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Tax Rates for NRI on Indian Income & Investments 2018 – 2019

Let’s check Tax Implications on Different Sources of Income for NRIs in India – also check tax rates for NRIs.

Some NRIs do earn income in India as well.

If this income exceeds the basic exemption limit, NRIs have to file income tax returns. Even if the tax is paid or deducted, tax returns should be filed.

You can also get RNOR Guide from end of this post – which can help NRI reduce tax.

tax rates for nri in indian income

Tax Rate For NRIs on Indian Income

Income Tax Rate AY 2019-20 | FY 2018-19 – Individuals less than 60 years
Taxable incomeTax Rate
Up to Rs. 2,50,000Nil
Rs. 2,50,000 to Rs. 5,00,0005 %
Rs. 5,00,000 to Rs. 10,00,00020%
Above Rs. 10,00,00030%


Let us look at different income avenues for NRIs and the taxation rules regarding the same –

Income from Salary

You might have become an NRI in the middle of a financial year. In such a situation, you might have earned salary in India for part of the financial year. You have to pay income tax as per the income tax slab that is applicable to you for the total income earned in India.

ReadHow Change in Residential Status Impact Different Accounts & Investments

Income from Interest in Resident Accounts

You might have earned interest on amount in savings accounts and fixed deposits before you became an NRI. Under Section 80TTA, deduction up to Rs. 10,000 is allowed on interest income from bank savings accounts.

The interest earned in Fixed deposits is added to the total income and taxed as per income tax slab applicable.

*It is important to close all bank accounts that are residential when you become an NRI.

Income from Interest earned in NRO, NRE and FCNR accounts.

Interest on NRE and FCNR account is tax-free.

Interest on NRO account is taxable. It will be added to the total income and taxed as per income tax slab applicable.

Tax Rates for NRI on Indian Income

Check – Investment Options of NRIs

Income from rent

NRI owns a property and gives it on rent to a tenant.

The tenant deducts TDS at 30% of the rental income before paying the rent to the NRI.

The rent received is added to the total income which is liable to tax as per the applicable slab rates.

The following deductions should be considered –

  • Municipal taxes paid,
  • standard deduction of 30% on taxable value
  • deduction for interest on loan taken for buying, constructing or repair of home
  • Repayment of principal amount of home loan up to Rs. 1,50,000

If you have two properties, one will be considered as deemed let out property and you will have to pay tax on it.

The rent will have to be deposited in NRO account of NRI landlord. This money cannot be credited in NRE account as long as a tenant is also an NRI.


Income from Real Estate capital gains

An NRI who sells a house property and earns capital gains is liable to pay tax it’s same as resident Indian.

BUT for NRIs Long-term capital gains are subject to a TDS of 20%. Short-term capital gains are subject to a TDS of 30%. (U/S 195) The gains are considered short-term if the house is sold within two years of purchase.

You can get an exemption if

  • You invest in a house property as per Section 54 within one year before the date of transfer or 2 years after the date of transfer or complete construction of a house within 3 years after the date of transfer of the capital asset


  • You invest in capital gain bonds as per Section 54EC within 6 months of date of transfer.

In the case of NRI TDS is deducted on the total Sale Value of the property (not just gains) – even if the property value is less than 50 Lakh. If there’s not gain, NRIs can claim tax refund later.

Read – NRI Mutual Fund Taxation In India

Income from capital gains in other assets

Income from capital gains earned from other assets like stocks, mutual funds will be taxed. Long term – 10% tax, without indexation, is applicable for capital gains from all direct equity and equity mutual funds, if the gains are more than Rs. 1,00,000.

Short-term capital gains are  taxed at 15%

Long Term Capital Gains on mutual funds other than equity funds are taxed at 20% with indexation for listed funds and 10% without indexation for non-listed funds.

Short Term Capital Gains on non-equity mutual funds are taxed at 30%.

Receipt of Gifts

Gifts received from relatives as defined in the Income Tax Regulations are exempt from tax.

Gifts received from non-relatives up to the value of Rs. 50,000 are exempt from tax. Beyond that, the gift value is added to the total income and taxed as per applicable income tax slab. (Check tax & other issues – Gift by NRI to Resident Indian or Vice Versa)

If you are an NRI, calculate the income received in India, and if it is above the exemption limit, do file your tax returns within the due date.

Feel free to ask queries or if you have any practical experience regarding taxation – must share 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:

    Explain what is tax implication on gains from INHERITED agricultural land

    • Hemant Beniwal says:

      Hi Seetharama,
      Agriculture land is not considered as Capital Asset – if it’s out of municipal boundary. I will suggest you have a word with a CA.

  • Ralph says:

    Dear Hemant,

    In the following situation NRI does not need to file a return:

    If Indian income is below taxable limit
    If relevant TDS has been done at the applicable rate and assesee is either not eligible or not desirous of applying for a refund

  • Rahul says:

    NRI selling property in India..is TDs rate for NRI 20%? So on 90 lakh proceeds will 18 lakh be TDS?

    • Hi Rahul,

      Yes, Long Term TDS on sale of property 20.6%. NRI in case falls under the lower slab can request and apply for low or no TDS – talk to your CA.
      Buyer should have TAN. Normal transaction not possible when buyer/seller is an NRI.

  • Binayak says:

    From ICICI prulife insurence ( pension schme i invested in 2008 . maturity on 2018, and the pension strated from sept 2018. how much tds % cut

  • Ankur Bansal says:

    You have mentioned that it is important to close all resident accounts when you become nri.

    I have few savings and a pp account in India. I have been living in US for more than a year.

    Do I need to close them? Where should I park the amount available in those accounts? What happens to FDs?

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  • Sumit says:

    Can my company transfer a part of my salary to NRE account to avoid high taxation in a foreign country?

  • Kamal says:

    I am a Irish citizen of Indian origin. I am selling property in India for 50 lakh rupees. What will be the capital gain tax

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