How to file ITR-1


28 Jul 2019

Income Tax: How salaried individuals can file their I-T return

August 31, 2019 is the last date to file Income Tax return for FY 2018-19.

While filing ITR, it is important to choose the right form; otherwise your application will be rejected.

Notably, salaried individuals whose income does not exceed Rs. 50 lakh per annum must file their return using ITR-1 or 'Sahaj' form.

Here are the details about the procedure to file it.

Documents needed to file Income Tax return

Important documents required to file Income Tax return are Form 16, Form 26AS, Interest certificates from banks and other financial institutions, Aadhaar card, and salary slips, among others.


ITR-1 form structure

ITR-1 form structure

ITR-1 has the following parts:

Part A contains general information like your PAN, name, DoB, Aadhaar number.

Part B has your gross total income.

Part C displays deductions and taxable total income.

Part D showcases the computation of tax payable.

Other information like your bank account details come under Part E.

Other parts of the form are Schedule I-T and Schedule TDS.

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How to file ITR-1 online

First off, log on to the e-filing portal of the Income Tax department.

Click on 'Submit returns/Online returns' link.

Log in to your account or register using your PAN, if you are a new user.

Select assessment year, ITR form (ie. ITR-1) and submission code.

Finally, select 'Prepare and submit online' option. Enter the required details and submit.

You can also download and upload the form

Another alternative to file your Income Tax return is to download the form as an Excel utility from the e-filing portal of the I-T department, fill in the required information, generate an XML file and then upload it.


How to verify your return

How to verify your return

You might think that filing your Income Tax return on time is all you have to do. But note that you also need to get your return duly verified.

There are various ways to verify your ITR such as Aadhaar-based OTP verification, or e-verification via net-banking.

You can also generate your EVC (Electronic Verification Code) via bank/Demat account, and bank ATM.


Separately, now use Aadhaar instead of PAN for ITR

On a related note, you can now use Aadhaar number in place of PAN to file your I-T returns.

This comes after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech announced that PAN and Aadhaar can now be used interchangeably.

Further, Aadhaar can also be used for services where quoting of PAN is necessary such as buying gold, MF etc.

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