New ITR Forms AY 2017-18 : Which ITR Form should you file?
Central Board of Direct Taxes has notified the new ITR Forms AY 2017-18(for FY 2016-17). In order to make Income Tax Return filing easy, quite a few changes in ITR Forms have been implemented.
The new ITR forms in PDF format have been made available, while the excel utilities (or) Java Utilities for AY 2017-18 will soon be made available on income tax India e-filing website.
What is AY & FY?
Financial yearis the year in which you have earned the income. If you are filing a return this year, the financial year will be 2016-17.
For example, if you have had an income between 1st April 2016 and 31 March 2017, then 2016-17 will be referred to as FY. Assessment Yearis the year in which you file returns i.e., 2017-18. The last date to file returns for the financial year 2016-2017 is July 31st 2017.
Income Tax Slabs & Rates for FY 2016-17 (AY 2017-18)
The below table gives you clear idea about Income tax slabs / rates for all Tax payer categories.
Income Tax Returns Filing & New ITR Forms AY 2017-18 | Which ITR Form should you file?
Below are the main details about new ITR forms. You can download the ITR Forms which are in PDF format.
The number of ITR Forms have been reduced from the existing nine to seven forms.
Kindly note that it is now mandatory to quote your Aadhar number / Aadhar Enrollment ID and also disclose Cash deposits of more than Rs 2 lakh made during demonetisation period.
The existing ITR Forms ITR-2, ITR-2A and ITR-3 have been rationalized and a single ITR-2 has been notified in place of these three forms.
The existing ITR 4 has been re-numbered as ITR 3.
ITR 4S (Sugam) is now ITR 4 (Sugam).
All ITR forms have to be filed electronically. The only exception being ; in the case of individuals of the age of 80 years or more, whose income does not exceed Rs 5 lakh and who has not claimed any refund in the return of income, have an option to file return in paper form.
New ITR 1 (Sahaj) Form For Assessment Year 2017-18 :
The existing multiple pages ITR 1 form has now been simplified into a single page ITR Form.
ITR 1 Form (Sahaj) can be filed by an individual having income of up to Rs 50 lakh from salary, one house property and interest income.
In this ITR form, important tax deductions like Section 80C, 80D, 80G & 80TTA have only been provided. For other tax deductions, you can just mention the section and amount details.
If you have LTCG of Rs 2.5 Lakh or more, It is mandatory to e-file tax returns, even if your total taxable income may be below Rs 2.5 lakh.
A separate provision has been provided to disclose Long Term Capital Gains (LTCG) as Exempt income under section 10 (38).
A separate provision has been provided to disclose Dividend income received from an Indian company as Exempt income under section 10 (34).