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Tax, Mutual Fund Expert - Answered on Jul 27, 2023

Hardik Parikh is a chartered accountant with over 15 years of experience in taxation, accounting and finance.
He also holds an MBA degree from IIM-Indore.
Hardik, who began his career as an equity research analyst, founded his own advisory firm, Hardik Parikh Associates LLP, which provides a variety of financial services to clients.
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Asked by Anonymous - Jul 25, 2023Translate
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Hi Sir , NRIs who is earning on FD interest . Which ITR form need to be filed ?

Ans: Dear Anonymous,

As an NRI earning interest from Fixed Deposits in India, you should file your income tax returns using Form ITR-2. This form is applicable to individuals and Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) who have income from any sources except income from profits and gains of business or profession.

Please note that the interest earned on your FDs is taxable in India and you are required to report this income in your tax returns. Also, remember to check if there's any Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and your country of residence to avoid being taxed twice on the same income.

I hope this answers your question.

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