New residency rules for Indian citizens staying abroad

New residency rules for Indian citizens staying abroad
India has always followed a physical presence test to determine the tax residency of individuals in India. In respect of Indian Citizens visiting India, a presence of 182 days was provided to ensure that they can attend to personal and social affairs in India without being regarded as a resident. However, recently, vide Indian Budget 2020 and Budget 2021, certain amendments have been made in Indian residency rules, which may impact Indian citizens, especially the ones living in countries where there is no personal tax. Determining the right residential status is extremely important since the taxability of various incomes of an individual – Indian as well as overseas – depends on the residential status.
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