With the dawn of the new financial year, new changes have been introduced in the income tax return forms. Through these changes, the government has made an effort to simplify the process of tax filing for taxpayers. If we compare the new ITR forms with the last year, we can find several changes in the forms. In this article, we will understand the major changes in the ITR 1 form made by the CBDT.
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Let us compare the new ITR 1 form with the old ITR 1 form to see how they are different from each other. There are 6 major modifications in the form.
If you look at “Part B Gross Total Income” of last year’s ITR 1, it only asked for income details under 3 heads which were “Income from Salary or Pension”, “Income from One house property” & “Income from Other Sources”. But the same part of the new ITR 1 form asks for greater details for the first two heads of income.
A new field has been introduced in the new form under “PART D – COMPUTATION OF TAX PAYABLE” to report the amount of late filing fee paid u/s 234F. So, you only need to fill this field if you file your return late and pay late filing fee.
Demonetisation was introduced by the government in the year 2016. Taxpayers who made deposits during demonetisation were asked to provide relevant details in their ITR forms. Old ITR 1 form asked this information under “PART E – OTHER INFORMATION”. This part has been eliminated in the new ITR 1 form.
If you look at the “Schedule – TDS Details of TDS/TCS” of the old ITR 1 form, it has a column where any amount claimed in the hands of spouse was to be mentioned as per the provisions of section 5A of the I-T Act 1961. If you look at the new ITR 1 form, you will see that this part has been eliminated.
Another field has been added which asks for the details of Tax Return Preparer like his ID no., name & signature. These details will be required only if you get your return prepared from a TRP, so you do not need to worry about this field. The TRP will himself provide these details.
Another important change has been made in the applicability of form ITR 1. The new ITR 1 form is meant for an individual who was a resident other than not ordinarily resident and had income from salary, one house property and other sources (interest etc.) with total income up to Rs 50 lakh in the FY 2017-18. It means that an assessee who is an NR or RNOR will not be able to use this form.
The overall changes made to the old ITR 1 form seems to be a welcome move as it will minimise the compliance burden on the part of the taxpayer. Stay tuned to learn about the changes in other ITR forms. We will update this blog very soon.
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