Yesterday government took a bold decision to combat Terrorism and Corruption, by scrapping 500 and 1000 rupee note. In this blog post I explain, why there is no need for panic.
Let's clear the biggest misconception :
You can deposit unlimited amount of money in your bank account.
Yes, the amount which you might have read in your Whatsapp messages, 10,000 or 4,000 or 2,000 is not relating to the deposit in your bank account.
Read the below FAQ and then scroll down below to read about Income Tax angle.
1. Why is this scheme?
incidence of fake Indian currency notes in higher denomination has
increased. For ordinary persons, the fake notes look similar to genuine
notes, even though no security feature has been copied. The fake notes
are used for anti-national and illegal activities. High denomination
notes have been misused by terrorists and for hoarding black money.
India remains a cash based economy hence the circulation of Fake Indian
Currency Notes continues to be a menace. In order to contain the rising
incidence of fake notes and black money, the scheme to withdraw has been
2. What is this scheme?
The legal tender
character of the notes in denominations of ₹ 500 and ₹ 1000 stands
withdrawn. In consequence thereof withdrawn old high denomination (OHD)
notes cannot be used for transacting business and/or store of value for
future usage. The OHD notes can be exchanged for value at any of the 19
offices of the Reserve Bank of India or at any of the bank branches or
at any Head Post Office or Sub-Post Office.
3. How much value will I get?
You will get value for the entire volume of notes tendered at the bank branches / RBI offices.
4. Can I get all in cash?
You will get upto ₹4000 per person in cash irrespective of the size of
tender and anything over and above that will be receivable by way of
credit to bank account.
5. Why I cannot get the entire amount in cash when I have surrendered everything in cash?
The Scheme of withdrawal of old high denomination(OHD) notes does not provide for it, given its objectives.
6. ₹4000 cash is insufficient for my need. What to do?
can use balances in bank accounts to pay for other requirements by
cheque or through electronic means of payments such as Internet banking,
mobile wallets, IMPS, credit/debit cards etc.
7. What if I don’t have any bank account?
can always open a bank account by approaching a bank branch with
necessary documents required for fulfilling the KYC requirements.
8. What if, if I have only JDY account?
JDY account holder can avail the exchange facility subject to the caps
and other laid down limits in accord with norms and procedures.
9. Where can I go to exchange the notes?
exchange facility is available at all Issue Offices of RBI and branches
of commercial banks/RRBS/UCBs/State Co-op banks or at any Head Post
Office or Sub-Post Office.
10. Need I go to my bank branch only?
For exchange upto 4000 in cash you may go to any bank branch with valid identity proof. For
exchange over 4000, which will be accorded through credit to Bank
account only, you may go to the branch where you have an account or to
any other branch of the same bank.In case you want to go to a
branch of any other bank where you are not maintaining an account, you
will have to furnish valid identity proof and bank account details
required for electronic fund transfer to your account.
11. Can I go to any branch of my bank?
Yes you can go to any branch of your bank.
12. Can I go to any branch of any other bank?
you can go to any branch of any other bank. In that case you have to
furnish valid identity proof for exchange in cash; both valid identity
proof and bank account details will be required for electronic fund
transfer in case the amount to be exchanged exceeds ₹4000.
13. I have no account but my relative / friend has an account, can I get my notes exchanged into that account?
you can do that if the account holder relative/friend etc gives you
permission in writing. While exchanging, you should provide to the bank,
evidence of permission given by the account holder and your valid
14. Should I go to bank personally or can I send the notes through my representative?
visit to the branch is preferable. In case it is not possible for you
to visit the branch you may send your representative with an express
mandate i.e. a written authorisation. The representative should produce
authority letter and his / her valid identity proof while tendering the
15. Can I withdraw from ATM?
It may take a while
for the banks to recalibrate their ATMs. Once the ATMs are functional,
you can withdraw from ATMs upto a maximum of ₹2,000/- per card per day
upto 18th November, 2016. The limit will be raised to ₹4000/- per day
per card from 19th November 2016 onwards.
16. Can I withdraw cash against cheque?
you can withdraw cash against withdrawal slip or cheque subject to
ceiling of ₹10,000/- in a day within an overall limit of ₹20,000/- in a
week (including withdrawals from ATMs) for the first fortnight i.e. upto
24th November 2016.
17. Can I deposit withdrawn notes through ATMs, Cash Deposit Machine or cash Recycler?
Yes, OHD notes can be deposited in Cash Deposits machines / Cash Recyclers.
18. Can I make use of electronic (NEFT/RTGS /IMPS/ Internet Banking / Mobile banking etc.) mode?
You can use NEFT/RTGS/IMPS/Internet Banking/Mobile Banking or any other electronic/ non-cash mode of payment.
19. How much time do I have to exchange the notes?
scheme closes on 30th December 2016. The OHD banknotes can be exchanged
at branches of commercial banks, Regional Rural Banks, Urban
Cooperative banks, State Cooperative Banks and RBI till 30th December
2016.For those who are unable to exchange their Old High
Denomination Banknotes on or before December 30, 2016, an opportunity
will be given to them to do so at specified offices of the RBI, along
with necessary documentation as may be specified by the Reserve Bank of
20. I am right now not in India, what should I do?
you have OHD banknotes in India, you may authorise in writing enabling
another person in India to deposit the notes into your bank account. The
person so authorised has to come to the bank branch with the OHD
banknotes, the authority letter given by you and a valid identity proof
(Valid Identity proof is any of the following: Aadhaar Card, Driving
License, Voter ID Card, Pass Port, NREGA Card, PAN Card, Identity Card
Issued by Government Department, Public Sector Unit to its Staff)
21. I am an NRI and hold NRO account, can the exchange value be deposited in my account?
Yes, you can deposit the OHD banknotes to your NRO account.
22. I am a foreign tourist, I have these notes. What should I do?
can purchase foreign exchange equivalent to ₹5000 using these OHD notes
at airport exchange counters within 72 hours after the notification,
provided you present proof of purchasing the OHD notes.
23. I have emergency needs of cash (hospitalisation, travel, life saving medicines) then what I should do?
can use the OHD notes for paying for your hospitalisation charges at
government hospitals, for purchasing bus tickets at government bus
stands for travel by state government or state PSU buses, train tickets
at railway stations, and air tickets at airports, within 72 hours after
24. What is proof of identity?
Identity proof is any of the following: Aadhaar Card, Driving License,
Voter ID Card, Pass Port, NREGA Card, PAN Card, Identity Card Issued by
Government Department, Public Sector Unit to its Staff.
25. Where can I get more information on this scheme?
Further information is available at our website (www.rbi.org.in) and GoI website (www.rbi.org.in)
26. If I have a problem, whom should I approach?
You may approach the control room of RBI by email or on Telephone Nos 022 22602201/022 22602944
Income tax Angle
Don't worry, if you have reasonable amount of black money and don't want to pay tax on the same, it's simple, withdraw 4000 Rs (100Re Notes) and deposit 4000 Rs (1000Re and 500Re Notes), keeping in mind, to keep your bank balance constant.
All of income tax payers have 2-4 bank accounts. Assuming say, on an average if you have 3 bank accounts, and there is a daily withdrawal limit of 4000 Rs, and there are 50 days until 31st December 2016 (last day to exchange OHD Notes). You can easily manage converting 6 Lacs Rs.
If you have more then 6 Lacs, you can also try the following steps :
- Go to multiple post office to convert, need to show identity proof
- Ask your relatives to withdraw and deposit as explained above.
In case, if you have more then 15 Lacs, it will be really difficult to escape tax on the same.
Note : 4000 is for cash withdraw from ATM. You can also withdraw from branch but Maximum is 20,000 per week, subject to 10,000 daily limit. For initial few days, the limit from ATM withdrawal will be 2,000.
Wish you a happy conversion :)