We are pleased to present the latest edition of Tax Street – our newsletter that covers all the key developments and updates in the realm of taxation in India and across the globe for the month of February 2023.

  • The 'Focus Point' Explores whether the beneficial concessional rate of 5% would be available after 1 July 2023 to interest income earned by non-residents and FIIs/ FPIs.
  • Under the 'From the Judiciary' section, we provide in brief, the key rulings on important cases, and our take on the same.
  • Our 'Tax Talk' provides key updates on the important tax-related news from India and across the globe.
  • Under 'Compliance Calendar', we list down the important due dates with regard to direct tax, transfer pricing and indirect tax in the month.

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Focus Point

Concessional withholding of 5% under Section 194LC / LD for FPIs post 1 July 2023

The taxability of interest income earned by non-residents (including interest on securities) is governed by Section 115A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act). Furthermore, Section 115AD of the Act specifically deals with the taxability of income earned on securities by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) or Foreign Institutional Investor (FIIs) or Qualified Foreign Investor (QFIs).

In order to incentivize foreign borrowing, create jobs and stimulate the economy, a concessional rate of tax was introduced in Section 115A and Section 115AD. Corresponding changes for withholding taxes were brought in under Section 194LC and Section 194LD of the Act.

Section 194LC of the Act provides for a concessional rate of Tax Deductible at Source (TDS) at the rate of 5% on certain interest income payable to non-residents, including inter-alia interest on rupee-denominated bonds. Furthermore, the section specifically provides that the concessional rate of TDS shall apply only on interest arising out of moneys borrowed before 1 July 2023.

Similarly, Section 194LD of the Act provides for a concessional rate of TDS at 5% when FIIs/FPIs earn interest income on rupee-denominated bonds of the Indian company and government securities. Furthermore, this section also specifically states that the concessional rate of 5% would be applicable only for the interest payable to the FIIs/FPIs before 1 July 2023.

For ease of understanding, both Sections are summarized hereunder:


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