With the globalization of business operations of the multinational groups, employees of these multinational groups also become global, not remaining within the boundaries of one country. These employees, often referred to as ‘Expatriates’ are mobilized into other countries in order to optimize their potential. With this, the concept of ‘Expatriate Taxation’ emerged.
India has been the preferred investment destination for multinational groups for the purpose of the expansion of its business operations given its market potential. With this, there is also a substantial increase in the number of employees or expatriates coming to India for short or long-term assignments. The purpose of these assignments may vary from sharing of technical prowess to implementation of new projects etc.
The mobilization of these employees or expatriates often poses significant tax and regulatory risks before these multinational groups, and this necessitates adequate preparation and planning in respect of tax and regulatory framework in India.
The income earned in India by these employees or expatriates is taxable in India and after three or four years of their first arrival, the global income of these employees or expatriates may be liable to tax in India along with the reporting of all the assets and liabilities owned or held by employees or expatriates whether in India or outside India. Therefore, it is important for these employees or expatriates to understand the expatriate taxation aspects of the income arising from employment. This necessitates the need for planning at the initial stage itself.
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