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Apr - 2019

Filling salary details in ITR-1 for FY 2018-19 gets easier for taxpayers

The ITR-1 form notified by the government for FY 2018-19 has simplified filling in salary details this year. The salary details required in ITR-1 is now just a copy-paste of the details available in the Form-16. This is the main change from the manner in which salary details were required to be filled in the previous year

This year, ITR-1 has been synchronized with Form-16 to enable salaried taxpayers to easily fill in details. In the previous year, the format in which break-up of the salary was required to be filled in was not in sync with the Form-16 which made it difficult for taxpayers to fill in their details.

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Form-16 is an important document for the salaried class. It is a TDS certificate issued by an employer, comprising information on the total amount of salary paid to you during a financial year and how much tax is deducted from your salary and deposited with the government against your PAN.

Form-16 consists of two parts - Part A and Part B. The Part A of Form-16 tells the taxpayer about the total tax deducted by his/her employer and deposited to the government against his/her PAN. It tells the employee the period for which tax is deducted, quarter-wise break-up of how much TDS is deducted and deposited with the government in each quarter, PAN and TAN of your employer. Part B provides detailed salary break up, deductions that have been claimed by you under Sections 80C to 80Uand relief under section 89, if any.

While filing ITR-1, the deductions that an individual is claiming from salary income under section 16 of the Income Tax Act have to be clearly specified. In last year's ITR-1 form, an individual was required to provide the aggregate amount of deduction without specifying the nature of deduction, i.e., whether the deduction is standard deduction, entertainment allowance or professional tax.

The information regarding the same is easily available in Form-16. Standard deduction of Rs 40,000 will be a new detail inserted in Form-16 as it was re-introduced in Budget 2018. The deduction on entertainment allowance is applicable only to government employees for maximum of Rs 5,000 or one-fifth of his salary excluding any allowance, benefit, or other perquisite, whichever is lesser.

If you have paid any professional tax or tax on employment, then such tax will be allowed as deduction and will be mentioned in Part-B of your Form 16.

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