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2016
  • Time for filing return has come. If you have received your Form 16, you might be preparing to file your return. When you file your return for Financial Year 2015-16 or Assessment Year 2016-17, you must keep in mind some important changes made in the ITR forms. Just like last year, Income Tax Department (ITD) has once again introduced some changes in the ITR forms for Assessment Year (AY) 2016-17. Here are 3 important changes in ITR Form-1, ITR Form-2 and ITR Form-2A which you should know before you file your tax return:

1. New Schedule for those earning above Rs. 50 lakh:

  • ITD has introduced new section for the super-rich in the ITR forms. There are approximately 1.5 lakh taxpayers who have income above Rs. 50 lakh. They are required to disclose assets like cash in hand, jewellery, bullion, yacht, vehicles, aircraft and immovable property like land and building in their ITR.
  • This move has been taken to ensure that abolition of Wealth Tax does not lead to escape of any income from the tax net.

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2016
  • Around the 15th day of September, December and March we see advertisements from the government requesting all taxpayers to pay Advance tax. And this often makes many of us wonder, “What is Advance Tax”, “Is it applicable to me?” and questions like that. So to get a better understanding let us discuss the meaning, applicability and the most recent changes in the rules for paying advance tax for individuals.
  • As the name suggests, advance tax refers to paying a part of your taxes before the end of the financial year. Also called ‘pay-as-you-earn’ scheme, Advance Tax is the Income Tax Payable if your tax liability is more than Rs. 10,000 in a financial year.
  • Till 31st May, 2016 the due dates and the percentage of instalments of Advance Tax for assessees other than Companies were:
    Due Date of Installments Amount Payable
    1st instalment on or before 15th September Amount not less than 30% of such advance tax
    2nd instalment on or before 15th December Amount not less than 60% of such advance tax after deducting amount paid in earlier installment
    3rd instalment on or before 15th March Entire balance amount of such advance tax

2016
  • Electronic Verification Code (EVC) has been enabled for online filing of appeal before Commissioner (Appeal) in Form 35 for taxpayers not required to file using DSC.
  • Here is the procedure for e-filing /Online Filing of of CIT Appeal in form No. 35 by Individuals and other than Individuals using Digital Signature or by Electronic Verification Code (EVC).

e-Verify Form 35 (Individuals)

  • Login to e-Filing Portal.
  • Click “e-File” – Select “Prepare and Submit Online Form (Other than ITR)”.
  • Select the Form Name as 35 from the drop down and click “Continue”.

2016
  • As you are aware, currently online upload of e-TDS/TCS statement(s) and Annual Information return (AIR) facility is provided by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited (NSDL e-Gov) on behalf of Income Tax Department (ITD).
  • We hereby inform that from May 1, 2016, the functionality of Online Upload of e-TDS/TCS statement(s) will be available on e-filing portal of Income Tax Department.
  • The Deductor must have registered the TAN at Income Tax Department’s e-Filing Portal using a valid Digital Signature Certificate. To know detailed procedure on how to register as ‘Tax Deductor and Collector’ please check the attached manual.

2016

Step-wise Procedures and Guide for e-filing of Form 15G, 15H in electronic form by the deductors to the office of the income tax

  • CBDT vide notification No. 76/2015 dated 29/09/2015 provided for the electronic filing of form 15G and form 15H declarations by person claiming receipt of certain incomes without deduction of tax wef 01/10/2015.
  • Later Directorate of income-tax (Systems) vide Notification No. 04/2015 dated 01/12/2015 further specified the procedure , formats and standards facilitating electronic filing of the Form 15G and 15H.
  • Electronic formats have since been finalized and have been made live. Income Tax Department has also specified Instructions to e-File “Statement of Form 15G/15H which are reproduced here under together with added visuals to help users.

2016
  • Let’s start with understanding ‘Rental Income’. When you rent out your house or a commercial property or a land appurtenant and the income earned is known as rental income. This rental income which is not used for business or profession is added under the ‘Income from House Property’ is subject to Income tax.
  • Income tax act requires an assessee to disclose all house properties owned by him in his Income tax return. In case of multiple house properties, only one property can be claimed as self-occupied (if not rented out) and others are to be compulsorily considered as let out (i.e. deemed let out). The deemed let out declaration is a rule even if the said house property is vacant or self/family occupied and no rental income is earned on it.
  • Are you looking for saving tax on such a rental income generated from house property owned in India? This blog shares some insight about rental income, its components and various ways to reduce the tax with the deductions available on such rent received.
  • Let us discuss how to plan and reduce your tax burden on rental income.
    1. Higher rental income consideration : Based on Income tax act, taxpayers can declare a higher rental value property as his self-occupied property if he owns multiple ones in the same city. One can compute notional or deemed rental value on the other properties on declaration and pay the income tax.

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