Section 44ADA - Presumptive Taxation for Profession

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Sakshi Shah

Business and Profession Income
Presumptive Taxation Scheme
Section 44ADA

To provide relief to small taxpayers from the tedious task of maintaining books of accounts and getting books of accounts audited, the CBDT had introduced the Presumptive Taxation Scheme. Under Budget 2016, the finance minister introduced the presumptive taxation scheme for specified professionals under Section 44ADA. FY 2016-17 onwards, a professional with gross receipts up to INR 50 lacs can take the benefit of presumptive taxation under Section 44ADA.

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Who can opt for Presumptive Taxation under Section 44ADA?

A resident taxpayer engaged in any of the following professions can take advantage of the Presumptive Taxation Scheme under Section 44ADA:

  1. Legal
  2. Medical
  3. Engineering
  4. Architecture
  5. Accountancy
  6. Technical Consultancy
  7. Interior Decoration
  8. Any other specified profession that CBDT notified
    • Film Artists – cameraman, producer, editor, dance director, actor, director, music director, art director, lyricist, story writer, screenplay or dialogue writer, singer, and costume designers.
    • Authorised Representatives – a person who represents someone before a tribunal or any legal authority in exchange for a fee. It does not include an employee of the person or a person who is carrying on the profession of accountancy.

Calculation of Presumptive Income under Section 44ADA of Income Tax

To opt for Presumptive Taxation Scheme under Section 44ADA, the following two conditions should be satisfied:

  1. The gross receipts of the profession should be less than or equal to INR 50 lacs.
  2. The taxpayer should report 50% or more of the gross receipts as income in the ITR.

Example

Arjun is a freelance designer. His total receipts for FY 2019-20 is 45 lacs. The total expenses are INR 15 lacs that includes a subscription for designing software, salary, rent, electricity, travelling, etc.

Particulars Amount (INR)
Gross Receipts 45,00,000
Expenses (25,00,000)
Net Profit 20,00,000

Does not opt for Presumptive Taxation u/s 44ADA

Opts for Presumptive Taxation u/s 44ADA

Particulars Amount (INR)
Gross Receipts 45,00,000
Presumptive Income (50%) 22,50,000

Income Tax on Presumptive Income under Section 44ADA

Tax Audit and Books of Accounts for Presumptive Income under Section 44ADA

Section 44ADA of Income Tax – 5 Year Rule

As per this rule, if a taxpayer opts for the presumptive taxation scheme in a financial year, he/she should opt for it for the next 5 financial years continuously. However, if the taxpayer fails to do so, he/she would not be able to take the benefit of presumptive taxation scheme for the next 5 financial years. For eg: A professional opts for Sec 44ADA for AY 2018-19 and AY 2019-20. However, for AY 2020-21, he does not opt for the presumptive taxation scheme. In this case, he will not be eligible to claim the benefit of the presumptive taxation scheme for the next five AYs, i.e. from AY 2021-22 to AY 2025-26.


FAQs

I am a freelancer and I opted for Presumptive Scheme u/s 44ADA. Can I claim expenses like internet, rent, travelling, etc?

A freelancer who has opted for Presumptive Scheme u/s 44ADA should report 50% or more of gross receipts as income. There is an option to declared a fixed percentage of receipts as profit and not maintain any books of accounts. Thus, the freelancer cannot claim any further expenses. However, he/she can claim Chapter VI-A deductions like LIC premium, mediclaim premium, donations, etc.

Do I need to pay advance tax if I opt for Presumptive Taxation Scheme under Section 44ADA?

Yes. If the total tax liability for a financial year exceeds INR 10,000, you must pay advance tax. If you have opted for presumptive taxation scheme u/s 44AD or 44ADA, you are required to pay advance tax on or before 15th March instead of 4 installments in other cases. However, if you fail to pay advance tax by 15th March of the financial year, interest is Sec 234B and Sec 234C is required to be paid.

Do I need to maintain books of accounts if I opt for Presumptive Taxation Scheme under Section 44ADA?

A person engaged in specified profession having gross receipts up to INR 50 lacs has the option to opt for Presumptive Taxation Scheme under Sec 44ADA. He/she can report 50% or more of gross receipts as income and pay tax on it. If they opt for Presumptive Taxation, they are not required to maintain books of accounts as per Section 44AA. They are also not liable for Tax Audit as per Section 44AB.

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