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Online FATCA Self-certification – Mandatory FATCA Declaration Form

Updated on: 06 Jun, 2024 11:08 AM

NPS subscribers who have registered on or after 1 July 2014 have to give a mandatory FATCA declaration online or offline.

FATCA refers to Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. It is a US initiative which has also been entered into by Indian government. Under this agreement, the Indian government needs to give details of all US citizens holding prescribed securities and assets in India.

Why FATCA is Important?

FATCA is of vital importance because it was previously communicated that non-submission of this self-declaration will result in the blocking of the NPS account. Although, later no accounts were actually blocked. But currently, if you do not file this declaration, you will not be able to either -

  • Make Contributions or
  • Make Withdrawals

From your NPS or PRAN account. The declaration is already effective for Mutual Funds, etc.


Is it Mandatory to File FATCA Online?

It is always preferable to file the self-declaration online. The CRA (Central Recordkeeping Agency) not receiving the offline FATCA form in a timely manner can cause problems with making withdrawals and depositing money in NPS or PRAN accounts.


Who is Required to File Offline FATCA?

Offline FATCA self-declaration should be filed if your -

  • Birth Place
  • Citizenship
  • Place of residence

For the purpose of taxation is other than India or is US (United States).


At Which Address FATCA Form Should be Sent?

The physical form shall be sent either to the Nodal Office or CRA (Central Recordkeeping Agency) at

NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited
1st Floor, Times Tower, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg,
Lower Parel, MUMBAI -400013″


From Where I can Get FATCA Form to Submit it Offline?

For submitting the self-declaration offline, the FATCA form can be downloaded from https://npscra.nsdl.co.in/download/pdf/FATCA%20Self%20Declaration%20Format.pdf


What is the Process to Submit FATCA Online?

You would be required to follow these steps for submitting FATCA online

  • Firstly, you need to log in to your NPS Account (www.cra-nsdl.com)
  • Now, you would be required to click on sub menu FATCA Self-Certification under the Transaction menu
  • Fill up the details under the FATCA/CRS Declaration Form
  • Now click SUBMIT
  • Tick “Declaration & Authorization by all customers” after giving it a careful reading
  • Next, click Confirm
  • Now enter the OTP as received on your registered mobile number
  • Once the Authentication through OTP is done, Acknowledgement for the completion of FATCA Self-Certification will be displayed.

How to Make your NPS Account Compliant with FATCA?

  • Step 1: Visit the NSDL website at NSDL CRA and log in to your account.
  • Step 2: Click on ‘Check FATCA Compliance’ to open the login page.
  • Step 3: Fill in the required details in the ‘FATCA/CRS Declaration Form’ and click ‘Submit’.
  • Step 4: Check the box next to ‘Declaration and Authorisation by all Customers’ and click on ‘Confirm.’
  • Step 5: An OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number.
  • Step 6: Enter the OTP to verify it. Once verified, an acknowledgment for the completion of FATCA Self Certification will be displayed.

If I am not a US Citizen am I Still Required to File this Declaration?

Even in the case, you are not a US citizen but just an Indian Citizen you are required to submit this declaration being NPS subscriber after 1 July 2014. It is the duty of Indian government to sort the submissions and further give the relevant details to US authorities as per agreement.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q- How do I check my FATCA status online?

You can check the status of your FATCA registration by logging into your FATCA account and viewing the account status displayed on the home page. The system will also generate automatic email notifications to the responsible officer (RO) whenever there is a change in the registration status.


Q- When should you submit FATCA Self-Certification?

The FATCA declaration form can be submitted to the National Pension Scheme. Physical FATCA certification for NPS has to be sent to the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) at the address given below -

NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai – 400 013


Q- Why is FATCA important?

It is essential to understand that submitting the FATCA self-declaration is crucial. Although no NPS accounts have been blocked to date, not filing this declaration means you cannot deposit into or withdraw from your NPS or PRAN account. Compliance with FATCA ensures your account remains fully operational.


Q- What is a TIN number in FATCA?

The Taxpayer Identifying Number (TIN) is a unique nine-digit number that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses to oversee tax laws in the United States. The Social Security Administration (SSA) or the IRS issues this number. It serves as a key identifier for individuals and entities within the tax system.


CA Abhishek Soni
CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2Win.in. Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.