The time has come for all of us to start filing our income tax returns (ITR). This year it becomes all the more important to file it on time as there is a penalty for missing the deadline.
To make the process of filing your returns easier, it is always better to keep all the necessary documentary proof ready and handy. Without it, filing your tax return could be difficult.
This year, the income tax department has asked taxpayers who file using ITR1 to provide breakup of the gross salary income and income earned from one house property during the FY 201718. This is why chartered accountants advise that you must collect all the documents related to income earned during the financial year to ensure that there are no mistakes made while filing ITR.
Here are the 10 documents you must keep in handy while filing your ITR for FY 201718:
If you are a salaried person, this is one of the most important documents for you to file your ITR. Abhishek Soni, CEO, tax2win.in, a tax filing company, says “Form16 is a TDS certificate issued to you by your employer to provide details of the salary paid to you and TDS deducted on it, if any. It is mandatory for your employer to issue Form16 if your employer has deducted TDS from your salary. If no TDS is deducted from your salary, then you can request your employer to provide you the same.”
This year, ITR form1 requires salaried taxpayers to provide the salary breakup, having Form16 makes it easier to get that information.
Form16 consists of two parts: PartA and PartB. PartA consists of all the details of the tax deducted by your employer during the year. Apart from details of the tax deducted from your salary, it also consists of the details of your Permanent Account Number (PAN), PAN and TAN of your employer whereas PartB of the form consists of your gross salary breakup details such as exempt allowances, perquisites etc. Soni adds, “Details like perquisites, profit in lieu of salary which is taxable in your hands can be found in PartB Form 16.”
While receiving Form16, one must check that the PAN mentioned on it is yours. If there is any discrepancy, then you must bring this to your employer’s notice. Your employer will rectify the mistakes in Form16 and issue you a revised form.
2. Salary slips
Apart from perquisites and profit in lieu of salary, salaried taxpayers are also required to provide information of allowances such as house rent allowance, transport allowance etc. that are taxable.
You can find these details in your salary slips. From the salary slips, you can add each allowance received during the year and then calculate the taxability portion of it. If you have received HRA in the last FY and paid rent, then the taxable portion of that will be calculated based on certain conditions. Click here to use our HRA calculator and compute taxable amount.
Further, the tax treatment of each allowance received by you has a different tax treatment some allowances will be fully taxable, while some are partially taxed. You can find all of this information in your salary slips.
Special allowance received during the last FY will be fully taxable in your hands. Transport allowance received during FY 201718 will be taxexempt for maximum up to Rs 19,200 in a year. However, from FY 201819, standard deduction of Rs 40,000 will be available in lieu of transport allowance and medical reimbursement.
3. Interest certificates from banks and post office
Interest received from savings bank account, post office savings account, fixed deposits and recurring deposits are taxable. Therefore, one must either get the interest certificates from the bank/s and/or post office branch to know the total interest earned, in case no TDS
If you do not get interest certificates, make sure your account passbook is updated and shows details regarding the interest credited to your account till March 31, 2018.
Soni says, “Individuals can claim deduction under section 80TTA on the interest received up to Rs 10,000 in a FY from the savings bank account and post office savings account. Any interest received above Rs 10,000 will be chargeable to tax.”
If TDS deducted on the payments other than salaries such as interest received from fixed deposits, recurring deposits etc. over the specified limits as per the current tax laws, your bank (in this case) will issue you Form16A providing you the details of the amount of TDS deducted.
On the other hand, if you have sold your property, then the buyer will issue you Form16B showing the TDS deducted on the amount paid to you.
Soni adds, “If you are a landlord earning rental income, then you should ask your tenant to provide you Form16C for providing the details of TDS deducted on the rent received by you.” As per the current laws, an individual is required to deduct TDS if the monthly rent is more than Rs 50,000. Further, you can check 26AS also for the TDS details.
5. Form 26AS
Form 26AS is your consolidated annual tax statement. This is like your tax passbook which has information of all the taxes that has been deposited against your PAN. These include:
a) TDS deducted by your employer,
b) TDS deducted by banks if the interest income in FY 201718 exceeds Rs 10,000,
c) TDS deducted by any other organisation for the payments that have been made to you,
d) Advance taxes deposited by yourself during the FY 201718,
e) Selfassessment taxes paid by you.
One can download Form 26AS from the TRACES website. To download your Form26AS, you can login to your account on the efiling website, www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. Once logged in, click on ‘View 26AS (Tax Credit)’ under the ‘My Account’ tab. The website will redirect you to the TRACES website to download the form.
You should ensure that all the taxes deducted in FY 201718 are reflecting against your PAN in Form26AS. In case of mismatch you should ask the deductor to rectify the mistake. If the mismatch is not corrected, you won’t be able to claim taxcredit for that TDS deduction.
6. Taxsaving investment proofs
All the taxsaving investments and expenditures incurred by you under section 80C, 80CCC and 80CCD(1) during FY201718 can help you lower your tax liability. The maximum taxbreak you can claim under these three sections cannot exceed Rs 1.5 lakh in a financial year.
The most common available tax breaks under section 80C are as follows:
a) Employees Provident Fund (EPF)
b) Public Provident Fund (PPF)
c) Investments in ELSS schemes of mutual funds
d) Life insurance premium paid
e) National Pension System (NPS) etc.
Apart from investments, there are certain expenditures that are also eligible for taxbenefits under section 80C. Examples of these expenditures include home loan principal repayment, tuition fees paid for your children etc. Click here to know all expenditures that can help you save tax under section 80C.
7. Deductions under section 80D to 80U
Apart from taxsaving investments and expenditures under section 80C, there are certain expenses on which you can claim deductions under different sections of the Incometax Act. For instance, health insurance premium paid in the FY 201718 is eligible for deduction under section 80D of the Act for maximum up to Rs 25,000 in a year.
Soni adds, “If you have paid for the health insurance premium of your parents, then you can claim an additional deduction of Rs 25,000
8. Home loan statement from bank/NBFC
If you have taken a home loan from a bank or any other financial institution, don’t forget to collect the loan statement. It will provide you the breakup details of how much principal and interest has been repaid by you.
Soni adds, “Interest repaid on the home loan can lower your tax liability under section 24. The maximum amount one can claim under section 24 is Rs 2 lakh. You will be required to provide the amount of interest repaid in the ITR form along with the rental income earned from that house property, if any. If the said house property is used for selfoccupation purpose, then also you can claim deduction under section 24.”
9. Capital gains
If you have earned some capital gains from the sale of property and/ or mutual funds, then you will be required to report these gains in your ITR.
“To compute capital gains (longterm or shortterm) on sale of house property, land or building one would require the purchase deed and sale deed of the said property. In case of capital gains accrued on the sale of mutual funds and/or shares, one would require statements from mutual fund houses and/or brokers.”
One should remember that equity shares and equityoriented mutual funds sold on or before 31 March, 2018, after holding them for more than a year, will remain exempt from tax. From April 1, 2018, sale of equity shares and equityoriented mutual funds, held for at least a year, will be chargeable at the rate of flat 10 percent if gain amount exceeds Rs 1 lakh. However, capital gains accrued till January 31, 2018 will be grandfathered as per the new rules.
10. Aadhaar card
Providing Aadhaar details is mandatory to successfully file your ITR. According to section 139AA of the Incometax Act, an individual is required to provide his/her Aadhaar details while filing the return of your income.
If you have not received your Aadhaar card yet but have applied for it, then you would be required to provide an enrolment ID in your tax returns.