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Gift by NRI to Resident Indian or Vice-Versa – Tax & Other Issues

We love getting gifts. Gifts might involve a lot of emotion and tradition. But we have to consider practical and mundane things like rules and taxation when it comes to gifts in terms of cash or assets.

NRIs can give and receive gifts in cash or kind (jewelry, antiques, property) to and from relatives and non-relatives in India. Check NRI Gift rules & exemption limits…

You can also get NRI Gift Deed Format from the end of this post

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NRI Gift Tax India

Let us look at the tax implications of gifting for NRIs but first check basic definitions which will help you in understanding the rules & other issues.

Definition

The Income Tax Act defines gift as any asset received without consideration like money or money’s worth. It can include cash, movable property, immovable property, jewelry etc.

Relatives and Non-relatives

The treatment of gift tax is different when given to relatives and when given to non-relatives. The following people are considered relatives –

FatherChild’s Spouse
MotherGrandchildren
StepmotherGrandchild’s spouse
SpouseSiblings
ChildrenStepsister and Stepbrother
StepchildrenSiblings’ spouse.
Grandparents

All other persons are considered non-relatives.

NRI Gift Rules 

  • Immovable property can be gifted to an NRI provided the remittance of sales proceeds does not exceed USD 1,000,000 per year.
  • NRIs can get gifts from relatives in the form of shares and securities provided the gift does not exceed 5% of paid up capital of the company; the sectoral cap is not breached and the NRI is eligible to hold the securities.
  • Gift received from a specified trust, specified fund or as a scholarship from educational institutions is not taxable.
  • If the gift is an immovable property outside of India, it is exempt from tax.
  • The value of the gift cannot be considered as deduction while calculating income tax.
  • Income received from a gift in India is taxable in India whether the receiver and giver are Resident Indians or NRIs.
  • When you receive a gift, make sure the necessary documentation is in place.
  • Cash gifts that exceed Rs. 2,00,000 can be subject to penalty. Ensure that you get the relevant gift through cheques or bank account transfers.

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Gift by NRI to Resident Indian

NRI gift to Resident Indian – Let us look at the different scenarios when an NRI gifts a Resident Indian –

  • Gift from NRI Relative are exempted from tax – When an NRI gives a gift in the form of cash, cheque, items or property to a Resident Indian who is a relative, both giver and receiver are exempt from tax in India.
  • When an NRI gives a gift in the form of cash, cheque, items or property that is within the value of Rs. 50,000 to a Resident Indian who is not a relative, both giver and receiver are exempt from tax in India.
  • When an NRI gives a gift in the form of cash, cheque, items or property that exceeds the value of Rs. 50,000 to a Resident Indian who is a non-relative, gift tax is payable by the receiver. The amount is added to the receiver’s income and taxed as per the income tax slab applicable to the receiver.
  • When an NRI gives a gift in the form of cash, cheque, items or property to a Resident Indian for marriage or through will, both giver and receiver are exempt from tax in India irrespective of the ‘relative’ status.

Gift to NRI by Resident Indian

Resident Indian gives a gift to an NRI – Let us look at the different scenarios when an NRI receives a gift from a Resident Indian –

  • Gift to NRI Relative are exempted from tax – When a resident Indian gives a gift in the form of cash, cheque, items or property to an NRI who is a relative, both giver and receiver are exempt from tax in India.
  • When a resident Indian gives a gift in the form of cash, cheque, items or property that is within the value of Rs. 50,000 to an NRI who is not a relative, both giver and receiver are exempt from tax in India.
  • When a resident Indian gives a gift in the form of cash, cheque, items or property that exceeds the value of Rs. 50,000 to an NRI, who is a non-relative, the gift tax is payable by the receiver. The amount is added to the receiver’s income and taxed as per the income tax slab applicable to the receiver. The maximum limit for such a gift is USD 250,000 in one financial year. [This limit is defined under LRS (Liberalised Remittance Scheme) – the total amount of foreign exchange purchased from or remitted through, all sources in India.]
  • When a resident Indian gives a gift in the form of cash, cheque, items or property to an NRI for marriage or through will, both giver and receiver are exempt from tax in India irrespective of the ‘relative’ status.
  • When a resident Indian gives a gift in the form of shares or securities of an Indian company, the total value cannot exceed USD 50,000 in one financial year. The gift should follow the regulations of RBI regarding NRIs holding stock in Indian companies.

When you give a gift or get a gift, make sure you understand the rules regarding gifts and the tax implications and act accordingly.

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The information that I shared in the above post is one part of the story – issues can be complex based on your resident status. If we talk about USA – you can gift up to $15,000 in a year. This is not that simple but just an example. So check rules in countries where you are staying.

NRI Gift Deed Format

It’s important to sign gift deeds & keep them safe to avoid issues in the future. Many readers were asking for sample NRI gift deeds that they can copy. So I have added ready to use gift deed format for immovable property & even movable property.

Please share any additional information or experience that you have about a gift to NRI or gift from NRI – that will really help all readers. If you have any questions related to NRI gift tax – feel free to add in the comment section.

About the Author

Hemant Beniwal is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and his Company Ark Primary Advisors Pvt Ltd is registered as an Investment Adviser with SEBI. Hemant is also a member of the Financial Planning Association, U.S.A and registered as a life planner with Kinder Institute of Life Planning, U.S.A. He started his Financial Planning Practice in 2009 & is among the first generation of financial planners in India. He also authored Bestseller book "Financial Life Planning".

  • Seetharama says:

    The limit to gift to US NRI is 15 K in 2018, every year it is revised.
    You need to define who are all relatives.
    Useful article, may add a para on bank/ IT formalities as well. SOme banks ask for specific forms from auditors to send gift money to NRIs.

    • Thanks for your suggestions – I have updated US NRI limits.

    • Krishna Ramachandran says:

      US gift laws are not applicable to non US persons(people who are not US passport or green card holders or not resident in USA on a H1B visa or any other visa). If cash is gifted no issue and if the amount is above $100K the donee has to notify tax authorities since he is a resident in USA. If a property in USA is gifted then there are tax implications

  • Sanjay says:

    How are cash transfers by a resident or NRI father to resident son through net banking are treated for tax for giver as well as receiver?

    • Dear Sanjay,
      If I assume son is major – in that case, there are no tax issues in India. But to show that transferred amount was a gift – one can write a simple gift deed.
      In case of a minor son – any income from such transfer will be added to father’s income.

  • Vimal says:

    As resident indian, I want to gift my NRE daughter $ 10,000. What does it mean by ” it is tax exempted in India for giver and receiver. Can the giver reduce this gift amount from his taxable income. What is limit for giving US$ as gift to NRI relative.

    • Hi Vimal,
      Sorry I am not able to understand this “Can the giver reduce this gift amount from his taxable income” – this is a gift & not donation.

      • BHASKER SAI says:

        Gifts either in India or USA are NOT tax deductible.

  • MK says:

    Husband is NRI, and he is gifting money to his wife who is resident indian. This transfer is from husband’s NRE account to wife’s Resident saving account. If she does the FD and earns interest income. Taxation point of view, who will have to pay tax on this income husband or wife?

    • Hemant Beniwal says:

      Hi MK,
      In the case of wife or minor kids – clubbing of income will apply. Husband will pay the tax.

  • Nutan says:

    Thanks for a very informative post. I have a question: A NRI transfers rs. 10.000 every month from his nri account to his resident indian brothers savings account in order to assist him financially. Is this deal taxable? If yes, who has to pay and how much?

    • Anuj says:

      Hi nutan,

      If a NRI gives Gift to Resident Indian (Relative),it is exempt from tax in hands of both receiver and giver.You are sending money through bank transfers amounts to RS 120000 yearly. Your brother can claim this amount as gift and it is exempt from tax in his hand. Remember this Gift should be backed up by gift deed to claim exemption

    • BHASKER SAI says:

      In India receiver pays gift tax. Receiving Brother is a relative and any amount of gift from a relative (brother/sister) is NOT taxable to him in India. But there may be taxation to giver in the country of residence. Please check on that. In USA the giver of gift is taxed if the yearly amount of gift exceeds USD 15000/- (Rs.10,50,000/-approx.). But your yearly total gift amount is only Rs.1,20,000/-. So No Tax in USA. Check tax rules if you are residing in any other country.

  • Shrikant says:

    1. with reference to the point that NRI relative can receive gift in form of cash,cheque items or property from resident relative, is there a limit on the amount in cheque/cash that can be given to the NRI?
    2. are uncles, nephew, neices included in relatives definition for any such gift deeds?

    • Anuj says:

      Hi shrikant,

      1. Cash gift that exceeds Rs 200000 is subject to penalty and other than that is tax free

      2.You can check relative list above in this Article

  • Ajay Prakash Lohia says:

    Can I take gift from my nri son at my huf file

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Ajay,

      Yes, you can as your son is member of your HUF
      Gifts received by HUF from its members is exempt. But gift received by HUF from relatives of members shall be taxable.

  • Rohan says:

    I am a NRI. I want to send money from my US account to my brothers resident acccount a sum of Rs 10 lacs as a Loan or gift .Can I do that

    • Anuj says:

      Hi rohan,

      Yes you can do that as you are NRI and your Brother is relative.If you are giving that amount as a gift, your brother can claim gift exemption regarding this.

  • Tushar says:

    I am NRI and my wife stay in India. How much money I can give to my wife in a year through Cheque or bank transfer

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Tushar,

      There is no limit on Cheque or Bank transfer but there is a limit on cash gift which is Rs 200000. Above this amount, there is a penalty

  • Deepthi says:

    what all documents needed to gift a property to indian resident by NRI?

    • rahul says:

      Hi Deepti,

      You have to prepare a gift deed, which contains details of the property which you want to gift.Such deed also provide as a evidence for tax exemption in the hand of receiver.

  • Ajay says:

    My son is working in Nigeria and he wants to send gift in dollar to my and my wife account and also he wants to send gift in dollar to my huf account, can it tax free income in India. please confirm

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Ajay,

      As your son is relative to you and your wife , there is no gift tax in your’s and your wife’s hand whether you receive gift in dollors or rupees.And Gifts received by HUF from members is exempt from tax. Remember that such gifts should be backed up by gift deed.

  • Sw says:

    My daughter in US is a neighborhood. How much can she gift mother and sister in 2019 from her nro account.
    Mother and sister residents on India, staying in India. Will she have to show the gift given to her tax consultant in the US if it’s below the limit?

    • Hi SW,
      My understanding is she can easily gift $14000 to her mother.. not sure about sister.

  • osma says:

    Does a British national with OCI Card have to pay gift tax when receiving cash from Indian relatives as gift

    • rahul says:

      Hi Osma,

      If you are receiving gift from relative, both giver and receiver is exempt from tax in india.

  • Avi says:

    Can my sister-i-law & her husband gift me money above Rs.20Lakhs from USA, & not attract tax?

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Avi,

      As you see above in the Article, Sister-in-law and her husband are not covered in Relative definition. From non relative you can receive gift tax free upto 50000rs and beyond that only on specific occassion like on marriage or through will.

  • ABHISHEK says:

    Does an NRI having stock market investments have to pay taxes on the capital gains before repatriating funds from India to his / her overseas bank account and at what rate?Can NRIs also file their returns online
    ?

  • Subhash says:

    Can nri gift to brother children wife? How much gift allowed to gift by us citizen (nri). To relative in 1 year

    • Dear Subhash,
      Yearly limits are revised every year – right now it’s $15000 per year. Regarding “Can nri gift to brother children wife?” – I will suggest you to check with US CPA.

  • S says:

    My father has a property (vacant land) under his name & he purchased this property in 2005 for Rs.10Lakh and now it’s worth Rs.20 Cr. I am an NRI and I would like to understand what is the best option to minimise the tax / CGT.
    1) option#1: I receive the land as a gift from him, I sell the land and transfer the sale proceed to my overseas bank account via my Indian bank account
    2) option#2: He sells the land and transfers the money to my bank account as gift and I transfer the money from my Indian bank account to my overseas bank account

    I understand that there are other factors like FX and taxation laws of my residing country. I’d like to understand if there is any other (legally abiding) option that is better from a financial perspective.

    Thanks for your help & guidance.

    Regards.

  • Surendra says:

    Joint flat owners. Husband n wife. Husband NRI wife resident indian. They want to sell this flat. To avoid high TDS upto 23.92% can the NRI gift the flat to wife and then wife sells the flat immediately so that TDS is 1%

    • rahul says:

      Hi Surendra,

      Regarding this, its better to consult a CA

  • Krish says:

    My brother is a NRI and he is planning to send me Rs 2000000 as a gift. I am a resident Indian.

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Krish,
      Yes, you can receive it, as your NRI brother is relative. Both giver and receiver are exempt from tax in india. Ensure that this gift should be backed up by gift deed for reference.

  • Brij says:

    I have sold a property in India and paid the capital gains tax etc. The money is in my NRO account . I am a NRI based in UK. Can I remit the tax paid money as gift to my son and daughter in their UK bank account from my NRO account ?I have the CA certificate as well. Is there a limit how much can I remit outside India ?

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Brij,
      As your Son and Daughter are both relative, you can remit this amount as gift and no gift tax attracted to both receiver and giver.But remittances from NRO to NRE account are limited to USD 1000000 in a financial year.And further proper documentation is needed to send this money. You should hire a CA for this.

  • Naman says:

    What are the income tax implications of transferring funds from one NRE account to another NRE account. The NRE accounts are under different account holder names and different banks.

  • Mohan says:

    I am a NRI (now USA citizen) in old age. I want to gift my life’s savings which are in NRO account in India to my children in USA (who also are USA citizen). What is the limit of transferring money from Indian NRO account to their USA as a gift? What documentation do I need to submit to my bank in India?

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Mohan,

      The limit of transferring is upto 1 million USD in one financial year. Mainly, you need to submit two documents 15CA and 15 CB.
      Form 15CA is an undertaking by the NRI to remit Funds and this form is submitted online and acknowledgment should be signed and submitted along with form 15CB in bank. Form 15CB is a CA certificate

  • Ani says:

    Hi,

    I’m a resident Indian. I would like to gift INR 7 lakhs to my paternal uncle (Tauji) who lives in the USA. I would like to transfer the money to his NRO account via NEFT transfer from my SB AC.

    What are the Tax implications and FEMA regulations compliance should I consider for the transaction?

    Thanks,

    • rahul says:

      Hi Ani,

      Firstly your NRI uncle is non relative, gift upto Rs 50000 is exempt but beyond that is taxable in the hands of receiver. The maximum limit of transfer is $250000 in one financial year

  • Kumar says:

    I want to send 400000 for my grandmother is taxable

    • sunil says:

      Hi Kumar,
      As your grandmother is relative, both giver and receiver is exempt from tax in india. Remember it should be backed up by gift deed

  • Suja says:

    Bank says I cannot gift sharesTo my children who are non-resident but your article here says otherwise how do I resolve this

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Suja,

      You can gift shares to your children as they are relative to you provided RBI approval is required and regulations & compliances are required to be fulfilled like gift does not exceed 5% of the paid up capital of the company, sectoral cap is not breached, total value cannot exceed 50000USD in one financial year etc. Its better to consult a good CA for such matters

  • AG says:

    Gift Given to nri,it is taxable for payer and If income is chargeable to tax in India and any relief is claimed under DTAA-?or not

    • Anuj says:

      Hi AG,

      First we should check whether NRI is relative or not, If he/she is relative then both receiver and giver are exempt from tax in india.
      If NRI is non-relative then subject to certain exemption as mentioned above in article, gift tax is applicable and receiver have to pay tax in india. Regarding DTAA, its better to consult a good CA.

  • Arya says:

    The gift in the form of a cheque from Father in Law is taxable for an NRO account?

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Arya,

      Child’s spouse is covered under relative definition and NRI( father-in-law) can gift through cheque to resident indian, who is a relative and both receiver and giver are exempt from tax in india.

  • J K Mahajan says:

    Please advise gift tax laws in case if grand parents in India have life insurance policy for minor grand children in USA as gift having US citizenship at the time of maturity

    • sunil says:

      Hi JK Mahajan,

      As grandchildrens are relative,both giver and receiver are exempt from gift tax in india

  • Radhey says:

    If we take property from nri person we r resident Indian how much tax calculate

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Radhey

      If resident receives property from NRI relative then it is exempt from tax in India but if NRI is non-relative then the value in excess of Rs 50000 is taxable as gift tax in India. It is better to hire a CA for proper tax calculation

  • Shiva says:

    Gift in foreign currency from a relative received in India ?

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Shiva,

      As per rules, residents are permitted to hold foreign currency upto 2000 USD or equivalent provided the foreign exchange was acquired by way of gift from resident outside india and who is on a visit to india

  • Amit T says:

    i want to know if i have to pay tax on money received from my brother living in U.K

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Amit,

      If you are receiving the money as a Gift from your NRI brother,who is a relative then it is exempt from tax for both receiver and giver in india. Remember transaction should be backed up by gift deed

  • Sanjay says:

    Can My son who is currently studying in the US on a F1 Visa,gift me any amount he wants from his resident SB account in India.He is not yet a NRI. Will there be any gift or other tax applicable to both.He files Non resident 1040Nr-Ez returns in the US and normal resident IT returns in India

    • rahul says:

      Hi Sanjay,
      As you both are residents and relative,there will be no gift tax in india

  • Suguna says:

    Hi,
    I am an NRI and my sister who is a resident of India deposits a check for Rs. 10,00,000 to my NRE account as gift, what documents should be given to the bank?
    Thanks.

    • rahul says:

      Hi Suguna,

      I think banks doesn’t require any kind of documentations for such transactions.You have to keep a copy of gift deed for future reference.

  • Alex Fontenot says:

    Is money received by resident sister from NRI sister NRE account fully covered by the gift tax exemption to relative law, regardless of the amount received over a period of 4-5 years ? Is this law about to be changed by the Indian govt anytime soon ?
    If the NRI sister becomes a PR of any country will this PR status better safeguard the resident sister from being taxable for the gifts received via bank transfer ?

  • Sushant Katkar says:

    If i receive gift in the form of cash from my dad who for time being is an nri but later in the year he visits India and becomes a resident as per Sec 6, will that amount be taxable?

    • sunil says:

      Hi Sushant,

      As your father is relative, both giver and receiver is exempt from gift tax in india

  • Guest says:

    Hi, I am NRI and in Germany would like to buy a flat for my mother in India. The flat costs around 40 lakh and I have all money in my HDFC NRE bank account. Can I simply send the money to my Indian brother account, so that he can tranfer the money to the seller directly and my mother can have a flat. I just want to know what would be the best scenerio to avoid any kind of hassle. Thank you

  • Mahesh says:

    Hw much nri brother can make a gift to married sister

  • surendra says:

    My son born in India obtained US citizenship before 7 years. He also holds PIO status. He has NRE AND NRO Saving Bank Account’s. My mother or my unmarried 71 years old sister wants to gift him INR 40,000-50,000. Obviously, cheque should be deposited in his NRO SA. Can he receive this cheque? Is gift deed necessary? If so, on Judiccial stamp paper of Rs 20/- is OK? Is it to be notorised?

  • Sukumar says:

    My brother is an OCI , he wants to gift his inherited property tbrough a general poer of attorney . Is it legally allowed ?

    • rahul says:

      Hi Sukumar,

      Regarding legal matter, its better to consult a CA/ Lawyer

  • Saima says:

    If a friend transfers about Rs. 10000 to 15000 Rs. every month to my savings account from USA to India will I be liable to pay tax on the same

  • Alex says:

    Is money transferred to sister who is a resident in India from NRE account of NRI (self) fully covered under gift to relative exemption as specified numerous times above and is this law likely to be changed anytime soon by the Indian govt ? Also if the NRI becomes a PR of any country will that safeguard resident sister better from paying tax on the gifts received via bank transfer ?

  • Ranjana says:

    Is a monetry gift of 25 lakh from my late father’s brother – free from tax? Firstly is he considered a relative for tax purposes and secondly, as a resident in the UK, british citizen with OCI, how do I bring the gift back to the UK?

  • Rajesh says:

    How much USdollar can an indiindivi in india recerec fromfan NRI in a year

    • anuj says:

      Hi Rajesh,

      If NRI is giving gift to relative in india , there is no monetary limit.
      But there is a limit of $14000 per person per year for gift tax free transaction. Any amount above this would be taxed as gift tax

  • Krishnan says:

    Father and son are NREs can one transfer funds from sb acct to another

  • Rizwan says:

    I paid 10 lakhs from my NRE account to my fathers saving account account in india…is that taxable?

    • Sunil says:

      Hi Rizwan,

      There is no question of tax on such transfers.

  • Pradnya says:

    Can a person a foreign national residing in India gift his Commercial property to his son who is also a foreign citizen Non resident in India

  • durgesh says:

    if i transfer money from my nre or nro account to my savings Resident account then will be the amount taxable which is in savings account.

  • Bhavya says:

    My husband and me, we are NRIs. My husband wants to gift me his flat in India but I am not in a position to goto India immediately. How do we make sure the gift deed is done?

  • Adi says:

    Do I need to pay tax if I want to send chocolates to India from Europe?

  • Avi says:

    Can an Indian being a father make a gift of Rs. 35 lakh to his NRI son for purcahse of property in India? Money will be deposited in his NRO Account. What is limitation?

  • Ashok says:

    I have a property in India and I have OCI.I want to sell that property b ut will attract 20% capital gains. Would I be able to gift it to my father who is an Indian citizen and he can sell it with 1% taxWhat do you think? Is there any other implication?

    • anuj says:

      Hi Ashok,

      I will suggest you to hire a good CA for tax planning

  • Akash says:

    If I (a resident individual) received gift (money in my bank account) from NRI (relative/non relative) then is there any FEMA compliance or any ceiling limit on such gift amount.Kindly also give section/rule reference.

  • Sudha says:

    Can I receive money from my cousin living in australia. Is it taxable in india. He is my mum’s sister son.

    • anuj says:

      Hi Sudha,

      Your mums sisters son is non relative for gift tax purpose.If you receive gift upto Rs 50000 it is exempt but beyond this limit it will be taxable in the hands of receiver.

  • RAJU says:

    I am a resident indian. My daughter is NRI and earns in Euro. She has a NRE account. Daughter had taken education loan. Since she started earning she asked me to clear the loan and I have cleared the loan. She has sent me Rs.5 Lacs just now. is it taxable? This is the money which I have paid back to the bank when I got the maturity monies from deposits. She has actually paid back what I paid back to her loans?

    • Rahul says:

      Hi Raju,

      Gift from NRI relative is exempt from tax for both giver and receiver. The amount you received is tax free in your hands.
      Make sure that the amount you received is backed up by gift deed

  • Anjali says:

    Hi hemant,

    I wanted to get your specific views on the following 2 cases:

    1. My husband who is a foreign national (OCI Cardholder) would like to make monthly transfers of €800 equivalent in INR into my a/c as gift or maintenance (*A. what is advisable btw the two formats for tax purposes?*). I’m currently a NRI although I’m based in India for a few more months while my visa is being processed (expected take 2-3 months).
    *B. should he send the funds to my NRO or my NRE a/c?
    *C. would those funds be taxable for me in India?

    2. I would like to transfer INR20-30L into my mother’s a/c 3-5 times a year. She is an Indian resident.
    *A. would this amount be taxable for her?
    *B. could she transfer a portion of these funds into my indian a/c in future?

    Appreciate your specific advice. Thanks much.

  • ashok says:

    I have friend in France now sent me 17000 euros but my they are asking FCRA certificate is this right?

  • Harsh says:

    I am a Indian citizen highly salaried person with all taxes paid. I want to gift my Nri son 1 million dollars. What is the formality

    • Sunil says:

      Hi Harsh,

      As your son is relative, both giver and receiver are exempt from tax in india but the maximum limit of transfer is $250000 in one financial year

  • Lokesh says:

    I am an Indian. I want to transfer shares of a start uo company as a gift to My brother who is a US citizen but lives in india

  • Vijay says:

    when sn NRI is gifting a property of worth 4000000, what percentage of tax he needs to pay to indian government

    • rahul says:

      Hi Vijay,

      If NRI is gifting property to relative, then it is tax free for both giver and receiver.But if NRI is gifting property to non relative then upto Rs 50000 exempt above that taxable in the hands of receiver

  • Matri says:

    What is the tax implications for the receiver in USA in case an NRI receives usd gift from Indian citizen(a relative) via a bank transfer and what is the limit?

    • Rahul says:

      Hi Matri,

      When an NRI receives gift from a relative in india,then it will be tax free for both giver and receiver in india. The maximum limit is $250000 in one financial year

  • Susanna says:

    I live in the UK, I am not Indian, but have an Indian friend who lives in India. I have given this friend 320,000 rupees in installments. Does my friend need to declare this money for tax purposes?

    • anuj says:

      Hi susanna,

      Yes he has to pay gift tax in india as he is non-relative and amount of gift exceeds RS 50000

  • Shreya says:

    I have received gift in foreign currency….so is it taxable

    • anuj says:

      Hi Shreya,

      As per RBI rules, residents are permitted to hold foreign currency upto 2000$. If foreign currency is within limit and received from relative ,no tax but if such foreign currency received by non relative then upto RS 50000 exempt beyond that taxable in the hand of receiver.

  • Vijay says:

    My brother who is in US for past 5years wanting me to gift a sportsbike…. so is that cost me any duties for accepting as a gift??

    • anuj says:

      Hi Vijay,
      You and your brother are relative. If your NRI brother gifts you sportbike then there will be no gift tax. Both giver and receiver are exempt from tax

  • Jagan says:

    I have a non relative out of india and i want to gift a property that is mine, is it possible?

    • rahul says:

      Hi Jagan,

      Yes, you can gift a property to non-relative but the receiver have to pay gift tax in India if property value exceeds Rs 50000.

  • Ram says:

    Can an Indian resident send money to his nri uncle living abroad

    • anuj says:

      Hi Ram,

      Yes, you can send money to NRI uncle. Your NRI uncle is non relative, the gift is exempt up to Rs 50000 above that is taxable in the hands of the receiver. Maximum limit of transfer is $ 250000 in one financial year.

  • Vijay says:

    My brother, who works in US want to gift me a Kawasaki sportbike!! So i want to know how to get the import license, import duties and related documents!!! Can you give me a detailed guideline over this please!!

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Vijay,

      Its better you should consult a CA

  • Vishal says:

    I have received 35000$ from a friend in US. I am from India. How much income tax i need to pay. He send money from my surgery and a marriage in family. We are friends not relatives

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Vishal,

      When you receive a gift on occasion of marriage, it is exempt from tax irrespective of whether the giver is relative or not.
      Other than that gift received from non-relative above Rs 50000 is taxable in the hands of receiver

  • DIXIT says:

    iF I remit money to a non relative who is NRI , WHAT ARE THE TAX IMPLICATIONS AND ON WHOM?

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Dixit,

      If your gift amount is upto Rs 50000, no gift tax on both receiver and giver. But if amount exceeds Rs 50000, then tax is payable by the receiver.The maximum limit for such gift is USD 250000 in one financial year

  • Pravin Kumar says:

    I am a senior citizen Indian resident. Can i transfer my share of the gains from sale of property in india to my daughter who is passport holder resident of Netherlands as gift or for her marriage or to buy property abroad. What are the tax implications?

    • Dear Pravin,
      Transferring is not an issue. It will not be taxed in India but not sure about how the Netherlands will treat this money.

  • Yahya says:

    I am NRI, I want to give 15 lakhs rupees to my sister from my NRE account because her husband died suddenly a month ago. This is a gift from me to my sister and she will invest in jewelry for 8% return yearly to meet her day to day expenses. My question is whether me or my sister has to pay any kind of tax for the gifted amount or for the return?

    • Abhay says:

      Hi yahya
      Sorry to hear that, yes you can transfer it but the interest on such investments would be taxable to your sister

  • Bharat says:

    my brother is u s citizen and he wants to gift 100,000 us $ to my married daughter in INDIA,she is indian citizen. Is it taxable to my daughter or my brother in india or us

  • Salman says:

    is there any limit to the gift from a NRI relative that a resident can receive?

  • Mahendra says:

    If a resident indian receives gift abroad, is it compulsory for him to bring it back in india ? If yes, any time limit ? If no, can he invest in property abroad ? Any permission needed ?

  • Kirti says:

    My UK friend wanted to buy a house what is the solution she is NRI

  • harshad says:

    i am indian resident and my wife is NRI staying in USA. can i get gift at USA?

  • Anil says:

    My son and daughter in law are uk resident planning for applying uk passport. Should they do as they have property in india which generates income in india apprx 3 _4 lacs per year in form of dividend n interest.

  • Ashish says:

    HI, I am NRI living i Australia. I have a property in India which i want to give to my mum. I still have Rs 24,00,000 loan remaining with the bank. Can i keep paying that loan after transferring the property to my mum or the loan has to be paid off before transferring the property?

  • Ashish says:

    I am an NRI leaving in Australia. I have a property in India. I want to gift it to my mum. I still have Rs 24,00,000 loan reamining. can i keep paying that loan after transferring the property or do i have to pay off the loan before transferring the property?

  • Sunny says:

    Can a father in law send gift money to son in-law from India to USA

  • Rl says:

    As an NRI CAN I MAKE GIFT TO ANY INDIAN FROM NRE account?

    • Abhilash says:

      yes they can, but it is recommended to get it backed up by gift deed

  • Akhilesh says:

    Is some one gifts us from UK. And we receive it in india. Shall we pay any amount to it ?? Will that amount is refunded??

  • Rajiv says:

    Daughter is working in Singapore and having NRI account in India can she gift money from her NRI account to me in India

  • Dulichand says:

    How many taxes is levied on case gift exceeds USD 10000 from a foreign friend to India. Is there any Penally for a cash amount.

  • Pankaj says:

    I am a NRI. Can I transfer funds to my mother and ask her to invest in FDs? What’s the limit and what will be the taxes?

    • Akhil says:

      Hi Pankaj, there is no limit of sending money to your mother’s saving account but the interest earned on FD will be taxable to your mother’s income slab rate.

  • Sandeep says:

    Can a resident Indian can return money recd from a friend in UK If so then what is the tax payable by Indian resident to return the money in recd in foreign exchange

    • Anuj says:

      Hi Sandeep
      If the money exceeds 50000 than each of the transaction is liable for tax

  • Rajiv says:

    My daughter is NRI gifted 12lakh to me from NRI account.Need format for gift deed and what will be he tax liabilities for me and her

    • Abhay says:

      There is no tax implies on relatives, you can check the gift deed format just below this article

  • Krishna says:

    Hi how to get gift registration? what is the % of gift registration?

  • Meenakshi says:

    I want to gift a puppy to my friend who lives in quebec. What will be the tax liability in our hands

    • arul says:

      As per income tax, puppies are not covered under any kind of property say it may be moveable or immovable. So you can gift it without paying any kind of tax.

  • Prashank says:

    I just want to remit some money to my first cousin lives in USA is there any implication on such remittance

    • Anubhav says:

      it would be taxed if exceeds Rs. 50000

  • Arun says:

    Does a person with RNOR status in India have to pay tax on a GIFT received in Indian NRE account paid from NON-RELATIVE abroad?

  • MAHESH CHAND AGRAWAL says:

    What is the limit for an NRI to give gifts in cash (cheque, transfer in a/c), movable property, immovable property etc to his blood relative in India as per US tax laws, limit of gifted amount exempted from any tax liability for giver in US.

    • Abhay says:

      As per my knowledge, US NRI has a limit to transfer $15000 per year and 35% of tax would be levied if the amount exceeds this limit.

  • Lakshit says:

    I have received money from my son who is in foreign country whether I have to fill any form to claim tax exemption

    • Hi Lakshit,
      As far as my understanding is no form is required. If it’s a major amount, gift deed is a preferred option.

  • Abhijeet says:

    If suppose my foregion friend is giving me 4 million in my account i want to know how much tax will be deducted and will it be fine with my Indian account?

  • Krishna Ramachandran says:

    I am NRI and if my gift my apartment to my son who is a resident, does he have to pay stamp duty, etc. The property is in Bangalore

  • Subramanian says:

    2019, the rules of resident gifting to NRI has changed and is now taxable at the hands of the receiver. You may update.

  • Naga says:

    A foreigner has provided a gift to a citizen residing in India. Is there is any limit under FEMA or any law?? If yes whether it attracts any provision under Income tax.. please let me know

  • Shihabudeen says:

    How much amount of miney can be transferred from gulf to india at once

  • Naveen says:

    Tax on gift of shares to NRI from resident ( Parents )

  • Gurnam Singh says:

    I am a person of Indian origin living in Sweden For the last 43 years. I have an inhertied property in India which i want to transfer or sell to my brother in blood relation. There are two way of doing it. One i just give him a gift and cost of transer deed will be around 1200 Rs but then i can not mention the amount we have decided the other i sell it at collecter rate and pay long term capital whatever it will be. property is registered on my name since 2000.In blood relation, my brother can gift me up to 250000 dollars /year without any permission from RBI So we both can give gifts to each other according to law. could there be any problem with income tax

  • Sreepriya says:

    I am an NRI living in Australia. I want to send 10 Lakhs to my brother in India who is a resident there. I want to send this amount through bank transfer as gift. My question is, will this amount be taxable in India either for him or me?Thanks.

  • Akhil says:

    Should stamp duty to be borne by NRO for gift received from indian resident?

  • varun says:

    in your definition relatived does not include uncles and aunty however if we check on other websites uncle and aunty are included as relatives and their gift is exempt from tax so y does your list does not have uncle aunty

  • Anusha says:

    Gift received from a relatives in foriegn country it is exempted or not

  • rani singh says:

    my late husband’s brother who is an indian citizen wants to gift money to his nieces, my children, who are US citizens. Are they considered in the relative category?

  • Sppabbi says:

    My son is a Canadian citizen and I have property worth 5 cror which I want gift him what do I do, the best way?

  • Sandeep says:

    I am UK citizen and my mother is indian citizen so can she trasfer money to my NRE account in India?

  • Raghuraman says:

    Whether a gift from an NRI to his or her NRI spouse given and received outside India is taxable in India?

  • Niket says:

    I am NRI. How can I get money gift from parents without any issue ?

  • Simran says:

    Received gift rs80000 from his NRI friend how treat income from other sources

  • Chandini says:

    Does an NRI have to be present in India while gifting his apartment to his daughter?

  • Ash says:

    Hi I am a US citizen but originally from India and my Indian brother wants to gift me money from India to US ? My question is can he do that ? What is the limit allowed ?

  • Raju says:

    I am kidney failure ,I am coming from abroad,Now i need money for treatment,Can my father friend who is citizen australia sen me money in my saving account under family mantainance

  • Raman says:

    An NRI as second holder in an FD liable to pay IT

  • Satish says:

    Hi, If my sister (Indian resident) names my son (NRI nephew) as her contingent beneficiary, would the amount be subject to tax?

  • Kawal says:

    How much money can my brother in law and sister send me as gift and family help in one financial year.How much amount can a American citizen send to relative in India as gift and family maintainence in a financial year as per American law

  • Sunny says:

    Hi my brother is in dubai if he sends me protien supplements to me in india, would it be taxable ?

  • Kartik says:

    I want to gift amt equal to USD 100k to my father, a resident indian, which he will put in a FD. When the time comes could I get this money back in my NRE account without having to pay tax?

  • Sid says:

    Can a resident India give a gift of foreign securities to an NRI? This is an unlisted company.

  • Mythili says:

    Up to what amount maximum I can gift to my brother who is a person of Indian origin residing in the united kingdom without paying gift tax

    • Salman says:

      Hi Mythili,
      There is no tax implies on a relative.

  • ANIL KUMAR PODDAR says:

    MY SON BEING AN NRI DOCTOR IN UK, AND GENERATES INCOME IN INDIA BY HIS CAPITAL HERE, WHICH HAS NOT COME FROM UK, .THIS INCOME IS FROM STOCK DIVIDEND AND MUTUAL FUND DIVIDEND AND INTEREST TO RELATIVES COMPANY,AND FILES INCOME TAX HERE AS NRI,IF HE DECLARE THIS INCOME IN HIS TAX RETURN IN UK, DOES HE NEED TO PAY TAX ON THIS INCOME IN UK, WHERE SOME AMOUNT IS NON TAXABLE AND DIVIDEND S ARE TAX FREE.

  • Mukund says:

    I want to gift my son who is an American citizen rupee equivalent to USD 30000 is there any tax implication

    • Joy says:

      Hi Mukund,
      No, it is exempt from tax.

  • Ranveer says:

    I have grand daughter citizen of US. She is a minor. Gift given by me are taxable at the hands of parents is taxable in U S

  • Rakesh says:

    Money received from nri relative is taxable?

    • Varun says:

      Hi Rakesh,
      It is exempt from tax.

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