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NRI Corner

For better opportunities in education, employment, and business, several Indians migrate to foreign countries each year. However, over time, India has become an attractive investment destination, drawing global attention. With the help of various factors such as improved foreign relations, steady strengthening of the dollar against the rupee, low inflation, and interest rates, transparency and security of investments, and the flurry of developmental activities across the country’s real estate sector is creating highly favorable opportunities for investment. As a result of this, there are multiple opportunities present for NRIs, which include

Why Invest

Why Invest

If you are an NRI interested in investing in property in India, there’s no time like the present. The unique tax reforms presented by the government have allowed transparency into the Indian real estate market, making it the best time for NRI Real Estate Buyers to invest in property. The Indian Realty market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.2percent. Combining these factors along with the RERA bill, GST reforms and the stable price-points of real estate that India has been offering since 2016, there has never been a more beneficial time to step into the real estate space of India. Banks are also playing their part in wooing home buyers by offering excellent interest rates that are low enough to make buying property in India the right investment decision for all NRIs.

Mumbai being the city of dreams has always been a highly viable option for real estate investment for all. For NRIs, it remains the easy choice as it is the financial hub of India housing headquarters and offices of major businesses as well as being the centre of connectivity within Maharashtra. The civic involvement and growth of infrastructure is fast making it an attractive option for investment to all NRIs.

FAQ'S

1. Who is a Non-Resident Indian (NRI)?

An Indian citizen who stays abroad for employment/ carrying business or vocation for a certain period is a non-resident.

2. Who is Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)?

The Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is an immigration status permitting a foreign citizen of Indian origin to live and work in India.

3. Can NRIs buy real estate properties in India?

Yes. NRIs can buy and sell residential and commercial properties in India.

4. Is there any restriction on the number of properties, NRIs can buy in India?

There is no restriction on the number of residential or commercial properties an NRI can own in India. But there are certain laws that restrict NRIs from purchasing any kind of agricultural land/ plantation property/ farm house in India.

5. Do NRIs have to take permission from Reserve Bank before purchasing a property in India?

Reserve Bank has granted general permission to the NRI's whether resident in India or abroad, to purchase immovable property in India for their bonafide residential purpose. They are, therefore, not required to obtain the permission of the Reserve Bank.

6. Are there any formalities required to be completed by NRIs for purchasing real estate properties?

They are required to file a declaration in form IPI 7 with the Central Office of Reserve Bank at Mumbai within a period of 90 days from the date of purchase of immovable property or final payment of purchase consideration along with a certified copy of the document evidencing the transaction and bank certificate regarding the consideration paid.

7. Can such property be sold without permission of Reserve Bank?

Yes, Reserve Bank has granted permission for sale of such property.

8. Can the properties be given on rent if not required for immediate use?

Yes. Reserve Bank has granted general permission for letting out any immovable property in India. Any sort of income from such investment is eligible for repatriation.

9. Can NRIs transfer residential property by way of gift? If yes, to whom?

Yes, the Reserve Bank has granted permission to NRIs to acquire or dispose of NRI India Properties by way of a gift from or to a relative who may be an Indian citizen whether resident in India or not.

10. Can NRIs obtain loans from financial institutions?

Yes, the Reserve Bank has granted permission to certain financial institutions providing housing finance e.g. HDFC, LIC Housing Finance Ltd., etc., and authorized dealers to grant housing loans to NRI nationals for acquisition of a house/flat for self-occupation subject to certain conditions.

11. What are the kind of properties an NRI cannot buy?

An NRI cannot buy agricultural land/plantation property/farmhouses in India. Proposals to buy such land have to be specifically approved by RBI, in consultation with the Government of India.

12. Does NRI/OCI have to file tax returns?

If you are an NRI/OCI, you would have to file your tax returns if you fulfill either of these conditions: Your taxable income in India during the year was above the basic exemption limit of INR.1.6 lakh or you have earned short-term or long-term capital gains from the sale of any investments or assets, even if the gains are less than the basic exemption limit.

13. How can NRIs file tax returns if they are currently away from India?

In these cases, you can file your tax 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 the return on your behalf. You can file the tax returns by using the online platform also.

14. What is the Tax treatment for income generated from property selling or renting for NRI/OCI?

Only purchasing the property does not attract income tax. However, any income accruing from the ownership of it, in the form of rent/annual value of the house and/or capital gains, arising on the sale of this house or part, thereof is taxable in the hands of the owner.

15. Does Capital Gains Tax (CGT) apply to NRI/OCI?

Yes. Long-term and short-term capital gains are taxable to NRI/OCI.

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