India as an investment destination
The Indian real estate market presents a lot of investment opportunities for NRIs who are willing to reap the benefits of buying assets in India. Attractive financial schemes coupled with impressive ROIs are some of the defining features which provide NRIs more reasons to invest in Indian real estate. The new Government is also effective in making NRIs feel confident about their investment plans in India. The depreciating value of the Indian rupee is a defining factor in directing business, as it is bound to strengthen and induce better return on investments. At the Century Real Estate, we understand the anxieties and worries you might be facing in regards to buying a house in your home country and offer you options with splendid growth potential, now and in the future.
Bangalore as an investment destination
Bangalore is one of the top destinations for potential investment by NRIs who are planning to settle in India in the future, or even just rent out property in a booming real estate market. The major drivers making Bangalore the new hotspot for realty investment are its huge concentration of leading IT companies and the growth opportunities associated with it. According to a study by ASSOCHAM, NRI investments are expected to surge by 35 percent and Bangalore tops the charts owing to its evergreen environment, safe localities, climate and important facilities.
The future of investment in Bangalore
A multi-cultural population, an emerging start-up hub, an established IT industry and a Government that is heavily investing on making it a world-class city, all of these contribute to making Bangalore one of the most sought after cities in terms of realty investment in India.The consistent value appreciation the city has witnessed shows ample scope for investors interested in commercial or residential investment in the city. With both the State and Central Government giving major impetus for infrastructural growth and connectivity, and continually working towards making the city a buyer's paradise, investors can expect a return on investment like no other. Further reasons to invest in the garden city would definitely be the relaxed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms and the lucrative offers available to NRIs.Century Real Estate prioritises the needs of our NRI clients and provides quality homes, innovative projects, lucrative locations and a lifestyle that is truly global.
Investment opportunities in Bangalore
Amongst the cosmopolitan cities in India, Bangalore is often looked upon as a viable investment destination for NRIs.The popular localities most preferred for investment are North Bangalore which offers great connectivity to the airport and appreciation in property values, East Bangalore for its proximity to tech parks and the outskirts for better choices in affordable housing.Century Real Estate has one of the largest land banks spread across Bangalore, enveloping the central business district, upcoming North Bangalore and other pivotal areas, all with one thing in common, homes that reflect class and quality in construction and style. A trusted brand with more than3 decades of experience in changing Bangalore's skyline, Century Real Estate is known for its high standards, transparent dealings and financial assistance. We guide you at every step, whether it is buying a house, reselling or even renting, we are there for you.
Who is a NRI?
Non Resident Indian (NRI) is a citizen of India, who stays abroad for employment/carrying on business or vocation outside India or stays abroad under circumstances indicating an intention for an uncertain duration of stay abroad is a non-resident. Non-resident foreign citizens of Indian Origin are treated at par with Non Resident Indian (NRIs).
Who is a PIO?
Person of Indian Origin (PIO) (not being a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh or Sri Lanka or Afghanistan or China or Iran or Nepal or Bhutan), who

A. At any time, held Indian passport, or

B. Who or either of whose father or whose grandfather was a citizen of India by virtue of the Constitution of India or the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955).

Who is OCI?

A. Any person of full age and capacity:

i. Who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after, the commencement of the constitution, or

ii. Who is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of the commencement of the constitution, or

iii. Who is a citizen of another country, but belongs to a territory that became part of India after the 15th Day of August, 1947.

iv. Who is a child of such a citizen, or

B. A person, who is minor child of a person mentioned in clause (a) Provided that no person, who is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh shall be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India.

i. Pan card (Permanent account number)

ii. OCI/PIO card (In case of OCI/PIO)

iii. Passport (In case of NRI)

iv. Passport size photographs

v. Address proof

Who can purchase immovable property in India?
Under the general permission granted by RBI, the following categories can freely purchase immovable property in India:

A. Non-Resident Indian (NRI)- that is a citizen of India residing outside India

B. Person of Indian Origin (PIO)- that is an individual (not being a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh or Sri Lanka or Afghanistan or China or Iran or Nepal or Bhutan), who

i. At any time, held Indian passport, or

ii. Who or either of whose father or whose grandfather was a citizen of India by virtue of the Constitution of India or the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955).

The general permission, however, covers only purchase of residential and commercial property and not for purchase of agricultural land/plantation property/farm house in India. OCI can purchase immovable property in India except agricultural land/plantation property/farmhouse.
Can a NRI/PIO acquire agricultural land/plantation property/farm house in India?
Since general permission is not available to NRI/PIO to acquire agricultural land/plantation property/farm house in India, such proposals will require specific approval of Reserve Bank and the proposals are considered in consultation with the Government of India.
What is the Tax treatment for income generated from property selling or renting for NRI/PIO/OCI?
The mere acquisition of property does not attract income tax. However, any income accruing from the ownership of it, in the form of rent (if it is let out)/annual value of the house (if is not let out and it is not the only residential property owned by that person in India) and/or capital gains (short term or long term) arising on the sale of this house or part thereof is taxable in the hands of the owner.
Do NRI/PIO/OCI have to file return in India for their property rental income and Capital Gains Tax?
The Government of India has granted general permission for NRI/PIO/OCI to buy property in India and they do not have to pay any taxes even while acquiring property in India. However, taxes have to be paid if they are selling this property. Rental income earned is taxable in India, and they will have to obtain a PAN and file return of income if they have rented this property. On sale of the property, the profit on sale shall be subject to capital gains. If they have held the property for less than or equal to 3 years after taking actual possession then the gains would be short term capital gains, which are to be included in their total income as tax as per the normal slab rates shall be payable and if the property has been held for more then 3 years then the resultant gain would be long term capital gains subject to 20% tax plus applicable cess.
How does the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement work in the context of tax on income and Capital Gains tax paid in India by NRI?
India has DTAA's with several countries which give a favorable tax treatment in respect of certain heads of income. However, in case of sale of immovable property, the DTAA with most countries provide that the capital gains will be taxed in the country where the immovable property is situated. Hence, the non-resident will be subject to tax in India on the capital gains which arise on the sale of immovable property in India. Letting of immovable property in India would be taxed in India under most tax treaties in view of the fact that the property is situated in India.
Does Capital Gains Tax (CGT) apply to NRI/PIO/OCI?
Yes. Long-term and short-term capital gains are taxable in the hands of non-residents.
How is Rate of CGT computed?
Type of asset: Assets like house property, land and building, jewells, development rights etc. Rate of tax deduction at source (TDS)
Long term Short term
20.6% 30.9%
Exemption available (only for long term capital gains).The long term capital gains arising on sale of a residential house can be invested in buying/constructing another residential house, within the prescribed time. The exemption is restricted to the amount of capital gains or amount invested in new residential house, whichever is lower.If the amount of capital gains is invested in bonds of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) or Rural Electrification Corporation, then the entire capital gains is exempted, else the proportionate gain is exempted. As per the financial budget 2007-08, a cap of Rs. 50 lakhs has been imposed on investment that can be made in capital tax saving bonds.
How does Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement work in the context of CGT paid in India on the foreign tax treatment?
In case the non-resident pays any tax on capital gains arising in India, he would normally be able to obtain a tax credit in respect of the taxes paid in India in the home country, because the income in India would also be included in the country of tax residence. The amount of the tax credit as also the basis of computing the tax credit that can be claimed are specified in the respective country's DTAA and is also dependent on the laws of the home country where the tax payer is a tax resident.
What are the rules governing the repatriation of the proceeds of sale of immovable properties by NRI/PIO as prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India?

A. If the property was acquired out of foreign exchange sources i.e. remitted through normal banking channels/by debit to NRE/FCNR(B) account, the amount to be repatriated should not exceed the amount paid for the property:

i. In foreign exchange received through normal banking channel or

i. By debit to NRE account (foreign currency equivalent, as on the date of payment) or debit to FCNR(B) account. Repatriation of sale proceeds of residential property purchased by NRI's/PIO's out of foreign exchange is restricted to not more than two such properties. Capital gains, if any, may be credited to the NRO account from where the NRI's/PIO's may repatriate an account up to USD one million, per financial year, as discussed below.

B. If the property was acquired out of Rupee sources, NRI/PIO may remit an amount up to USD one million, per financial year, out of the balances held in the NRO account (inclusive of sale proceeds of assets acquired by way of inheritance or settlement), for all the bonafide purposes to the satisfaction of the Authorized Dealer bank and subject to tax compliance.The NRI/PIO may use this facility to remit capital gains, where the acquisition of the subject property was made by funds sourced by remittance through normal banking channels/by debit to NRE/FCNR(B) account.

Is the rental income from property repatriable and what are the RBI rules?
The rental income, being a current account transaction, is repatriable, subject to the appropriate deduction of tax and the certification thereof by a Chartered Accountant in practice. Repatriation of sale proceeds is subject to certain conditions. The amount of repatriation cannot exceed the amount paid for acquisition of the immovable property in foreign exchange.
Are NRI/PIO/OCI eligible for Housing loans to buy property from any Indian Bank?
An authorized dealer or a housing finance institution in India approved by the National Housing Bank may provide housing loan to a non-resident Indian or a person of Indian origin residing outside India. for acquisition of a residential accommodation in India, subject to the following conditions, namely:

A. The quantum of loans, margin money and the period of repayment shall be at par with those applicable to housing finance provided to a person residing in India.

B. The loan shall be fully secured by equitable mortgage by deposit of title deal of the property proposed to be acquired, and if necessary, also be lien on the borrower's other assets in India.

C. The installment of loan, interest and other charges, if any, shall be paid by the borrower by remittances from outside India through normal banking channels or out of funds in his Non-resident External (NRE)/Foreign Currency Non-resident (FCNR)/Non-resident Non-repatriable (NRNR)/Non-resident Ordinary (NRO)/non-resident Special Rupee (NRSR) account in India, or out of rental income derived from renting out the property acquired by utilization of the loan or by any relative of the borrower in India by crediting the borrower's loan account through the bank account of such relative (The word 'relative' means 'relative' as defined in section 6 of the Companies Act, 1956.)

D. The rate of interest on the loan shall conform to the directives issued by the Reserve Bank of India or, as the case may be, the National Housing Bank.

Who should file tax returns?
If you are an NRI/OCI/PIO, you would have to file your income tax returns if you fulfill either of these conditions:

A. Your taxable income in India during the year was above the basic exemption limit of 2.5 lakh OR

B. You have earned short-term or long-term capital gains from sale of any investments or assets, even if the gains are less than the basic exemption limit.

Note: The enhanced exemption limit for senior citizens and women is applicable only to residents and not to non-residents.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes, there are two exceptions:

A. If your taxable income consisted only of investment income (interest) and/or capital gains income and if tax has been deducted at source from such income, you do not have to file your tax returns.

B. If you earned long term capital gains from the sale of equity shares or equity mutual funds, you do not have to pay any tax and therefore you do not have to include that in your tax return

Tip: You may also file a tax return if you have to claim a refund. This may happen where the tax deducted at source is more than the actual tax liability. Suppose your taxable income for the year was below 2.5 lakh but the bank deducted tax at source on your interest amount, you can claim a refund by filing your tax return. Another instance is when you have a capital loss that can be set-off against capital gains. Tax may have been deducted at source on the capital gains, but you can set-off (or carry forward) capital loss against the gain and lower your actual tax liability. In such cases, you would need to file a tax return.
What's the best way to file tax returns?
Traditionally, you could file your return either by giving a power of attorney to someone in India or by sending your form and documents to a tax expert in India who would then file returns on your behalf. But nowadays, the easiest option for NRIs to file their Indian tax returns is by using the online platform. There are several options to file online.
 
Copy of employment contract Latest Salary slip
Balance sheets and P&L a/c of the company for last 3 years Bank a/c statements for last 6 months for company and individual, both
Latest work permit Income tax returns (3 years)
Passport / visa copyUtility bill for address proof
PIO/OCI card Utility bill for address proof
Power of Attorney (if applicable, in respective bank's format) Bank statement for 4 months or NRE/NRO a/c 6 months statement
Property agreement or other related docs Credit check report
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