According to search data on Monito's comparison engine from 2020, OFX was by far the cheapest forex broker for international money transfers from the US to India, being the cheapest service on 80.7% of all searches above US$50,000 during that period.
Hawala, also known as Hundi, is an informal alternative to remittance and money transfers still popular in south Asian and Islamic communities, as it doesn't require a formal banking setup. However this does have some security risks as it is a system that has been used to facilitate organised crime.
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By choosing a transfer service found on Monito, the average user pays a total of just 0.59% in fees and exchange rates. Compared to the 4.6% paid at a bank or traditional cash transfer service, Monito users have saved around $80 million in total to date!
NRIs can also transfer funds to and from India through Non-Residential External (NRE) and Non-Residential Ordinary (NRO) accounts. NRE accounts are meant for holding foreign earnings in foreign currency, while NRO accounts are meant for holding income earned in India (such as rent, dividends, etc.) in Indian Rupees. NRIs can transfer funds between their NRE and NRO accounts and also between their foreign bank account and NRE/NRO accounts.
If your brother residing in UAE sends money to you in India, the money is not taxable in India. As per the Indian Income Tax Act, money received as a gift from a relative is not considered as income and therefore is not taxable. A relative is defined as spouse, brother, sister, brother or sister of the spouse, brother or sister of either of the parents, any lineal ascendant or descendant. However, it's worth noting that your brother might be subject to taxes in the UAE for sending money out of the country. It's recommended to check with a tax professional in the UAE to understand the tax implications for your brother.