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File ITR- get perks

July 31st is the last day for filing an Income Tax Return (ITR). Most people regard this task as a burden, but filing an ITR filing of Return – on time is an extremely important tool to create your financial history. When you file your tax returns every year, you manage to maintain your financial record with the tax department. This financial / tax history is positively viewed and auspiciously utilized by most agencies with whom you may need to interact at times. It will help you to be in the good books of the financial institutions such as banks, Insurance companies, NBFCs etc. and also serves as a proof of income earned by an individual and total taxes paid.

It is always advisable to file one’s tax return even if the taxable income falls below the basic exemption threshold. Currently the limits are INR 2.5 lakhs for ordinary individuals, INR 3 lakhs for senior citizens and INR 5 lakhs for super senior citizens.

You can enjoy the following benefits if you file tax returns:

  • ITR Receipt is an important document: Having an ITR receipt is important because it is more detailed than Form 16, entailing your income and taxation along with revenue from other sources.
  • Use as address proof: If you have been filing your returns regularly, then the assessment order can act as a proof of residence.
  • Easy loan or card processing: Being a diligent income tax filer makes it easier for banks to assess your financial position when you apply for loans like an auto loan, home loan etc. Providing a copy of ITRs receipts with your loan application make it easier for you to get approved it quickly.
  • Compensate losses in the next financial year: Unless you file the ITR you will not be able to carry forward capital losses (short-term or long-term), if any, in a financial year to be adjusted against capital gains made in the following years. As per the income-tax provisions, if tax returns are not filed on time, unadjusted losses (with some exceptions) cannot be carried forward to subsequent years. A long-term capital loss in one year is allowed to be carried forward for eight consecutive years immediately succeeding the year in which the loss is incurred. Long-term capital loss can only be adjusted against a long-term capital gain in the following years. But short-term capital loss can be adjusted against long- as well as short-term capital gains.
  • Hence, to ensure that the losses are carried forward for future adjustment, a tax return would be required to be filed within the due date (31st July) of the assessment year.
  • Avoid paying additional interest: If you owe some taxes and still do not file your tax return, then you may be liable to pay additional interest u/s 234A at 1% per month on remaining tax payable by you. For instance, banks would deduct tax from interest on fixed deposits exceeding a certain limit.
  • Avoid penalties or scrutiny from the tax department: From FY 2017-18, INR 10,000 would be imposed for not filing ITR. Also there could be prescribed penalties ranging from 50 to 200% in certain cases. This black mark on your financial history will remain for years to come.
  • Credit card processing: Credit card companies also insist on having proof of return prior to issuing a card, so they can reject to issue you a credit card if you haven’t filed your ITR.
  • For a hassle-free visa application procedure: If you are planning to immigrate to another country or exploring a high-paying overseas job opportunity, then prepare yourself well in advance.At times visa authorities ask for copies of past tax returns, therefore to apply for a visa a tax return would essential to be filed. Embassies, especially those of US, UK, Canada etc., require you to furnish the copies of your tax returns for the last couple of years at the time of the visa interview.
  • To buy an insurance policy with a higher cover: Taking in consideration high cost of living, buying life cover of INR 50 lakh or INR 1 crore has become very usual from past few years. However, these covers are available against your ITR documents that verify annual income. “Life insurance companies ask to furnish ITR receipts if you opt to buy a term policy with sum insured of INR 50 lakh or more. If insurance providers have reasons (non-compliance) to believe that you are a tax-evader, they will not give you policies with more cover.
  • Government tender: If one plans to start his business that require him to apply for a government tender or two, he will be need to present his tax return receipts of the previous five years. This again, is to show your financial position and whether you can meet the payment obligation or not. However, this is no strict rule. It may vary depending on the internal rules of the government department. Even the number of ITRs required can vary.
  • Makes life easier for freelancers and independent professionals: Businessmen, consultants, partners of firm, freelancer or self-employed people don’t get Form16. This is the only document to prove that they have filed the ITR. Without this, they can face funding issues and transactional problems.
  • High-value transactions: If you regularly file your ITR, then it will create a strong financial history and credibility. When you do any high-value transactions such as purchase or sale of property, buying a car, cash deposits in bank, investment in mutual funds, credit card bill payments, etc., by filing ITRs, one can report these transactions & substantiate the same as per one’s income.

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GST returns guide

Step by Step Guide to File GST Return-3B

GSTR-3B filling is under progress and the last date for GSTR-3B filling is 20 August 2017. Please find below the step by step guide on how to file GST Return-3B.

Step by step guide on how to file GST Return-3B
1. After login, select Return Dashboard
2. Select Financial Year 2017-18 and Month July. Click Search and Select GSTR-3B
3. Declare your liabilities and ITC claims in Section 3.1 and 4 respectively by clicking on the tiles and furnishing the required information. Transitional ITC cannot be claimed in GSTR 3B. It can be claimed only through TRANS 1 and TRANS 2.
4. Enter details of interest, if payable, in Section 5.1. Late fee will be computed by the system
5. Click on Save GSTR-3B After you save the data, Submit button will get enabled. Please note that after submit, no modification is possible. Hence ensure that details are filled correctly before clicking on Submit button.
6. On clicking Submit GSTR-3B button, System will post (debit) the self-assessed liabilities including system generated late fee in Liability Register and credit the claimed ITC into ITC ledger.
7. After this the Payment of Tax tile will be enabled, please click it and declare your payment details to pay the taxes and offset the liability.
8. Click CHECK BALANCE button to view the balance available for credit under Integrated Tax, Central Tax, State Tax and Cess. (This includes transitional credit also, if TRAN-1 and 2 are submitted). This will enable you to check the balance before making the payment for the respective minor heads. The balance is also displayed when the mouse is hovered on the applicable data entry field in payment section.
9. Please fill out the section that specifies how you wants to set-off your liabilities using a combination of Cash and ITC.

  1. System checks if you have sufficient Cash/ITC balance.
  2. It also checks if the Reverse charge liabilities are set-off only through CASH.
  3. System also checks if all liabilities are set-off. Part payment is not allowed in GSTR-3B.        Hence, ensure sufficient balance in Cash and ITC Ledger to Offset liability
  4. In case of ITC utilisations, the system checks the prioritization rules viz. IGST Credit has to be first utilised for paying IGST liability and remaining for CGST liability and thereafter SGST liability; SGST credit has to be first used for paying SGST liability and then IGST liability; CGST Credit has to be first used for CGST liability and the remaining for IGST Liability; SGST credit cannot be used for paying CGST liability and CGST credit cannot be used for paying SGST liability
  5. Transition ITC, if available in ITC ledger, can be used for payment of liabilities of GSTR 3B

10. Click the OFFSET LIABILITY button to pay off the liabilities
11. Click on declaration statement
12. Select Authorized Signatory filing the Form
13. Click on File GSTR-3B button with DSC or EVC
14. Message for successful filing will appear and Acknowledgement will get generated

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Tax-Return

Efiling of Income Tax Return

What is a income tax return ?

It is a prescribed form through which the particulars of income earned by a person through various sources(like salary, business, professional fees, interest, capital gains, etc.) in a financial year and taxes paid on such income is communicated to the Income tax department after the end of the Financial year, called as income tax return or ITR. It is like your report card in school but instead of  marks you have income and taxes.  It is the constitutional obligation of every person earning income to compute his income and pay taxes correctly. Different forms are prescribed for filing of returns for different Status and Nature of income .

What is efiling ?

Efiling or electronic filing is submitting your income tax returns online. There are two ways to file your income tax returns. The traditional way is the offline way where you go the Income Tax Department’s office to physically file your returns. The other way is when you efile through the internet. Over the past few years, efiling has become popular because it is easier, doesn’t require prints of documents and can be done for free.

What are advantages of e-Filing?

  • Anywhere, Anytime files, 24 x7 x 365 service.
  • Easy, fast,free and secure
  • Faster processing and quicker refunds.
  • Value added services like viewing Form 26AS,  tracking of refunds,email, SMS alerts regarding status of processing and refunds.
  • And now it is also compulsory for most.

Is E-filing of Income tax Return compulsory?

  • E-Filing Returns is  compulsory for:
    Individuals earning over Rs 5 lakh a year. They are required to file their tax returns in the electronic format from AY 2013-14 (FY 2012-13) and subsequent assessment years.
  • Individual/HUF, having total Income of Rupees 10 lakhs. It was made mandatory from AY 2012-2013((FY 2011-12) and subsequent assessment years.
  • Individual/HUF /Firm auditable under section 44B of the IT Act, 1961. It was made mandatory for AY 2012-2013 and subsequent assessment years.
  • All Companies

Difference between AY and FY

Financial Year is period between 1st April to 31st March. Assessment Year is the next year in which the income is liable to tax.

For example, if your financial year is from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, then it is known as FY 2017-18. The assessment year for income earned during this period would begin after the financial year ends–that is on 1 April 2018 till 31 March 2019.

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