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What is Income Tax Return (ITR)? : How to File ITR Online for FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25)?

Updated on: 21 May, 2024 01:21 PM

Filing income tax is always considered a complex process. However, it is not as tedious as it sounds. The Income Tax Department is rigorously working to make the filing process smooth and easy.

The Income Tax Department has also embraced digital technology, and one of the major conveniences that have come through it is electronic filing (ITR e-filing).

From introducing the provision u/s 234F for non-filers of income tax returns to making most of the processes accessible online the department's objective is very clear that it wants your files to be clean and compliant with the law.

While filing an ITR, a lot of questions cross the mind, like How to file ITR? Which ITR form is the correct one to choose? What documents are required to file ITR? Can I file ITR for FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25)? And many.

This article will share the details and latest updates you must know while filing your income tax return (ITR) for FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25).

Latest Updates on Income Tax Return

Budget 2023 Updates

The new tax regime will be the default tax regime as per Budget 2023

The basic exemption limit has been raised to Rs 3 lakh from Rs 2.5 lakh to make the new tax regime more attractive. Also, the highest tax rate of 30% will be levied above Rs 15 lakh income.

In the budget 2023-24 announcement, the rebate under section 87A has been hiked to Rs 7 lakh from Rs 5 lakh under the new tax regime. The rebate benefit will be up to Rs 25000, provided income doesn't exceed the limit of 7 lakhs.

The proposal to introduce the standard deduction in the new tax regime has been shared. As per this salaried class and the pensioners will benefit from a standard deduction of Rs. 50,000/-

Also, the exemption of a family pension of Rs. 15,000 has been introduced under the new tax regime.

Reduction in the surcharge on annual income above 5 crores from 37% to 25% under the new regime. Currently, the highest tax rate is 42.74%, which would slash the maximum tax rate to 39% after this reduction.

The limit of Rs. 3 lakh for tax exemption on leave encashment on non-government salaried employees has been raised to Rs. 25 lakh.

Furthermore, the new tax regime has reduced the income tax slabs from 7 to 6. The revised tax structure as per the new tax regime is:-

Latest Updates on Income Tax Return

Read more updates about Budget 2023 here.

You can calculate your estimated income tax after the amendments made in Union Budget 2023-24 here.


What is Income Tax Return (ITR)?

Income tax is a type of tax that is levied by governments on the income earned by individuals, corporations, and other entities. The tax is usually calculated as a percentage of the income earned, and the amount paid is used to fund various government programs and services.

eFiling of Income Tax returns refers to the electronic filing of tax returns through online platforms provided by tax authorities. It is an alternative to the traditional method of filing paper-based tax returns. This process is easy; quickly, in the comfort of your home or office, you can file an income tax return.

Individuals are required to pay income tax on their salary or wages, as well as on other forms of income such as interest, dividends, rental income, business profits, and capital gains. Corporations are also required to pay income tax on their profits.

ITR contains all the details of incomes and tax-saving investments an individual does in a particular financial year. The tax department has notified 7 types of ITR forms i.e. ITR 1, ITR 2, ITR 3, ITR 4, ITR 5, ITR 6, ITR 7 for filing Income Tax returns (Forms are relevant for individuals, companies, firms, etc.).


What are the Benefits of Filing an Income Tax Return?

In India, there is a general practice that if you are a citizen with a gross income that exceeds the basic tax exemption limit, i.e., 2,50,000, subject to certain conditions, you must file an Income Tax Return (ITR). If your income doesn’t exceed Rs 2,50,000 during the year, you’re not legally bound to file your return. But it’s still recommended that you file your return because of the benefits that come with filing an income tax return:

Accidental Claims When you meet with an accident and want an accidental claim from the insurance companies if you have your income tax returns with you then the court applies a simple formula to arrive at the claim amount.
Proof of Income/Proof of Net worthWhat’s the best document for your Income Proof? No brownies for guessing this one. Yes, we all know it’s your income tax return.
Refund You can claim a refund of the amount you have paid in excess or deducted excessively in the form of TDS. There is no bigger joy than getting back your money from the Income Tax Department.
Eligibility in Loan Application Income Tax Returns of the last three years is one of the basic documents required for loans. This helps banks in judging your payback capacity.
Carry forward capital losses If in a financial year, you have incurred capital losses, then you can carry forward it and settle in the future.
Obtaining Visa For traveling abroad, foreign consulates of many countries ask you to furnish the last 3 years’ income tax returns or the current year’s income tax return. The absence of any return can reduce your chances of getting a visa, especially under the visitor, investor, and work permit categories.
Carry forward of losses Want to claim last year’s business loss? File your income tax return, and you’re all set for it.
For Startup Funding Looking to raise funds from VCs, or angels? You need to have income tax returns filed to date ready. Many investors study your business scalability, profitability, and other cost parameters from your business income tax return.
Protection against Black Money If you diligently file your income tax return every year, then your savings will never be at risk of being termed as black money by the Income Tax officials, as any income not reported to the Income Tax Department comes under the radar of black money.
Buying an insurance Policy with high life cover Some insurance companies are adamant about income tax returns while providing high life cover to verify your annual income.
Obtaining Government Tender Sometimes, furnishing your income tax return is a must to apply for government tenders especially when tenders of high value are being awarded.
Avoid penalty Non-filing of income tax returns can land you in trouble with the Income Tax Department. You carry the risk of not only paying a penalty but interest on it as well.
Credit Card Application Want to flaunt a high limited Credit Card? Well, you better have your income tax return with you to get the hang of it.
Growth of the nation Be a part of the nation-building process by filing an income tax return.
Read More here.
benefit of filing a return if an individual

What is the Due Date to File an Income Tax Return?

The ITR filing due date for FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25) is 31st July 2024. ITR filing on the due date is essential to comply with tax laws, avoid penalties, claim timely refunds, maintain accurate financial records, and facilitate financial transactions. It is advisable to prioritize timely filing to stay in line with regulatory requirements and avoid unnecessary complications.

Although for the people who fall within the limits of a tax audit, the due date is 31st October, and in the case where transfer pricing is applicable, the due date is 30th November after the end of the financial year.

Note: Persons who fall within the limits of Tax Audit are:

  • Persons carrying on business and sales/turnover exceeding Rs.1 Cr.
  • A person carrying on professional and Gross Receipts exceeding Rs 50 Lakhs.
  • A person carrying on business or profession under the provisions of section 44AD and sales/turnover exceeds Rs 2 Cr. or declaring income lower than the deemed income under the applicable section.

As per the Finance Act 2020: The threshold limit of Rs 1 crore for a tax audit is proposed to be increased to Rs 5 crore with effect from AY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25) if the taxpayer’s cash receipts and cash payments are limited to 5% of the gross receipts or gross payments. The same limit has been increased from Rs. 5 crores to Rs. 10 crores from AY 2022-23 (FY 2021-22)

With effect from 1st April 2021, the threshold limit of Rs 5 crores is increased to Rs 10 crores in case cash transactions do not exceed 5% of the total transactions. Read more here.


Who Should File an Income Tax Return?

Every Indian, including an NRI, is required to file an Income tax return where Total Income exceeds the basic exemption limit of Rs. 2,50,000 for an individual, Rs. 3,00,000 in case of a senior citizen and Rs. 5,00,000 in case of super senior citizens.

You are required to file a return irrespective of the fact whether you have paid tax or not. So, even if the employer has deducted TDS in full you are still required to file an income tax return.

However, there are certain conditions, other than income above the Basic Exemption Limit, due to which a person would be mandatorily required to file an ITR!
Such conditions are :

  • If Business Turnover exceeds Rs.60 lakh
  • If a person carries on a Profession and Professional Receipts exceed Rs.10 lakh
  • If the Total TDS and TCS amount exceeds Rs.25000
  • If Total deposits in one or more Savings accounts exceed Rs.50 lakh
  • If Total deposits in one or more Current Account exceeds Rs.1 crore
  • If Foreign Travel expenses in a year exceed Rs.2 Lakh
  • If Total Electricity expenses in a year exceed Rs.1 lakh

If an individual has Income from foreign assets or is a beneficiary of an asset located in a foreign country.


What Documents are Required to File ITR?

Although documents differ with the income source, still there are a few documents that are common while filing an ITR. Also, note that you do not need to submit/upload any of the documents on the website; these are advised to be kept with you so that required information can be filled in correctly, your time is saved, and common errors can be avoided)

PAN CardPAN Card- PAN is a mandatory requirement while filing the Income Tax Return. Your name & DOB on ITR should be the same as per data from the Income Tax Department.

Aadhaar CardAadhaar Card- The government has also made it compulsory for all taxpayers to use Aadhaar while filing ITR.
Form 16 - For income under the head salaries
Form 26AS
AIS(Annual Information statement) /TIS (Tax Information Summary)
Capital Gain/Loss Statement - If there is an income/loss under the head Capital Gains
Home loan interest Certificate (if applicable)

Bank Account StatementsBank Account Statements- Just to find Income, Interest on Saving bank account, etc. So that you do not miss reporting of any income in ITR.

Bank Account DetailsBank Account Details- Your details of all the bank accounts i.e., Bank account number, code, and Bank Name is, needed to be mentioned while filing ITR.

Challan DetailsChallan Details-(If any tax paid) It includes details such as the challan no., BSR code, date, amount of payment of Advance Tax/ Self Assessment Tax etc.

Original Return/NoticeOriginal Return/Notice- If an individual is filing a revised return or a return is filed in response to a notice received, then he/she is required to fill in the details of the original return and details of the notice.

Check the complete list of documents for ITR filing when you have income from salary, house property, capital gains, and other sources.



How to File ITR for FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25)?

The income tax department provides the facility for e-filing an income tax return. But before filing the ITR, a few points need to be considered:-

  1. Gather necessary documents: Collect all the relevant documents required to file your ITR, such as Form 16 (TDS certificate), bank statements, investment proofs, and any other supporting documents related to your income, deductions, and exemptions.
  2. Choose the appropriate ITR form: Determine the applicable ITR form based on your income sources, residential status, and other factors. In India, different ITR forms (ITR-1 to ITR-7) are available for different categories of taxpayers. Ensure you select the correct form that aligns with your specific situation.
  3. Calculate your taxable income: Calculate your total income for the financial year by considering all sources of income, including salary, business income, rental income, capital gains, and other income. Deduct eligible deductions and exemptions to arrive at your taxable income.
  4. Fill out the ITR form: Fill out the selected ITR form accurately, providing the required details such as personal information, income details, deductions, tax payments made, and other relevant information. Take care to fill in the correct details to avoid any discrepancies.

To file the income tax return online, just visit the ITR e-filing website.

Step 1: Log in to the e-filing portal using your user ID and password.

pay taxes online

Step 2: On your Dashboard, click e-File > Income Tax Returns > File Income Tax Return.

e-File

Step 3: Select Assessment Year as 2023–24 and Mode of filling as online, then click continue.

Mode of filling

Step 4: In case you have already filled the Income Tax Return and it is pending for submission, click Resume Filing. In case you wish to discard the saved return and start preparing the return afresh, click Start New Filing.

Resume Filing

Step 5: Select Status as applicable to you and click Continue to proceed further.

click Continue to proceed further

Step 6: You have two options to select the type of Income Tax Return:

  • If you know which ITR to file, Select the ITR form; else
  • If you are not sure which ITR to file, you may select Help me decide which ITR Form to file and click Proceed. Here, the system helps you determine the correct ITR, then you can proceed with filing your ITR.
Income Tax Return Income Tax Return

Note:

  • In case you are not aware which ITR or schedules are applicable to you or income and deductions details, your answers in response to a set of questions will guide in determining the same and help you in correct / error-free filing of ITR.
  • In case you are aware of the ITR or schedules applicable to you or income and deduction details, you can skip these questions.

Step 7: Once you have selected the ITR applicable to you, note the list of documents needed and click Let’s Get Started.

ITR applicable

Step 8: Select the checkbox applicable to you regarding the reason for filing ITR and click Continue.

checkbox applicable

Step 9: In case you wish to opt for New Tax Regime, select Yes in the Personal Information Section. Please note the pop-up information that certain deductions and exemptions are not available in the new tax regime. Review your pre-filled data and edit it if necessary. Enter the remaining/additional data (if required). Click Confirm at the end of each section

Personal Information Section Personal Information Section Personal Information Section

Step 10: Enter/ Edit your income and total deductions details in the different sections. After completing and confirming all the sections of the form, click Proceed.

income and total deductions

Step 10a: In case there is a tax liability

After clicking on total tax liability, you will be shown a summary of your tax computation based on the details provided by you. If there is tax liability payable based on the computation, you will get the Pay Now and Pay Later options at the bottom of the page.

tax liability

Note:

  • It is recommended to use the Pay Now option.
  • If you opt to Pay Later, you can make the payment after filing your Income Tax Return, but there is a risk of being considered as taxpayer in default, and liability to pay interest on tax payable may arise.

Step 10b: In case there is no tax liability (No Demand / No Refund) or if you are eligible for a Refund

Click Preview Return. If there is no tax liability payable, or if there is a refund based on tax computation, you will be taken to the Preview and Submit Your Return page.

Submit Your Return page

Step 11: If you click on “Pay Now” you will be redirected to e-pay Tax service. Click Continue

e-pay Tax service

Note:

You will be taken to e-Pay Tax page on the portal for making tax payment after you click Continue. Refer to e-Pay Tax user manuals to learn more.

Step 12: After successful payment through e-Filing portal, a success message is displayed. Click Back to Return Filing to complete filing of ITR.

Return Filing to complete filing

Step 13: Click Preview Return.

Step 14: On the Preview and Submit Your Return page, select the declaration checkbox and click Proceed to Preview.

Submit Your Return page

Note: If you have not involved a tax return preparer or TRP in preparing your return, you can leave the textboxes related to TRP blank.

Step 15: Preview your return and click Proceed to Validation.

TRP in preparing your return

Step 16: Once validated, on your Preview and Submit your Return page, click Proceed to Verification.

click Proceed to Verification

Note: If you are shown a list of errors in your return, you need to go back to the form to correct the errors. If there are no errors, you can proceed to e-Verify your return by clicking Proceed to Verification.

Step 17: On the Complete your Verification page, select your preferred option and click Continue.

It is mandatory to verify your return, and e-Verification (recommended option – e-Verify Now) is the easiest way to verify your ITR – it is quick, paperless, and safer than sending a signed physical ITR-V to CPC by speed post.

Complete your Verification page

Note: In case you select e-Verify Later, you can submit your return, however, you will be required to verify your return within 30 days of filing of your ITR.

Step 18: On the e-Verify page, select the option through which you want to e-Verify the return and click Continue.

Once you e-Verify your return, a success message is displayed along with the Transaction ID and Acknowledgment Number. You will also receive a confirmation message on your mobile number and email ID registered on the e-Filing portal.

e-Verify your return

How to File ITR with Tax2win?

You can file the Income Tax return with Tax2win easily and smoothly. Tax2win simplifies the process of filing Income Tax Returns (ITR) and offers comprehensive tax-related services. With a user-friendly interface and step-by-step guidance, it enables individuals to easily file their ITR online

Step 1: Visit the tax2win website. Here, click on the option “File ITR Now”.
Step 2: Select your source of Income and click on continue.
Step 3: If you're a salaried individual, Just Upload your Form 16. If you do not have any form 16, you can skip the option and move further.
Step 4: Enter the Financial Year, PAN & Aadhaar details, and other basic details like your Employment Details, income Details, Deductions(If Any), and bank details. Input your prepaid taxes after giving the details of all the information.
Step 5: Review your tax computation and click on the “File My ITR” button. And it is done!!

What Will be the Next Steps After e-filing of Income Tax Returns?

Once you are done with the e-filing of your income tax return, you must:-

  • Check your inbox for the email id as provided in your income tax return form, You will receive an intimation for the successful filing of your Income Tax Return, along with ITR-V (Acknowledgement) attached with eMail.
  • Cross-Check all figures thoroughly in your filled ITR form or ITR-V for any error, mistake, etc.
  • Verify the Income-tax return by sending a physical copy to CPC Bangalore or you can e-Verify online. Once the return has been successfully Verified, the return filing procedure ends here. And now your job is done.
  • In case you have a refund in your tax return, you shall receive the same in your bank account within the next few days. It is better to keep tracking your income tax refund status so that you do not miss out on any important updates from the department. You can keep checking the refund status from here

Note:- Verification of an ITR is an important step without which your return filing process is not completed. If you fail to verify your ITR within the time limit (30 days), it shall be considered “Invalidate,” i.e., null and void. It means that no Income Tax Return has been filed at all.


How to e-file ITR with Form 16?

File your Income Tax Return with absolute ease with us in just 3 steps:

  • Upload Form 16: Visit our e-filing portal, select your sources of income & upload form 16.
  • Review: Our advanced software automatically picks up the required information & fills in your details by itself. Simply review the information.
  • File ITR: As soon as you give your confirmation, our system files your income tax return online.

You can learn more about Form 16 here.


What will Happen when I have Taxable Income, but do not File my Income Tax Return?

Having taxable income and not filing income tax return can put you in trouble with the Income Tax Authorities. Be prepared to welcome notices from the Income Tax Department along with fines and penalties. The consequences of non-filing of return are:

  • Late filing Fee u/s 234F shall be levied if the return is not filed on or before the due date. The quantum of fees shall vary according to the amount of your income and return filing date. The maximum fee levied is Rs. 5000/-.
  • Notice u/s 142(1), which requires you to file your return if you have not filed it before the due date. if you fail to comply with this notice, then it may result in
    (a) Best Judgment Assessment u/s 144 and/or
    (b) Penalty of Rs. 10,000 u/s 271(1)(b) and/or
    (c) Imprisonment with or without fine u/s 276D.
  • Notice u/s 148 for furnishing return within the period as mentioned in the notice itself.
  • As per Section 270A, if income is under-reported due to
    - Wrong disclosure/misreporting then the penalty shall be leviable @200% of tax payable on such income and
    - In any other case, the penalty shall be 50% of the tax payable on such income
  • A penalty of minimum 100% to a maximum of 300% of the amount of tax for concealment of income u/s 271(1)(c).
  • Interest u/s 234A keeps on mounting at the rate of 1% per month/ part of the month till the time you file your return. Also, you'd be required to pay interest u/s 234B and 234C, both at the rate of 1% per month/ part of the month if you've not complied with the advance tax provisions at the time of late filing of return.
  • If you have losses (Business, Capital loss) that you want to be carried forward, you can not carry forward your loss if you do not file an Income Tax Return or file after the due date.

5 Important Changes to Keep in Mind While Filing ITR for FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25)?

Reporting of virtual digital asset while filing income tax return
As per the latest update in 2023, the income generated via transfer of VDAs like crypto assets is subject to taxation at a rate of 30 percent (including surcharge and cess). It's important to note that deductions for expenses, except for the cost of acquisition (if applicable), are not allowed when calculating such income. Income from VDAs cannot be reported on ITR-1 or ITR-4; instead, it should be reported on form ITR-2 or ITR-3 under the head of business income or capital gains.

Rules on opting out of new tax regime
Starting 2024, the new regime has become the default regime. Therefore, you have to explicitly select the old regime if you want to change it. While salaried persons can switch their regimes every year, business professionals only have the option to switch regimes once in their lifetime. Salaried people can switch regimes while filing their ITR and business professionals are required to submit Form 10 IEA to opt out of the new regime by the last date to file ITR, but before filing the ITR.

80G deduction Claim
To claim the deduction under Section 80 G, it is important to provide the donation receipt and the donation certificate in Form 10BE. In the ITR form, taxpayers need to disclose their donations in the applicable 'Schedule 80G'. A new column has been added to 'Table D' in the current year's ITR form, requiring the disclosure of the ARN (Donation Reference Number) for donations made to entities where a 50% deduction is allowed, subject to the qualifying limit. The ARN should be obtained from the donation certificate issued in Form 10BE by the donee institutions and should be mentioned in the ITR.

Intraday trading reporting
Profit or loss from intraday trading is categorized as business income for taxation purposes. The current year's ITR form includes Part A–Trading Account, where individuals need to provide separate information regarding their intraday trading activities. The form requires details such as turnover from intraday trading and income from intraday trading transferred to the Profit and Loss account.

Section 89A relief claim
If an individual has claimed relief under Section 89 ( income from retirement benefit accounts held in specified countries), they need to provide the relevant information in Schedule Salary of the ITR form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q- What will happen if I have missed the due date or made a mistake while filing my Income Tax Return

  • Missed the due date
    You can file a belated return 3 months prior to the end of the relevant assessment year i.e., For 2023-24 (AY 2024-25), the filing date of it would be till 31st Dec 2024. (It is called a belated return i.e., a late-filed return (After the due date) but with the payment of late fees u/s 234F).
  • Made a Mistake
    You can Revise your already filed ITR three months prior to the relevant assessment year i.e. For r 2023-24 (AY 2024-25) filing the date would be 31st Dec 2024.

Q- What are the options available to a person if he/she misses the due date or if one wants to file a tax return after the deadline for Income tax return filing is over?

Well, even if one misses the due date, still they can file the Late/Belated Return. A belated income tax return can be filed three months prior to the relevant assessment year. You can file the ITR of 2023-24 (AY 2024-25) as a belated return till 31st December 2024.


Q- Can I e-file ITR without Form 16?

If you do not have Form 16, you can use other documents to calculate your income earned, such as salary slips, bank statements, and investment statements & other documents to calculate your total income and for taxes paid. Furthermore, you can also get information about your TDS and TCS via Form 26AS. and it can be downloaded from TRACES via the Income tax portal.

You can e-file your Income Tax Return even if you do not have form 16 with you. You need to fill in the required details in the software and submit the ITR at the end.


Q- What is the timeline & methods for completing the e-Verification of an Income Tax Return?

You are required to complete the verification process by either signing it manually or electronically within 30 days from the date of filing your income tax return. You can find out the details here to know the step by step process for both modes.

There are various methods to e-verify ITR:

  • Through Net banking
  • Through Bank ATM
  • Digital Signature Certificate
  • Aadhaar OTP
  • Bank Account number
  • Demat Account.
  • Physically sending ITR-V.

Check the complete guide on e-verification.


Q- What is the latest amendment introduced u/s 234F i.e., Fees for filing of Income Tax Return AFTER the due date and other consequences of non-filing or late filing of income tax return?

With a view to improving tax compliance and effective utilization of information in tax administration, it is important that returns are filed within the due dates. Keeping this in view the law imposes certain fees u/s 234F in case the returns are not filed on time, these are as under:-

  • If a return is filed on or before the due date i.e. 31st July* - No Fees
  • If a return is filed after the due date but before 31st Dec.*- Upto Rs. 5,000
  • *(In case of extension, then these dates will be replaced by such extended date)

NOTE:- In case total income is up to 5 Lacs then the amount of penalty will be Rs. 1,000 in all cases irrespective of the timing of the filing of your return after the due date.

Further, provisions related to fees for delayed filing of income tax returns are applicable from the Financial year 2018-19 (Assessment year 2019-20) onwards only.

the latest amendment introduced

Q- What is the last date for filing income tax returns for the FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25)?

The Due date(or last date) of filing an income tax return for individuals and other taxpayers (HUFs, Association of Persons, Body of Individuals) whose accounts are not required to be audited for the r 2023-24 (AY 2024-25) is 31st July 2024.

Due date (last date) for another assessee, please click on link


Q- Who can file the Income tax return Offline (In paper form)?

Offline mode is only available for Super Senior Citizens (individuals whose age is 80 years or more during the financial year) and whose income is less than Rs 5 lakh per year and who do not have to claim a refund in the return. However, paper returns can be filed by those above 80 years of age who do not have any income from regular business or professional income.


Q- How to calculate the amount of tax to be paid?

You can easily calculate your tax by using our Income Tax Calculator. Here you just need to fill in the required information in an orderly manner and at last, you will get the amount required to be paid as tax.


Q- How to make a tax payment online?

Every individual can pay taxes by Online or Offline method stated by the Income Tax Department. Please refer to this link to know more details about it.- https://tax2win.in/guide/online-income-tax-payment


Q- I have filed my return, when will I get a refund?

Normally, it takes 20-50 days to get your refund after filing your Income Tax Return. You can track the live refund status from here.


Q- How to correct a mistake made while filing ITR?

As per Section 139(5) of the Income Tax Act, taxpayers can file a revised return to rectify the mistake made while filing ITR. A Tax return can be revised 3 months prior to the relevant Assessment year for which the return is filed i.e., revised/belated return can be filed upto 31st Dec subject to date extension. For 2023-24 (AY 2024-25) revised/belated return can be filed upto 31st Dec 2024.


Q- Do I need to file returns even if my company has deducted tax on my salary?

Yes, you are required to file your tax return even though TDS has been deducted by your employer, provided your income exceeds the basic exemption limit of Rs. 2,50,000. Further, You can not claim excess taxes paid as a refund without filing your tax return.


Q- Is it necessary to attach documents while e-filing ITR?

No, documents are not required to be attached/ uploaded but it is advised to keep them with you. They may be asked by income tax authorities if any assessment notice is served to you in future.


Q- Can I file my ITR for A.Y. 2024-25 after 31st July 2024?

If you have not filed your return by the due date, i.e., 31st July 2024 then you can file a belated return upto 31st Dec 2024.


Q- Is it mandatory to file an income tax return for income less than 5 lakhs?

Yes, as per section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, every individual is required to file an income tax return if their income exceeds INR 2,50,000. So, if your income is INR 5 lakhs, then you are required to file ITR, even if no taxes are required to be paid.


Q- I have an income from my salary as well as capital gains, which ITR form do I need to select: ITR-1 or ITR 2?

ITR-2 is applicable to all those individuals and HUFs whose earnings are from salary, house property, capital gains and other sources but not from business income. Hence, you are required to file ITR-2.


Q- Which Income tax return form should I fill if I am an NRI with no income in India?

An NRI is only required to file a return if he has earned or received any income in India. If there is no income in India an NRI is not required to file income tax returns. But NRI must file their return if they want to claim refund for the excess taxes paid and carry forward the losses.


Q- How do small shopkeepers file an income tax return?

If small shopkeepers have a turnover of up to Rs. 2 crores, then they can file their return under the presumptive scheme under section 44AD.


Q- I worked for two companies last year. Do I need to use an ITR-2 for e-filing?

You can file ITR-1 even if you have two employers in a single financial year; provided income does not exceed INR 50 lakhs. ITR-2 is required to be filed by those individuals and HUFs whose earnings are from salary, house property, capital gains and other sources.


Q- What will happen if I don't e-verify my income tax return?

You are required to either e-verify your return or send it to CPC, Income Tax Department, Bengaluru within 30 days of filing the return, failing to do so will result in invalidation of return which means the return will be considered as never been filed. You can file a belated return if you have not verified your return in the stipulated time but it will be filed with the penalty applicable u/s 234F.


Q- Can a buyer of a car claim TCS in his income tax returns?

Yes, the buyer of a car can claim TCS in his return.TCS is deducted by the seller of the car if the car value is Rs 10 lakhs. Any amount paid as taxes by the taxpayers can be verified with Form 26AS and can be claimed while filing the tax return. If no taxes are required to be paid while filing the return, you can claim a TCS refund from the government.


Q- What if I have forgotten my user ID of the E-filing Website?

Default User id for income tax E-filing Website is your PAN no. if you have forgotten your password, you can reset it by clicking on forgot password link provided on the login page itself and following the steps.


Q- How do I file a revised income tax return after a refund has been paid to my account?

You can file a revised return if there is any mistake in the return that is observed by you even though the refund has been claimed by you.


Q- How do I register on the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department if I don't have any surname, which is a mandatory field?

In case you don’t have a surname you can show your first name directly in the surname field since the first name field is not mandatorily required.


Q- Is it necessary to report intraday trading losses in an income tax return?

Yes, it is necessary to report intraday trading losses for income tax. Intraday trading is considered a speculative activity and should be reported as a business income.


Q- I forgot to give the BSR code and challan number while filing the ITR online. Can I pay the outstanding tax online after this?

BSR code and challan number are just the receipts from the bank that you have paid the tax. If you have already filed your income tax return (ITR) and paid the tax, there is no point in you having outstanding tax. However, if you have some tax outstanding, and you have received the demand notice, then it can be rectified by correcting the BSR code and challan number. If no taxes were paid then you can pay the tax.


Q- Do I have to share my income tax website user ID/password if I want a CA or some tax firm to file my income tax returns in India?

Normally to file an income tax return, one is required to provide income tax credentials with the concerned CA but with tax2win you can file your return without sharing your income tax id and password.


Q- Do I need to mention my foreign income in Income Tax Returns as an NRI?

No, for filing the income tax return as an NRI you need not mention your income from abroad. Only the incomes accrued or earned in India are to be mentioned in the income tax return. Only incomes from India are taxable.


Q- If a deduction is not reflected in my Form 16. Can I claim it while filing ITR?

Yes, if any deduction or allowances has been skipped to be claimed in Form No 16, the tax filer can still claim the same while filing his/her income tax return.


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.