Q.1 Who is eligible to file ITR-1 for AY 2021-22?
Ans: ITR-1 can be filed by a Resident Individual whose:
-Total income does not exceed ₹ 50 lakh during the FY
-Income is from salary, one house property, family pension income, agricultural income (up to ₹5000/-), and other sources, which include:
-Income of Spouse (other than those covered under Portuguese Civil Code) or Minor is clubbed (only if the source of income is within the specified limits as mentioned above).
Q.2 Who is not eligible to file ITR-1 for AY 2021-22?
Ans: ITR-1 cannot be filed by any individual who:
Q.3 What are the changes in ITR-1 as compared to previous years?
Ans: In ITR-1 for AY 2021-22, there is an addition of section 115BAC. If you wish to opt for the new tax regime under section 115BAC, select Yes in the new ITR form, else select No. Please note that option for new tax regime u/s 115BAC will be available only till due date of filing of return u/s 139(1).
Q.4 What documents do I need to file ITR-1?
Ans: You would need Form 16, house rent receipt (if applicable), investment payment premium receipts (if applicable). However, ITRs are annexure-less forms, so you are not required to attach any document (like proof of investment, TDS certificates) along with your return (whether filed manually or electronically). However, you need to keep these documents for situations where they need to be produced before tax authorities such as assessment, inquiry, etc.
Q.5 What precautions should I take while filing the return of income?
Q.6 How do I know which ITR I need to file?
Ans: Different tax returns are prescribed for filing by individual taxpayers depending on their source of income and residential status. To determine the correct ITR to file, you can use the Help me decide which ITR Form to file option. You can then proceed based on questions displayed to determine the correct ITR to file.
Q.7 What is Form 26 AS (Annual Information Statement)?
Ans: Form 26AS is an annual information statement which shows various details including Tax Deducted / Collected at Source, Advance Tax / Self – Assessment Tax, Specified Financial Transactions Demand / Refund Pending / completed Proceedings for a taxpayer’s PAN as per ITD’s database.
A taxpayer may pay tax in any of the following forms:
The Income Tax Department maintains a database of the total tax paid by all taxpayers, which is called tax credit in the taxpayer’s account. The ITD generally allows taxpayers to claim the credit of taxes as reflected in their Form 26AS.
Q.8 What should I do if there are errors and omissions in my Form 26AS (Annual Information Statement)?
Ans: Errors or omissions in your Form 26AS (Annual Information Statement) may happen due to several reasons, such as:
You can take the following action to correct the details in your Form 26AS:
1. Provide a correction statement (via NSDL website) for only those records that require correction.
2. In cases of a mistake made by the Deductor (e.g., your employer), you should contact the Deductor and request them to:
Especially in cases of tax amount being wrong, it is mandated that you get it corrected – else you will not get a tax credit for deductions that are not mentioned in Form 26AS.
Q.9 There is a mismatch between the details in my Form 26AS and TDS certificates (Form 16 / 16A). What should I do?
Ans: Some of the common errors leading to mismatch between Form 26AS and Form 16 are as follows:
Compare the figures in Form 26AS with that of Form 16 and Form 16A. Mismatches between your Form 26AS and Form 16 or TDS certificates may lead to less refund or more taxes payable. If you find that any of the above details don’t match:
Q.10 I am a joint owner of a house with my spouse. We do not have any additional property. Can I file ITR-1 in AY 2021-22?
Ans: Yes, you can file ITR-1 for the AY 2021-22 in case the following conditions are met:
Q.11 What precautions should I take to avoid issues while filing my ITR?
Ans: To avoid issues while filing your return and getting your refund, ensure you do the following:
Q.12 What is Advance Tax?
Ans: For salaried individuals, advance tax is mostly taken care of through TDS by employers. But other forms of income such as interest on savings bank accounts, fixed deposits, rental income, bonds, or capital gains increase the tax liability. One’s tax liability needs to be estimated beforehand. If tax amounts to more than ₹10,000/- per year, taxpayers need to pay advance tax in quarterly instalments (June, September, December and March).
Q.13 How is Advance Tax and Self-Assessment Tax calculated and paid?
Ans: Advance Tax: Advance Tax must be calculated as given below:
a) In case of all assessees (other than the eligible assessees as referred to in section 44AD and 44ADA of the Income Tax Act):
|At least to 15%||On or before 15th June|
|At least to 45%||On or before 15th September|
|At least to 75%||On or before 15th December|
|100%||On or before 15th March|
b) In case of eligible assessee as referred to in section 44AD and 44ADA:
|100%||On or before 15th March|
Any tax paid on or before 31st March will be treated as Advance Tax paid during the same FY. The deposit of Advance Tax is made through challan ITNS 280 by ticking the relevant column, i.e., Advance Tax.
Self-Assessment Tax: After filling out your ITR form with the TDS and advance tax details (if paid), the system computes your income and checks whether tax is still payable. You need to pay it and then fill in the challan details in the return before submitting it.
Q.14 What is the difference between allowance and perquisite? Are these considered as my income?
Ans: Allowances are fixed periodic amounts, apart from salary, which are paid by an employer, e.g., conveyance allowance, travelling allowance, uniform allowance, etc. Allowances are considered income and will increase your gross total income on which you will be taxed. Allowances can be taxable, partially exempted, and fully exempted. Perquisites are benefits you receive because of your official position, and are over and above your salary or wage income. These perquisites can be taxable or non-taxable depending upon their nature.
Q.15. Are all donations 100% exempted from tax?
Ans: No, not all donations qualify for 100% exemption from tax. The categories for tax deduction, based on whom you donated to (charitable institution, fund set up by Government, scientific research, etc.) are as follows:
1. Donations entitled for 100% deduction without qualifying limit
2. Donations entitled for 50% deduction without qualifying limit
3. Donations entitled for 100% deduction subject to qualifying limit
4. Donations entitled for 50% deduction subject to qualifying limit
You need to check the exemption limit on your donation receipt and claim deduction accordingly while filing your return.
Q.16 Is e-Filing and e-Payment the same thing?
Ans: No. e-Filing is the process of electronically submitting your Income Tax Return on the e-Filing portal and e-payment is the process of electronically paying tax.
Q.17 I made a calculation mistake in my filed ITR. Can I correct it and re-submit my return?
Ans: Yes, you can re-submit return in case you have already filed your Income Tax Return and later discover that you have made a mistake. This is called a Revised Return. Your return has to be revised three months before the end of the relevant AY. For AY 2021-22, the due date for filing revised return is 31st December 2021.
Q.18 Can I file ITR for last 3 years now?
Ans: No, you can only file Income Tax Return for one AY in the current financial year. Tax filing beyond the last one year is only possible when you receive a notice from the Income Tax Department.
Q.19 What happens if I file Income Tax Return after the due date u/s 139(1)?
Ans: In case you miss filing the ITR within the due date u/s 139(1), you can still file your Income Tax Return but you maybe required to pay a late filing fee of up to ₹5000/-. Additionally, you will also be required to pay interest on the tax liability (if any).
Q.20 Do I need to file returns if tax has been deducted by my employer / bank?
Ans: Yes, employers and banks deduct tax at source on salary and interest income respectively. You still need to disclose the income on which tax has been deducted and claim credit for TDS in the Income Tax Return.
Q.21. Will I get a refund if I have paid excess tax?
Ans: Yes, any excess tax paid by you can be claimed as refund by filing your Income Tax Return. After your return is processed, ITD checks and accordingly accepts your refund claim, and then the amount is credited to your bank account. You will also get a message on your email ID registered on the e-Filing portal.
The pre-filling and filing of ITR-1 service is available to registered users on the e-Filing portal. This service enables individual taxpayers to file ITR-1 online through the e-Filing portal. This user manual covers filing of ITR-1 through online mode.
2. Prerequisites for availing this service
3. Form at a Glance
ITR-1 has five sections that you need to fill before submitting it and one summary section where you are required to review your tax computation. The sections are as follows:
1. Personal Information
2. Gross Total Income
3. Total Deductions
4. Tax Paid
5. Total Tax Liability
Here is a quick tour of the various sections of ITR-1:
3.1 Personal Information
In the Personal Information section of the ITR, you need to verify the pre-filled data which is auto-filled from your e-Filing profile. You will not be able to edit some of your personal data directly in the form. However, you can make the necessary changes by going to your e-Filing profile. You can edit your contact details, filing type details and bank details in the form.
3.2 Gross Total Income
In the Gross Total Income section, you need to review the pre-filled information and verify your income source details from salary / pension, house property, and other sources (such as interest income, family pension, etc.).You will also be required to enter the remaining / additional details including your exempt income, if any.
3.3 Total Deductions
In the Total Deductions section, you need to add and verify any deductions you wish to claim under Chapter VI-A of the Income Tax Act.
3.4 Tax Paid
In the Tax Paid section, you need to verify taxes paid by you in the previous year. Tax details include TDS from Salary / Other than Salary as furnished by Payer, TCS, Advance Tax and Self-Assessment Tax.
3.5 Total Tax Liability
In the Total Tax Liability section, you need to review tax liability computed as per the sections filled previously.
Note: For more details, refer to the instructions to file ITR issued by CBDT for AY 2021-22.
4. How to Access and Submit ITR – 1
You can file and submit your ITR through the following methods:
You can refer to the Offline Utility (for ITRs) user manual to learn more.
Follow the steps below to file and submit the ITR through online mode:
Step 1: Log in to the e-Filing portal using your user ID and password.
Step 2: On your Dashboard, click e-File > Income Tax Returns > File Income Tax Return.
Step 3: Select Assessment Year as 2021 – 22 and click Continue.
Step 4: Select Mode of Filing as Online and click Proceed.
Note: In case you have already filled the Income Tax Return and it is pending for submission, click Resume Filing. In case you wish to discard the saved return and start preparing the return afresh click Start New Filing.
Step 5: Select Status as applicable to you and click Continue to proceed further.
Step 6: You have two options to select the type of Income Tax Return:
Step 7: Once you have selected the ITR applicable to you, note the list of documents needed and click Let’s Get Started.
Step 8: Select the checkboxes applicable to you and click Continue.
Step 9: Review your pre-filled data and edit it if necessary. Enter the remaining / additional data (if required). Click Confirm at the end of each section.
Step 10: Enter your income and deduction details in the different section. After completing and confirming all the sections of the form, click Proceed.
Step 10a: In case there is a tax liability
You will be shown a summary of your tax computation based on the details provided by you. If there is tax liability payable based on the computation, you get the Pay Now and Pay Later options at the bottom of the page.
Step 10b: In case there is no tax liability (No Demand / No Refund) or if you are eligible for a Refund
After paying tax, click Preview Return. If there is no tax liability payable, or if there is a refund based on tax computation, you will be taken to the Preview and Submit Your Return page.
Step 11: On the Preview and Submit Your Return page, enter Place, select the declaration checkbox and click Proceed to Validation.
Note: If you have not involved a tax return preparer or TRP in preparing your return, you can leave the textboxes related to TRP blank.
Step 12: Once validated, on your Preview and Submit your Return page, click Proceed to Verification.
Note: If you are shown a list of errors in your return, you need to go back to the form to correct the errors. If there are no errors, you can proceed to e-Verify your return by clicking Proceed to Verification.
Step 13: On the Complete your Verification page, select your preferred option and click Continue.
It is mandatory to verify your return, and e-Verification (recommended option – e-Verify Now) is the easiest way to verify your ITR – it is quick, paperless, and safer than sending a signed physical ITR-V to CPC by post.
Note: In case you select e-Verify Later, you can submit your return, however, you will be required to verify your return within 120 days of filing of your ITR.
Step 14: On the e-Verify page, select the option through which you want to e-Verify the return and click Continue.
Once you e-Verify your return, a success message is displayed along with the Transaction ID and Acknowledgment Number. You will also receive a confirmation message on your mobile number and email ID registered on the e-Filing portal.