Understanding TCS Rules for Foreign Tours & International Transactions

Learn about the latest TCS rules on foreign spends including tours, education, subscriptions, medical expenses and investments.

Spending Money Abroad Just Got Dearer
  • New TCS rules: 20% tax on international credit card transactions exceeding Rs. 7 lakh.
  • TCS applies to all foreign spends.
  • TCS on overseas tour packages increases to 20% from July 1.
  • Claim TCS credits while filing tax returns using the TCS certificate provided by the collector.

Tax Collected at Source (TCS) is a concept that has gained attention recently due to its impact on various international transactions. The Ministry of Finance has announced new rules regarding TCS, and it's important to understand how these rules will affect foreign trips, magazine subscriptions, iTunes purchases, and investments in international equities. In this article, we will clarify some common doubts surrounding TCS and its implications.

New Rule for International Debit and Credit Card Users

No TCS will be collected on international credit card transactions up to Rs. 7 lakh under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS).

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TCS on Foreign Currency, and Forex Cards

International spends made through foreign currency and forex cards fall under the Reserve Bank of India's LRS. Until June 30, a 5% TCS will apply to foreign currency remittances. From July 1, the TCS rate will increase to 20% for debit and credit cards on transactions beyond Rs. 7 lakh, while no specific threshold has been specified for forex cards and foreign currency transactions.

Avoiding TCS on Foreign Travel Expenses

If you have already planned your holiday and booked tickets, you can avoid TCS this year by purchasing foreign currency in advance (up to 60 days prior). By purchasing foreign exchange before June 30, you can avoid the 20% TCS that comes into effect on July 1.

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TCS on Overseas Tour Packages

Currently, there is a 5% TCS on the purchase of overseas tour packages. From July 1, this rate will be increased to 20%. The responsibility of collecting TCS lies with the customer's card-issuing bank, regardless of the point of purchase.

TCS on Foreign E-commerce Websites and Subscriptions

20% TCS will be applicable when making online payments in foreign currencies for shopping on foreign e-commerce websites or subscribing to international publications.

Tax Collection on International Credit Card Transactions

The details on how the tax will be collected are still awaited. However, it is expected that the TCS will be reflected as an additional charge on the credit card statement for international spends.

TCS on Outward Remittances for Investments

Investments in foreign stocks, bonds, and real estate will attract a TCS of 5% until June 30, and 20% from July 1, 2023.

TCS on Overseas Education and Medical Treatment

For remittances towards overseas education funded through a loan or own funds, a TCS of 0.5% and 5%, respectively, will apply on the amount exceeding Rs. 7 lakh. The same rates apply to remittances associated with medical treatment abroad.

The rules surrounding TCS can be complex, and it is important to stay informed about the latest regulations. To claim TCS credits while filing income tax returns, a TCS certificate provided by the collector should be obtained. This certificate contains the necessary information to claim TCS credits and reduce the overall tax liability.





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