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ITR forms for Assessment Year 2020-21 Notified. The new forms to have additional disclosures about the investments made between 1st April 2020 to 30th June 2020

What are ITR forms?

ITR Forms means Income Tax Return forms. An ITR form is a prescribed form through which you communicate the details of your income earned, deductions claimed and taxes paid in a financial year to the Income Tax Department. It also allows you to carry forward the losses and claim a refund from the Income Tax Department.

There are different ITR forms prescribed for different categories of taxpayers. The selection will depend upon your Taxpayer status, Nature of income and Residential Status in India etc.


ITR forms and Income Tax Return,are the two terms interchangeable?

People tend to use ITR forms and ITR as interchangeable terms but they are not really so. ITR forms are the forms in which the income tax return is filed. Once your form is submitted successfully with the tax department, it can be called as Income Tax Return, and not at any stage before that.


What are the different ITR forms for Income Tax Return Filing(ITR) ?

For AY 2020-21, the government has notified only two ITR forms till now. You can check the previous ITR forms for AY 2019-20 (FY 2018-19) here. figures

Every year new updated ITR forms are released by CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) for duly furnishing your ITR of the relevant Financial Year with the tax department.
Let's discuss as to which form you need to file.


Which ITR to file for the AY 2020-21(FY 2019-20) ?

The Income Tax department’s official website lists different ITR forms that the taxpayers may be required to fill on the basis of their income. Some forms out of these are easy to file while others need some additional disclosures like P/L (profit and loss) statements etc. Know which ITR form is applicable for your e-filing of ITR -


ITR 1 or SAHAJ

Sahaj being one of the most simplified one page forms.

Who can file ITR 1?

This form is for a resident individual whose total income includes the following:

  • Income earned from salary or Pension.
  • Income from other sources excluding income from winning a lottery or income from owning and maintaining race horses, income taxable under section 115BBDA or section 115E.
  • Income from One House Property, however, in this form, loss brought forward from previous years or carry forward of losses are not eligible.
  • Income from agriculture activities upto ? 5000.
  • Total income of the individual should not exceed 50 Lakhs.
Who cannot file ITR 1(Sahaj)?
  • Non Resident
  • Not Ordinarily Resident
  • Person having business or profession
  • Anyone having income exceeding Rs 50 lakhs
  • If you own more than one house property
  • Income arising from Winnings from Lottery or Race Horses, Gambling or speculation income
  • An assessee having Capital Gains income
  • Individual having financial interest in assets located outside India, which includes any signing authority for accounts held outside India
  • Person claiming relief u/s 90/90A/91 for taxes paid in foreign country
  • Loss under income from other sources
  • One who desires to carry forward or brought forward loss under income from house property
  • An individual who is holding the position of a Director in a company
  • An Individual who has held any unlisted equity shares at any time during the previous year
  • Agricultural income exceeding Rs. 5,000/-
  • Any claim of credit of TDS in the hands of any other person

ITR 4 or Sugam :

Who can file ITR 4?
  • This form is applicable to both the resident individuals and HUFs.
  • Other than LLPs all partnership firms which are residents and have an income which is either professional or from business.
  • Those persons who have opted for a presumptive income scheme according to Section 44AD, Section 44AE and Section 44ADA of the Income Tax Act.
  • If the person’s business turnover exceeds Rs. 2 crore, then he is required to file ITR-3 with Audit report, and not ITR 4.
  • The total income for ITR 4 should not exceed Rs. 50 lakhs.
  • Income from One House Property(loss brought forward from previous years or carry forward of losses are not eligible in this ITR Form ).
  • Income from Salary or Pension.
  • Income from other sources. (excluding income from winning a lottery or income from owning and maintaining race horses , income taxable under section 115BBDA or 115BE).
  • A person who had spent an amount more than Rs. 2 lakhs on a foreign travel on himself or any other person.
  • A person who has spent an amount more than Rs. 1 Lakh on electricity.
  • One who has deposited an amount or aggregate of the amounts exceeding rupees one crore in one or more current accounts maintained with a co-operative bank or banking company.
Who cannot file ITR 4(SUGAM)?
  • Anyone who maintains books of accounts and is willing to set off expenses with income earned and not want to file as per the 44AD / 44ADA and 44AE provisions i.e. presumptive taxation basis.
  • Income earned through capital gains.
  • If you own more than one house property whether let out or self occupied
  • A person having Agricultural income in excess of Rs 5,000.
  • Person who is a Director in a company
  • Person has held any unlisted equity shares at any time during the previous year
  • Persons having financial interest in assets located outside India, which includes any signing authority for accounts held outside India
  • Income arising from Winnings from Lottery or owning and maintaining of Race Horses, Gambling or speculation income
  • Person claiming relief u/s 90/90A/91 for taxes paid in foreign country.
  • Loss under income from other sources
  • One who desires to carry forward or brought forward loss under income from house property
  • any claim of credit of TDS in the hands of any other person

ITR 2* :


Who can file ITR 2?

This form is for individuals or a HUF (Hindu Undivided Family) whose income includes:

  • Income from salary or Pension
  • Income from House Property(one or more)
  • Income from other sources including income from winning a lottery or income from owning and maintaining a race horse or income taxable at special rates.

(Total income can exceed 50 lakhs in this ITR Form)

  • Persons who had investments in unlisted equity shares at any time during the entire financial year.
  • Individual who is a director in a company.
  • Individual who is a Resident(ROR/RNOR)or non resident.
  • Income earned from capital gains
  • Income from foreign assets/ other foreign income.
  • Agricultural income more than Rs 5,000/-
  • Incomes where clubbing provisions are applicable
Who cannot file ITR 2?
  • Individual or HUF accruing income from business or profession
  • Partner of a partnership firm having income from partnership

ITR 3* :

Who can file ITR 3?

This form is to be used by either an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family who are carrying on profession or a business. The following persons are eligible to fill this form:

  • The residential status can be either Non-resident or Resident(ROR/RNOR)
  • If a person is the director of the company.
  • Persons who had investments in unlisted equity shares at any time during the entire financial year.
  • Income from other sources, Income of a person who is a partner in a firm.
  • Income from salary or Pension
  • Income from House Property(one or more)
  • Total income can exceed 50 lakhs in this case.
  • Income earned from capital gains or foreign assets/foreign income.
  • who is having income under the head ?profits or gains of business or profession and who is not eligible to file Form ITR-1 (Sahaj), ITR-2 or ITR-4 (Sugam).
Who cannot file ITR 3?
  • Companies
  • Trusts
  • Co-operative Society
  • Local Authority
  • Artificial Juridical Person
  • Firm including LLP
  • AOP, BOI

ITR- 5* :

Who can file ITR 5?

The following should choose ITR-5 form :

  • Investment funds
  • Business trusts
  • Estate of insolvent
  • Artificial Juridical Person (AJP)
  • Body of individuals (BOIs)
  • LLPs
  • Associations of Persons (AOPs) and Firms.
Who cannot file ITR 5?
  • Individuals
  • HUF
  • Company
  • Person require to file Form ITR-7 i.e. Trusts etc claiming the exemption of Section 11.

ITR-6* :

Who can file ITR 6?

This form can be used by companies which are not claiming any exemptions under Section 11 and by a company other than a company which is required to file return in Form ITR-7.

Who cannot file ITR 6?
  • Section 11 companies being companies formed with charitable or religious purpose
  • Companies on which Form ITR-7 is applicable

ITR-7* :

Who can file ITR 7?

Persons including companies that are required to file returns under Section 139(4A), Section 139(4B), Section 139(4C), Section 139(4D) should choose ITR-7 form. The details against each section is briefed for you below:

  • Section 139(4A): The return to be filed in respect of Income from a property, of which the true owner is a trust or such property is held under any other legal obligation. In this case the income generated should be used only for charitable or religious purposes.
  • Section 139(4B): The return to be filed in respect of total Income derived by a Political party
  • Section 139(4C): The below mentioned entities should file returns under this section:
    i.) Scientific Research association.
    ii.) Educational institutions, hospitals and other medical institutions.
    iii.)Associations and institutions covered under section 10(23A) and Section 10(23B).
    iv.) News agencies.
    v.) Others as may be prescribed.
  • Section 139(4D): The returns by colleges, universities or any other institutions which are not required to furnish return of income or loss under any other section need to be filed under this section.
Who cannot file ITR 7?

Any other person from those specified above cannot report using ITR 7 Form.

*Note : Not notified till now, the description written basis AY 2019-20


How can I download ITR Form utility online?

ITR forms can be downloaded for any year from the Income Tax India website.
Steps to download ITR forms utility online -

  1. Visit the official website of the Income Tax department of India. By clicking on www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
  2. Go to the “Downloads” head on the right side of the screen
  3. Click on the option ‘IT Return Preparation Software ’.
  4. Choose the specific assessment year.
  5. Click on ‘Excel Utility’ to download the excel file for desired ITR.

What are the changes in the new ITR forms for AY 2020-21 (FY 2019-20)?

The ITR forms have been notified vide Notification 1/2020 on 3rd Jan 2020 by CBDT. The changes brought are

  • ITR 1 Additional disclosure required :
    - Indian Passport details.
  • . In case the house property is given on rent , the taxpayer filing the ITR will have to provide the name and PAN or Aadhaar of the tenant in the ITR-1 Form.
  • A separate column has been added under ‘Income from other sources’ for deduction u/s 57(iv) – in case of interest received on compensation / enhanced compensation under section 56(2)(viii).
  • ITR 4 Additional disclosures required :
    - Amount of Aggregate electricity expense if it exceeds Rs 1,00,000/-.
    - Amount of Aggregate cash deposit in the current account(s) if it exceeds Rs 1cr.
    - Amount of Aggregate expenditure on foreign travel if it exceeds Rs 2,00,000/-.
    - Cash and bank details pertaining to presumptive business required
  • In case the house property is given on rent , the taxpayer filing the ITR will have to provide the name and PAN or Aadhaar of the tenant in the ITR- 4Form
  • Indian Passport details.
  • A separate column has been added under ‘Income from other sources’ for deduction u/s 57(iv) – in case of interest received on compensation / enhanced compensation under section 56(2)(viii).
  • Details of PAN of Firm in case taxpayer is a Partner in a Firm.
  • Details of partners of the firm.

Which ITR to file for the AY 2019-20 (FY 2018-19)?

ITR Form Number Description
ITR 1 For individuals who are a resident other than Not ordinarily Resident, who have a total income upto Rs. 50 lakhs. Having income from salaries, one house property, other sources and agricultural Income upto Rs. 5 thousand ( not for any individual who is holding the position of a director in a company or invested in unlisted equity shares)
ITR 2 Income of both individuals and HUFs from salaries, house property, capital gains , foreign investments and agricultural Income Rs. 5 thousand or more. The total annual income can exceed Rs. 50 Lakhs. The individual should not have gains and profits of a business or profession.
ITR 3 The individual and HUF having gains and profits of business or profession.
ITR 4 For individuals, HUFs and firms other than LLP, a resident having total income of upto 50 lakhs and having income from business and profession which is computed under section 44AD, 44ADA and 44AE. ( not for any individual who is holding the position of a director in a company or invested in unlisted equity shares)
ITR 5 For persons other than Individual, HUFs, company and person filing for ITR-7
ITR 6 For all the companies other than the ones claiming exemption under Section-11
ITR 7 Persons/Companies who are required to furnish returns under sections 139(4A), 139(4B), 139 (4C) and 139 (4D).

FAQs on ITR Forms

Q- Can I file ITR for AY 2020-21 now?

Ans. ITR for AY 2020-21(FY 2019-20) can be filed after the end of financial year i.e., 31st March, 2020.


Q- How to know which ITR form to be filled?

Ans. You can refer to the above blog for knowing the applicability of ITR form.


Q- What is the ITR form for individuals?

Ans. ITR - 1 / ITR-2 / ITR-3 / ITR-4 can be filed by Individuals depending on the sources of income and other relevant information.


Q- Which ITR form for salary income?

Ans. If a resident individual is having only Salary income then Form ITR-1 is relevant subject to other conditions.


Q- Which ITR should be filed for the commission agent?

Ans. The applicability of ITR form depends upon the source of income. For example, the commission agency income can be treated as other sources of income or business income.
If an individual is having a major source of income as salary and is also earning commission income, then he can choose to file ITR1. Whereas if the individual is having the main source of income as commission then it may be treated as business income and he can choose to file ITR3 in this case.


Q- What is the difference between ITR 3 and ITR 4?

Ans. ITR-4 is applicable in case business/ professional income is reported on presumptive basis under section 44AD/ 44ADA/ 44AE whereas ITR-3 is applicable on business or professional income reported on other than presumptive basis. There are many other differences which can be derived from the blog above.


Q- What is the difference between ITR 1 and ITR 4?

Ans. ITR-1 is applicable on Resident Individuals having Income from Salaries, One House property , Other sources of income as specified .On the other hand, ITR-4 is applicable on Resident Individuals, HUF or Firms except LLP having Income from business and profession which is computed under Section 44AD/ 44ADA/ 44AE (i.e.,on presumptive basis)


Q- Which ITR form is applicable for nil return?

Ans. ITR Form depends on the type of taxpayer , source of income and such other factors. For eg., If a nil return is to be filed of a HUF then ITR-2 or ITR-3 or ITR-4 shall be relevant depending on sources of income and other factors.


Q- Which ITR form is to be used for commission income?

Ans. If the commission is business income of an individual then it should be reported as business income and accordingly, ITR-3 shall be applicable and if it is not his business income then it shall be treated as income from other sources, consequently, ITR-1 or ITR-2 shall be relevant subject to other conditions.


Q- Which ITR form should NRI use?

Ans. ITR-2 or ITR-3 is applicable on Non- resident Individuals.


Q- Which ITR form to fill for self employed?

Ans. ITR-3 or ITR-4 shall be applicable on a self-employed.


Q- How to file ITR if i have form 16?

Ans. ITR is to be filed using details appearing in Form-16. ITR can be filed either on income tax website directly or by downloading Excel or JAVA utility of the Income Tax Return Form from IT website. Tax2win.in also assists in ITR filing in a smooth and simplify manner with maximum tax saving.


Q- I am salaried person. I also deal in share trading. Which ITR should I file?

Ans. ITR 1 is used for salaried persons. But in case assessee is dealing in shares trading which may result in capital gains then ITR 2 is filed.


Q- Where do you declare profession tax on the ITR-1 form?

Ans. Professional tax is declared in deductions u/s 16 in ITR 1


Q- Which ITR form should I use for dual income from salary and consultancy charges under section 194J?

Ans. ITR 4 is filed if person having income from salary and profession if the person wants to report consultancy income on presumptive basis.


Q- In which month do ITR forms become available?

Ans. ITR forms are available throughout the year and every year updated ITR forms are released after the end of the relevant financial year. There is no fixed specified date in this regard.


Q- ITR: Which ITR I have to fill for 2 incomes (commissions -194H and Salary)?

Ans. ITR 1 is available for salary income and other sources of income.


Q- Which ITR form should you use if you have a rental income from two houses?

Ans. ITR form 2 is filled for income from multiple house property.


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