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Changes in FEMA rules to bring parity in treatment of overseas spending

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The finance ministry on Thursday said the changes in FEMA rules, which brings overseas international credit card spending under RBI’s liberalised remittance scheme (LRS), are intended to bring in parity in tax treatment of remittances using debit and credit cards.
The ministry said since credit card spending overseas has now been brought under LRS, such remittances would be liable to tax collected at source (TCS) at applicable rates. If the TCS payee is a taxpayer, he or she can claim credit and adjust it against his/her I-T or advance tax liability.
The Union Budget 2023-24 had hiked TCS rates to 20 per cent, from 5 per cent currently, on overseas tour packages and funds remitted under LRS (other than for education and medical purposes). The new TCS rates will come into effect from July 1, 2023.
A day after amending the Foreign Exchange Management (Current Account Transaction) Rules, the ministry issued a list of FAQ (frequently asked questions) detailing the reasons for inclusion


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