What is ITR 1 Sahaj Form ?

What is ITR 1 Sahaj Form ?

To make tax compliance easier, the income tax department has categorized taxpayers into many groups based on income and its source. So, you need to file your returns accordingly. ITR-1, also known as Sahaj Form, is for person with an income up to Rs. 50 lakhs.

Aadhaar Card is Mandatory for Income Tax Return Filing

The Income Tax Department has made it mandatory for all taxpayers to link the Aadhaar card with PAN on the Income Tax Department website.

Who is Eligible to File ITR 1  for AY 2021-22?

ITR -1  Form is a simplified one-page form for individuals having income up to Rs 50 lakh from the following sources :

  • Income from Salary/Pension
  • Income from One House Property (excluding cases where loss is brought forward from previous years)
  • Income from Other Sources (excluding winning from Lottery and Income from Race Horses)

In the case of clubbed Income Tax Returns, where a spouse or a minor is included, this can be done only if their income is limited to the above specifications.

Who cannot file ITR 1 for AY 2020-21

  • An individual having income above Rs 50 lakh cannot use this form.
  • An individual who is either a director in a company and has held any unlisted equity shares at any time during the financial year cannot use this form.
  • Residents not ordinarily resident (RNOR) and non-residents cannot file returns using ITR -1
  • Also, individuals  who have earned income through the following means are not eligible to file form ITR 1 :
    • More than one House Property
    • Lottery, Racehorses, Legal Gambling etc.
    • Taxable capital gains (Short term and Long term)
    • Agricultural income exceeding Rs. 5,000
    • Business and Profession
    • Individual who is a Resident and has assets (including financial interest in any entity) outside India or signing authority in any account located outside India.
    • Individual claiming relief of foreign tax paid or double taxation relief under section 90/90A/91.

What is the structure of ITR 1 Form?

Part A – General Information

Part B – Gross total Income

Part C – Deductions and taxable total income

Part D – Computation of Tax Payable
Part E – Other Information (Bank account details)

Schedule IT (Details of advance tax and self assessment tax payments)
Schedule-TDS (TDS/TCS details)

Verification

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How do I file my ITR-1 Form?

You can submit your ITR-1 Form either online or offline.

Offline

Only the following persons have the option to file the return in paper form

  • An individual at the age of 80 years or more at any time during the previous year
  • An individual or HUF whose income does not exceed Rs 5 lakhs and who has not claimed any refund in the return of income

For offline, the return is furnished in a physical paper form. The Income Tax Department will issue you an acknowledgement at the time of submission of your physical paper return.

Online/Electronically

  • By transmitting the data electronically and then submitting the verification of the return in the form of ITR-V to CPC, Bengaluru.
  • By filing the return online and e-verifying the ITR-V through net banking/aadhaar OTP/EVC.

If you submit your ITR-1 Form electronically, the acknowledgement will be sent to your registered email id. You can also choose to download it manually from the income tax website. You are then required to sign it and send it to the Income Tax Department’s CPC office in Bangalore within 120 days of e-filing. Alternatively, you can e-verify your return.

The Major Changes which are made in the ITR 1 for the AY 2021-22

The following changes have been incorporated in the ITR form:

  • The taxpayer cannot file ITR-1 if TDS is deducted under section 194N. As per section 194N, tax shall be deducted at source if the non-filers of the income tax return withdraw cash exceeding the amount of Rs.20 lakh. In other cases, tax shall be deducted when the cash withdrawals exceed Rs.1 crore in a financial year.
  • No option is given to carry forward TDS under section 194N. The credit of TDS under section 194N shall be allowed only during the year in which TDS was deducted.
  • The individuals or HUFs are given the option to select old or new tax regime. If the taxpayer selects a new tax regime under section 115BAC, he needs to file Form 10IE before filing ITR under section 139(1).
  • The ITR forms for the assessment year 2020-21 were modified by including new schedule DI. It allowed taxpayers to avail the deduction made during the extended period for the AY 2020-21. The schedule DI is removed from AY 2021-22.

The Major Changes which were made in the ITR 1 for the AY 2020-21

  • Individual taxpayers who meet the criteria of (a) making cash deposits above Rs 1 crore with a bank or (b) incurring expense above Rs 2 lakh on foreign travel or (c) expenditure above Rs 1 lakh on electricity should also file ITR-1. The taxpayer should indicate the amount of the deposit or expenditure.
  • The condition of the individual having income from salaries, one house property, other income and having total income up to Rs 50 lakhs continues
  • Resident individuals who own a single property in joint ownership can also file ITR-1 where the total income is up to Rs 50 lakh
  • Taxpayers should separately disclose the amount of the investment or deposits or payments towards tax-saving made from 1 April 2020 until 30 June 2020

The Major Changes which are made in the ITR 1 for the AY 2019-20 are:

  1. ITR 1 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.
  2. Under Part A, ‘Pensioners’ checkbox has been introduced under the ‘Nature of employment’ section.
  3. Return filed under section has been segregated between normal filing and filed in response to notices.
  4. Deductions under salary will be bifurcated into standard deduction, entertainment allowance and professional tax.
  5. The taxpayers will be required to provide income wise detailed information under the ‘Income from other sources’.
  6. A separate column is introduced under ‘Income from other sources’ for deduction u/s 57(iia) – in case of family pension income.
  7. ‘Deemed to be let out property’ option now available under ‘Income from house property’.
  8. Section 80TTB column has been included for senior citizens.

The Major Changes which were made in the ITR 1 for the AY 2018-19 are:

  1. Earlier ITR-1 was applicable for both Residents, Residents Not ordinarily resident (RNOR) and also Non-residents. Now, this form has been made applicable only for resident individuals.
  2. The condition of the individual having income from salaries, one house property, other income and having total income up to Rs 50 lakhs continues
  3. Under the Schedule on TDS, there is also an additional field for furnishing details of TDS as per Form 26QC for TDS made on rent. Also, provision for quoting of PAN of Tenant for such rent cases has also been made.
  4. There is a requirement to furnish a break-up of salary. Until now, these details would appear only in Form 16 and the requirement to disclose them in the return had never arisen.
  5. There is also a requirement to furnish a break up of Income under House Property which was earlier mandatory only for ITR -2 and other forms

Salary and House property changes can be noted from the below screenshot

ITR 1

The Major Changes which were made in the ITR 1 for the AY 2017-18 are:

  1. Quoting of Aadhar Number is mandator-Every person is mandatorily required to quote Aadhaar number in the return of income. If any person does not possess the Aadhaar Number but he had applied for the Aadhaar card then he can quote Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application Form in the ITR.
  2. Disclosure of cash deposits during demonetization-A new column has been introduced in all ITR Forms to report on cash deposited by taxpayers in their bank accounts during the demonetization period, i.e., from November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016. However, taxpayer are required to fill up this column only if they have deposited Rs 2 lakh or more during the demonetization period.
  3. Disclosure of all Bank Accounts-The details of all the savings and current accounts held at any time during the previous year must be provided. However, it is not mandatory to provide details of dormant accounts which are not operational for more than 3 years. The account number should be as per Core Banking Solution (CBS) system of the bank.
  4. Simplified one page ITR Form for Salaried class taxpayers (ITR 1 Sahaj)-Now the Govt. has notified simplified one page form ‘ITR-1 Sahaj’ for individuals having income up to Rs 50 lakhs  from salary, pension, one house property and income from other sources. It has removed columns which are not frequently used by the taxpayers such as:
    • New ‘ITR-1 Sahaj’ has retained those deductions which are most frequently used by the taxpayers such as  under Section 80C, 80D, 80G and 80TTA.If any taxpayer wants to claim deduction under any other provision of chapter VI-A he can specify the relevant Section in column titled as ‘Any other’.
    • Schedules of TDS and TCS have been merged into one in order to make ITR 1 shorter and simpler.
    • New columns have been inserted to report dividend income and long-term capital gains exempt under Section 10(34) and Section 10(38) respectively. It is mandatory to e file tax returns for those with long term capital of Rs 2.5 lakhs or more ,even though their taxable income may be below 2.5 lakhs.

How do I fill out the ITR-1 Form?

Documents which you should keep in hand before filling out your ITR-1 form are:

  • Form 16: Issued by all your employers for the given Financial Year
  • Form 26AS: Remember to verify that the TDS mentioned in Form 16 matches the TDS in Part A of your Form 26AS
  • Receipts: If you have not been able to submit proof of certain exemptions or deductions (such as HRA allowance or Section 80C or 80D deductions) to your employer on time, keep these receipts handy to claim them on your income tax return directly.
  • PAN card
  • Bank investment certificates: Interest from bank account details – bank passbook or FD certificate