Cruise Ship Worker Income Tax

jaskari (self) (31 Points)

04 February 2010  


I need information regarding the filing of income tax.  I am an Indian citizen working on a cruise ship. My salary is paid in US dollars. I am typically away from my home for 4-5 month contracts and return home for 6 week vacations in between. As a result, I am outside of India for the majority of the year.  My question is, am I required to pay income tax in India or is my income considered tax-exempt based on my time spent outside the country?

I assume that I am considered an NRI, but am unsure of if I need to file an income tax return.

Appreciate any help. Thanks.