15CA 15CB - 2014

posted 4 Aug 2014, 01:10 by CA Kunjan ‎(practising CA)‎ BKC,Mumbai

basic points/summary

Recently, as per cbdt circular 67 of 2013, some banks are insisting on some forms, known as 15ca form and 15CB (being a CA certificate), before making payments to non-residents. 

Below are few points in this regard:

  1. Remittance upto rs. 50000 & below 2.5 lacs a year --->  15ca is required to be uploaded by assessesee or his CA on assessee's behalf. 15cb is not required here.
  2. Remittances above Rs.50000 & above Rs.2.50 lacs a year ---> 15cb is to be obtained after which 15ca is to be uploaded by assesee or via CA on assessee's behalf.  
  3. "sum chargeable to tax" --> This 15ca/15cb (i.e. rule 37BB) is required only if sum is chargreable to tax in India. This decision, whether it is taxable or not, is to be taken by assessee; (However, for safety purposes, it is heard that banks insist, and even assessees take 15ca and 15cb certificate, even for import payments).
  4. Totally exempted 28 transactions from 15ca/15cb --> 28 transactions  (below attached is cbdt 67/2013 file) does not need 15ca or 15cb at all.
  5. Ask your banker --> Please ask your banker before uploading any 15ca/15cb forms, 

Credit for below article is to taxguru.in 

Nowadays Form 15CA and 15CB are of a lot importance. We professional atleast have to issue one Form 15CB every day and form 15CA is also to be made by the professional on behalf of the client.

Form 15CA is a Declaration of Remitter and is used as a tool for collecting information in respect of payments which are chargeable to tax in the hands of recipient non-resident. This is starting of an effective Information Processing System which may be utilized by the Income tax Department to independently track the foreign remittances and their nature to determine tax liability. In the modern times, the system for selection of cases into scrutiny have reduced drastically and without scrutiny there was no check to ensure that taxable foreign remittances have been made after deduction of tax or not. Therefore, the remittance channel i.e. Banks have been directed to obtain Form 15CA and 15CB before making any remittance. Authorised Dealers/ Banks are now becoming more vigilant in ensuring that such Forms are received by them before remittance is effected since now as per revised Rule 37BB a duty is casted on them to furnish Form 15CA received from remitter, to an income-tax authority for the purposes of any proceedings under the Income-tax Act and also the revised FEMA Guidelines issued in July’2014 cast duty on the banks to ascertain the Tax Liability in each case of remittance. As per the revised RBI Guidelines, The RBI in this regard will not issue any guidelines with respect to deduction of tax at source on foreign remittances. Therefore the Banks are urging the remitters to provide such Form 15CA and 15CB even in case of Import purchases.  

Here is an attempt to make a comprehensive check list/procedure for effecive furnishing of Form 15CA and 15CB.


Step 1: Ascertain whether Form 15CA and CB are actually required to be made.                  

As per Income Tax (Fourteenth Amendment) Rules, 2013, No reporting in Form 15CA and 15CB is to be made in case of the following nature of foreign remittances w.e.f 01.10.2013


Sl.No.Purpose code as per RBINature of Payment
1S0001Indian investment abroad -in equity capital (shares)
2S0002Indian investment abroad -in debt securities
3S0003Indian investment abroad -in branches and wholly owned subsidiaries
4S0004Indian investment abroad -in subsidiaries and associates
5S0005Indian investment abroad -in real estate
6S0011Loans extended to Non-Residents
7S0202Payment- for operating expenses of Indian shipping companies operating abroad.
8S0208Operating expenses of Indian Airlines companies operating abroad
9S0212Booking of passages abroad -Airlines companies
10S0301Remittance towards business travel.
11S0302Travel under basic travel quota (BTQ)
12S0303Travel for pilgrimage
13S0304Travel for medical treatment
14S0305Travel for education (including fees, hostel expenses etc.)
15S0401Postal services
16S0501Construction of projects abroad by Indian companies including import of goods at project site
17S0602Freight insurance – relating to import and export of goods
18S1011Payments for maintenance of offices abroad
19S1201Maintenance of Indian embassies abroad
20S1 202Remittances by foreign embassies in India
21S1301Remittance by non-residents towards family maintenance and-savings
22S1302Remittance towards personal gifts and donations
23S1303Remittance towards donations to religious and charitable institutions abroad
24S1304Remittance towards grants and donations to other Governments and charitable institutions established by the Governments.
25S1305Contributions or donations by the Government to international institutions
26S1306Remittance towards payment or refund of taxes.
27S1501Refunds or rebates or reduction in invoice value on account of exports
28S1503Payments by residents for international bidding”.

Therefore no Form 15CA and 15CB are required in the abovementioned 28 nature of foreign remittances.

Step 2:Once it is ascertained that Form 15CA and 15CB have to be made then one should ascertain the part of Form 15CA to be filled by the assessee, by reading the following extracts of Amended Rule 37BB;                         

Rule 37BB. (1) Any person responsible for paying to a non-resident, not being a company, or to a foreign company, any interest or salary or any other sum chargeable to tax under the provisions of the Act, shall furnish the following, namely:

(i) the information in Part A of Form No.15CA, if the amount of payment does not exceed fifty thousand rupees and the aggregate of such payments made during the financial year does not exceed two lakh fifty thousand rupees;             

(ii) the information in Part B of Form No.15CA for payments other than the payments referred in clause (i)

Step 3:  Information to be required from the client

A Details of Remitter  

1. Name of the Remitter

2. Address of the Remitter

3. PAN of the  Remitter

4. Principal Place of Business of the Remitter

5. E-Mail Address and Phone No. Of Remitter

6. Status of the Remitter (Firm/Company/Other)

B.  Details of Remittee

1. Name and Status of the Remittee

2. Address of the Remittee

3. Country of the Remittee (Country to Which Remittance Is Made)

4. Principal Place of the Business of the Remittee

C.  Details of the Remittance

1. Country to Which Remittance Is Made

2. Currency in Which Remittance Is Made

3. Amount of Remittance in Indian Currency

4. Proposed Date of Remittance

5. Nature of Remittance as Per Agreement (Invoice Copy to Be Asked From Client)

D Bank Details of the Remitter     

1. Name of Bank of the Remitter

2. Name of Branch of the Bank

3.  BSR Code of the Bank

E.  Others 

1. Father’s Name of the Signing Person

2. Designation Of The Signing Person

F      a. Form 10f Duly Filled By the Authorised Person Of The Remittee.

b. Tax Residency Certificate From The Remittee (Tax Registration Of The Country In Which Remittee Is Registered)

c. Certificate That The Remittee Does Not Have Any Permanent Establishment In India. This Is Mandatory If The Income Is A Business Income And Not Chargeable To Tax As Per DTAA If There Is No P.E In India.

This Is Required If Any Benefit Under DTAA Is Taken, Whether By Way Of Lower Rate Of Deduction Of Tax At Source Or No Deduction Of Tax At Source As Per DTAA.