Things to note while filing income tax returns
13 Jul, 2012 9:05a.m.
1. Collect the documents required for filing Income tax return
Every taxpayer should collate all income tax related documents for
filing returns. So, here is a gist of the documents required:
- Abstract of bank statements
- Proof of investments and
Form 16 (Salary certificate issued by the employer)
- Form 16A / TDS certificate
- Challan of tax payment made
like advance tax or self assessment tax
- Proof of investments in
- Documents on purchase and
sale of investments/assets
- Collect the TDS certificate
- Collect home loan
2. Select the IT return form
As per the source of income select the right type of income tax return
form as it is the most important part in filing yoiur returns. Income tax
department has prescribed different ITR forms to file the returns like ITR-1
(Sahaj), ITR-2, ITR-3, ITR-4, ITR-4S (Sugam). Assessees should choose the right
form as required by them to file returns correctly.
3. Fill all the basic details
After selecting the income tax return form, fill the form with all the
correct details as it is seen that most of the people ignore the correctness of
basic details. Following details should be rechecked in your ITR Form:
- Personal details like name,
date of birth, father's name
- Contact No. and e-mail
- Jurisdiction of AO
- Tax Status and
- Details of bank account
4. Verify Form 26AS (Tax credit statement)
Income tax department has clearly specified to verify Form 26AS before
filing ITR. So, one should check the tax paid on the income tax web site by
verifying Form 26AS, which provides details of the income tax paid and the
taxes deducted and deposited by the payer of income. If there is any mistake
one needs to verify the same.
5. Claim deductions and loss return
Claim all deductions and fill all relevant information as required at
the time of filing return in income tax return form as missing out on any one
can result in a higher tax liability.
The most common deductions in such respect fall under the section 80C, 80D,
80G and other housing loans.
If there is a loss return, it should be claimed and the return filing
should be done within the due date as prescribed u/s 139(1), or else the loss
under the specified head will not be carried forward.
6. Disclose exempt incomes
Exempt income should be disclosed in income tax return even though no
tax is required to be paid on the same like dividends, PPF interest etc.
7. Provide details of foreign assets
Assessee should provide details of all foreign assets held. Details in
respect of following should be provided:
- Details of foreign bank
accounts with the peak balance during the year
- Details of immovable
property with total investment at cost
- Details of any other asset
with total investment at cost
- Details of account(s) in
which the person has signing authority and which has not been included
above. Name of the institution in which the account is held, address of
the institution, name mentioned in the account and peak balance/
investment during the year.
8. Timely filing and prefer online filing
Income tax returns filing should be done within the prescribed due date
to avoid interest & penalty. Timely filing of returnss ensures faster
processing of ITR and quick refunds if any.
Moreover, one should prefer online filing returns instead of manual
filing to avail benefits of all the online facilities provided by the IT
In addition to this, following assessees are compulsorily required to
file ITR online:
- Individuals and HUFs having
total income exceeding Rs 10 lakh
- Individual/HUF who have
foreign assets to report
9. Signing of ITR acknowledgement
One may file ITR with or without digital signature and in case of filing
returns without digital signature an ITR-Verification (ITR V) is generated
after filing of ITR which should be signed and posted to the CPC.
10. Maintenance of documents as proof
As a proof of filing income tax returns in the income tax department, an
ITR-V/ITR Acknowledgement and ITR-V receipt should be collected and retained
for future use.
Source : REDIFF.COM
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