Keep these 5 things in mind while filing Income Tax Return

As many salaried taxpayers got their Form 16 late, ITR deadline was extended by a month to August 31.

Mumbai: Individuals and entities, having any income on which there was any TDS or an annual income of over Rs 2.5 lakh, have to file Income Tax Return. Non Resident Indians are required to file their ITR if they have received or are deemed to receive any income in India.

As many salaried taxpayers got their Form 16 late as its format was changed to match with that of ITR-1, ITR deadline was extended by a month to August 31. The due date of e-filing of ITR was extended by a month to August 31, 2019 from July 31, 2019 for individuals, including salaried taxpayers and entities if they do not require to have their accounts audited, reported Financial Express.

While the extended deadline is also drawing closer, Prashant Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Aviva Life Insurance, gave information of five important tips to keep in mind while filing the income tax return:

Know your tax slab

The income tax slab in India has been divided in categories, basis age and income. The first category of taxpayers is those who are below 60 years of your age and their total annual gross income exceeds Rs 2,50,000. The second category being the senior citizen i.e. 60 years and above but below 80 years and total annual gross income exceeds Rs 3,00,000. And the third being those above 80 years with a total income exceeding Rs 5,00,000.

Select the right ITR form

It is important to select the right ITR form. The Income Tax Department of India has made changes in the ITR forms and hence, it is advised to read the guidelines and then fill the correct form. There are primarily two important criteria for selecting the form – firstly, the nature of income earned and the other being the total income threshold.

Report incomes from all sources

As a responsible taxpaying citizen, it is crucial that you declare all your income during the financial year to the Income Tax Department. Additionally, income from any overseas source also needs to be declared in the filing. Such income includes income from foreign assets such as a bank account, a retirement account, shareholding, or any other asset owned.

Salaried employees must have Form 16

The Form 16 is issued by employers and contains the details of the TDS deducted by the employer from the salary paid. It has details of PAN, TAN, address, salary earned and tax deducted, which is required to be reported in your ITR. In case an individual has worked with more than one employer in a financial year, the Form 16 from both the employers must be submitted.

Keep proof of all the deductions

It is important to ensure that all payment receipts and proofs of tax saving investments made, deductions claimed, rent paid, and all other tax benefits claimed must be filed properly for record. Because, if the Income Tax Department feels there is any discrepancy in the filing, they may ask for proof to support the declarations.

As missing the due date would attract a penalty, individuals must ensure they file the returns in time.

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