What is ITR 1?
Up to FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20), it was not mandatory to file Income Tax Return if the total income was less than the basic exemption limit. However, Budget 2019 inserted the seventh proviso to Section 139(1). As per this new provision, if a taxpayer has entered into high-value transactions, it is mandatory to file the ITR even if the total income does not exceed the basic exemption limit. The high-value transactions can be either of the following:
- If the taxpayer has deposited more than INR 1 Cr in a current account
- If the taxpayer has incurred foreign travel expense of more than INR 2 lacs
- Or, if the taxpayer has incurred electricity expense of more than INR 1 lac
Who can file ITR 1 Form?
Any individual whose total income does not exceed INR 50 lakh and includes:
- Salary / Pension Income.
- Income from one House Property (If there is a brought forward loss from previous years, ITR-1 cannot be filed).
- Income from Other Sources (excluding winning from Lottery and Income from racehorses).
In case the income of a spouse or minor child is clubbed with the taxpayer’s income then they can file it only if their clubbed incomes include the above categories.
Who can not file ITR 1 Form?
It should not be used by Non-Resident of India (NRI) and the individuals whose total income includes:
- Income from multiple House Property
- Income from winnings from lottery or income from racehorses
- Capital Gains Income (short term and long term Capital Gains from the sale of house, plot, shares, etc.)
- Agricultural income exceeding INR 5000/-
- Income from Business and Profession
- Resident individual having
- Any asset (including financial interest in any entity) located outside India or
- Signing authority in any account located outside India
- Individuals claiming relief of Foreign Tax paid or Double Taxation Relief under section 90/90A/91.
List of Documents Required to File ITR 1
Before you start working on your ITR, you should have the following documents handy:
- PAN (Permanent Account Number)
- Aadhaar Number
- Bank account details
- Form 26AS
- Form 16
- AIS – Annual Information Statement
- Details of original return if filing revised return
- Details of notice if filing in response to a notice
- Salary Income
- Form-16 or Salary slips received from your employer and
- Pension statement/passbook.
- House/Property Income
- Address of the property,
- Coowner details in case the property is coowned,
- In case of house/property loan Interest certificates/repayment certificate from a bank,
- In case of let out property Rent agreement
- Other sources
- Savings/current account statements/Passbook
- Interest certificates for deposits/bonds/NSC
- PPF account statement/Passbook
- Dividend warrants/counterfoils
- Rent agreement in case of let out machinery
- Details about receipts of any other incomes
Income Tax Return Form – ITR 1
Major Changes in ITR 1 for AY 2021-22
- Taxpayers are given the option to choose between the old tax regime and the new tax regime
- Dividend Income has to be added with a quarterly breakdown for accurate calculation of Interest under Section 234C
Major Changes in ITR 1 for AY 2020-21
- The individual taxpayers who meet the following criteria:
- Make cash deposits above INR 1 Crore with a bank,
- Incur expenses above INR 2 Lakh on foreign travel or,
- Spend above INR 1 Lakh on electricity should also file ITR 1
- Condition of the individual having income from salaries, one house property, other income, and having total income up to INR 50 Lakh continues
- Resident individuals owning a single property in joint ownership can also file ITR 1 where the total income is up to INR 50 Lakh
- Taxpayers should separately disclose the amount of the investment or deposits or payments towards tax saving made from 1 April 2020 until 30th June 2020
Major Changes in ITR 1 for AY 2019-20
- The Income Tax Return form for FY 2018-19 is not applicable to an individual who is either a director of a company or has invested in unlisted equity shares
- Under Part A, there is an introduction of ‘Pensioners’ checkbox under the ‘Nature of employment’ section.
- The Return filed under section has been segregated between normal filing and filed in response to notices.
- Segregation of Deductions under salary will into standard deduction, entertainment allowance, and professional tax.
- The taxpayers will have to provide income-wise detailed information under the ‘Income from other sources’.
- Introduction of a separate column under ‘Income from other sources’ for deduction u/s 57(iia) – in case of family pension income.
- ‘Deemed to be let out property’ option now available under ‘Income from house property’
- Inclusion of Section 80TTB column for senior citizens.
No. NRI can file any other ITR form depending upon the source of income earned by them in India. ITR 1 can only be filed by an Ordinary Resident of India.
It is an annexure less form. Hence no need to send any supporting documents to the IT Department.
Yes. Any resident individual who has earned income from salary during the financial year can file ITR 1. Change in employment does not affect the ITR form type.
Yes. A taxpayer can file ITR 1 without Form 16. However, he needs to calculate his taxable salary income for a financial year while filing ITR.
Yes. It is mandatory to provide active bank account details. You are also required to select one account as your primary account. Since your refund will be directly issued to your Bank Account vis ECS.
Yes. You can file a ‘Belated Return’ after the due date. You can file a belated return before the end of Assessment Year or before the completion of the assessment whichever is earlier. Late filing fees as per section 234F will also be levied.
Yes, you can file exempt income in ITR 1. However, if agriculture income exceeds INR 5000 then you will have to file ITR 2.
Yes, you need to report exempt LTCG in ITR 1 provided it is exempt u/s 10(38). In case you have any taxable LTCG, you can use the other income tax return forms that are applicable. Additionally, it is necessary to e file tax returns if LTCG exceeds INR 2.5L even if your income is below taxable limit.
Yes. Dividend income from mutual funds is exempt u/s 10(35). It is shown in the Part D under the head Exempt Income (others).
Yes, it is mandatory to fill in your bank account details, whether you have refund due or not. This is because it has been noticed that many taxpayers end up paying more than their required tax liability. In such cases, it is important for the Income Tax Department to send refunds within a certain amount of time.
You can only file 10 returns using the same e-Mail ID and mobile number.