Rest of Asia

Tax relief for overseas Indians stranded amid Covid-19

Wam/New Delhi
Filed on March 4, 2021
PTI file

Those who had to stay in the country beyond their double tax exemption stay limit can submit application before March 31

The Government of India has agreed to provide relief from double taxation to Indians living abroad who had to stay in India beyond their tax exemption stay limit on account of disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

India’s Central Board of Direct taxes (CBDT) had received many representations requesting for relaxation in determination of residential status for the financial year 2020-21 from individuals who had come to India during 2019-20.

They intended to leave India again, but could not do so due to the suspension of international flights during the lockdown caused by the pandemic.

The CBDT, in a late night announcement, asked any individual facing double taxation to furnish the information about their stay in India by March 31.

"This form is to be submitted electronically to the Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-tax (International Taxation) and can be accessed on

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