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Tax Rules for NRIs Working Remotely from India

CA Arun Tiwari , Last updated: 20 April 2024  


Tax Rules for NRIs Working Remotely from India

The way we work has changed a lot lately. More and more people are doing their jobs remotely, thanks to technology. This shift is shaking up how we think about work. For Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), this change brings both good and bad things. They have to deal with tricky tax rules because of it. In this article, we'll explore these tax rules for NRIs who work remotely from India for foreign companies. We'll look at what NRIs need to think about and what it all means.


Understanding NRIs and Their Taxes

NRIs, or Non-Resident Indians, are folks who live outside India for work, business, or other reasons. Figuring out if someone is an NRI for tax purposes is super important. Tax residency depends on things like how much time someone spends in India during a year.

Remote Work

Working from afar has become super common lately. It's all thanks to better tech and people wanting a better work-life balance. Remote work lets you work from anywhere with an internet connection. While it's great for many reasons, it also brings some tax issues for NRIs.



Tax Implications for NRIs Working Remotely from India

If an NRI is working remotely from India for a foreign company, understanding the tax rules is key. Indian tax laws cover both income made in India and abroad by Indian residents. NRIs might have to pay taxes on income earned in India, like from property or businesses there, and certain types of investment income.


Key Considerations for NRIs Working Remotely

Navigating tax rules as an NRI working remotely from India is tricky. It's important to keep good records of income and taxes paid. Also, having a smart tax plan can help reduce taxes and avoid double taxation.

Recent Developments and Case Studies

Changes in tax laws affect NRIs working remotely from India. Staying up to date with these changes is important to follow the rules and lower risks. Looking at real-life examples of NRIs working remotely helps understand how these tax rules apply.



To understand the tax rules for NRIs working remotely from India, you need to know Indian tax laws well. NRIs should understand tax residency rules, keep good records, and get professional advice when needed. In today's globalized world, staying on top of tax rules is key for NRIs to manage money well and reach their goals.

The author is a Chartered Accountant and former EY employee, serves as the Chief Consultant of the NRI Desk and Influencer Desk at AKT Associates. He specializes in offering consultancy services tailored for NRIs and is dedicated to creating educational content to raise awareness within the NRI community.

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