Income Tax Return is a form through which you report the details of your income from various sources and tax paid there onto the Income Tax Department. The Income Tax Act 1961, obligates certain eligible persons to file their income tax return. Filing of Income Tax Return legitimize your earnings. Not filing it means that you have not disclosed your income which becomes your Black Money. Also, by filing your Income Tax Return you can get income tax refund, if you have paid excessive tax to the government.
|What is Income Tax Return?|
|Who is required to file Income Tax Return?
|Is there any benefit of filing return if my income does not exceed Rs 2,50,000?|
|What will happen when I have taxable Income, but do not file my income tax return?|
|What happens if I don't file Income Tax Return on or before due date?|
|Process to E-Filing your ITR|
|What happens after you file Income Tax Return
|Income Tax Returns for Non-Resident Indians (NRI)|
If your income exceeds the basic exemption limit, before deductions in the financial year then you're required to file Income Tax Return. The same rule applies on NRI as well. You are required to file return irrespective of the fact whether you have paid tax or not. So, even if you are under impression that there is no need for you to file income tax return since employer has deducted TDS in full, then you are mistaken.
This basic exemption limit varies depending upon the age of the person filing income Tax return.
|For individuals upto 60 years||2,50,000|
|Senior Citizens (above 60 years)||3,00,000|
|Super Senior Citizens (above 80 years)||5,00,000|
If your Income doesn't exceed Rs 2,50,000 during the year, then 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 income tax return :
Accidental Claims : This is one of the benefits that comes to picture when you meet with an accident and want accidental claim from the insurance companies.If you have your income tax returns with you then court applies simple formula to arrive at the claim amount. The formula for claim is by multiplying the yearly income in ITR with years of expected life of deceased.
Proof of Income:/Proof of Net worth : What'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 refund, of the amount that you paid excessively to the department. There is no bigger joy than getting back your money from the Income Tax Department.
Eligibility in Loan Application: Income Tax Returns of last three years is one of the basic documents required for loans. This helps banks in judging your pay back capacity.
Obtaining Visa: For traveling abroad, foreign consulates of many countries ask you to furnish last 3 years' income tax returns or current year's income tax return. Absence of any return can reduce the chances of you getting visa specially under the visitor, investor and work permit category.
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 VC's, angel? You need to have income tax returns filed till 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 Income Tax Department comes under the radar of black money.
Buying insurance Policy with high life cover: Some insurance companies are adamant for income tax return 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 specially when tender of high value are being awarded.
Avoid penalty: Non-filing of income tax return can lead you in trouble with the income tax department. You carry the risk of not only paying penalty but interest on it as well.
Credit Card Application: Want to flaunt a high limit 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 income tax return.
Having taxable income and not filing income tax return can put you in trouble with the Income Tax Sleuths. Be prepared to welcome notices from Income Tax Department along with fines and penalty. The consequences of non-filing of return are:
Due date of filing Income Tax Return is 31st July after the end of each financial year for which it is to be filed. This date may be extended by Income Tax Department. So, for the financial year 2016-17, the due date would be 31st July, 2017 unless its extended.
Although, for the persons who fall in the ambit of tax audit, the due date is 30th September and in the cases where transfer pricing is applicable, the due date is 30th November after the end of the financial year.
Well, if you miss the due date ,you can redeem yourself by filing late/Belated Return which can be filed before the expiry of one year from the end of the relevant assessment year or before the completion of assessment whichever is earlier.
Suppose, you forgot to file the income tax return for the Assessment Year 2016-17(F.Y. 2015-16) then you could still file the income tax return by way of filing belated return of this Assessment Year by 31st March 2018.
But, due to the new amendment in the 2016 Budget, from Assessment Year 2017-18(FY.2016-17), you will be able to file the belated income tax return only till the expiry of the relevant Assessment Year. It means that for the returns filed for Assessment Year 2017-18, belated returns can only be filed till 31st March 2018.But filing Belated Return comes at a cost:
There are various documents that you need to keep ready before starting your Income Tax Return:
PAN Card : the income tax department identifies you by your unique 10-digit number mentioned on your PAN Card If you want to apply for PAN Card or want to make any change or correction in your PAN Card or lost your PAN Card or apply for NRI PAN Card, visit: https://tax2win.in/online-pan-card
Bank Account Details : Details like Bank Name,Account no & IFSC Code of all the accounts owned by you needs to be kept ready.You need to report a bank account even if you closed it during the year.
Other Documents : These will depend on your income & deductions.
|House Property Income||
|Capital Gains Income||
|Other Sources Income||
Log-on to https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/ and register on the website. You will need to provide your PAN No., Date of Birth, Email ID, Phone No & Password.
Your PAN no will be your User ID.
If you are already registered then log-in using your User ID & Password.
The Income Tax Act categorizes your income in five heads. Each income is treated differently. The type of income determines the Income Tax Return you have to file.
Salary Income: It includes both salary income and pension income. The basic condition for an income to be called a salary income is that there needs to be employer-employee relationship between the payer and payee.
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Income from House Property: Rental Income that you receive from lending your house on rent is Income from House Property. Even income from the house that you're residing in is also calculated but it will be either nil or negative. The income under this head can be negative owing to the deduction of interest available for interest on housing loan.
Profits and Gains of Business or Profession: Income from carrying out business or profession is taxable under this head. The income chargeable to tax is the difference between the income received and expenses incurred.
Capital Gains: Any profit or gain arising from transfer of capital asset held as investments (such as house, Jewellery, shares) is chargeable to tax under the head capital gains. The gain can be short term as well as long term.
Income from Other Sources: Any income which cannot be covered under above heads is taxable under this head. Like interest on fixed deposits, lottery income etc.
Deductions: Under Income Tax, you can get tax deduction for certain investments and expenditures. Yes, government is not only after taxes. It gives relief to taxpayers from the burden of taxes through these deductions. These investments and expenditures are listed in chapter VI A. Under this, there are many sections of Income Tax Deductions like section 80C, 80D, 80E etc.
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Once you have understood what your income was in the previous year, its time for you to file your income tax return. For this you need to find out the right income tax form applicable on you. There are 9 type of Income Tax Return(ITR) Forms based upon the nature of your income. For a salaried individual the relevant forms are ITR1,ITR2A & ITR2.
|ITR Form||TO WHOM APPLICABLE||SOURCE OF INCOME;|
|ITR 1[SAHAJ]||Individual||Salary/Pension Income
Income from 1 House Property (excluding carry forward of losses)
Exempt Income (Agricultural income upto Rs. 5,000 only)
Other Sources Income (excluding lottery and horse race income)
|ITR 2A||Individual & HUF, having any income other than ‘Profits and gains of business or profession'||Everything in ITR-1
Income from more than 1 House Property
Carry forward of losses from House Property
Agriculture Income more than Rs 5,000
Lottery and Horse Race Income
|ITR 2||Individual & HUF, having any income other than ‘Profits and gains of business or profession'||Everything in ITR-2A
Income from Capital Gains
|ITR 3||Individual & HUF , partner in a partnership firm||Everything in ITR-2
Profit share, Salary, Commission, Bonus, Interest, Remuneration of a partner of a partnership firm
|ITR 4||Individual who has income from proprietary business/profession||Everything in ITR-3
Profits and Gains of Business or Profession
|ITR 4S [SUGAM]||Individuals and HUFs opting for presumptive taxation scheme under Section 44AD/44AE||
|ITR 5;||For Firms, Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs), Association of Persons (AOPs) and Body of Individuals (BOIs), Co-operative Societies, Artificial Judicial Persons and Local Authorities.|
|ITR 6||For Companies [other than companies claiming exemption under section 11]|
|ITR 7||For Trust ,filing under section 139(4A) or section 139(4B) or section 139(4C) or section 139(4D) or section 139(4E) or section 139 (4f).|
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The income tax website gives you various options to e-file your income tax return.
If ITR 1/4S is applicable on you, then you can click on ”Quick e-file” option and fill details to file your income tax return. Alternatively, you can go to “Downloads” section and select the relevant ITR Form and save it on your system. You can now fill your ITR offline and upload it later.
Now go back to income tax portal, login and click on “Upload Return”. Then upload the saved XML file. A pop-up will ask you as to whether you wish to digitally sign the file. If you have digital signature then click on “yes” otherwise “no”.
After you have successfully filed your return , ITR V will be generated by the tax department system. This is a summary document, which acknowledges that return has been received by the IT Department. This ITR V will be sent on your email ID. You are require to verify it.If you don't verify your return it would be treated as if you've not filed your return.
To verify it offline, you need to take a print-out and sign it. The signed copy needs to be sent to CPC Bangalore after signing it within 120 days from the date of filing your ITR by way of speed post or ordinary post at the following address:
Income Tax Department – CPC
Post Box No – 1
Electronic City Post Office,
Bangalore – 560100, Karnataka
You should get an email acknowledging receipt of this ITR-V from the IT department once this ITR-V is received by them.
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After you've verified your return, income tax department starts processing your return through its software which takes into account arithmetical errors and incorrect claims that are apparent from the information in the return.
If there's any discrepancy between your tax computation and that of software's, then Intimation u/s 143(1) is issued to you. Discrepancies can be in the form of difference in tax/interest payable or refundable or increase/decrease in the loss claimed during the year.
If there is no more additional tax payable or refundable or there is no adjustment resulting in a change in loss claimed during the year, then Intimation u/s 143(1) will not be sent to you and Income Tax Return Acknowledgement will be deemed as Intimation u/s 143(1). No intimation shall be sent after the expiry of 1 year from the end of F.Y in which return is made.
However, it's practically observed that Intimation u/s 143(1) is issued even if there's no discrepancy.
Apart from the above intimation, you can be issued different notices under Income Tax Act like notice for defect in your return, income escaping notice etc. In some cases, your income tax return can even be selected for Income Tax Scrutiny which is the thorough examination of your income tax return wherein you might be asked to submit proofs of the income, expenses, investments and losses as declared by you in your return.
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Personal Information: This section of Income Tax Return contains identification information like Name, Gender, DOB, Address, PAN No, Mobile No, Email ID.
Filing Status: This section contains information related to Residential Status, IT Section under which return is filed. There are various sections under which return is filed. 139(1): When return is filed voluntarily on or before due date.
Total Income: The details of income from all the five heads are shown in the income tax return.
Computation of Tax Liability: In India, except certain incomes, taxes are calculated on the slab rate for individuals
|Upto Rs 2,50,000||No Tax|
|2,50,001 to 5,00,000||10%|
|5,00,001 to 10,00,000||20%|
|Upto Rs 3,00,000||No Tax|
|3,00,001 to 5,00,000||10%|
|5,00,001 to 10,00,000||20%|
|Upto Rs 5,00,000||No Tax|
|5,00,001 to 10,00,000||20%|
If your Net Total Income, i.e. Income after deductions is less than Rs 5 Lakh, then you're eligible for Rebate u/s 87A for Rs 5,000 or the amount of tax, whichever is lower.
On your tax amount, Education Cass (EC) and Secondary and Higher Education Cess (SHEC) is also levied at 2% and 1% respectively. Suppose you earn an income of Rs 17,00,000 during the financial year 2016-17. Your tax deductible deductions are Rs 2,00,000. Your tax would be calculated as follows:
|Gross Total Income||17,00,000|
|Net Total Income||15,00,000|
|Tax on first Rs 2,50,000||Nil|
|Tax on next Rs 2,50,000 @ 10%||25,000|
|Tax on next Rs 5,00,000 @ 20%||1,00,000|
|Tax on remaining Rs 5,00,000 @ 30%||1,50,000|
|Total Tax Rs 25,000+ 1,00,000+ 1,50,000||2,75,000|
|EC & SHEC @ 3% on Total Tax||8,250|
|Total Tax liability including EC & SHEC||2,83,250|
Taxes Paid Information: This section reports the information about the details of taxes paid by you to the government in the financial year for which income tax return is being filed. This information is contained in Form 26AS , You can view/download your Form 26AS from https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/. There are four ways in which taxes are paid- TDS: https://blog.tax2win.in/need-know-tds-salary/
Bank Account Details: In this section, you need to enter all the details of all the bank accounts held by you during the year.
For the purpose of Income tax, the residential status of the taxpayer plays a crucial role. For a resident, all incomes are taxable whether earned or accrued outside India but for a NRI, only income which accrues or arises in India would be taxable.
To know whether you're resident or non-resident, refer https://blog.tax2win.in/residential-status-resident-non-resident/
|Type of Income||Taxability|
|Income which accrues or arises in India||Taxed|
|Income which is deemed to accrue or arise in India||Taxed|
|Income which is received in India||Taxed|
|Income which is deemed to be received in India||Taxed|
|Income accruing outside India from a business controlled from India or from a profession set up in India||Not Taxed|
|Income other than above (i.e.,income which has no relation with India)||Not Taxed|