Under the Income Tax Act 1961, a person can have one of three residential statuses: resident, non-resident Indian (NRI), or resident but not ordinarily resident (RNOR). The tax payable on income from dividends and capital Gains could depend on the residential status of the person.
Section 115H applies to individuals who were NRIs in the previous year but have become Indian residents in the current financial year.
Section 115H states that if a person, who is a non-resident Indian (NRI) in a particular year, becomes a resident in India in the following year and has income from foreign exchange assets as specified in sub- clauses of Section 115C, they can choose to continue availing the provisions of this Chapter by submitting a written declaration to the Assessing Officer along with their income tax return.
As per Section 115H of Income Tax, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can avail a generous tax rebate of 20% on their investment income, along with a 10% concession on tax for long-term capital gains derived from specified foreign exchange assets and dividend income.
|Name of Act
|Income tax Act, 1961
|NRI who becomes Resident Indians
|Tax concession and benefits for foreign investments and assets
|Tax on Dividend Income, Capital Gains and Conversion of assets
|Written application to Assessing Officer
115H. Where a person, who is a non-resident Indian in any previous year, becomes assessable as resident in India in respect of the total income of any subsequent year, he may furnish to the Assessing Officer a declaration in writing along with his return of income under section 139 for the assessment year for which he is so assessable, to the effect that the provisions of this Chapter shall continue to apply to him in relation to the investment income derived from any foreign exchange asset being an asset of the nature referred to in sub-clause (ii) or sub-clause (iii) or sub-clause (iv) or sub-clause (v) of clause (f) of section 115C; and if he does so, the provisions of this Chapter shall continue to apply to him in relation to such income for that assessment year and for every subsequent assessment year until the transfer or conversion (otherwise than by transfer) into money of such assets.
Section 115H of the Income Tax Act, 1961 provides for a lower tax rate on specified incomes earned by non-resident Indians (NRIs) from specified assets. Here are the rates.
Non-resident Indians (NRIs) can avail the benefits of Section 115H of the Income Tax Act, 1961 if they meet the following conditions.
Under Section 115H of the Income Tax Act, non-resident Indians (NRIs) can enjoy special tax privileges for foreign exchange asset investments.
The following Table explains the benefits under Section 115H for residents who converted from Non-residents.
|20% Tax Concession on Investment Income
|NRIs retain the 20% tax concession on investment income from foreign exchange assets.
|10% Tax Concession on Long-Term Capital Gains
|NRIs enjoy a 10% tax concession on long-term capital gains from specified assets and dividend income.
|Concessional Levy until Asset Conversion
|NRIs benefit from concessional tax rates until converting foreign exchange assets into money.
|Concession Tax Rates on Specified Assets
|NRIs can enjoy concession tax rates even when transferring foreign exchange between banks, provided they own the specified asset.
FAQs About Section 115H of Income Tax Act
Q1: What is Section 115H?
Section 115H of the Income Tax Act, 1961 provides for a lower tax rate on specified incomes earned by non-resident Indians (NRIs) from specified assets. The specified incomes include dividend income, long-term capital gains, and short-term capital gains.
Q2: Do you want to claim the benefit under section 115H?
If you were NRI who has become a resident Indian in the current financial year, you can claim the following benefits under Section 115.
Therefore, you must want to claim the tax concessions under section 115H.
Q3: Who can claim benefit under section 115H?
NRIs can claim the benefit of Section 115H if they satisfy they are a resident of a country with which India has signed DTAA, furnished tax residency certificate (TRC) in the residing country, have a Permanent Account Number (PAN) in India and the income is from specified assets.
Q4: Who is an NRI for taxation purposes?
An NRI for taxation purposes is a person who is not a resident of India in any previous year but is a resident of India in the current year. A person is a resident of India if he or she satisfies any of the following conditions:
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