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With Resident Foreign Currency Accounts, NRIs can deposit their foreign currency earnings and earn interest. You can open these accounts in six major currencies. You may also open term deposits of 1 to 3 years with RFC. Funds deposited in this account are fully repatriable.
As an NRI, you can use the opportunity to earn and invest your foreign earnings in India and abroad. If you choose to return to India someday, you can bring back your foreign currency and park it in an Indian bank account, specially designed for such deposits. You can open an RFC Account.
RFC Account full form is Resident Foreign Currency Account. As an NRI, you can deposit your foreign earnings upon returning to India. You can open this account if you intend to permanently settle in India for a continuous period of one or more years. You can continue holding this account even after assuming permanent residency in India. These accounts are offered by major Indian banks authorised by the RBI.
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You must self-attest all documents before submitting them to the bank.
The RBI allows returning NRIs, PIOs and OCI to open the RFC Account in six currency denominations. These include
The interest you earn on your RFC Account is taxable in India. However, you can be exempted from paying this tax if you are a Resident but Not Ordinary Resident (RNOR) status holder. The tax on this account is applicable based on when you receive your interest payment, during specific intervals or upon account maturity. If you opt to receive interest at specific intervals, you can inform the bank about your RNOR status for them to not charge you any TDS on interest. If you opt to receive interest on maturity, you must obtain RNOR status before your account matures to receive the tax exemption.
RNOR status is given to Indian Residents based on two criteria:
Resident Foreign Currency Accounts enable returning NRIs to earn higher returns on their savings held in foreign currencies. The account holder can open an account in one of the six currencies and operate it the same way as their rupee account. Also, there is no limit on the sums you can deposit in the RFC account, so long as you obtain the forex through permissible channels.
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