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Residential Status of an Individual.

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June 5, 2021 |

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Bird’s Eye view of the ‘Residential Status of an Individual’

Concept of taxation Non-Resident Taxation
Provision of Income Tax Act, 1961 Section 6- Residential Status
Types of Residential Status
  • Resident and Ordinarily Resident (ROR)
  • Non-Resident and Ordinarily Resident (NROR)
  • Non-Resident
Factor for determining residency Duration of stay within Indian territory

Residential Status of an Individual – Criteria for Determining Whether a Person is a Resident in India

As per Section 6(1), an individual,  is said to be resident in India, in any previous year, if he satisfies any one of the following basic conditions . If the individual does not satisfy any of these two basic conditions, he is said to be non – resident : –

a) Basic Condition 1
He has been in India during the previous year for a total period of 182 days or more; or

b) Basic Condition 2
He has been in India during the 4 years immediately preceding the previous yearfor total period of 365 days or more , and he has been in India for at least 60 days in the previous year .

Exceptions: –  The requirement that a person who has been in India for at least 60 days in the previous year is not taken into consideration in two cases . In these two cases, an individuals will be considered as a resident, only if the period of their stay during the relevant previous year in India is 182 days or more : –

Case I  : –

Indian citizen, who leaves India in any previous year, for the purpose of employment outside India; or

An Indian citizen, who leaves India in any previous year as a member of the crew of an Indian ship for the purposes of employment outside India

In both these cases, the requirement of 182 days is applicable only in the year when the person leaves for employment/ as a member of the crew of an Indian ship. In the subsequent years, the normal limitation of 60 days is applicable.

Case II  : –

Indian citizen or a person of Indian origin, who, being outside India and comes on a visit to Indiain any previous year. A PERSON IS SAID TO BE OF INDIAN ORIGIN if : –

  • He was born in undivided India.
  • Either of his parents were born in undivided India.
  • Either of his grandparents were born in undivided India.

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In such cases, the individual shall not be treated as resident even if he was in India for 365 days during the 4 preceding years and 60 days in the relevant previous year.

Person who is resident can be further classified into the following two categories : –

  • Resident and ordinarily resident ; and
  • Resident but not ordinarily resident.

Resident And Ordinarily Resident

A person is said to be RESIDENT AND ORDINARILY RESIDENT , if he satisfies both the additional conditions specified under section 6(6).

These additional conditions are discussed as under

Additional Conditions : –

  • CONDITION I : –
    Individual has been resident in India in 2 out of 10 previous years immediately preceding the relevant previous year.
  • CONDITION II : –
    Individual has been in India for a period of 730 days or more, during   7 previous years preceding the relevant previous year.

Resident but not Ordinarily Resident

NOTE :

  • An individual is said to be a resident but not ordinarily resident (RNOR) if he fails to satisfy any of the additional conditions.
  • Only Individuals and HUFs can be RNOR/ROR. All other classes of Assessee can be either resident or Non-resident

resident individual

Points to Consider

  • Residential status is to be determined on year to year basis
  • The term “stay in India” includes stay in the territorial waters of India (i.e. 12 nautical miles into the sea from the Indian coastline). Even the stay in a ship or boat moored in the territorial waters of India would be sufficient to make the individual resident in India.
  • The residence of an individual for income-tax purpose has nothing to do with citizenship, place of birth or domicile. An individual can, therefore, be resident in more countries than one even though he can have only one domicile.
  • For the purpose of counting the number of days stayed in India, both the date of departure as well as the date of arrival are considered to be in India.
  • It is not necessary that the period of stay must be continuous or active nor is it essential that the stay should be at the usual place of residence, business or employment of the individual.

Residential Status of an Individual Examples

Residential Status of an Individual – Example 1 : –

Rahul is an Indian citizen working at an MNC in Mumbai. He was given an opportunity to work on an assignment in UK for such an MNC. He had never visited any foreign country earlier and left India on June 30, 2016. Determine his residential Status ?

Solution : –

An individual is said to be resident in India, if he stays in India for 60 days or more during the previous year and for 365 days or more during 4 preceding years. However, when an Individual is leaving India for the purpose of employment outside India, then the said period of 60 days during the previous year is extended to 182 days.

In this case Rahul stayed in India for 91 days during the PY 2016-17.

[30 days (April) + 31 days (May) +30 days (June)] during PY  2016-17.

Since he has stayed in India for less than 182 days he is NR for PY , 2016-17 as he does not satisfy any of the basic conditions.

Residential Status of an Individual – Example 2 : –

Jerry is a foreign citizen outside India, who is a person of Indian origin. He comes on a personal visit to India on January 1, 2017. He left India on April 1, 2017. Determine his residential Status for PY 2016-17 ?

Solution : –

As a general rule, a person is said to be resident in India if he is in India for 60 days or more during the previous year and 365 days or more during 4 preceding years.

However, when a person of Indian origin comes on visit to India, then the said period of 60 days is extended to 182 days. Since Jerry was in India forless than 182 days, he is a NR for previous year 2016-17. 

Residential Status of an Individual – Example 3 : –

Ramesh is working with an MNC located at Gurgaon. He has taken foreign visit on various occasion due to company’s work in the past. However, he has not taken any foreign visit during the previous year 2017-18. His stay in India during the last 7 years is given as under :-

PY 2016-17 PY 2015-16 PY 2014-15 PY 2013-14 PY 2012-13 PY 2011-10 PY 2009-10 PY 2008-09 2007-08 PY 2006-07
183 days 190 days 185 days 150 days 250 days 300 days 250 days 190 days 40 days 50 days

Determine his residential status ?

Solution : –

Ramesh is present in India during the entire PY 2017-18. Thus, he is a resident in India as he satisfies one of the basic conditions under Section 6.

Once  a person is a resident, he can either be a resident and ordinary resident, or resident but not ordinary resident. However, in order to be considered as resident and ordinarily resident he has to satisfy both of the additional conditions, i.e : –

a) Ramesh should be resident in India in 2 out of 10 previous years immediately preceding the relevant previous year.
b) During the 7 preceding years Ramesh should be in India for a period of 730 days or more.

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Residential Status Of Ramesh During The Last 10 Years Is Given Here Under : –

Year Presence in India Status Basic condition
2015-16 183 Resident First basic condition satisfied
2014-15 190 Resident First basic condition satisfied
2013-14 185 Resident First basic condition satisfied
2012-13 150 Resident Second basic condition satisfied
2011-12 250 Resident First basic condition satisfied
2010-11 300 Resident First basic condition satisfied
2009-10 250 Resident First basic condition satisfied
2008-09 190 Resident First basic condition satisfied
2007-08 40 Non-resident None of the basic condition satisfied
2006-07 50 Non-resident None of the basic condition satisfied

In this case, Ramesh satisfies both the additional conditions as he has been in India for more than 730 days during the last 7 years (1508 days) and he has been resident in India in last 8 years out of 10 years. Thus, Ramesh is Resident and Ordinarily resident in India for the relevant PY.

How to determine period of stay in India for an Indian Citizen, Who is a crew member? – Rule 126

In case of foreign bound ships , whose  destination  is outside India, determining the period of stay in India for an Indian citizen, who is a crew member of such ship was uncertain.

CBDT has vide, Notification No. 70/2015 dated 17.8.2015, inserted Rule 126 in the Income-tax Rules, 1962 , which provides that in case of an individual, who is a citizen of India and a member of the crew of a ship, the Indian stay period   an eligible voyage shall exclude : –

Period to be excluded Period commencing from Period ending on
Date entered into Continuous Discharge Certificate in respect of joining the ship by the said individual for the eligible voyage and Date entered into the Continuous Discharge Certificate in respect of signing off by that individual from the ship in respect of such voyage.

Meaning of Certain Terms : –

a) Continuous Discharge Certificate – This term has the meaning assigned to it in the Merchant Shipping (Continuous Discharge Certificate-cum Seafarer’s Identity Document) Rules, 2001 made under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958.

b) Eligible voyage – A voyage undertaken by a ship engaged in the carriage of passengers or freight in international traffic where – for the voyage having originated from any port in India, has as its destination any port outside India; and for the voyage having originated from any port outside India, has destination of any port in India.’.

Related Content

Residential Status –  Section 6 of Income Tax Act

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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