Revised rules related to Submission of Form 15CA and Form 15CB

Updated on: Apr 25th, 2023

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When it comes to international remittances, the first thing that comes to mind is Form 15CA and Form 15CB compliance. Most users find it difficult and time-consuming to comply with Forms 15CA and 15CB. Many of them are uninformed of the existing requirements and methods of compliance. As a result, today I'll go over some crucial points about Form 15CA and Form 15CB, as well as the compliance procedure.

The income tax department has revised the rules relating to preparation & submission of Form 15CA and Form 15CB (see old rules of Form 15CB).

The revised rules became effective from 1st April 2016. 

The significant changes are as follows –

  • Form 15CA and 15CB which does not require RBI approval will be NOT be required to be furnished by an individual for remittance.
  • List of payments of specified nature mentioned in Rule 37BB, which do not require submission of Forms 15CA and 15CB, has been expanded from 28 to 33 including payments for imports.
  • Form No.15CB will only be required for payments made to non-residents, which are taxable and if the payment exceeds Rs.5 lakh.

A person responsible for making a payment to a non-resident or to a foreign company has to provide the following details:

When payment made is below Rs 5 lakh: For such payments information is required to be submitted in Part A of Form 15CA

When payment made exceeds Rs 5 lakh:

Following documents is required to be submitted:

  • Part B of Form 15CA has to be provided
  • Certificate in Form 15CB from an accountant
  • Part C of Form 15CA

When the payment made is not chargeable to tax under IT Act: Part D of Form 15CA is required to be submitted.

In the following cases, no submission of information is required:

  • The remittance is made by an individual and it does not require prior approval of Reserve Bank of India [as per the provisions of section 5 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) read with Schedule III to the Foreign Exchange (Current Account Transaction) Rules, 2000]
  • The remittance is of the nature specified in the list below:

Overall list of payments where no forms 15CA and 15CB are required are as follows (Rule 37BB):

Sl. No.Nature of Payment
1Indian investment abroad -in equity capital (shares)
2Indian investment abroad -in debt securities
3Indian investment abroad-in branches and wholly owned subsidiaries
4Indian investment abroad -in subsidiaries and associates
5Indian investment abroad -in real estate
6Loans extended to Non-Residents
7Advance payment against imports
8Payment towards imports-settlement of invoice
9Imports by diplomatic missions
10Intermediary trade
11Imports below Rs.5,00,000-(For use by ECD offices)
12Payment- for operating expenses of Indian shipping companies operating abroad.
13Operating expenses of Indian Airlines companies operating abroad
14Booking of passages abroad -Airlines companies
15Remittance towards business travel.
16Travel under basic travel quota (BTQ)
17Travel for pilgrimage
18Travel for medical treatment
19Travel for education (including fees, hostel expenses etc.)
20Postal Services
21Construction of projects abroad by Indian companies including import of goods at project site
22Freight insurance – relating to import and export of goods
23Payments for maintenance of offices abroad
24Maintenance of Indian embassies abroad
25Remittances by foreign embassies in India
26Remittance by non-residents towards family maintenance and savings
27Remittance towards personal gifts and donations
28Remittance towards donations to religious and charitable institutions abroad
29Remittance towards grants and donations to other Governments and charitable institutions established by the Governments.
30Contributions or donations by the Government to international institutions
31Remittance towards payment or refund of taxes.
32Refunds or rebates or reduction in invoice value on account of exports
33Payments by residents for international bidding.

How To File 15CA And 15CB Online?

To know more about Form 15CA and 15CB in detail and how to file online, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are consequences involved for Non filing of Form 15CA 15CB?

If an assessee who is required to file Form 15CA 15CB fails to furnish the same before making remittance to a non resident, then he has shall be liable to penalty provisions under section 271I of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
Such penal provision shall be attracted even if the person furnished inaccurate information. The amount of penalty which the assessing officer may ask the assessee to pay for Non compliance is Rs.1lakhs.

Can Filed Form 15CA form 15CB be revised or cancelled?

Yes, Form 15CA can be withdrawn within 7 days from the date of Submission. The link to withdraw the submitted form will be available on the website of the Assessee concerned.

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When it comes to international remittances, understanding and complying with Form 15CA and Form 15CB can be complex. The rules were revised in 2016. Key changes include the requirement of Form 15CB for taxable payments exceeding Rs.5 lakh to non-residents. Various scenarios outline when these forms are not needed. The list of payments exempt from Forms 15CA and 15CB submission was expanded.

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