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DTAA - Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement : Definition, Types, and Benefits

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Divya Singhvi

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Last updated on April 5th, 2021

For NRIs who are working in other countries, the DTAA (Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement) helps to avoid paying double taxes on income earned in both their country of residence and India. Its key objective is that tax-payers in these countries can avoid taxation for the same income twice. India has 85 active agreements. The basic objective of DTAA is to promote and foster economic trade and investment between two Countries by avoiding double taxation. You can check the DTAA entered into by India with other countries from the income tax department’s website through this link Notification of Government.

What is DTAA?

DTAA means a Tax Treaty between two or more countries to avoid taxing the same income twice. When a person is residing in one country and earning income in some other country they are covered under DTAA. This means that involved countries have agreed upon tax rates and jurisdictions for income arising from their country.

For example, Mr. Arjun is an Indian residing in the UK. He has made investments in India on which he earns returns. Now, this Income can be taxable in both India and the UK. But because of DTAA, Mr. Arjun will not be taxed in both countries for the same income.

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Types of DTAA

Relief from Double Taxation can be provided in two ways:

Nature of DTAA

Advantages of DTAA

Treatment of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement

There are two ways of implementing DTAA:

  1. By either exempting the income earned abroad in its entirety
  2. By providing credit to the extent of tax already paid in the other country

Continuing the example, as Mr. Arjun is covered under DTAA. And the agreement states that the UK will exempt his entire income earned on investments made in India then he has to pay taxes only in India and not the UK. Only one particular country will charge his income.

Now, let’s say that the agreement states that India and the UK both will charge taxes on that income. In that case, Mr. Arjun will get a credit of the taxes paid by him in the UK which will be deducted while paying taxes in India. So he will end up paying taxes in both countries but at lowered rates.

The Governments of different countries enter into Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements to provide reliefs to the tax-payers and encourage more investments.

How can NRI claim benefit of DTAA?

Non resident Indians residing in any of the DTAA countries can avail of tax benefits provided under DTAA by timely submission of the following documents every financial year within the due dates:

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How to apply for DTAA?

The process of application of DTAA involves a series of steps, involving the different types of provisions.

How is Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement relief calculated?

In case there is DTAA with the Country, then Tax Relief can be claimed u/s 90. Steps to compute Double Taxation relief:

  1. Calculate Global Income i.e. aggregate of Indian income and Foreign income;
  2. Compute tax on such global income as per the slab rates applicable;
  3. Calculate the average rate of tax (i.e. Global income divided by the amount of tax);
  4. Compute an amount by multiplying Foreign income with such average rate of tax;
  5. Compute Tax paid in Foreign country

The amount of relief shall be lower of (4) and (5).

In case there is No DTAA, then Tax Relief can be claimed u/s 91. Steps to compute relief:

  1. Compute tax payable in India
  2. Compute lower of Indian rate of tax and rate of tax in Foreign country
  3. Multiply the rate obtained in Step 3 by the doubly taxed income.

Relief will be the amount as computed in Step 3.

List of countries that have DTAA with India

India has signed a Double Tax Avoidance Agreement with most major nations where Indians reside. Following is the list of some of the major countries:

Country DTAA TDS rate
United States of America 15%
United Kingdom 15%
Canada 15%
Australia 15%
Germany 10%
South Africa 10%
New Zealand 10%
Singapore 15%
Mauritius 7.5% to 10%
Malaysia 10%
UAE 12.5%
Qatar 10%
Oman 10%
Thailand 25%
Sri Lanka 10%
Russia 10%
Kenya 10%

FAQ

Who is covered under DTAA?

Individuals who are residing in one country and earning any income from another country are covered under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA).

How do I take DTAA benefits?

Individuals who are NRIs are covered under DTAA. They are required to submit their “Tax Residency Certificate (TRC)” to the deductor (Bank) along with Form-10F & PAN No.

How many countries have DTAA with India?

India has Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) with a total of 88 countries out of which 86 are presently in force.

What are the details should contains in TRC?

TRC should contain the following details:
– Name of the assessee.
– Status of the assessee (Individual, Firm, Company Etc.)
– Nationality
– Country
– Assessee Tax Identification or Unique Identification number of the relevant Country
– Residential status for the purpose of tax
– Validity Period of the certificate
– Address of the applicant

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hi @Dixita

    In case there is No DTAA, then Tax Relief can be claimed u/s 91. You can follow the below-mentioned steps to compute relief:

    1. Compute tax payable in India
    2. Compute lower of Indian rate of tax and rate of tax in Foreign country
    3. Multiply the rate obtained in Step 3 by the doubly taxed income.
    4. Relief will be the amount as computed in Step 3

    Hope this help :slightly_smiling_face: