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NRI DESK

A Non-Resident Indian (NRI) is a citizen of India who holds an Indian passport and has temporarily moved to another country for six months or more for employment, residence, education, or any other purpose.

A Person of Indian Origin (PIO) is a person of Indian origin or ancestry but who is not a citizen of India and is a citizen of another country. A PIO might have been a citizen of India and subsequently taken the citizenship of another country, or have ancestors born in India or other states.

A Non-Resident Indian can have two sources of income; one from overseas which is fully repatriable and one from India which is not fully repatriable, that is, the funds can be taken and transferred overseas post-tax deductions as applicable.

For fully repatriable funds, funds earned outside India, NRE accounts are opened or NRE status is attached to the investments made; on the other hand, for non-repatriable funds, funds of Indian origin, NRO accounts are opened or NRO status is attached to the investments.

Are FATCA Details Mandatory?

For all NRI Mutual Fund Investments, FATCA Details are mandatory which include TAX Identification Number Overseas.

What are the Documents required for the KYC of NRI Investors:

  • Photograph, PAN Card Copy

  • Passport Copy/ POI Card Copy/OCI Card Copy

  • Indian Address Proof is different from

  • Passport Overseas Address Proof

Can US/ Canada NRIs invest in Mutual Funds?

Yes, there are a few AMCs that accept investments from US/ Canada NRIs. However, not all AMCs are currently accepting investments from such investors.

List of AMCs accepting US/ Canada NRI Investments :

Mutual Fund Taxation

Short-Term Capital Gain

Category of Units Holding Period Tax Rates under the Act TDS Rates under the Act for NRIs
Units of Non-equity Oriented Scheme
Less than 3 Years
Taxable at normal rates of taxes applicable to the assessee
34.32%^
Units of an Equity-Oriented Scheme
Less than 1 Year
15% + Surcharge as applicable + 4% Cess
15% + 4% Cess

Long-Term Capital Gain

Category of Units Holding Period Tax Rates under the Act TDS Rates under the Act for NRIs
Listed Units of a Non-Equity Oriented Scheme
More than 3 Years
20% with indexation + Surcharge as applicable + 4% Cess
22.88%
Unlisted Units of a Non-Equity-Oriented Scheme
More than 3 Years
10% without indexation + Surcharge as applicable + 4% Cess
11.44%
Units of an Equity-Oriented Scheme
More than 1 Year
10% without indexation + Surcharge as applicable + 4% Cess (grandfathering till 31st Jan 2018)
11.44%
PS. TDS applies to NRIs at the time of Redemption, Switch, STP, and SWP of the units.

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