Before we start, have a look at impact areas:
Effective date : June 01, 2020
Impacting : Every Taxpayer
Rewarding : Honest Taxpayer
Transparency: Wider. You will know what IT Department knows about you.
The Income Tax Department has notified new revamped Form 26AS on May 28, 2020. Old Form 26AS was used to contains information such as Income earned along with taxed deducted thereon, taxes paid, refund received etc.
However, the new revamped form 26AS will, in addition to these, also contain information which the Income Tax Department has obtained from various other sources such as Banking Company, Insurance Company, other listed Company, property registrar, GST department etc.
Income Tax Department was hitherto having this information with it, however, these are not shared with the Taxpayers. These information were used during scrutiny assessment. Now, Taxpayers will also know what all information the department possess about them.
The revised Form 26AS, known as Annual Information Statement contains following information:
1. Information related to income earned/TDS/TDS/taxes paid/refund received/demand raised.
2. Information related to Specified Financial Transactions (refer table below for detailed).
3. Information relating to pending proceedings and completed proceedings.
4. information received under an DTAA agreement
5. Information received from any other person to the extent it may be deemed fit in the interest of the revenue.
Thus, it can be inferred that the department has substantially widened the scope of Form 26AS.
|Sr. no.||Transaction type||Reporting Limit in INR (Aggregate amount in a FY)||Reporting Persons|
|1||Cash payment for purchase of bank drafts||10 lakh or more.||Banks|
|2||Cash deposits or cash withdrawals in current account.||50 lakh or more||Banks|
|3||Cash deposits in one or more accounts (other than a current account and time deposit).||10 lakh or more||Banks|
|4||Time deposits||10 lakh or more||Banks|
|5||Payments made by any person in respect of credit cards issued to that person||1 lakh or more in cash or
10 lakh or more by any other mode
|6||Purchase of debentures or bonds.||10 lakh or more||Company or institution|
|7||Purchase of Shares||10 lakh or more||Company|
|8||Buy back of shares||10 lakh or more||Listed Company|
|9||Purchase of Mutual fund units||10 lakh or more||Trustee of MF|
|10||Purchase of foreign currency||10 lakh or more||Authorised person- FEMA|
|11||Purchase or Sale of immovable property||Rs. 30 lakh or more||Inspector, Registrar or Sub- Registrar|
|12||Cash payments for goods or services||2 lakh or more||Any person liable for Audit u/s 44AB|
Key take away:
1. Presently, only the transactions which attracts TDS or TCS are reported by the deductor and the same gets reflected in Form 26AS. Those financial transactions on which no tax is deducted are not reported in the Form 26AS but from now onwards all specified financial transactions reefer in above mentioned table shall also be reflected in Form 26AS.
2. The new Form 26AS would help the honest taxpayers with updated financial transactions while filing their returns, whereas it will desist those taxpayers who inadvertently conceal financial transactions in their returns. This is in line with Government of India ‘Honouring the Honest’ policy.
3. Considering this fact, it is always advisable to regularly go through form 26AS so that incorrect entry can be removed in due course by raising the complaint with respective agency.
4. This will help stop the practice of giving incorrect PAN at the time of purchase as now the PAN holder will get to know that the transaction has been done on this PAN.
5. If the taxpayers disclose the transactions reported in Form 26AS appropriately in its ITR, chances of getting the case selected for scrutiny gets reduced.
The government has taken good initiative and it is beneficial for legitimate taxpayers. It is a tax passbook but just like a bank passbook, it could have unintended errors. Information now available at a glance. A taxpayer can verify his actual transactions with the transactions reported in his Form 26AS before filing his ITR.
 vide Notification No: 30/2020/F. No. 370142/20/2020-TPL. One can access the notification at