Salary income earned by non-resident Indians in Gulf countries would continue to be exempt from tax in India, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday.
Sitharaman, quoting a tweet of Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, said the Finance Act 2021 has not brought in any new or additional tax on Indian workers in Saudi/UAE/Oman or Qatar.
No going back on words. The Finance Act, 2021 hasn't brought in any additional or new tax on hardworking Indian workers in Saudi/UAE/Oman/Qatar. It has merely incorporated general definition of the term "liable to tax" in the Income Tax Act to provide clarity. (1/3) https://t.co/HIvghRYO1j— NSitharamanOffice (@nsitharamanoffc) April 1, 2021
The minister said the said amendment to the Finance Act, 2021, has merely incorporated general definition of the term "liable to tax" in the Income Tax Act to provide clarity.
“This amendment has not altered the taxability of salary income earned by non-resident Indian citizens in Gulf countries. Their salary income earned in Gulf countries would continue to be exempt in India,” the Office of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Moitra had tweeted a picture of an amendment in Finance Bill, 2021, saying the “complicated words” in the amendment is “in reality a Special Gulf workers tax”.
"FM going back on her words. Hardworking Indian workers in Saudi/UAE/Oman/Qatar to be taxed EXTRA," Moitra tweeted.
Complicated words in Finance Bill 2021 - in reality a Special Gulf workers tax.
FM going back on her words.April 1, 2021
Sitharaman's office tweeted: "No going back on words. The Finance Act, 2021 hasn't brought in any additional or new tax on hardworking Indian workers in Saudi/UAE/Oman/Qatar."
The minister also said that drawing conclusions without comprehending the facts is worrying.
"Further, putting out the conclusion on a social media platform not only misleads but also creates unwanted panic among people," the minister's office tweeted.
(With PTI inputs.)