The finance ministry has asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to look into the aspect of bringing credit card payments done during foreign tours under the central bank’s liberalised remittance scheme (LRS) so that such expenses do not escape the tax collection at source (TCS).
Moving the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “It has been represented that payments for foreign tours through a credit card are not being captured under the LRS and such payments escape TCS. The RBI is being requested to look into this with a view to bring credit card payments for foreign tours within the ambit of LRS and TCS thereon.
“The move will benefit the Indian online travel agencies and discourage bookings of foreign tour packages by Indians from foreign vendors by paying it through credit card. This will help better the tax collection and also give a boost to Indian online travel agencies (OTA) o
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