Form 15CA - Income Tax

Form 15CA

Form 15CA – Income Tax

It is not just individuals who are required to ensure that all the essential and accurate procedures are followed and forms are submitted for filing taxes. Banks and Financial Institutions are also deemed to follow specific rules that would give the Income Tax Department the upper hand when it comes to determining the taxable amounts of Non-Resident Indians. This article talks about Income Tax Form 15CA which banks utilise to report the payments chargeable to tax.

Form 15CA

Income Tax Form 15CA is a declaration of a remitter and is used as a medium to collect information regarding the payments which are chargeable to tax in the hands of a recipient non-resident. This Form helps the Income Tax Department to keep track of foreign remittances and their taxability. As per Income Tax Rule 37BB, it is the responsibility and the duty of authorised banks or dealers to ensure that they obtain such forms from a remitter.

Income Tax Form 15CA is required to be filed only if the remittances is chargeable to tax within India. If the remittances or payment is not liable to Non-Resident Indians, then the Form 15CA is not required to be filed. However, a customer may submit a declaration in the form of a note to the bank stating the nature of the payment and the reason as to why the same is not chargeable under tax in order to be exempted from the submission of Form 15CA.

Income Tax Form 15CA

Information required to file Form 15CA

The following are the details required to file Income Tax Form 15CA.

  • Details of the Remitter
    • Name of the remitter
    • Address of the remitter
    • Principal place of business of the remitter
    • PAN of the remitter
    • E-Mail address and phone no. of the remitter
    • Status of the remitter (firm/company/other)
  • Details of the Remittee
    • Name and status of the remittee
    • Address of the remittee
    • Principal place of business of the remittee.
    • Country of the remittee (country to which the remittance is made)
  • Details of the Remittance
    • Country to which remittance is made.
    • Amount of remittance in Indian currency.
    • Currency in which remittance is made.
    • Nature of the remittance as per agreement (invoice copy to be asked from a client).
    • Proposed date of remittance
  • Bank details of the Remitter
    • Name of the bank of the remitter
    • Name of the branch of the bank
    • BSR Code of the bank
  • Other Details
    • Designation of the signing person
    • Father’s name of the signing person
  • Documents required from the Remittee
    • A duly filled Income Tax Form 10F by the authorised individual of the remittee.
    • Tax residency certificate from the proper Remittee/ Tax registration of the country in which the Remittee is registered.
    • Certificate that proves the Remittee does not have any permanent establishment within India.

This is deemed mandatory if the income is a business income and not chargeable to tax according to the DTAA if there is no permanent establishment within India.

Note: This is essential in the case of any benefit under DTAA is taken, whether by way of a lower rate of deduction of tax at source or no deduction of tax at source according to DTAA.

Procedure to File Form 15CA

The steps mentioned below are to be followed while filing Income Tax Form 15CA on the official Income Tax Department website.

Step 1: Visit the Income Tax Department website.

Step 2: Log in to the relevant account with the appropriate login credentials.

Step 2 - Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 2 – Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 2A - Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 2A – Income Tax Form 15CA

Step 3: Click on the e-File tab and select the Income Tax Forms tab from the drop-down menu.

Step 3 - Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 3 – Income Tax Form 15CA

Step 4: Select Form 15CA from the drop-down menu and click on the Continue tab.

Step 4 - Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 4 – Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 4A - Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 4A – Income Tax Form 15CA

Step 5: Select the Type of Form 15CA applicable to the user from the drop-down menu.

Step 5 - Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 5 – Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 5A - Income Tax Form 15CA
Step 5A – Income Tax Form 15CA

Step 6: Complete the Form 15CA and click on the Submit icon to complete the process.

Note: It is deemed mandatory to upload Form 15CB before filing Part C of Form 15CA. The acknowledgement number of the e-Filed Form 15CB must be provided in order to prefill the details in Part C of Form 15CA.

After the process is completing, the user would receive a message indicating successful filing on the screen and a confirmation email in the user’s registered email account.

Amendments for Filing Form 15CA

The following are the amendments that are made to the procedure of filing Form 15CA.

  • Income Tax Form 15CA would not be required to be furnished by an individual if the remittance does not require the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) approval under its Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS).
  • The list of payments of specific nature under Income Tax Rule 37BB where submission of Income Tax Form 15CA is not necessary has been extended from 28 to 33.

Non-Requirement for Form 15CA

The following are the latest list of payments when the Income Tax Form 15CA is not required to be furnished.

Serial NumberNature of the PaymentRBI Purpose Code
1Indian investment abroad: in equity capital (shares)S0001
2Indian investment abroad: in debt securitiesS0002
3Indian investment abroad: in branches and wholly owned subsidiariesS0003
4Indian investment abroad: in real estateS0004
5Indian investment abroad – in real estateS0005
6Loans extended to Non-ResidentsS0011
7Advance payment against importsS0101
8Payment towards imports: settlement of the invoiceS0102
9Imports by diplomatic missionsS0103
10Intermediary tradeS0104
11Imports below INR 5,00,000: (For use by ECD offices)S0190
12Payment for operating expenses of Indian shipping entities operating abroadS0202
13Operating expenses of Indian Airline companies operating abroadS0208
14Booking of passages elsewhere: Airline companiesS0212
15Remittance towards business travelS0301
16Travel under basic travel quota (BTQ)S0302
17Trip for pilgrimageS0303
18Travel for medical treatmentS0304
19Travel for education including fees, hostel expenses and so on.S0305
20Postal servicesS0401
21Construction of projects abroad by Indian entities including import of goods at the project site.S0501
22Freight insurance: relating to import and export of goodsS0602
23Payments for maintenance of offices abroadS1011
24Maintenance of Indian embassies abroadS1201
25Remittances by foreign embassies in IndiaS1202
26Remittance by Non-Resident Indians towards family maintenance and savingsS1301
27Remittance towards personal gifts and donationsS1302
28Remittance towards donations to charitable and religious institutions abroad.S1303
29Remittance towards donations and grants to other Governments and charitable institutions established by the GovernmentsS1304
30Donations or contributions by the Government to international institutionsS1305
31Remittance towards payment or refund of taxesS1306
32Refunds, rebates or reduction in the invoice value on account of exportsS1501
33Payments by residents for international bidding.S1503

Details in the Form 15CA

Four parts of Income Tax Form 15CA are given below. Certain parts of the Form 15CA is required to be filled appropriately depending on the amount and taxability of the remittance.

Part of the FormDescription
Part AIf the remittance is taxable and the total value of such payments during a Financial Year is less than INR 5 Lakhs.
Part BIf the remittance is taxable and the total value of such payments during the Financial Year is more than INR 5 Lakhs and order or a certificate under Section 195(2)/ 195(3)/ 197 of the Income Tax Act has been received from the Assessing Officer.
Part CIf the remittance is taxable and the total value of such payments during the Financial Year is more than INR 5 Lakhs, and a certificate in Form No. 15CA from an accountant as defined in the explanation below the sub-section (2) of Section 288 has been obtained.
Part DTo be filled up if the remittances are not taxable other than the payments referred to in the Rule 37BB(3) by the individual referred to in the Rule 37BB(2).

Information to be furnished for payments to a nonresident not being a company, or to a foreign company.

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