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2017
  • The last day to file your taxes is July 31 (extended to August 5, 2017, for Assessment Year 2017-18). We hope that most of you have filed your taxes by now. A wise man once said that in this world, only two things are certain - Death & Taxes. Both of these entities have a due date. We can’t know and plan for the deadline for the first one, but have you ever wondered what will happen if you miss the deadline for the second.
  • If you haven’t filed your Income Tax Return for any reason, then don’t take the situation lightly. Failing to file tax return on time can be pernicious. There is a lot to lose if you don’t hurry. Some people have a common misconception that there is nothing to lose if they have paid their taxes on time. Today, we will look at everything which you can possibly, if you squander the chance to file your Income Tax Return on time.

Lose the chance to revise return

  • If you made any error in doing your taxes, tax department allows you to file a revised return. However, you cannot file a revised tax return if you filed your original return late. You should file your return before the due date so that you do not lose any refund due to incorrect filing.

2017
  • Taxpayers often ignore different types of income while filing their income tax returns. These incomes fall under ‘income from other sources’ category. This may happen due to the taxpayer’s unawareness about the taxability of such income or they hiding it intentionally from the tax authorities.
  • There are several heads of income like income from salary, income from capital gains, income from profession and business and income from house property for which you need to file ITR. There are, however, certain types of income that fall under the head ‘income from other sources’.
  • Income that comes under the income from other sources head must satisfy certain conditions. Firstly, income shouldn’t be exempt under the provisions of the I-T Act, and secondly, income should not fall under any other income head.

2017
The Ministry of External Affairs just recently announced a new set of rules for applying for a passport. And we’ve summarized some of the major changes that these new rules have bought in.

DOCUMENTATION FOR PROOF OF BIRTH:

As per the earlier rules, submitting a birth certificate was compulsory for all applicants born on/after 26th January 1989. But the new rules have bought in a relaxation in this regards. Now, any of the following documents containing the DOB of the applicant will suffice:
  • Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the Registrar of births and deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India
  • Transfer/school leaving/matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended/recognized educational board
  • PAN card

2017
  • The government has introduced new section 269ST in Income Tax Act 1961 for prohibition of acceptance of cash of Rs 2 lakh and more.
  • For cash transactions above that limit, the receiver will need to pay a penalty equivalent to the amount of transaction. There are no exceptions to this.
  • You cannot gift cash to close relatives (children, parents and spouse) above Rs 2 lakh and even on the occasion of marriage; you cannot accept a higher amount of cash as a gift.
  • At present, there are few other areas which have either a cap on cash transaction or a complete ban. Here are those transactions and the penalty that may attract for flouting the rules...

2017
  • As per section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 in the country, individuals whose total income during the previous year exceeds the maximum amount not chargeable to tax, should file their income tax returns (ITR).
  • The process of electronically filing income tax returns is known as e-filing. You can either seek professional help or file your returns yourself from the comfort of your home by registering on the income tax department website or other websites. The due date for filing tax returns (physical or online), is July 31st.

Who should e-file income tax returns?

Online filing of tax returns is easy and can be done by most assessees.
  • Assessee with a total income of Rs. 5 Lakhs and above.
  • Individual/HUF resident with assets located outside India.

2017
Here are some of its major advantages of GST :
  1. GST is a win-win situation for the entire country. It brings benefits to all the stakeholders of industry, government and the consumer. It will lower the cost of goods and services, give a boost to the economy and make the products and services globally competitive. GST aims to make India a common market with common tax rates and procedures and remove the economic barriers, thus paving the way for an integrated economy at the national level.

    By subsuming most of the Central and State taxes into a single tax and by allowing a set-off of prior-stage taxes for the transactions across the entire value chain, it would mitigate the ill effects of cascading, improve competitiveness and improve liquidity of the businesses. GST is a destination-based tax. It follows a multi-stage collection mechanism. In this, tax is collected at every stage and the credit of tax paid at the previous stage is available as a set off at the next stage of transaction. This shifts the tax incidence near to the consumer and benefits the industry through better cash flows and better working capital management.
  2. GST is largely technology driven. It will reduce the human interface to a great extent and this would lead to speedy decisions.

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