Opinion: What Changes To Residential Status Provisions Mean For Taxpayers

In India, the residential standing of a person types the premise on which the scope of taxability of the particular person’s earnings is set. The residential standing is set based mostly on the staying sample of a person throughout the related monetary 12 months and previous years.

The regulation referring to the dedication of residential standing was fairly settled. However, with the intention to examine tax abuse, the Finance Act 2020 launched essential amendments in figuring out the residential standing of a person.

Typically, the residential standing of any particular person taxpayer within the nation can both be resident and ordinarily resident (ROR), resident however not ordinarily resident (NOR) or non-resident (NR). The relationship between the residential standing and the scope of taxable earnings is summarised within the following desk:

Residential standingScope of taxable earnings
Resident and ordinarily resident• Global earnings / worldwide earnings and obligatory reporting of worldwide belongings and liabilities
Not ordinarily resident• Income obtained or deemed to be obtained in India
• Income accrues or deemed to accrue in India
• Income accruing outdoors India solely whether it is derived from a enterprise managed in or a career arrange in India
Non-resident• Income obtained or deemed to be obtained in India
• Income accrues or deemed to accrue in India

The erstwhile provisions for dedication of residential standing are as underneath:

Basic situations

The taxpayer is taken into account a resident in India if current in India for:

  • 182 days or extra throughout the present monetary 12 months; or
  • 365 days or extra within the previous 4 monetary years in combination, and for 60 days or extra within the present monetary 12 months

If the aforementioned situations aren’t glad, the taxpayer would qualify as an non-resident.

Further, the above talked about standards of 60 days might be substituted with 182 days for the beneath talked about people:

  • Indian citizen or particular person of Indian origin (PIO) approaching a go to to India
  • An Indian citizen going outdoors India for the aim of employment

Hence, a person satisfying the above situations and current for lower than 182 days would qualify as a non-resident.

Additional situations

Residents had been additional categorised as resident and ordinarily resident if:

  • current in India for greater than 729 days (in combination) throughout previous seven monetary years, and
  • resident in India for 2 or extra monetary years out of the earlier 10 monetary years

Otherwise, the taxpayer might be thought of as not ordinarily resident.

The amendments to the provisions launched vide Finance Act, 2020 pertaining to residential standing are as underneath:

1. Relaxations obtainable for Indian citizen/particular person of Indian origin (if any of the person, the dad and mom or grandparents had been born in undivided India) approaching visits to India

The threshold for Indian residents or PIOs visiting India and having whole earnings exceeding Rs 15,00,00zero (excluding overseas sourced earnings) has been diminished to 120 days, from 182 days. However, these people will now qualify as not ordinarily resident.

Stay days in IndiaResidency earlier than Finance Act, 2020Residency after Finance Act, 2020
Less than 120NRNR
120 days or extra to 181 days and having whole earnings
(excluding overseas sourced earnings[1]):
INR 15 lakhs or extra
Less than INR 15 lakhs
NR
NR
NOR
NR
182 days or extraResidentResident

2. Additional deeming provision for residency

A sure class of people having overseas earnings and working enterprise from India escaped taxability within the nation as they managed their keep in a fashion that they certified as a non-resident in India in addition to the opposite nation.

Consequently, with the intention of protecting such people who had been in any other case not liable to tax in any nation by cause of their residency, a brand new provision has been inserted vide Finance Act 2020. Accordingly, the particular person satisfying the beneath situations will qualify as an not ordinarily resident in India from monetary 12 months 2020-21 onwards no matter their keep sample within the nation:

  • is a citizen of India
  • has whole earnings (excluding earnings from overseas sources) exceeding Rs 15,00,00zero throughout the 12 months
  • not liable to tax in another nation or territory by cause of his domicile or residence or another standards of comparable nature

It is additional clarified that the place an individual is already thought of as a resident as per the fundamental situations, the above deeming provision won’t apply.

In view of the above, the people who had been more likely to qualify as non-residents earlier will qualify as not ordinarily residents as per the amended provisions. Exemptions that had been earlier obtainable for such non-residents could should be revisited to examine for his or her residential standing as that might now change to not ordinarily resident, and there’ll now be tax implications for such people. It is essential to notice that as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Government of India has issued a round granting concession in computation of days for figuring out residency for monetary 12 months 2019-20 in respect of workers who had been stranded in India. However, the same round is but to be issued for monetary 12 months 2020-21. Hence, the residency of people must be revisited as soon as the identical is issued and one ought to issue this side whereas figuring out residency in India for monetary 12 months 2020-21.

(Homi Mistry is Partner with Deloitte India; Niji Arora is Senior Manager, Vivek Mistry is Manager, and Zalak Shah is Deputy Manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP)

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