Recently, the government (CBDT) notified the revised Income Tax Return Forms (ITR) for the financial year 2019-20 (A/Y 2020-21).
Today i.e. on 2nd of June, 2020, just after 2 days of the said notification, the department has made the Income Tax Return Preparation Software (also known as the income tax return utility) for ITR-1 available on its e-Filing portal for filing the income tax returns. (https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/downloads/incomeTaxReturnUtilities).
We have thoroughly analyzed ITR-1 and in this article we are highlighting the key additions in the ITR-1 form that is now made available for e-Filing.
KEY ADDITION NO. 1:
Disclosure with regard to cash deposits, expenditure on foreign travel and expenditure on consumption of electricity:
The Final Budget, 2019 added a seventh proviso in section 139(1) w.e.f. 1st April, 2020 which states as under:
A person who is not required to furnish a return under 139(1) and who during the previous year (i.e. F/Y 2019-20) —
(i) has deposited an amount or aggregate of the amounts exceeding Rs. 1 crores in one or more current accounts maintained with a banking company or a co-operative bank; or
(ii) has incurred expenditure of an amount or aggregate of the amounts exceeding Rs. 2 lakh for himself or any other person for travel to a foreign country; or
(iii) has incurred expenditure of an amount or aggregate of the amounts exceeding Rs. 1 lakh towards consumption of electricity; or
(iv) fulfils such other conditions as may be prescribed,
shall furnish a return of his income on or before the due date in such form and verified in such manner and setting forth such other particulars, as may be prescribed.
To give effect to the above, a new section in ITR-1 has been added as displayed below:
IMP. NOTE: If you are required to file your ITR under Section 139(1) (i.e. except under the seventh proviso) then no information is required in this section. You can simply select NO and move ahead.
KEY ADDITION NO. 2:
Keeping in view the challenges faced by taxpayers in meeting the compliance requirements under lockdown conditions, the Finance Minister had announced several relief measures relating to statutory and regulatory compliance matters across all the sectors in view of COVID-19 outbreak on 24.03.2020 vide a press release. To give effect to the announcements so made, the government brought an Ordinance (named “The Taxation And Other Laws (Relaxation Of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020”) on 31.03.2020 which provided for extension of various time limits under the Taxation and other Acts.
The Ordinance made an EXTENSION in the date for making investment/payment/deposit for claiming deduction under Chapter VIA-B: The date for making investment/payment/deposit for claiming deduction under Chapter VIA-B which includes Section 80C (LIC, PPF, NSC, etc.), 80D (Mediclaim, etc.), 80G (Donations), etc. was extended to 30th June, 2020 from the earlier 31st March, 2020.
The new return form has a special schedule named DI where the taxpayers, in order to avail deductions under chapter VIA-B for the financial year 2019-20, have to report the investments/payments/deposits so made from the period starting 1st April, 2020 to 30th June, 2020.
From the total eligible amount of investments/payments/deposits so made for the financial year 2019-20, the taxpayers shall have to separately disclose investments/deposits/payments made during the extended period (01.04.20 to 30.06.20) in order to claim the deduction for the same for this financial year under chapter VIA-B i.e. under section 80C (PPF, Life insurance premium, 5 year FD etc.); 80D (Mediclaim, medical expenses, preventive health check-up, etc.); 80G (Donations), etc.
The snapshot of the schedule is displayed below:
IMP. NOTE: If you have made the relevant investments/deposits/payments on or before 31st March, 2020 for claiming deductions under chapter VIA-B for the financial year 2019-20 and you have also made deposits/investments/payments during the period starting from 1st April, 2020 to 30th June, 2020 for the financial year 2020-21, then no disclosure is required to be made in this schedule.
KEY ADDITION NO. 3:
A new schedule 80D has been added in the ITR-1 this time for claiming deduction under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act i.e. for medical insurance premium, expenditure, preventive health check-up etc.
The bifurcated amounts under each sub head shall required to be reported this time.
All other sections in the ITR-1 are more or less the same as were before.
The extended last date for filing the ITR-1 for the financial year 2019-20 is 30th November, 2020
We advise all the taxpayers to file their respective ITRs only after 30th June, 2020 (being the extended last date for making investments/payments/deposits in order to claim deductions under chapter VIA-B i.e. 80C, 80D, 80G, etc.) so that they do not miss out on claiming any deduction in a hurry to file for their ITRs.
File your income tax returns in time to avoid last minute rush, late fees, interest, penalties and other statutory fines.
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