Portfolio Investment Scheme Account

With the Portfolio Investment Scheme, you can purchase and sell shares and debentures of Indian companies on a recognized stock exchange under repatriation or non-repatriation basis. You can also access this account at anytime online. For the detailed list of features and benefits for the same, please go through the points listed below.

In this section we have addressed the Portfolio Investment Scheme Account FAQs. If you have a query which has not been addressed in the FAQs for Portfolio Investment Scheme Account, please feel free to get in touch with us. We would try our best to answer your query as soon as possible.

The Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS) is a scheme of Reserve Bank of India defined in Schedule 3 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act 2000. As per the scheme, NRIs can purchase and sell shares and convertible debentures of Indian Companies on a recognised stock exchange by routing such purchase/sale transactions through their account with a Designated Bank Branch (with effect from 29/11/2001 RBI has restricted OCBs from making fresh purchases. They can however continue their existing holdings or sell off the same).

No. PIS account can not be a joint account.

No. NRIs cannot sell without taking delivery of the shares/convertible debentures purchased. Short selling is not permitted under PIS.

Yes. Investment can be made on repatriation as well as non-repatriation basis.

NRIs can assign only one Designated Bank for the purpose of routing the transactions under NRE PIS. NRIs cannot maintain NRE PIS accounts with different authorised dealers.

NRIs will have to off load such portion of the holding, which is in excess of the prescribed limit.

Yes. NRI can purchase up to a maximum of five percent of the paid up capital of a company and maximum of five percent of paid up value of each series of debentures under repatriation basis. In addition to above NRIs can hold up to a maximum of 10% of such holding or any higher percentage so permitted in respect of any particular company. Shares/debentures acquired through primary market are excluded for the purpose of above limits.

Yes, as an NRI you can receive shares in inheritance. RBI permission is not required to be obtained and the shares will be held on non-repatriable basis.

The shares purchased through primary/secondary markets as a resident will be held on non-repatriation basis. Once the customer becomes an NRI, these shares can be credited to an NRO DEMAT Account. These shares can be sold in the secondary market without PIS permission. The sale proceeds can be credited to NRO SB Account after payment of capital gain taxes

No, as an NRI you can purchase shares in the primary market on repatriable/non repatriable basis and application money can be paid through regular NRE SB/NRO SB Account or through inward remittance.

The Reserve Bank of India monitors the investment position of NRIs/FIIs in listed Indian companies, reported by designated banks, on a daily basis. When the total holdings of NRIs/FIIs under the Scheme reaches the limit of 2 percent below the sectoral cap, Reserve Bank will issue a notice (caution list) to all designated branches of designated banks cautioning that any further purchases of shares of the particular Indian company will require prior approval of the Reserve Bank.
Once the shareholding by NRIs/FIIs reaches the overall ceiling / sectoral cap /statutory limit, the Reserve Bank places the company in the Ban List. Once a company is placed in the Ban List, no NRI can purchase the shares of the company under the Portfolio Investment Scheme. List of caution/banned RBI script is available at https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/FiiUSer.aspx

No. A new Section 112A is proposed to tax LTCG on gain on transfer of listed equity shares @ 10%, for gains in excess of Rs. 1 lakh. This provision is applicable from April 1, 2018.

The bank is required to deduct tax from the capital gains on sale of shares at specified rates of 15% (plus Health and Education Cess @ 4%) on short-term capital gains.

Shares purchased under PIS on stock exchange shall be sold on stock exchange only. Such Shares cannot be transferred by way of sale under private arrangement or by way of gift (except by NRIs to their relatives as defined in Section 6 of Companies Act, 1956 or to a charitable trust duly registered under the laws in India) to a person resident in India or outside India without prior approval of the Reserve Bank of India.

Yes, NRIs are allowed to invest in futures and options segment of the exchange out of Rupee funds held in India on non repatriation basis, subject to the limits prescribed by SEBI.

FEMA provisions allow Indian companies to issue Rights / Bonus shares to existing non-resident shareholders, subject to adherence to sectoral cap as may be applicable.

As per section 6(5) of FEMA, NRI can continue to hold the securities which he/she had purchased as a resident Indian, even after he/she has become a non resident Indian, on a non-repatriable basis.

Yes. It is the responsibility of the NRI to inform the change of status to the designated authorised dealer branch, through which the investor had made the investments in Portfolio Investment Scheme and the DP with whom he/she has opened the demat account. Subsequently, a new demat account in the resident status will have to be opened, securities should be transferred from the NRI demat account to resident account and then close the NRI demat account.

Enhanced set-off facility is a feature by which current losses on PIS transactions can be nullified against future profits, thereby enabling you to save Capital Gains tax. The facility is offered at portfolio level during the financial year.

Salient features

  •  Losses to be carried forward till last day of the current Financial Year. 
  • Losses from NRE A/c can be adjusted against profits from NRO A/c & vice –versa. 
  • Set-off of losses against future profits. 
  • Set-off of short term losses at portfolio level. 
  • Detailed Capital Gains statement at Customer ID level.
    • Single statement at a Customer ID level instead of account level. 
    • Detailed computation of set-off. 
    • Details of carried forward losses in each account

Yes, Enhanced set-off facility is provided at portfolio level during the financial year & therefore losses on NRO PIS transaction can be set-off against profits in NRE PIS transactions and vice-versa. However, please note that losses can be set-off only against future profits and not on earlier profits.

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