File ITR-1 Sahaj Form online for Salaried Employee

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Maharshi Shah

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Income Tax
Salaried Individuals
Last updated on February 9th, 2023

The income tax department has categorised taxpayers into groups based on their income situations which help in determining which ITR form is to be filed. This is to make tax compliance easier.

It is important for salaried individuals to file their returns. The advantages of filing an income tax return are- it is required for availing loans, travelling abroad, claiming a refund, etc. In this article, we discuss how to file income tax returns online for salaried employees.

Who is eligible to file Form ITR-1?

Form ITR-1 also known as Sahaj form is a simplified one-page form for resident individuals having taxable income up to INR 50 Lakhs in a FY from the following sources:

Note: Further an individual who is either a director of a company/ partner in a firm or holds unlisted shares at any time during the FY can not file ITR-1.

Budget 2022 Update

The government has proposed an “Updated Return” that enables taxpayers to file ITR for two previous assessment years for any mistake or omission made in ITR on payment of additional tax and late filing penalty.

ITR 1 Form Breakdown

The ITR 1 form has 5 sections that are required to be confirmed before submitting it. The sections are mentioned below:

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File ITR 1 Online on the e-Filing Website - Login - File Income Tax Return - Assessment Year - File ITR online option - Status - Choose ITR 1 option - List of Docs for ITR 1 - Select the appropriate checkboxes - Enter Income & Deduction Details - Tax Liability for ITR 1 - Refund Option - Preview and Submit ITR 1 - Submit Return - Verification Procedure - ITR 1 Successfully Filed

How to File ITR 1 using offline JSON utility?

We have to first download this offline utility from the e-Filing portal. After an individual has installed the Offline JSON Utility on their system, they will be taken to the Homepage for filing the Income Tax Return.

  1. Click on Continue

    On the homepage click on continue to file your ITR.HomePage to file ITR

  2. Select the applicable option

    You will find 3 tabs namely: Returns, Draft Version of Returns and Pre-filled Data. Select the option that is applicable to you and click on ‘File Returns’File ITR

  3. Click on ‘Import Pre-filled Data’

    Now, you have to select the ‘Import Pre-filled Data’ option. This will import all the data that you have already saved on your system and will pre-fill information in the ITRSelect Pre-filled ITR

  4. Enter the PAN and Assessment Year

    Now, enter the PAN details of the taxpayer and select the assessment year, and then click on proceedAdd PAN and AY

  5. Download the ‘Pre-filled JSON’

    Next, download the pre-filled JSON from the e-filing website by logging into your account.

  6. Upload the Pre-filled JSON File

    Now, upload the pre-filled JSON file downloaded and click on proceed

  7. Click on ‘File Return’

    Now you will be redirected to the file ITR screen which will contain your pre-filled information from the JSON file File ITR

  8. Select the Status

    Next, select the applicable status and click on continueSelect the status

  9. Select ‘ITR 1’

    Now from the options given select ITR 1Select ITR1

  10. Click on ‘Let’s get started’

    In order to start preparing your ITR, click on ‘Let’s get started’Click on lets get started

  11. Fill in the applicable and mandatory fields of the Form

    Enter all the necessary and applicable details, validate all the tabs of the ITR form and then Tax will be calculatedEnter necessary details

  12. Now Submit your Return

    After you have confirmed all schedules, you can submit and preview your returnSubmit and preview return

  13. Download or Print the Preview

    You can now download or print the preview on your system for your referencedownload preview

  14. Click on ‘Proceed to Validation’

    Now return to the screen and click on ‘Proceed to Validation’ to validate the returnProceed to validate

  15. Validate the Errors

    If there are any validation errors, the taxpayer will modify that, post that one can “Download the
    JSON” and file it on the income tax website.

    Downlod the JSON

How to report Salary Income in the ITR without Form 16?

Employers may fail to provide Form 16 to their employees due to a number of reasons. In such a case, employees find it difficult to file an ITR without Form 16 since they don’t know their taxable salary and TDS amount.

Here are the steps to report salary income in ITR without Form 16

Sample Income Tax Return Form – ITR 1

AY 2021-22 ITR 1 Sahaj form for salaried individuals

Major Changes in ITR 1

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AY 2021-22

AY 2020-21


How to file ITR if I only have Form 16 from my current employer and not from my previous employer?

First, add the salary income of the current employer as per Form 16. And then calculate the taxable salary from the previous employer as per salary slips and file your ITR.

Can I file a return after the Due Date?

Yes. You can file a ‘Belated Return’ after the due date. You can file a belated return before the end of the Assessment Year or before the completion of the assessment whichever is earlier. Late filing fees as per section 234F will also be levied.

Can I file ITR-1 with Multiple Form 16?

Yes, a taxpayer can file ITR 1 even though they have multiple Form 16. A taxpayer may have multiple Form 16 if they changed jobs during the financial year. They get Form 16 from both their current employer and past employer at the end of a financial year.