Monday, April 4, 2016

Key changes in new income-tax return forms

Every year CBDT notifies new Income-Tax Return (ITR) forms. However, in the recent past CBDT had notified ITR forms a bit late causing inconvenience to various tax practitioner and taxpayers in filing ITRs within prescribed time. Thus, we have witnessed a spate of writ petitions in the various High Courts for extension of due date of filing return.

The Delhi High Court in case of Avinash Gupta v. Union of India [2015] 63 taxmann.com 121 (Delhi) criticized the Government for its delay in notifying ITR forms every year. The Delhi High Court made following remarks:

There appears to be no justification for delay beyond the assessment year in prescribing the ITR forms. Accordingly, the respondents are directed to, with effect from the next assessment year, at least ensure that the ITR form should be available as on 1st April of the assessment year unless there is a valid reason therefor.

Thus, considering such suggestion of the High Court the Government has now notified the ITR forms, namely, ITR-1, ITR-2, ITR-2A, ITR-3, ITR-4, ITR-4S, ITR-5, ITR-6 and ITR-7 on March 31, 2016.


The Finance Act, 2015 abolished the wealth-tax. Thus, taxpayers are no longer required to file returns of wealth tax from assessment year 2016-17 onwards. However, the Hon’ble Finance Minister in his budget speech had announced that information which was to furnished in wealth tax return will now form part of ITR.

Thus, in new ITR forms, namely, ITR-1, ITR-2, ITR-2A and ITR-4S the Government has imposed obligation on Individuals and HUFs having income exceeding Rs 50 lakhs to furnish information regarding assets and liabilities.


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