NRI Income Tax Return (ITR)



Income Tax Return Filing in India is an annual compliance, which is to be complied by all taxpayers. Non-residents are not an exception for this. For Non-residents (NRIs, PIOs, OCIs, Foreign Citizens), ITR Filing is more important. Also, Non-residents are more compliant for their duties in relation to tax compliances etc. Here are some important things in relation to Non-Resident ITR filing in India.


Components of Non-Resident ITR

Non-residents generally have following kind of income which is taxable in India:


Process of Filing ITR

ITR filing process includes following steps:

  • Gathering all the documents needful for ITR preparation
  • Preparation of ITR Computation (self or with the help of tax expert)
  • Payment of taxes (if payable)
  • Preparation of ITR Form and Submission of same with IT Website (self through ITR Filing website or with the help of tax consultant)
  • ITR V Verification (online e-verify or offline by sending ITR V hard copy to CPC)


Due Date

Due date of ITR filing in India is July 31 of Assessment Year for Non-Audit cases (generally applies to all Non-Residents). E.g. If ITR is to be filed for FY 2020-21 then due date will be July 31, 2021. This date was extended to Sept 30, 2021 earlier, and now further extended to Dec 31, 2021 (for non-audit assessees) by the Finance Minister recently. Hence, Non Residents, Seafarers can file their ITR anytime upto December 31, 2021. Also, belated ITR or Revised ITR date is extended upto March 31, 2022.


Income Tax Rates or Tax Slabs

Income tax rates are the rates at which income is taxable. In India, for Individuals (including NRIs, Non-Residents, Foreign Citizens, Expats), these rates vary as per their taxable income. Hence, there are Tax Slabs in India for Individuals, at which tax is levied on their Total Income. Yearly Tax Slabs rates are hereunder.

 - Non-Resident or NRI Income Tax Slab Rates As Per Indian Taxation

Further to this, wef FY 2020-21, new tax slab option has also been provided in the Indian Tax System. As per new tax slab system, one can forego certain exemptions and deductions and claim lower rates of taxation on his income. Here are more details about new tax slab system effective from FY 2020-21. Hence, in the ITRs being filed now for FY 2020-21 (and thereafter years), this new tax slab scheme can be adopted.

 - New Tax Slab Scheme Wef FY 2020-21 - Applicable For NRIs, OCIs, Foreign Citizens

Benefits of Filing of ITR

Why NRI should file ITR in India. There are lots of benefits for NRIs to file ITR in India. In this link, benefits of ITR filings can be understood in more details BENEFITS FOR ITR FILING IN INDIA.


Relevant Terms and Information For ITR

There are lot of information, which a Non-Resident (NRI, Foreign Citizen, OCI, Expat, PIO) must know in relation to his ITR filing in India. Here are some important information in relation to latest ITR (FY 2020-21), which Non-Resident, NRIs, Foreign Citizens, Expatriates must go through before filing of their ITR.


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