7 Most Important Changes in ITR 2018 Forms (for AY 2018-19)

The last day for filing the income tax return without penalty for AY 2018-19 is July 31, 2018. The good thing is most of things are similar to last year. However, as it happens every year, there are some changes in these forms and information sought. Overall income tax department wants to know more details about your salary structure, house property and GST. We list down the most important changes below:

NRIs cannot file ITR 1 (Sahaj):

In AY 2018-19 only resident Indians with income less than Rs 50 Lakhs and one house property can file returns using ITR 1. NRIs are NO more eligible to use ITR 1. They would need to use ITR 2 which requires much more details and much more complicated compared to ITR 1.

Foreign bank Account for NRIs:

In case of non-residents, the requirement of furnishing details of any one foreign Bank Account has been provided for the purpose of credit of refund. Earlier, they could only provide details of bank accounts held in India.

Option to provide Foreign bank Account for NRI - ITR 2

Option to provide Foreign bank Account for NRI – ITR 2

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More details about Salary:

The ITR forms now ask for more details regarding the salary structure such as Allowances not exempt, Value of perquisites, Profit in lieu of salary & Deductions u/s 16. These details are available in Form 16 but now need to be provided in the tax return form too.

More details about House Property:

The new ITR 1 (Sahaj) also asks for more details on “Income from House Property” such as Gross rent received, Tax paid to local authorities, Interest payable on borrowed capital.

More Salary and House Property Details in ITR 1 Sahaj

More Salary and House Property Details in ITR 1 (Sahaj)

GST registration number:

The assesses who would file income tax returns presumptive income from business and profession using ITR 4 or ITR 3 would have to provide GST registration number and its turnover. This is to corelate the direct and indirect taxes and check for any possible tax evasions.

GST registration number in ITR 4

GST registration number in ITR 4

Furnishing details of cash deposit NOT required:

Last year ITR forms had fields to capture details of cash deposited during the year (due to demonetization). This years ITR Form has done away with this requirement.

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Changes in ITR Forms for AY 2018-19

Changes in ITR Forms for AY 2018-19

ITR to filed Online except in certain cases:

All the tax returns have to filed online as was the case last year. However, there are certain exceptions where the ITR can be filed in paper/physical form.

If the individual is of age 80 years or more and the tax return is furnished using in ITR Form-1 (Sahaj) or ITR-4 (Sugam)

Individual or HUF whose income does not exceed five lakh rupees and who has not claimed any refund in the Return of Income and the tax return is furnished using in ITR Form-1 (Sahaj) or ITR-4 (Sugam)

Who can file Tax Returns in Physical Form?

Who can file Tax Returns in Physical Form?

Penalty for not Filing Tax Returns on Time:

The below provision of Penalty for not filing tax returns on time was proposed in Budget 2017 and would be effective from AY 2018-19:

As per Section 234F, if the income tax return is filed after the due date (July 31) but on or before the December 31 of the assessment year, there will be a fine of Rs 5,000. If the return is filed after December 31, there would be fine of Rs 10,000. After March 31, the returns cannot be filed. However, in case the total income is less than Rs 5 lakh, the penalty should not exceed Rs 1,000.

Section 234F - Penalty for late filing of ITR

Section 234F – Penalty for late filing of ITR

We would come out with more details on ITR Forms and tax filing in next few weeks.

10 thoughts on “7 Most Important Changes in ITR 2018 Forms (for AY 2018-19)

  1. BIKAS BISWAS says:

    I am a senior citizen. Can I claim deduction U/S 80TTB (upto Rs.50000) for the FY 2018-19 on my SAVINGS BANK INTEREST?

  2. BIKAS BISWAS says:

    My wife used to take private home tuition and used to file itr3 every year though her Total Income from all sources never crossed basic exemption limit.
    Now that due to poor health condition she has left her profession more than one and a half years back and she does not have any income other than a meagre amount of S.B. Interest much below Rs. 10000 a year……does she still need to file any ITR?

  3. Being NRI which ITR forms needs to fill this time?
    Income earned in India=0

    could you suggest

    • If there is NO income in India you are not required to file ITR. However if you plan to do then you have to fill up ITR 2.

  4. In ITR1, the field ‘Type of House Property’ is mandatory. So if a salaried assesse don’t have any house property then what he should select??

  5. Subramanian says:

    In the ITR 2 for the AY 2018-19 for NRI it is indeed welcome the the Tax Dept has allowed to get refund if any into the foreign bank account.
    Please advise whether an NRI has the option to give local bank account for refund.(or) NRI has to give only a foreign bank account for claiming refund.

    The reason being if the refund is in foreign currency, there could be loss of exchange rate , transfer charges , time delays etc etc..

    Thanks for your help. Regards

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