Taxing Foreign Artists Performing in India

By | May 8, 2016

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

Date: 06-May-2016

Taxing Foreign Artists Performing in India

Pakistani and other foreign artists who come to India for working in Indian films and other stage shows charging fees are subjected to income tax as per Indian rules. These artists are subjected to tax in India as per Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) with concerned countries or the domestic tax laws, whichever is beneficial to them. However, the Government does not maintain country-wise segregated information about tax paid by artists of foreign countries including Pakistan, performing in India.

The payer is liable to deduct the tax at source while making payments to artists of foreign countries including Pakistan, where the income is chargeable to tax under the Income Tax Act and applicable DTAA.
This was stated by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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