Reported By: Mohammad Haris
Last Updated: September 18, 2023, 13:35 IST
20% TCS On Foreign Remittance: The Budget 2023-24, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in February, introduced a slew of measures on the tax front, including tweaking tax slabs. Among others, it also made changes in policy on tax collected at source (TCS) on foreign remittance under LRS. It raised TCS rates on LRS and foreign tour packages to 20 per cent.
Here’s all you need to know about these changes, which are going to be effective from October 1, 2023:
What Is The RBI’s Liberalised Remittance Scheme?
Under the RBI’s Liberalised Remittance Scheme, all resident individuals, including minors, are allowed to freely remit up to $2,50,000 (roughly Rs 2.08 crore) per financial year (April-March) for any permissible current or capital account transaction or a combination of both.
The scheme was introduced on February 4, 2004, with a limit of $25,000.
What Are The Budget 2023 Announcements On TCS Rates Under LRS?
The Budget 2023-24 had raised TCS rates on LRS and foreign tour packages from 5 per cent to 20 per cent, effective July 1.
What Are The Revised TCS Rates On Various Foreign Spends?
LRS spending above Rs 7 lakh would attract 20 per cent TCS from October 1.
On the purchase of overseas tour programme packages, no TCS will be applicable on payments up to Rs 7 lakh. However, above Rs 7 lakh, 20 per cent would be levied from October 1. Earlier, there was a TCS of 5 per cent without any threshold.
On medical treatment and education, no TCS will be levied till Rs 7 lakh spending. However, a 5 per cent TCS will be applicable in case of spends above that. Earlier also, the rates were the same.
On overseas education, a lower TCS rate of 0.5 per cent would be levied above the Rs 7 lakh threshold.
On LRS for other purposes, no TCS will be applicable till Rs 7 lakh and there will be a 20 per cent TCS thereafter. Earlier, there was no TCS till Rs 7 lakh, and there was a 5 per cent above Rs 7 lakh.
Will Credit Card Spending Be Counted Under LRS And Attract 20% TCS?
No. The finance ministry has said that transactions through international credit cards while being overseas would not be counted as LRS and hence would not be subject to TCS.
“No TCS shall be applicable on expenditure through international credit card while being overseas,” it has said.
The latest TCS rules, which are now going to be rolled out from October 1, were to be implemented from July 1 earlier. The implementation was postponed by the government to give financial institutions more time for the implementation of the revised TCS rates and for the inclusion of credit card payments in LRS.