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No PE Certificate


May 5, 2021


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What is a No PE certificate India ?

No PE Certificate or No PE Declaration is a certificate given by a non-resident, who is deriving any income from India (which could be interest, Fee for Technical Services, Business Income, etc., ), which enables the Indian payor, to hold tax at a lower rate applicable to a particular income. A generic NO PE CERTIFICATE FORMAT can be obtained at the end of this post, but if you would like to have a specific No PE Certificate Format, you can Avail our services to prepare No PE Certificate and Form 10F

Generally, if a non-resident derives business income from India, and also has a Permanent Establishment in India, taxes are to be withheld  @ 40% of net income of the non-resident (plus applicable surcharge and cess). In the absence of details of Expenditure related to the income earned from India, such payments may be liable to tax @ 40% of gross payments, unless the non-resident obtains a lower withholding tax certificate from the Income Tax Department.

Warning: – One should have proper evaluation of tax implications as low deduction of tax is a liability on You and not the recipient. Vodafone/ Cairn, which struggled for more than a decade are now looking at an agreement with Indian tax office, wherein the claims for non-deduction of taxes from payments for the purchase of shares would be settled through change in law. The same benefit shall not be available to payors due to changes in the law.

No PE Certificate for income taxable at lower rates on a gross basis

However, certain payments in the nature of fees for Technical Services, royalties, interest, etc are taxable at a lower rate of 10-15% of the gross payment. This benefit however is available only when non-resident does not have a PE in India. Therefore in such a case, no PE Certificate is required to be obtained by the Indian payor, to apply the lower gross rate of tax applicable to such payments.

No PE Certificate for business income

Similarly, in case the non-resident does not have a permanent establishment in India, the business profits would not be liable to tax in India.  In such cases as well, no PE Certificate is required to be obtained by the Indian payor, to apply the Nil rate of tax applicable to such payments.

The format of the No PE Certificate India or No PE Declaration is as under: –


No PE Certificate

Warning: – The format should be evaluated by a Professional based on your specific format as low deduction of tax is a liability on You and not the recipient.  


Name of the Indian party

Address <<<>>>>,



Dear Sirs,

We refer to the consideration payable to us under the “<<<<<<>>>> Agreement” for <<<<>>>>>>. In this connection, we do hereby confirm as under:

We are a company incorporated under the laws of the <<<>>>> and << Please provide other details relating to the principal office , whether you are a tax resident of given country, details regarding your  Tax Identification Number etc.

We qualify as tax resident of <<<<>>>>> in terms of India and <<<<>>>> Tax Treaty for the avoidance of double taxation (“Tax Treaty”) and do not qualify as a “resident” of India under Section 6 of the (Indian) Income Tax Act, 1961. We are, therefore, eligible to invoke the beneficial provisions of the Tax Treaty in respect of any income derived from India for the period <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>.

We do not have a PE in India. Please provide the facts relating to

  • Any office or other fixed place of business in India as envisaged in Article 5 of the Tax Treaty.
  • Any dependent agent performing activities in India which may constitute a dependent agency Permanent Establishment;
  • Other declarations relevant to the respective income;

In view of the above, <<<< Please certify the relevant assertions including your tax residency, existence of PE in India under the provisions of Tax Treaty, and the period for which income is earned.

In the event of any change in the above position, we will inform you in writing.

For Name of the Company

Name of person signing the NO PE Certificate

Designation of the Person signing

No PE Certificate

In addition to the No PE Certificate India / or No PE Declaration, the Indian payors would generally require the foreign recipient to provide certain additional documents as under : – 

  • Form 10F
  • TRC or the Tax Residence Certificate of the country of the recipient
  • Information to be provided under Rule 37BC.

All these documents can be prepared by an Indian tax consultant based on your specific facts. If you need our services for Documentation Assistance

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Under Indian law, Rule 37BC provides for certain relaxation from deduction of tax at higher rate, under section 206AA to a non-resident or a foreign company recipient, who does not have a Permanent Account Number in respect of the following payments: –

  • Interest;
  • Royalty, fees for technical services
  • Dividend;  and
  • Payments on transfer of any capital asset.

The above exemption is available if the recipient provides certain specified details and documents to the deductor.

We hope this Article on No PE Certificate India would have been useful.

For any queries, please write them in the Comment Section or Talk to our tax expert 

Arinjay Jain

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Arinjay is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of post-qualification experience. He worked as Director, in the M&A Tax Division at KPMG in India. Presently, he is advising several MNCs in UAE on Economic Substance Regulations and impact of the UAE Corporate Tax Law on their business and clients across globe on International Tax issues . He is a well recognised Trainer of International Tax and UAE Corporate Tax. The areas of service include the following : - Advise and Compliance relating to International Tax Issues; Advise relating to UAE Corporate Tax Issues; Advise and Compliance relating to UAE Economic Substance Regulations; Advise and Compliance relating to Indian Income Tax Issues; Other connected matters from a Regulatory perspective.


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2 Replies to “No PE Certificate”

  1. saurabh says:

    Dear Sir

    For Deduction TAX as per DTAA which documents required

    1) TRC (Tax residential Certificate of Current Year)
    2) DTAA certificate from Concern Authority.


    1. Arinjay Jain says:

      You would require TRC of current year from the country of residence of the recipient – For more on International tax , explore our course – https://sortingtax.com/courses/international-taxation-course/

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