NRE and NRO Accounts: Six Points of Difference

NRE and NRO Accounts: Six Points of Difference

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Key Takeaways: We understand that Non-Resident Indians like you have several financial needs. These include managing wealth and saving for the future. If you have the right bank account, you can utilise your savings for investments, sending money to India and repatriation. The best way to carry out these transactions is through NRE and NRO accounts. Let us take a look at the features of both these accounts.


NRE and NRO accounts help NRIs like you to keep your money safe and give you seamless access to it, wherever you are. Each account has a different objective.

Six differences between NRE and NRO accounts

  1. Definition: NRE stands for Non-Resident External and you can use it to deposit funds that you earn abroad in a foreign currency. In contrast, you can use a Non-Resident Ordinary (NRO) account to manage income and funds that are generated in India in Indian rupees.
  2. Taxability: A significant difference between NRE and NRO accounts is that the interest earned in an NRE account is tax-free in India, while you have to pay income tax on interest earned from an NRO savings account in India.
  3. Withdrawals and Deposits[1]: An NRE savings account allows deposits in foreign currencies. An NRO savings account is primarily for deposits in INR; although it enables deposits in other currencies as well. You can make withdrawals only in INR from both accounts.
  4. Repatriability: You can repatriate funds (principal and interest) from an NRE account freely and completely. If you want to repatriate funds from an NRO account, the limit is USD 1 million in a financial year.
  5. Account opening purpose: You may want an NRE account if you have family back in India and wish to take care of their expenses. It makes the remittance transactions seamless and the account also allows you to get better interest rates than what is currently prevailing in most developed countries. An NRE account will also come handy if you intend to repatriate the funds to your current country of residence.

    An NRO account is great if you wish to deposit your income from India. This could be rent from your residential property in India or interest from Indian fixed deposits and other assets. You can also use the account to make investments and pay for bills or other purchases in India.

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  6. Holding Structure: You can hold an NRE account jointly with another NRI family member; you can also have a resident joint account holder only in former or survivor mode of operation. You can hold an NRO account jointly with another NRI or resident Indian relative.

Final Note: Though there are several differences between an NRE and NRO account, you will need both to manage your funds. An NRE account proves useful for your foreign earnings and you can even send money back to your country of residence freely. An NRO account helps keep your income earned in India safe and within India.

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