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Single investment regime in the works for NRIs

MUMBAI: India may soon have one investment avenue for non-resident Indians (NRIs). A Securities and Exchange Board of India panel is set to suggest that the NRI and portfolio investment scheme (PIS) routes be merged with that of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). The move is aimed at having a uniform regime for all foreign portfolio

Weaker rupee, regulations make realty attractive for NRIs

MUMBAI: A fluctuating rupee, and introduction of various regulations to bring in transparency and accountability, are making real estate more lucrative for non-resident Indians (NRIs), experts say. Rupee is hovering near 73 against the US dollar since the past one week. “The drop in rupee can be seen as an investment opportunity for individual buyers

Income Tax Rates, Slabs For 2017-18

 March 1, 2018  rajtechnews Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Budget 2018 left the basic income tax rates and slabs unchanged. However, he announced a number of changes that will impact how much tax you pay for FY 2018-19 (assessment year 2019-20). For financial year 2018-19, taxpayers have to fork out a higher cess of 4 per cent,

Income Tax Exemption: Arun Jaitley Can Make These Five Announcements in Budget Speech

January 12, 2018 rajtechnews Income Tax Exemption: Arun Jaitley Can Make These Five Announcements in Budget Speech New Delhi, Jan 10: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will deliver Budget 2018-19 speech in Parliament on February. It will be the last full budget before 2019 general elections. According to reports, he might give tax benefits to the masses. Here are

PPF Account To Be Closed If Account Holder Becomes NRI

New Delhi: Amending rules on small savings schemes like National Savings Certificates (NSC) and Public Provident Fund (PPF), the government has notified that such accounts would be closed prior to maturity in case of holders changing their personal status to become non-resident Indians (NRIs). The amended rules were notified in the official gazette earlier this

Cash flow in retirement

What rate of return do you get from your bank account? This question triggered a lot of discussion at a recent event. The answer seems to vary a hundredfold. At the low end, people said they were getting 0 .01%. At the high end, some people claimed they were getting nearly 1.00% So for $100,000,

Surviving Spouse Presentation

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India vs. China: Who will win the race to the future?

    India and China have been rivals for over a 1,000 years. In the old days, their rivalry overflowed into the rest of Asia, which was named appropriately as Indochina. Both countries were technology and cultural leaders in the past. They exported both ideas and products to the world. Just prior to Western dominance,

Aadhaar card for NRIs

Demystified: Aadhaar Card for NRIs Despite the very best intentions, sometimes a rule may be implemented that is contradictory or confusing. I believe that the question regarding Aadhaar cards falls in this space.   The purpose of the Aadhaar card is to provide residents of India a Unique Identification Card in order to ensure that

Annuities Exposed

Many questions have been asked about the problem with annuities.   They seem to be a almost sure way of getting a 5% return, which seems wonderful in today’s low-interest environment. Actually, I was sold annuities so well that I had bought annuities with many major insurance companies. This includes Pacific Life, Voya, Jackson National

RBI clears proposal to introduce Rs 200 notes

RBI is likely to start the process of printing the new Rs 200 notes after June, only after the government officially approves this new denomination, says an official   The board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cleared a proposal to introduce banknotes of Rs 200 denomination, two people aware of the development

Tough steps needed to make India more tax-compliant: Arun Jaitley

FINANCE MINISTER Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the government has taken measures to simplify direct and indirect taxes but “some tough steps (are) required” to ensure that India becomes an increasingly tax-compliant society. This will lead to higher resources with the government for spending on infrastructure projects, he said. “The last few years have seen several

Live Mint: 100 days after demonetisation, have digital payments become more popular?

100 days after the government scrapped 86% of the currency in circulation, where do digital transactions stand? Has the disruptive policy shock been able to change in people’s transaction habits? Data from the Reserve Bank of India’s electronic payment system indicators can help answer this question. RBI’s monthly database has information on volume and value

Hindustan Times: Demonetization 100 days

Hindustan times news reflects on 100 days of demonetization. Read at – Demonetisation 100 days: PM’s move economic disaster or political masterstroke? (http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/demonetisation-100-days-pm-modi-s-note-ban-an-economic-disaster-or-a-political-masterstroke/story-GDRqF6gkH0Nky5GCxvmYeO.html)

Demonetization Demystified

Free Seminar at India House on Managing Your Currency, Wealth and Taxes HOUSTON – Demonetization is the latest of financial dilemmas facing NRIs, who hold Indian currency, bank accounts, real estate and other assets in India. How do you get answers from impartial experts, who are not trying to sell you additional financial products? India

Demonetisation pain returns

Hindustan Times News: Demonetisation pain returns: One-fourth of ATMs across India running dry again (http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/demonetisation-pain-returns-one-fourth-atms-across-india-running-dry-again/story-kwOMTU7I3xEVyeIGYsHSLP.html) By : Mahua Venkatesh Hindusatn Times, New Delhi

MSN: How demonetization can change your home-buying decision

I thought you would be interested in this story I found on MSN: How demonetization can change your home-buying decision (http://a.msn.com/00/en-in/BBxr5BX?ocid=se) India’s real estate market has seen a lot of churning of black money in the past. Even economists have been guarded in their opinions while trying to gauge the impact of demonetization on stemming black

India Herald: NRI TAX & WEALTH SERIES

Understanding The Twin Financial Revolution In India There is a twin financial revolution taking place in India. The first is Demonetization and the second is the General Sales Tax (GST). No country can operate without being able to raise adequate taxes. The fall of innumerable nations is directly related to their inability to raise adequate

Retiring in India— A shattered dream due to changes in tax laws

Many people of Indian origin have dreamed about spending more time in India after they retire. Under the changes taking place in the U.S. and Indian tax laws, this dream may result in much higher taxes (sometimes more than double).

To understand all the changes that have taken place recently, as well as the severe civil and criminal penalties for non compliance, we are providing a quick snapshot in this article.

Why are FBAR and FATCA important to your financial health?

We all know that knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol and A1-C numbers are vital to your health and well being. You could live a long life without knowing these numbers, but that is only because you are lucky and not because you are wise. In today’s complex world, it is very important to understand FBAR and FATCA. These are vital for your financial health and well being.