Income tax Department has recently issued Income tax notification 14 dated 28.03.2012 by which it has specified that Individuals who is a resident and has (i) assets (including financial interest in any entity) located outside India; or (ii) signing authority in any account located outside India can not file his Return in ITR-1 Sahaj and have use other forms i.e. ITR 2 , ITR 3 or ITR 4 as applicable. Now Question which arise is who can use ITR 1 Sahaj and what class of Assessee can not use the ITR 1 Sahaj for Assessment Year 2012-13. Given below FAQ on Sahaj Compiled by us give an insight on the same:-

1. What is SAHAJ?

SAHAJ is the newly designed ITR-1 which replaces SARAL Income Tax Return. It is the most modern Technology enabled Tax Payer Friendly Form.

2. Who can use SAHAJ?

This Return Form is to be used by an individual whose total income for the assessment year 2012-13 includes:

(a) Income from Salary/ Pension; or

(6) Income from One House Property (excluding cases where loss is brought forward from precious years); or

(C) Income from Other Sources (excluding Winning from Lottery and Income from Rose Horses)

Note:- Further, 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 it the income being clubbed lolls into the above income categories.

3. Who cannot use SAHAJ?

This Return Form should not be used by an individual whose total Income for the Assessment year 2012-13 includes, –

(a) Income from more than one house property; or

(b)Income from Winnings from lottery or income from Race horses; or

(c)Income under the head “Capital Gains”, which are not exempt from tax,

E.g., short-term capital gains or long-term capital gains from sale of house, plot, etc.; or

(d) Income from agriculture in excess of Rs. 5,000; or

(e)Income tram Business or Profession.

(F) individual, who is a resident and has

(i) assets (including financial interest in any entity) located outside India; or

(ii) signing authority in any account located outside India.

4. Can I annex Form 16/FORM 16A to SAHAJ?

No document (including TDS Certificate) should be attached to this Return form. All documents enclosed with the return form will be detached and returned to person filing the return.

Note that you can attach only the supplementary Sch TDS1, TDS2, IT only after exhausting the items given in the Form.

5. Who are obligated to File SAHAJ?

All those individuals who have income from sources as given in Question 2 and if their Taxable Total Income exceeds the upper limit as given below would be obligated to file SAHAJ  (Except those in Q 3)

6. In what ways can I file this return?

This Return Form can be filed with the Income Tax Department in any of the following ways,-

(i)         By furnishing the return in a paper form;

(ii)        by furnishing the return electronically under digital signature;

(iii)       by transmitting the data in the return electronically and thereafter submitting the verification of the return in Return Form ITR-V;

(iv)       by furnishing a Bar-coded return. Where the Return Form is furnished in the manner mentioned at 5(iii),the assessee should print out two copies of Form

NOTE.> One copy of IIR-V, duly signed by the assessee, has to be sent by ordinary post to Post Bag No.1, Electronic City Post Office, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560100. The other copy may be retained by the Assessee for his record.

7. What are the unique features of SAHAJ? How is SAHAJ Better than SARAL

Key Features/Attributes SAHAJ SARAL
Presence of Bar Codes for Automatic Classification of Income Tax Returns in a Bulk Processing Set up Present Absent
Presence of Registration Marks for Identifying the size, orientation of the document during scanning and data entry process Present Absent
Use of Dropout Ink to reduce Interference during Data Capture Present Absent
PAN No. on all Pages. This is for traceability of every page during document Preparation works which involves Stapling and Unstapling the returns Present Absent
Use of OMR Fields for Automatic Recognition Present Absent
Use of Whole Rupee Method Boxes Present Absent
Automatic Data Validation with prefixated number of boxes Present Absent
Use of Separate Negative Boxes to make sure that Taxpayer’s don’t fill Negative values in Positive Fields Present Absent
Large Combo Type Boxes for First Name and other fields Present Absent
Instruction Built in the form Present Absent
Simplification of Address Field Present Absent
Schedule AIR Absent Present
Mobile No Present Absent
Provision for Official Phone Number Present Absent
Tax Status Field to know whether Tax Refundable, Tax Payable etc for Processing Priority Present Absent
Separate Parts       for           Gross      Total       Income                and
Present Absent
Unique Legends present in the Form helping in Identification of zone around a field Present Absent
Bank Account Details Mandatory for every
Only for Refund
Entering 0 in Gross Total Income if the value is negativ Absent, Taxpayer
can fill Negative
Income Tax Ward/Circle Present Present but under a
more complex
name Designation
of Assessing
Simplification of TDS1, TDS2, IT Schedules YES NO
Number of columns to be filled in Sch TDS1 4 8
Number of columns to be filled in Sch TDS2 4 7
Number of columns to be filled in Sch IT 4 5
Provision of Supplementary Sch TDS1, TDS2, IT Schedules for using after exhausting the fields available in the form Present Absent
Reordering Sch TDS2 at the end                so that the
supplementary Sheet act as a continuation
Present Absent
Linkages to FORM 26 AS to Verify and Fill the forms Present Absent
Account No. Size 17 15
Separate Section of Stamping Receipt No and Seal. A bar coded Receipt No. can also be envisaged in the present setup Present Absent
Line by Line Instructions Present Absent
Examples for every field Present Absent
Elaborate Computational Sheets using WORKSHEET Present Absent
Detailed Explanation of Deductions Present Absent
Mapping Form 26AS to Schedules Present Absent
Common Mistakes Present Absent
FAQ’S Present Absent

8. Can I use SAHAJ if I have carry forward Losses?

No, you need to use ITR-2 for carry forward of Losses.

9. Please explain me how to use SAHAJ for Filling Schedules from Form 26AS?

This is available in the Instructions, Please refer to the same

10. Can I use SAHAJ for declaring Income from Capital Gains?

No, use ITR-2 and above

11. Would SAHAJ enable me to get my refund faster?

Surely, since the entire process is automated the refund processing time would be substantially reduced. Many Processing Mistakes noticed are because of lack of awareness among Taxpayers on how to fill the form. Taxpayers are advised to look into the common mistakes in Instructions to make sure that they don’t commit any mistakes as given in the list. This would enable faster dispersal of refunds to the Taxpayers.

12. What happens if you have no income from house property?

In this situation two cases arise:

a) If you are repaying a home loan using which you bought the house;

b) If you do not have a home loan outstanding.

In both the cases you are eligible to fill the Sahej form on the condition that you fulfil all the other conditions. If you are repaying a home loan, then the interest that you pay on the home loan is essentially negative income from your house property.

The Income Tax Act currently allows tax payers to adjust a maximum of Rs 1.5 lakh (Rs 150,000) paid as home loan interest from taxable income.

If you already paid off your home loan and are staying in the house then there is zero income from house property and that in turn makes you eligible for this form.

13. What happens if you have income from stocks and equity mutual funds?

In this case you will not be eligible to use the Sahej form and will have to use the other Income Tax return forms depending whether you are a salaried individual or not.

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0 responses to “ITR 1 (Sahaj) – Who can & who cannot use?”

  1. ashish kalkar says:

    I have one house which use for residential purpose I want to show loan interest in itr-1 please tell me how to show and which colomn

  2. rajan says:


    i want efiling income tax.
    i also have housing loan with interest paid
    how to e fill
    help me

    thank u

  3. vicky donor says:

    I add further,,,
    ITR1 has 80G A,B, C, D why not a blank donation column and whichever is applicable just mention and get going….

    if one sees that 80G a,b and C in perticular it says limit qualifying donation 100% free so is it the same 80GGC or some different.? if 80ggc is to be claimed it qualifies then under 80G a part of return.. or confusion deepens…

    There is a provision for higher tax paid then get back by claiming within 2 yrs under separate procedure code 200A after 2010 before that under diff un revised columns …. please elaborate…

    One bottom line is if one’s return is having any FUNDAS other then DDO salary drowers guidelines …. GO to CA FOR filing as otherwise he knows how to cut his deductible fees 🙂 . As it is not touching public pocket its OK too…

  4. vicky donor says:

    As against scientific re search Donations 35 AC the salary class donation is not considered… Why ?
    My agony is if a political party donation is permissible …. why not a research project be encouraged at atleast that level…

    To the company that escapes lot of taxation and claims reliefs under lot of parameter is also hyped in getting 175% (!!!) benefits if research…
    No money is small… For a Cause .. why un equality…

    if permitted How to claim them ?

  5. vicky donor says:

    how to claim in ITR 1 sahaj the donations under 80 GGC , can it be done electronically claiming ? how about the donation receipt how is it to be transmitted.. can we attach a voluntary stationary to the e return?

  6. shailesh says:

    i have a housing loan and working in reputed company. i got the form no. 16 which shows my saving details .
    my comment is which ITR form i have to fill up

  7. hegde says:

    Good information.

    Suppose person having salary income, interest income, and agriculture income (above 5000) then which form he should use?

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