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What is ITR Filing ?

ITR, also known as Income Tax Return, is a form which an assessee or a taxpayer has to file mentioning his income earned and the tax which is applicable to him to the Income Tax Department. 


Introduction to ITR-1 or SAHAJ (For salaried class Including for Goverment employees).


The ITR -1, also known by the name of Sahaj Form, is a simplified form for those who have their income up to Rs. 50 lacs. The sources of income can be the following for these people:

  1. By Salary or pension
  2. From the income of the One House Property
  3. Income from sources other than these such as lottery, racehorses etc.


Who cannot file ITR 1 

Many people are not allowed to file ITR 1. These are the people who cannot apply for the ITR 1 FORM: 

A person who has an income of more than 50 lacs.

If a person is a director of any Company along with the unlisted equity shares during the financial year

Those who are Residents not ordinarily resident (RNOR) or if Non-residents, then they cannot file the ITR 1 Return.

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FAQ - Frequently asked questions

My company deducts TDS. Is filing my income tax return online?

Yes, deducting TDS and filing a tax return are two different things. You file a tax return to show that you have paid all the taxes you needed to pay. The income tax return is also a useful document when it comes to applying for a loan or visa.

How do I pay tax to the government?

You can pay the tax directly on the Income Tax Department website using your Netbanking account with challan 280

Can I file income tax returns for years I missed?

Yes, in any given financial year, you can file for the last two years. For e.g in FY 2016-17, you can file for both Financial Year 2015-16 and Financial Year 2014-15 online.

Is it necessary to attach any documents along with the return of income in order to file tax return online?

Taxpayers are not required to attach any documents like proof of investment, TDS certificates, for ITR return forms along with the return of income (whether filed manually or filed electronically). However, these documents should be retained by the taxpayer and should be produced before the tax authorities when demanded in situations like assessment, inquiry, etc.

if I have paid excess tax, how will it be refunded to me? How to file a tax refund? 

The excess tax can be claimed as a refund by filing your Income-tax return. It will be refunded and credited back into your bank account through ECS transfer. It is important to make sure no mistakes are made while mentioning bank details such as account number, IFSC code etc in the ITR form.

Is it necessary to file a return of income when I don’t have any positive income?

You must file your return before the due date, if you have sustained a loss in the financial year and if you want to carry forward to the subsequent year for adjustment against subsequent years positive income. Loss can be carried forward only if you have filed the return claiming such loss before the due date.

How to file tax return?

This can be done by following the procedures which has been mentioned in the material.