Taxation of international executives
For the purposes of this publication, a short-term assignment is defined as an assignment that lasts for less than 1 year.
Are there special residency considerations for short-term assignments?
There are no special residency rules prescribed for short-term assignments. The residency rules discussed in the above sections, hold valid even for an individual on a short-term assignment.
Are there special payroll considerations for short-term assignments?
There are no special payroll considerations for short term assignments.
What income will be taxed during short-term assignments?
An individual is taxed in respect of income earned for services rendered in India irrespective of their residential status. However, in case of an individual on a short-term assignment in India, short stay exemption may be claimed in respect of India taxes subject to the fulfillment of the prescribed conditions in the relevant treaty/Domestic tax law.
Are there any additional considerations that should be considered before initiating a short- term assignment in India?
Depending upon the treaty provisions, short-term assignments can be planned in a manner so as to avail the short stay exemption. However, if presence of an individual in India creates a Permanent Establishment (PE) for the foreign company then the individual may not be entitled to claim short stay exemption in India.
Per Diem allowance granted on tour, to meet ordinary daily living charges may be claimed as exempt to the extent the amount is actually incurred for the said purpose.
1. It may be noted that due to COVID-19 pandemic, respective authorities (Taxation / social security / immigration) may provide relaxations and extensions in the statutory requirements from time to time
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