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I have an NRI status. If I open NRE account(Yes BAnk) and transfer euros to this account from my overseas account. I understand its non taxable.

My question is, if I transfer money from my NRE account to my Indian salary account (ICICI Bank) do I need to pay tax on this money.

I am getting basic salary in my India salary account and getting allowances in Austria in Euros.

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Meagrely transferring money within your own accounts doesn't result in any tax, however legally once you are an NRI you cannot operate a savings account at all as per Reserve Bank Guidelines found here

One option is for you to transfer to a joint account held by a close relative of yours with you and this would be tax free in India.

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There are quite a few things here;

  1. Are you sure of your NRI status? There are guidelines as to who is an NRI
  2. If you are getting salary in India, it is taxable in India
  3. Any per day allowance you get in Austria, if you have not spent it, its taxable whether you transfer this to India or into NRE or Saving Account is irrelevant. Per Day allowance is meant to cover business expenses while on official work. Any savings of this allowance is treated as additional income.
  4. Like SKV mentioned, you cannot operate/hold an Savings account if you are NRE.

Edit:
If you are away for 2.5 Years, you are NRE. Your situation is slightly tricky in the sense that you are getting a salary in India for doing work outside. Please consult a professional CA who can advise you better. If you were not getting an Indian salary, then whatever you earn outside India is non-taxable and you can transfer it into your NRE account. As per regulations an NRI cannot hold a savings account.

Point 3 is more applicable if you are on a short visit.

  • 1. I am working in Austria from last 2.5 year... in between I visited India twice for couple of weeks.. As per my knowledge .. I am NRI.. is there still any doubt on this. ? 2. My Indian salary is taxable as my Indian company is giving deducting tax before giving it to us.. 3. I dont understand this point 3.. If I am paying tax in austria in this amount .. why I need to pay the tax again in India.. Then what is the benefit of NRE account.. I will transfer Euros in NRE account. as per u.. is this also taxable ? – Neha Dec 18 '14 at 12:26

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