Remittance/Repatriation of Share Sale Proceeds, Dividend & Interest

Reference: This is an extract from Annexure 6 the Consolidated FDI Policy Circular of 2016 (D/o IPP F. No. 5(1)/2016-FC-1 Dated the June 07, 2016) issued by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

1.1 Remittance of sale proceeds/Remittance on winding up/Liquidation of Companies:

(i) Sale proceeds of shares and securities and their remittance is ‘remittance of asset’ governed by The Foreign Exchange Management (Remittance of Assets) Regulations, 2000 under FEMA.
(ii) AD Category-I bank can allow the remittance of sale proceeds of a security (net of applicable taxes) to the seller of shares resident outside India, provided the security has been held on repatriation basis, the sale of security has been made in accordance with the prescribed guidelines and NOC/tax clearance certificate from the Income Tax Department has been produced.

(iii) Remittance on winding up/liquidation of Companies
AD Category-I banks have been allowed to remit winding up proceeds of companies in India, which are under liquidation, subject to payment of applicable taxes. Liquidation may be subject to any order issued by the court winding up the company or the official liquidator in case of voluntary winding up under the provisions of the Companies Act, , as applicable. AD Category-I banks shall allow the remittance provided the applicant submits:
a. No objection or Tax clearance certificate from Income Tax Department for the remittance.
b. Auditor's certificate confirming that all liabilities in India have been either fully paid or adequately provided for.
c. Auditor'scertificatetotheeffectthatthewindingupisinaccordancewiththe provisions of the Companies Act, as applicable.
d. In case of winding up otherwise than by a court, an auditor's certificate to the effect that there are no legal proceeding spending in any court in India against the applicant or the company under liquidation and there is no legal impediment in permitting the remittance.
1.2 Repatriation of Dividend

Dividends are freely repatriable without any restrictions (net after Tax deduction at source or Dividend Distribution Tax, if any, as the case may be). The repatriation is governed by the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management (Current Account Transactions) Rules, 2000, as amended from time to time.

1.3 Repatriation of Interest

Interest on fully, mandatorily & compulsorily convertible debentures is also freely repatriable without any restrictions (net of applicable taxes). The repatriation is governed by the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management (Current Account Transactions) Rules, 2000, as amended from time to time.