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Changes in Income Tax Return Forms A.Y. 2017-2018

Rinav Khakhar 
on 12 July 2017

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Changes in Income Tax Return Forms A.Y. 2017-2018

  • Introduction of new SINGLE PAGE ITR Form-1 (Sahaj). This initiative will benefit more than two crore tax-payers who will be eligible to file their return of income in this simplified Form.
  • The number of Income Tax Return Forms AY 2017-18 (FY 2016-2017) has been reduced from the existing nine to seven forms.
  • The existing ITR Forms ITR-2, ITR-2A and ITR-3 have been rationalized and a single ITR-2.
  • ITR-4 and ITR-4S (Sugam) have been renumbered as ITR-3 and ITR-4 (Sugam) respectively
  • Return is furnished in ITR-1 (Sahaj) or ITR-4 (Sugam), the following persons have an option to file return in paper form:-

(i) An individual of the age of 80 years or more at any time during the previous year

(ii) An individual or HUF whose income does not exceed five lakh rupees and who has not claimed any refund in the return of income.

  • Quoting of Aadhaar or the Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form has been made mandatory for filling tax return from 1st July 2017. Those who have data mismatch of Aadhaar versus the Permanent Account Number would have to correct the same.
  • A new column introduced in all ITR Forms to report on cash deposited of Rs.2 lakh or more by taxpayers in their bank accounts during the demonetization period, i.e., from 9th November 2016 to 30th December 2016.
  • A new field has been provided in new ITR Forms under Schedule VI-A deductions to claim home loan interest under Section 80EE (Section 80EE allows deduction on home loan interest for first time home buyers. This deduction is over and above the Rs 2 lakhs limit covered under Section 24(b)).
  • Those having an income up to Rs 50 lakh from salary, one house property and bank deposits can use ITR 1, while those individuals and HUFs having income from selling real estate, stocks, mutual fund units, gold etc or EPF/PPF withdrawals would have to use ITR 2 (non-business income).
  • The tax computation and tax deduction portions have been reduced in the new forms. Hence, one needs to carefully find the tax deduction sections as only Section 80C, 80D, 80G & 80TTA have been specified and the rest need to be mentioned in the 'others' box.
  • Mandatory disclosures introduced last year, namely foreign trips and dormant bank accounts, have been removed.
  • Last year the income tax department had introduced new section to declare the values of assets and liabilities of individuals with income of more than Rs 50 lakhs. This year the ITR form asks for more detailed information like address of immovable property.
  • As per the presumptive taxation scheme u/s 44AD, 8% of gross turnover is considered as income. Budget 2017 made further classification in the same. Now 6% of gross turnover is considered as income if the payment is accepted in digital form including Cheque, Wallets, etc. The ITR 4 has made separate columns to list Digital vs Cash receipts.
  • Budget 2016 had introduced presumptive taxation scheme for professionals such as doctors, Chartered accountants, lawyers, etc who can declare minimum 50% of gross receipts as income. ITR 4 has introduced new fields accordingly.

The new Income Tax Return Forms A.Y.2017-2018 (F.Y.2016-2017).

ITR 1 (Sahaj) Form for Assessment Year 2017-2018

  • Your Income is from Salary or Pension.
  • If you have income from One House Property (excluding cases where loss is brought forward from previous years).
  • If your income from Other Sources (excluding winning from lottery and income from Race Horses, Income taxable under section 115BBDA (As per Section 115BBDA the dividend received from domestic company is taxable at rate of 10% if aggregate amount of such dividend exceeds Rs. 10 lakh) or Income of the nature referred to in section 115BBE (As per Section 115BBE any unexplained credit or investment attracts tax at 60% (plus surcharge and cess, as applicable), irrespective of the slab of income.)
  • In a case where the income of another person like spouse, minor child, etc. is to be clubbed with the income of the assessee, this Return Form can be used only if the income being clubbed falls into the above income categories.

ITR 1 (Sahaj) Form for Assessment Year 2017-2018 (Contd.)

  • You can't use this form in case :-
  • If your total income for the assessment year 2017-2018 exceeds Rs.50 lakh.
  • Income from more than one house property.
  • Income from winnings from lottery or income from Race horses.
  • Income taxable under section 115BBDA.
  • Income of the nature referred to in section 115BBE.
  • Income under the head 'Capital Gains'.
  • Agricultural income in excess of 5,000.
  • Income from Business or Profession.
  • Loss under the head ‘Income from other sources.
  • Person claiming relief under section 90 and/or 91.
  • Any resident having any asset (including financial interest in any entity) located outside India or signing authority in any account located outside India.
  • Any resident having income from any source outside India.
  • Can be used by an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF).
  • Income from Salary / Pension.
  • Income from multiple House Property.
  • Income from Capital Gains.
  • Income from Other Sources (including winnings from lottery and income from race horses)
  • An asset in foreign country or income from a source outside India.
  • Agricultural income of more than Rs 5,000.

ITR 2 Form For Assessment Year 2017-2018 (Contd.)

You can't use this form in case:-

  • If your income for the year includes income from Business or Profession.
  • Note: In a case where the income of another person like spouse, minor child, etc., is to be clubbed with the income of the taxpayer, this Return Form can be used if income to be clubbed falls in any of the above categories.

ITR 3 Form For Assessment Year 2017-2018

  • The old ITR 4 now renamed as ITR 3.
  • This ITR3 can be used by individuals and HUFs.
  • You can use this form if you have income source from proprietary business, profession or having income as a partner in a Partnership firm.
  • You can report the incomes like income from salary, multiple house properties, lottery winnings, capital gains, speculative income i.e. horse race along with your business or professional income.

ITR 4S Sugam Form for Assessment Year 2017-2018

  • It can be used by an individual/ HUF/ Partnership Firm.
  • Business income where such income is computed in accordance with special provisions referred to in sections 44AD and 44AE of the Act for computation of business income.
  • Income from Profession where such income is computed in accordance with special provisions referred to in sections 44ADA.
  • 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).
  • You can't use this form in case :-
  • Income from more than one house property.
  • Income from Winnings from lottery or income from Race horses.
  • Income under the head 'Capital Gains', e.g. Short-term capital gains or long-term capital gains from sale of house, plot, shares etc.
  • Income taxable under section 115BBDA.
  • Income of the nature referred to in section 115BBE.
  • Agricultural income in excess of Rs.5,000.
  • Income from Speculative Business and other special incomes.
  • Income from an agency business or income in the nature of commission or brokerage.
  • Any resident having any asset (including financial interest in any entity) located outside India or signing authority in any account located outside India.
  • Any resident having income from any source outside India.

ITR 5 Form For Assessment Year 2017-2018

For persons other than,-

(i) individual,
(ii) HUF,
(iii) company and
(iv) person filing ITR-7.

ITR 6 Form For Assessment Year 2017-2018: Income of Companies except companies which have property for charitable or religious purpose.

ITR 7 Form For Assessment Year 2017-2018

  • Return under section 139(4A) is required to be filed by every person in receipt of income derived from property held under trust or other legal obligation wholly for charitable or religious purposes or in part only for such purposes.
  • Return under section 139(4B) is required to be filed by a political party if the total income without giving effect to the provisions of section 139A exceeds the maximum amount which is not chargeable to income-tax.
  • Return under section 139(4C) is required to be filed by every :-
  • scientific research association
  • news agency
  • association or institution referred to in section 10(23A)
  •  institution referred to in section 10(23B)
  • fund or institution or university or other educational institution or any hospital or other medical institution
  • Return under section 139(4D) is required to be filed by every university, college or other institution, which is not required to furnish return of income or loss under any other provision of this section.

Compiled by CA Nidhi Khakhar & Rinav Khakhar.


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