ITR-1 Form Filing

ITR-1 SAHAJ form is the most widely used form by Individuals to file their Tax Returns with the Income Tax Department of India.

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Who is Eligible to File ITR 1  for AY 2018-19?

ITR -1  Form is a simplified one page form for individuals having income upto Rs 50 lakhs from the following sources :

  • Income from Salary/Pension
  • Income from One House Property (excluding cases where loss is brought forward from previous years)
  • Income from Other Sources (excluding winning from Lottery and Income from Race Horses)

In case of clubbed Income Tax Returns, where a spouse or a minor is included, this can be done only if their income too is limited to the above specifications.

Who cannot file ITR 1 for AY 2018-19

  • Individuals having income above Rs 50 lakhs cannot use this form.
  • Residents not ordinarily resident (RNOR) and non-residents cannot file returns using ITR -1
  • Also individuals  who have earned Income through the following means are not eligible to file form ITR 1 :
  1. More than one House Property
  2. b.Lottery, Racehorses, Legal Gambling etc.
  3. Taxable capital gains (Short term and Long term)
  4. Agricultural income exceeding Rs. 5,000
  5. Business and Profession
  6. Individual who is a Resident and has assets (including financial interest in any entity) outside India or signing authority in any account located outside India.
  7. Individual claiming relief of foreign tax paid or double taxation relief under section 90/90A/91.

What is the structure of ITR 1 Form ?

  • Part A – General Information
  • Part B – Gross total Income
  • Part C – Deductions and taxable total income
  • Part D – Computation of Tax Payable
  • Part E  – Other Information
  • Schedule IT – Detail of Advance tax and Self Assessment Tax payments
  • Schedule TDS – Detail of TDS/TCS

How do I file my ITR-1 Form?

You can submit your ITR-1 Form either online or offline.

Offline:

Only following persons have the option to file the return in paper form

  • An individual at the age of 80 years or more at any time during the previous year
  • An individual or HUF whose income does not exceed Rs 5 lakhs and who has not claimed any refund in the return of income

For offline ,the return is furnished in a physical paper form.The Income Tax Department will issue you an acknowledgment at the time of submission of your physical paper return.

Online/Electronically:
  • By transmitting the data electronically and then submitting the verification of the return in the form of ITR-V to CPC, Bengaluru.
  • By filing the return online and e-verifying the ITR-V through net banking/aadhaar OTP/EVC.

If you submit your ITR-1 Form electronically, the acknowledgment will be sent to your registered email id. You can also choose to download it manually from the income tax website. You are then required to sign it and send it to the Income Tax Department’s CPC office in Bangalore within 120 days of e-filing. Alternatively, you can e-verify your return.

The Major Changes which are made in the ITR 1 for the AY 2018-19 are:

  • Earlier ITR-1 was applicable for both Residents, Residents Not ordinarily resident (RNOR) and also Non-residents. Now this from has been made applicable only for resident individuals.
  • The condition of the individual having income from salaries, one house property, other income and having total income upto Rs 50 lakhs continues
  • There is a requirement to furnish a break-up of salary. Until now, these details would appear only in Form 16 and the requirement to disclose them in the return had never arisen.
  • There is also a requirement to furnish a break up of Income under House Property which was earlier mandatory only for ITR -2 and other forms
  • Under the Schedule on TDS, there is also an additional field for furnishing details of TDS as per Form 26QC for TDS made on rent. Also, provision for quoting of PAN of Tenant for such rent cases has also been made.

The Major Changes which are made in the ITR 1 for the AY 2017-18 are:

Quoting of Aadhar Number is mandatory

Every person is mandatory required to quote Aadhaar number in the return of income. If any person does not possess the Aadhaar Number but he had applied for the Aadhaar card then he can quote Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application Form in the ITR.

Disclosure of cash deposits during demonetization

A new column has been introduced in all ITR Forms to report on cash deposited by taxpayers in their bank accounts during the demonetization period, i.e., from November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016. However, taxpayer are required to fill up this column only if they have deposited Rs 2 lakh or more during the demonetization period

Disclosure of all Bank Accounts

The details of all the savings and current accounts held at any time during the previous year must be provided. However, it is not mandatory to provide details of dormant accounts which are not operational for more than 3 years. The account number should be as per Core Banking Solution (CBS) system of the bank.

Simplified one page ITR Form for Salaried class taxpayers (ITR 1 Sahaj)

Now the Govt. has notified simplified one page form ‘ITR-1 Sahaj’ for individuals having income up to Rs 50 lakhs  from salary, pension, one house property and income from other sources. It has removed columns which are not frequently used by the taxpayers such as :

  •  New ‘ITR-1 Sahaj’ has retained those deductions which are most frequently used by the taxpayers such as  under Section 80C, 80D, 80G and 80TTA.If any taxpayer wants to claim deduction under any other provision of chapter VI-A he can specify the relevant Section in column titled as ‘Any other’.
  •  Schedules of TDS and TCS have been merged into one in order to make ITR 1 shorter and simpler.
  •  New columns have been inserted to report dividend income and long-term capital gains exempt under Section 10(34) and Section 10(38) respectively. It is mandatory to e file tax returns for those with long term capital of Rs 2.5 lakhs or more ,even though their taxable income may be below 2.5lakhs.

FAQs

What is the ITR-1 Form for AY 2016-17?

The ITR-1 Form, also called Sahaj (meaning easy in Hindi), is the Income Tax Return Form for salaried individuals (i.e. salary/pension/family pension and interest income).

The due date of filing the ITR-1 form for the Financial Year 2015-16 is 5th Aug, 2016. 

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Who is eligible to file the ITR-1 Form for AY 2016-17?

ITR -1 should be filed for an assessment year, when Total Income of an Individual includes:

  • Income from Salary/Pension
  • Income from One House Property (excluding cases where loss is brought forward from previous years)
  • Income from Other Sources (excluding winning from Lottery and Income from Race Horses)

In case of clubbed Income Tax Returns, where a spouse or a minor is included, this can be done only if their income too is limited to the above specifications.

Who is not eligible to file the ITR-1 Return for AY 2016-17?

Individuals who are not eligible to fill the ITR-1 SAHAJ form are those who have earned Income through the following means:

  • more than one House Property
  • Lottery, Racehorses, Legal Gambling etc.
  • taxable capital gains (Short term and Long term)
  • agricultural income exceeding Rs. 5,000
  • Business and Profession
  • Individual who is a Resident and has
    • assets (including financial interest in any entity) outside India or
    • signing authority in any account located outside India.
  • Individual claiming relief of foreign tax paid or double taxation relief under section 90/90A/91.

What is the structure of the ITR-1 Form?

ITR-1 is divided into:

  • Part A: Personal Details
  • Part B: Gross Total Income
  • Part C: Deductions and Taxable Total Income
  • Part D: Tax Computation and Tax Status
  • Schedule IT: Details of Advance Tax and Self Assessment Tax Payments
  • Schedule TDS: Details of Tax Deducted at Source

The ITR-1 Form can not be used if you are claiming double taxation relief under Section 90/90A/91.

How do I fill out the ITR-1 Form?

Documents which you should keep in hand before filling out your ITR-1 form are:

  • Form 16s, issued by all your employers for the given Financial Year
  • Form 26AS – remember to verify that the TDS mentioned in Form 16 matches the TDS in Part A of your Form 26AS
  • If you have not been able to submit proof of certain exemptions or deductions (such as HRA allowance or Section 80C or 80D deductions) to your employer on time, keep these receipts handy to claim them on your income tax return directly.
  • PAN card
  • Interest from bank account details – bank passbook or FD certificate

What do the following terms mean?

Revised Return: If you have already filed your income tax return but you later discover that you have made a mistake in it, you can re-file. This is called a Revised Return. For the Financial Year 2015-16, you can file your Revised Return till March 31, 2018.

Notice Number: You should fill this in only if you are filing your return in response to a notice from the Income Tax Department.

Advance Tax: For salaried individuals, TDS mostly takes care of advance tax payments. However you might have other forms of income – like interest on savings bank accounts, fixed deposits, rental income, bonds or capital gains. If tax on income is more than Rs. 10,000 per year, you are required to estimate your income and pay Advance Tax. This has to be paid in quarterly installments in June, September, December and March.

Self Assessment Tax Payments: This is the difference between tax payable and tax paid and it needs to be paid before you file your return. When you fill out the form for the first time, you won’t know whether Self Assessment Tax has to be paid or not. So fill out the form first along with the Advance Tax details, if paid. Compute your income and if after computing, you find that tax is still payable, pay it and then fill in the details in self assessment tax paid section in the return.

Annexure-less Return: ITR-1 Form is an Annexure-less return. This means that you do not have to attach any documents (such as Form 16/Form 26AS) with the ITR-1 Form.READ UR GUIDE

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