Under an earlier announcement in March, the date for making various investments or payments for claiming deductions under Chapter-VI-A/B of the I-T Act, which includes section 80C (eg: contributions to LIC, PPF, NSC), 80D (mediclaim), 80G (donations), had been extended to June 30, 2020.
A new schedule (column) has been added in the I-T return forms to report investments made between April 1 up to June 30, 2020, for which deductions can be claimed in financial year 2019-20. “This mitigates any anxiety taxpayers may have had on how to claim deductions for investments during this extended three-month period,” said Hinesh Doshi, a chartered accountant.
The Budget tabled on July 5, 2019, had made it mandatory from financial year 2019-20, for ‘high-spenders’ to file their I-T returns, even if their taxable income is below the threshold exemption limit. Those who had, during a financial year, spent more than Rs 2 lakh on a foreign trip or deposited Rs 1 crore in a current account with a bank or even paid over Rs 1 lakh as electricity bill came under the mandatory filing norms. The relevant I-T return forms seek specific details of the quantum of expenditure from these taxpayers.
Earlier clarifications from the CBDT have also been taken into cognisance. Joint property owners and high-spenders can file their I-T returns using the simple Sahaj (ITR-1) and Sugam (ITR-4) forms.
While the I-T return forms have been notified, the software-utility for filing the I-T returns online remains to be rolled out. The due date of I-T returns for the financial year 2019-20 have been extended to November 30. However, Puneet Gupta, director, people advisory services, at EY-India, said, “The software-utility should ideally be rolled out soon. While the I-T return filing date has been extended, some salaried employees do not have their entire I-T obligation deducted through the employer. If they have not paid advance-tax, there will be interest payable each month till the date of paying the self-assessment tax.”
The simple Sahaj (ITR-1) form can be used by a resident individual having total income of up to Rs 50 lakh, which can include income from salary, income from ‘one’ house property, income from other sources (say interest) and agricultural income of up to Rs. 5,000. This form cannot be used if the taxpayer is a company director or has invested in unlisted equity shares. The other simple form, Sugam (ITR-4) is for resident individuals, Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) and firms having total income up to Rs 50 lakh, where the income from business and profession is covered by the presumptive tax schemes.
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