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How to Maintain Safe Distance from Income Tax Department?

How to Maintain Safe Distance from Income Tax Department?In day to day transaction, we do some transaction which may attract Income Tax Department to serve you a notice ask about. But we always want to keep an Arm’s Length Distance from the Income Tax Department!

But the question here is HOW???
Here are lists of expenses/ investments, which at any point of time performed by you may invite undue attention from the Income tax Personnel.

1) Depositing Cash aggregating to Rs.10 Lacs p.a. in your Savings Bank Account.


2) Making Credit Card Payments of more than Rs.2 Lacs p.a.

3) Investment in Mutual Fund Units worth more than Rs. 2 Lacs.

4) Investment in Debentures/ Bonds, amounting more than Rs. 5 Lacs

5) Investment in Shares worth more than Rs. 1 Lakh.

6) Investment in Gold ETF worth more than Rs. 1 Lakh.

7) Investment in RBI Bonds worth more than Rs. 5 Lacs.

8) Purchase / Sale of any Immovable Property exceeding Rs.30 Lacs.

9) Receipt of Cash Payment exceeding Rs.2 Lacs for sale of any goods/ services.

10) Cash deposits or withdrawals aggregating to Rs 50 lakh or more in a financial year in one or more Current Account.

The Next question which may strike us is how does the Income tax Personnel get to know about all these activities.

To keep an eye on such high value transactions of the tax payers, the IT Department has developed a statement of financial transactions called Annual Information Report (AIR).
On the basis of this AIR, the department shortlists their targets and further sends them a notice.

What do you mean by a Annual Information Report (AIR).

Annual Information Return (AIR) of ‘high value financial transactions’ is required to be furnished under section 285 BA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 by ‘specified persons’ in respect of ‘specified transactions’ registered or recorded by them during the financial year.
Who provides the high value transaction information to prepare the AIR?

     Banks
       Mutual Fund Companies
     Companies Issuing Bonds/ Debentures
     Companies issuing shares
     Credit Card Companies
     Sub- registrar offices on real estate deals.


How can I trace my High Value Transactions reported under AIR?

The assessee can trace his/ her high value transactions reported under AIR, in their 26AS Report under AIR section. Any transaction of the assessee which has been categorized as a High Value Transaction will be reflected therein.

In the end, one last question which everyone might have. 

How to avoid receiving a notice from the IT department?

The most important step is to file your Income Tax returns on time and file them correctly.

Always re-check your Tax Credit with the 26AS statement.

Disclose all your Taxable as well as Exempt income under the right head.
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Ease Your Tax Burden - Invest Now


An small investor (and tax payer) is one who manages his finances in such a way that the TDS is just equal to the tax he is supposed to pay for a particular year. You need to balance your needs based on need for liquidity in hand, investment returns and tax savings.

Every individual get more tensed in the month of February /March every year as in this month when they feels like they are being subject to extortion in form of Tax Deduction at Source or Advance Tax. And advised if not want to pay tax then go to invest in tax saving investments.
There could be moments when you feel that you have paid too much of taxes or too much of tax has been deducted from your salary. So to avoid such situation one should start planning their taxes from the beginning of the year itself so that you don’t end your year by paying more taxes.
When the employer deducts tax at source, more particularly, during last two months, as he would like to avoid defaults on his part, to save on interest and penalties, he shall consider all your investments which give you tax deductions or savings. While deducting tax at source, he shall consider investments such as in
Insurance premium,
Provident fund contributions,
National saving certificates,
Investment in pension plans,
ULIPs, Mediclaim etc.
Not only this, he shall also consider certain amounts spent by you on specified items and on your health such as 
Tuition fee of children (80C), 
Repayment of principal amount of home loan (80C),
Medical expenses (80D, 80DD), 
Expenses on specified illnesses (80DDB) (upto Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 60,000 for senior citizens (Rs 1,00,000 wef A.y 2019-20) and for super senior citizen Rs 80,000 from A.y 2016-17 to 2018-19 ( Rs 1,00,000 from A.y 2019-20)
Any amount of interest paid on educational loan (80E) etc.
Donations made to specified eligible funds etc are also eligible for allowance (100% or 50% depending upon type of donation.
Employer is also supposed to consider your house rent receipts but may ask for landlord’s PAN number also.
You can plan you taxes including TDS by integrating your tax planning and investment planning. The investments you make should also have a tax saving objective. If choosing between two options with similar returns and safety features, tax saving would play an important role. In such situations, investments like housing, provident funds, insurance, equity linked saving options etc. can give you some relax feeling.

However, if tax has been deducted in absence of investment or forget to inform the Deductor in time (like bank etc), and your tax liability does not arise as per your income details or tax deduction becomes more than actual tax liability, you should not worry much as it is now mandatory for tax payers to quote then bank account number and details in the return itself which makes refunds faster, safer and hassle free.
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Submission of Investment Proof

Third quarter of this current financial year 2017-18 is near to end. All employees who earn more than taxable limits has to submit their investment/expenses proof, which makes them eligible to get benefit of tax saving option provided by Income Tax Department, to their Employer / HR department for the year 2017-18.
Since the Income Tax Department made it very clear to all employer to verify the geniuses of each claim made by their employee  (vide Circular No.01/2017). This submission is subject to TDS deduction on Salary. Employers have right to act as per guidelines in accordance with the income tax rules to safeguard the interest of the organisation.

Here some list of document pertaining to Expenses/Investment proof needs to submit with employers for the TDS purpose.

Tax Section Guidelines
Rent Payments  
Monthly rental receipts
Following information is mandatory in the rent receipt.
Landlord’s name and address, signature of the Landlord.
Landlord’s PAN or a self-declaration, in case the annual rent amount is greater than 1.0 lakh.
Revenue stamp to be affixed for the cash payments.
Insurance Premium/ULIP/ Pension scheme.
Premium receipts paid during current financial year, in name of self, spouse, children.
Children Tuition Fees.
Copy of Tuition Fees paid to educational institution.
Payment in nature of Donations, Capitation fees, Uniform fee, Sports fee, Van Fees, Shoes & Sock etc., are not allowed.
Public Provident Fund- PPF
Copy of the stamped deposit receipt, paid during current financial year or
Copy of the Passbook with clear mention as PPF Account
National Saving Certificate (NSC) And
Interest accrued on 
NSC deposited in the earlier FYs.
Copy of NSC certificate in the name of employee.
Copy of the NSC’s purchased in the previous FYs.

Interest accrued will be considered as other income too.
MEDICLAIM – Deduction U/S 80 D – including preventive health checkup.
Employee, spouse, dependent children, and parents
Copy of premium receipt paid during the FY.
Receipt of payment of preventive health check-up of the employee or family
Tax Saving Mutual Funds
Copy of investment certificate with the employee name, Investment Date, Amount, Type of Investment.
Only the investments made under Tax Saving Fund / Plan will be considered
ELSS
(Equity Linked Saving Scheme)
Copy of investment certificate with the employee name, Investment Date, Amount, Type of Investment.
Only the investments made under Tax Saving Fund / Plan will be considered.
Income / Loss from House Property- Let out Property Detailed calculation of Let out house property's income/loss.
Principal & Interest Repayment of Housing Loan Interest certificate from the bank/financial institution with the total interest and principal paid/due for the FY.
Post Office –Term Deposit with more than 5 year term. Copy of deposit receipt
Tax Saving Fixed Deposits with Scheduled Banks. Copy of Deposit Receipt invested during current financial year, qualified benefit under Sec 80C of the Income Tax Act
Medical Treatment on Handicapped Dependent – Deduction U/S 80DD
Proof of
a. Expenditure incurred towards medical treatment, training and rehabilitation of a handicapped dependent ., or
b. Amount paid or deposited under any scheme framed in this behalf by the LIC or UTI or any other insurer and approved by the Board for the maintenance of the handicapped dependent
c. Form 10-IA
Medical Treatment Expenses for the specified disease  – Deduction U/S 80DDB
Medical Bills / expenditure incurred by way of medical treatment for a specified disease along with a certificate from a hospital in the prescribed form.
Form 10-I
Interest paid on Higher Education Loan – Deduction U/S 80 E Copy of Bank certificate stating that the loan and interest has been paid and amount payable during the financial year
Additional Deduction in respect of housing loan interest for the first house property acquired in FY 16-17 U/s 80EE
Maximum deduction u/s 80EE is allowed Rs. 50000/-.
The deduction shall be subject to the following conditions:
1. Loan should be sanctioned during the Financial Year 2016-17
2. The amount of loan sanctioned for acquisition of the residential house property does not exceed 35 lakh rupees;
3. The value of the residential house property does not exceed 50 lakh rupees;
4. The assesse does not own any residential house property on the date of sanction of the loan.
All proofs should be provided, as applicable for loss on house property. 
Donations eligible U/s 80G Employers may not consider all the Donations for taxation, hence employees have to consider the same at the time of filing their personal returns and have to claim the tax refund
For Self – Permanent Disability – Deduction U/s 80 U
Any Individual suffering from a permanent physical disability (including blindness) or is subject to mental retardation, on the production of medical certificate from Government Hospital in the prescribed form and manner, along with a Return of Income, shall be allowed a deduction of Rs.75000/-. Where such assessee is a person with severe disability, a deduction of Rs.125,000/- can be claimed.
(Photocopy of certificate (Form – 10 IA) issued by the competent medical authority specifying the % of disability)
For Self – Permanent Disability – Deduction U/s 80 U Form 10 I-A
NPS – 80CCD(1B) Copy of the stamped deposit receipt, paid during current financial year and copy of the Passbook with clear mention as NPS Account

SUGGESTION TO EMPLOYEE ON TAX SAVING INVESTMENT/EXPENSES 
Please review your tax liability of the year in start of the financial year. 
Keep copy of all investment/ expenses related with year. This habit helps you and your employer to clear off tax liability and saves you from interest / penalty factor for less tax payment.
This habit also helps you to assess your options to invest in right investment scheme which are eligible under section 80C.
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Allowances Or Exemptions Under Income from House Property A Y 2018-19

This blog is summarize for those taxpayers who declares their income under the head Income From House Property. Sometimes they forget to avail exemptions that can save their taxes. Here given some section wise info which is available exemptions to save tax to all assessee. So, take consider this exemption before filing your income tax return with the income head income from house property.

List of Allowances / Exemptions Under the head Income from house property for A. Y 2018-19 [F Y 2017-18]
Sl. No. Section Particulars Limit of Exemptions Exemption Available To
1
First proviso to 
section 23(1)
Municipal tax levied by local authority and borne by owner in respect of house property Amount actually paid during the relevant previous year All assessee
1A Section 23(5) No Notional income for house property held as stock-in-trade
Any building and land appurtenant thereto held as stock-in-trade which is not let during the whole or any part of the previous year.
Annual value of such property for the period upto one year from the end of the financial year in which the certificate of completion of construction of the property is obtained from the competent authority, shall be taken to be Nil.
All assessee
2 Section 24(a) Standard Deduction 30% of the Annual Value (Gross Annual Value- Municipal Taxes) All assessee
3 Section 24(b) Interest incurred on borrowed capital
Interest on borrowed capital is allowed as deduction from income from house property as under:
a) Up to Rs. 2,00,000 (if amount is borrowed for construction/acquisition of self-occupied house property on or after 01-04-1999), subject to certain other conditions
b) Up to Rs. 30,000 (if amount is borrowed for reconstruction, repair or renewals of self-occupied   house property)
c) Actual amount of interest paid or payable during the year (in case of let-out property)
d) Pre-construction period interest is allowed in 5 annual equal installments (Subject to certain conditions) 
All assessee
4 Section 25A Standard Deduction from arrears of rent or unrealized rent received subsequently 30% of arrears of rent or unrealized rent. All assessee

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Expenses Save Taxes

We incur several regular expenses which make us eligible for tax benefits but we fail to utilize them due to our less knowledge about it. Here we will discuss about some expenses which will help you to save tax.

1) House Rent : IF we are on rental, pay some amount as rent to our landlord, then you will get tax benefit. Some employee gets HRA (House Rent Allowance) which  helps to get income tax deductions. But if you are not getting HRA break-ups then you can also save tax as per provision under Section 80GG.


2) Travel Expenses : Income Tax gives tax rebate on conveyance @ 1600/- per month for office goers as Conveyance Allowances. Apart from this you can also enjoy tax saving benefit on LTA (Leave Travel Allowances) which can be claimed for two journeys in a block of 4 years. Expenses incurred by you & you family on travel for which your employer gives LTA can be claimed as deduction.

3) Medical Expenses : These expenses are a regular part of everybody's life. For this employee can get benefit of medical allowance allowed by their employee. Apart from this tax laws also allows some tax gains towards money spend on medical insurance & preventive health checkup. Limit of deduction is upto Rs.60000/- under Section 80D, if premium amount not make in cash.

4) Tuition Fees : To provide education we give tuition to our kids. IT Laws provides you opportunity to compensate the expenses you incur on your kids tuition fees by reducing your tax liability. This deduction can be claimed under Section 80C of IT Act.


5) Donations : If your kind hearted & God believer and doing some donations than this habit also helps you some in your tax liability. Cash Donation upto Rs.2000/- only and above by cheques/DD/Transfer to charitable Trust / Organisation will help you to save tax under section 80G.


6) Pension Fund : If your employee deduct your salary for pension fund contribution which is good for your future will also help you in tax saving. If your company not register with PF Scheme then you can opt some other Pension Fund Scheme for investment and future return.

7) Repayment of Home Loan : You have taken a home loan and worry about home loan burden and taxes. Then you should be happy that burden of your home loan EMI can reduce the burden of taxes. You can get the benefit on Repayment of both Principal Amount and Interest Amount components of your installments. You can get a deduction on home loan repayment under section 24 of IT Act  and a deduction on Principal amount under section 80C of Income Tax Act.


8) Repayment of Education Loan : Maintaining positions & for promotion higher qualification and up-gradation in it is must. Due to rising costs of educational courses, people often go for education loans when it comes to higher education. Just like deduction available on tuition fees, your education loan EMI also bring tax benefits to you.

Some Expenses are good. Above these expenses helps you to fulfill your dreams and reduce your tax burden, so don't worry about this. 
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Tax Benefits For Senior Citizens

In this blog we will discuss Income Tax Benefits to Senior Citizen available as per Income Tax Act. A person becomes senior citizen once he attains 60 years of age. Income Tax Department categories Senior citizen into two part. First Senior Citizen is with age bracket of 60 years to 79 years old and Second Senior Citizen is with age bracket of 80 years and above. 
Income-Tax-Exemption-Available-for-Senior-Citizen
There are some tax exemption available for senior citizen. From F. Y. 2011-12 qualifying age limit for senior citizen has been reduced from 65 years to 60 years and from F Y 2015-16 exemption limit for senior citizen has been enhance from 2,50,000/- to 3,00,000/-. 

A new category of Very Senior Citizen has been introduced in F Y. 2011-2012 (A Y 2012-13) with qualifying age 80 years and above with enhance exemption limit of Rs.5,00,000/-.

Senior Citizens and very senior citizen are granted a higher exemption limit as compared to normal tax payers.

EXEMPTION LIMITS
The Exemption Limit of a Senior Citizen for the financial year 2016-17 available to a Resident Senior Citizen is Rs.3,00,000/-. An Additional benefit of Rs.50,000/- in form of higher exemption limit available to Resident Senior Citizen in comparison to non-senior citizen.
The Exemption Limit of a Very Senior Citizen for the financial year 2016-17 available to a Resident Senior Citizen is Rs.5,00,000/-. An Additional benefit of Rs.250,000/- in form of higher exemption limit available to Resident Very Senior Citizen in comparison to non-senior citizen and Rs.2,00,000/- higher than Resident Senior Citizen.

TAX BENEFIT OF MEDICAL INSURANCE
From Financial Year 2015-17 (A Y 2016-17) a Resident Senior Citizen can claim higher deduction of Rs.30,000/- under section 80D on insurance premium paid for Medical Insurance. Earlier it was Rs.20,000/-

HIGHER DEDUCTION U/S 80DDB
Section 80DDB provides deduction to an assessee in case of expense on medical treatment of specified ailments. Deduction Limits is Rs.40,000/- for normal patient while deduction limit Rs.60,000/- for a senior citizen patient.
From A Y 2016-17 higher limit of deduction of upto Rs.80,000/- is allowable for the expenditure incurred in respect of the medical treatment of a Very Senior Citizen.

TDS EXEMPTION ON BANK DEPOSITS
Senior Citizen can claim exemption on the Tax Deducted At Source (TDS) on interest income earned on bank deposits. It can be done by submitting Form 15H  under Section  197 of the IT Act.

HIGHER INTEREST RATES
Senior Citizen receives higher interest rates on 5 Year Fixed Deposit which is eligible for deduction from total income under Section 80C.
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Allowances or Exemptions available For Salaried For A. Y. 2018-19

Every taxpayer who are liable to file Income Tax Return under the head Salary do knows very well that what are the allowances / exemptions available under the head salary that help them to save tax 



Here we have made an efforts to Summarize all Allowances /Exemptions available 
under the head Salaries of Tax Payers for AY 2018-19 [ F Y 2017-18]

Allowances / Exemptions Under the head Salaries :
Sl. No. Section Particulars Limit of Exemptions Exemption Available To
1 10(7) Any allowance or perquisite paid or allowed by Government to its employees posted outside India Entire Amount Individual- Salaried Employee (being a citizen of India)
2   -  Allowances to Judges of High Court/Supreme Court Exempt, subject to certain conditions Individual – Judges of High Court/Supreme Court
3   -  Compensatory allowance received by a Judge under article 222(2) of the Constitution Fully Exempt
4   -  Salary and allowances received by a teacher /professor from SAARC member state (Subject to certain conditions). Fully Exempt
5 10(45)
Following allowances and perquisites given to serving Chairman/Member of UPSC is exempt from tax:
a) Value of rent free official residence
b) Value of conveyance facilities including transport allowance
c) Sumptuary allowance

d) Leave travel concession
Fully Exempt
6 10(45) Allowances to Retired Chairman/Members of UPSC Exempt subject to maximum of Rs. 14,000 per month for defraying the services of an orderly and for meeting expenses incurred towards secretarial assistant on contract basis.
7    - 
Allowances paid by the UNO to its employees
Fully Exempt Individual – Government employee
Individual – Employees of UNO
8 16 (ii)
Entertainment Allowance received by the Government employees (Fully taxable in case of other employees)
Least of the following is exempt from tax:
a) Rs 5,000
b) 1/5th of salary (excluding any allowance, benefits or other perquisite)
c) Actual entertainment allowance received
Individual – Government Employee
9 10(13A) House Rent Allowance (Sec. 10(13A) & Rule 2A)
Least of the following is exempt:
a) Actual HRA Received
b) 40% of Salary (50%, if house situated in Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi or Madras)
c) Rent paid minus 10% of salary
* Salary= Basic + DA (if part of retirement benefit) + Turnover based Commission
Note:
i. Fully Taxable, if HRA is received by an employee who is living in his own house or if he does not pay any rent
ii. It is mandatory for employee to report PAN of the landlord to the employer if rent paid is more than Rs. 1,00,000 [Circular No. 08 /2013 dated 10th October, 2013].
Individual – Salaried employee
10 10(14) Children Education Allowance Up to Rs. 100 per month per child up to a maximum of 2 children is exempt Individual – Salaried employee
11 10(14) Hostel Expenditure Allowance Up to Rs. 300 per month per child up to a maximum of 2 children is exempt Individual – Salaried employee
12 10(14) Transport Allowance is granted to an employee to meet expenditure on commuting between place of residence and place of duty Up to Rs. 1,600 per month (Rs. 3,200 per month for blind, deaf, dumb and handicapped employees) is exempt Individual – Salaried employee
13 10(14) Allowance granted to an employee working in any transport business to meet his personal expenditure during his duty performed in the course of running of such transport from one place to another place provided employee is not in receipt of daily allowance
Amount of exemption shall be lower of following:
a) 70% of such allowance; or
b) Rs. 10,000 per month
Individual – Salaried employee
14 10(14) Conveyance Allowance granted to meet the expenditure on conveyance in performance of duties of an office Exempt to the extent of expenditure incurred for official purposes Individual – Salaried employee
15 10(14) Any Allowance to meet the cost of travel on tour or on transfer Exempt to the extent of expenditure incurred for official purposes Individual – Salaried employee
16 10(14) Daily Allowance to meet the ordinary daily charges incurred by an employee on account of absence from his normal place of duty Exempt to the extent of expenditure incurred for official purposes Individual – Salaried employee
17 10(14) Helper/Assistant Allowance Exempt to the extent of expenditure incurred for official purposes Individual – Salaried employee
18 10(14) Research Allowance granted for encouraging the academic research and other professional pursuits Exempt to the extent of expenditure incurred for official purposes Individual – Salaried employee
19 10(14) Uniform Allowance Exempt to the extent of expenditure incurred for official purpose Individual – Salaried employee
20 10(14) Special compensatory Allowance (Hilly Areas) (Subject to certain conditions and locations) Amount exempt from tax varies from Rs. 300 per month to Rs. 7,000 per month Individual – Salaried employee
21 Sec. 10(14) read with Rule 2BB Border area allowance Remote Locality or allowance or Disturbed Area allowance or Difficult Area Allowance (Subject to certain conditions and locations) Amount exempt from tax varies from Rs. 200 per month to Rs. 1,300 per month Individual – Salaried employee
22 Sec. 10(14) Tribal area allowance in (a) Madhya Pradesh (b) Tamil Nadu (c) Uttar Pradesh (d) Karnataka (e) Tripura (f) Assam (g) West Bengal (h) Bihar (i) Orissa Up to Rs. 200 per month Individual – Salaried employee
23 Sec. 10(14) Compensatory Field Area Allowance. If this exemption is taken, employee cannot claim any exemption in respect of border area allowance (Subject to certain conditions and locations) Up to Rs. 2,600 per month Individual – Salaried employee
24 Sec. 10(14) Compensatory Modified Area Allowance. If this exemption is taken, employee cannot claim any exemption in respect of border area allowance (Subject to certain conditions and locations) Up to Rs. 1,000 per month Individual – Salaried employee
25 Sec. 10(14) Counter Insurgency Allowance if this exemption is taken, employee cannot claim any exemption in respect of border area allowance (Subject to certain conditions and   locations) Up to Rs. 3,900 per month Individual – Salaried employee
26 Sec. 10(14) Underground Allowance is granted to employees working in uncongenial, unnatural climate in underground mines Up to Rs. 800 per month Individual – Salaried employee
27 Sec. 10(14) High Altitude Allowance is granted to armed forces operating in high altitude areas (Subject to certain conditions and locations)
a) Up to Rs. 1,060 per month (for altitude of 9,000 to 15,000 feet)
b) Up to Rs. 1,600 per month (for altitude above 15,000 feet)
Individual – Members of Armed Forces
28 Sec. 10(14) Highly active field area allowance is granted to members of armed forces (Subject to certain conditions and locations) Up to Rs. 4,200 per month Individual – Members of Armed Forces
29 Sec. 10(14) Island Duty Allowance is granted to members of armed forces in Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep group of Island (Subject to certain conditions and locations) Up to Rs. 3,250 per month Individual – Members of Armed Forces
30   -  City Compensatory Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
31   -  Fixed Medical Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
32   -  Tiffin/Lunch/Dinner/ Refreshment Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
33   -  Servant Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
34   -  Dearness Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
35   -  Project Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
36   -  Overtime Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
37   -  Telephone Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
38   -  Holiday Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
39   -  Any Other Cash Allowance Fully Taxable Individual – Salaried employee
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