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According to the ministry of finance, in case of an Indian citizen who becomes deemed resident of India under this proposed provision, income earned outside India by him shall not be taxed in India unless it is derived from an Indian business or profession

New Delhi: Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur leave to meet President Ram Nath Kovind ahead of presenting the Union Budget 2020 in the Parliament, in New Delhi on Feb 1, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur leave to meet President Ram Nath Kovind ahead of presenting the Union Budget 2020 in the Parliament, in New Delhi on Feb 1, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Following the confusion regarding the payment of taxes for NRIs in India, which has been announced in the Union Budget on Saturday, the Government of India has come up with clarification that bonafide non-resident Indian professionals and businessmen will not be taxed on their overseas income under the new tax proposals in the Budget 2020-21.

The Finance Bill, 2020 has proposed that an Indian citizen shall be deemed to be resident in India, if he is not liable to be taxed in any country or jurisdiction. This is an anti-abuse provision since it is noticed that some Indian citizens shift their stay in low or no tax jurisdiction to avoid payment of tax in India.

“The new provision is not intended to include in tax net those Indian citizens who are bonafide workers in other countries. In some section of the media the new provision is being interpreted to create an impression that those Indians who are bonafide workers in other countries, including in Middle East, and who are not liable to tax in these countries will be taxed in India on the income that they have earned there. This interpretation is not correct,” a PIB press release said.

“In order to avoid any misinterpretation, it is clarified that in case of an Indian citizen who becomes deemed resident of India under this proposed provision, income earned outside India by him shall not be taxed in India unless it is derived from an Indian business or profession,” the ministry of finance said in a press release.

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