working days

Up to 39.98 SAR per 735 SAR

(2-3) weeks

0.2% (making charges) + Rs.35/- (courier charges) or Rs.85/- (whichever is higher)

(24-48)

hours

Up to 39.98 SAR per 735 SAR

United Kingdom 1 hour to (3-5) working days

Up to 5.39 GBP per 120 GBP

1 hour to (3-5) working days

Up to 5.81 GBP per 120 GBP

1 hour to (3-5) working days

Up to 7.20 GBP per 120 GBP

1 hour to 1 working day

Up to 4.99 GBP per 120 GBP

(2-3) weeks

Rs.500/- + taxes

(24-48) hours

service tax on currency conversion (up to Rs.300/- + taxes)

 

Note: The receiver will receive the money either in their own/partner bank accounts or as cash from the agents of the respective firms/banks chosen for money transfer.

 

The summary of the table (based upon the time and the charges of sending money to India from abroad): 

 

USA: 

Less time, high cost: Agents

More time, low cost: Foreign Currency DD/ Swift Transfers

Moderate time and cost: Money Transfer Operators (Transferwise),Call Centres

 

Dubai:

Less time, high cost: Money Transfer Operators (Transferwise)

More time, low cost: Foreign Currency DD/ Swift Transfers

Moderate time and cost: Internet Banking

 

Saudi Arabia:

Less time, high cost: Agents

More time, low cost: Foreign Currency DD

Moderate time and cost: Call Centres

 

UK:

Less time, high cost: Agents

More time, low cost: Foreign Currency DD/ Swift Transfers

Moderate time and cost: Call Centres

 

Ask SBNRI Tax Expert Now

 

Copy link