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Decoding Residential Status Under FEMA

By Rajesh P. Shah, Chartered Accountant
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This article is the third part of a series on Income Tax and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) issues related to NRIs. The first article focused on the provisions of the Income Tax Act, whereas the second one was on the applicability of the treaty on the definition of Residential Status. This article will focus on the definition of Residential status under FEMA regulation.


Many professionals get flooded with questions on cross-border transactions day in and day out from their resident and non-resident clients regarding the remittance and capital account transactions to be done by individuals and companies.

FEMA governs the financial aspects of a cross-border transaction. As far as the individuals are concerned, the fundamental issue is determining their residential status under FEMA.

In India, the residential status of an individual is determined under the Income-tax Act as well as under FEMA. People at large get confused in deciding the status under both statutes as the criteria for determination and their impact are pretty different.

We shall try to decode the definition of a RESIDENT

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