India's decision will come as a relief for those expats who had to stay on beyond the cut-off limit on stays during 2020. Image Credit: Pixabay

Dubai: The Indian government has agreed to provide relief from double taxation to Indians living abroad who had to stay in India beyond their tax exemption stay limit on account of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

India's Central Board of Direct taxes (CBDT) received many representations requesting for relaxation in determination of residential status for the financial year 2020-21 from individuals who had come to India during 2019-20.

They intended to leave India again, but could not do so due to the suspension of international flights during the lockdown caused by the pandemic.

The CBDT asked any individual facing double taxation to furnish the information about their stay in India by March 31, "This form is to be submitted electronically to the Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-tax (International Taxation)."