Do You Know Why Salary of Indians Employed on Foreign Ships is Tax Free Even if the Ship is in India ?

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You must have read the news that the demand of NUSI ( National Union of Seafarers of India ) that there should be level playing fields for seafarers who work on Indian flag ships and foreign flag ships should be same , has been accepted by the government . As per the news , CBDT is likely to issue a circular in this regard. An excerpt of the good news was posted by the NUSI on facebook which is reproduced as under

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Sub: Government of India accepts NUSI demand
Income Tax Exemption for Indian seafarers working on Indian flag ships

Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping brings joy to thousands of seafarers and their families

You are aware that National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has been demanding for no income tax for Indian seafarers working on Indian flag ships.

NUSI has every time demanded that the whole period of service of foreign going Indian flagships whether on the Indian coast or in foreign waters should be taken as period in foreign waters and there should not be any income tax on salary…………..

In taxworry’s opinion it was long pending demand and an injustice with Indian ships , and seafarers , which the present government has rightly decided to rectify. This post is going to reveal the legal reasons why such disparity for quite long time  existed.

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