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Important Changes in ITR Forms

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified the Income-tax Return (ITR) Forms applicable for the Assessment Year 2018-19. These ITR Forms will be applicable to file income-tax return in respect of income earned during the period 01-04-2017 to 31-03-2018. The new forms incorporate the changes made by the Finance Act, 2017 in the Income-tax Act, 1961.

It is apparent that the new ITR Forms have shifted the entire onus on the taxpayers to prove their claim for deductions, expenses or exemptions. This year the ITR forms seek lot of new information from taxpayers who opted for presumptive taxation scheme, in respect of capital gains from unlisted shares, transactions with registered and unregistered suppliers under GST, so on and so forth.

Some of the important changes in ITR Forms are as follows:

(1) More details of salary and house property income   [Applicable for ITR 1 and 4]
Up to last year, an assessee was required to mention only the taxable figure of salary income and income from house property in these ITR forms. The new ITR forms require the individual assessee to provide detailed calculation in case of salary & house property income.

(2) Additional details to be furnished by taxpayers opting for presumptive scheme [APPLICABLE FOR ITR 4]
Earlier Taxpayers opting for presumptive taxation scheme under section 44AD44ADA or 44AE were not required to maintain books of account and the old ITR 4 sought only 4 financial particulars of the business, a) total creditors, (b) total debtors, (c) total stock-in-trade and (d) cash balance.

The new ITR 4 form seeks more financial details of business such as amount of secured/unsecured loans, advances, fixed assets, capital account etc.

Further, new ITR 4 seeks GSTR no. of the assessee and turnover as per GST return filed by him.

(3) Capital Gains in case of transfer of unquoted shares [Applicable for ITR 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7]
The Finance Act, 2017 introduced a new Section 50CA with effect from Assessment Year 2018-19.This new provision provides that if unlisted shares are transferred at a price which is less than its FMV, the sales consideration shall be deemed to be the price as calculated by a Merchant Banker or a CA on the valuation date.
It would now be mandatory for the investors to obtain the valuation report in case of sale of unquoted shares. To ensure that investors correctly report the capital gains from unlisted shares, the new ITR Forms require the FIIs and other assessees to provide the following information in respect of unlisted shares:
A.      Actual sales consideration
B.      FMV as determined in prescribed manner
C.      Deemed Full value of consideration (higher of A or B)

(4) Reporting of sum taxable as Gift [Applicable for ITR 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7]
Erstwhile provisions of Section 56(2)(vii) were applicable only to an individual and HUF. It provides that any sum of money or any property received by an individual or HUF without consideration or for inadequate consideration (in excess of Rs. 50,000) shall be taxable as income from other sources.
The Finance Act, 2017 had extended the scope of this provision by introducing a new clause, i.e., Section 56(2)(x) which covers all taxpayers within its ambit. Consequently, new columns have been inserted in all ITR forms except ITR 1 and ITR 4 under 'Schedule OS' to report any income as specified in Section 56(2)(x).

(5) Partners cannot use ITR 2
Up to last year, an individual or an HUF who is a partner in a firm can use ITR 2 to file its return provided he does not have any income from proprietorship business. In case partner also earns income from his own proprietor business or profession, then return had to be filed in Form ITR 3. The ITR 2, as applicable up to Assessment Year 2017-18, had a Schedule IF which requires the assessee to provide the information about the partnership firm.

Now for the Assessment Year 2018-19, an individual or an HUF, who is a partner in a firm, shall be required to file his ITR in Form ITR 3 only.

(6) Revised Depreciation Schedule [Applicable for ITR 3, 5 and 6]
The CBDT vide Income-Tax (Twenty Ninth Amendment) Rules, 2016, dated 07-11-2016 had restricted the highest rate of depreciation for any block of asset to 40%. In other words, all block of assets which were eligible for depreciation at the rate of 50%, 60%, 80% or 100% would be eligible for depreciation at the rate of 40%.
The new ITR Forms have replaced the depreciation column of 50/60/80/100 percent with 40% in case of plant & machinery and Building. New columns have also been inserted to enable the entities to claim proportionate depreciation in the event of business reorganisation, i.e., demerger, amalgamation, etc.
Further, a field is added to disclose the disallowance to be made in respect of depreciation under section 38(2) if an asset is not exclusively used for business purpose.

(7) Details of business transactions with registered and unregistered suppliers under GST [APPLICABLE FOR ITR 6]
A new Schedule has been inserted in ITR 6 which requires every company, who is not required to get its accounts audited under Section 44AB, to provide following details in respect of all transactions entered into during the year with a registered or unregistered supplier under GST:
A.             Transactions in exempt goods or services
B.             Transactions with composite suppliers
C.             Transaction with registered entities and total sum paid to them
D.             Transaction with unregistered entities

(8) Info relating to capital gains exemption to be furnished in detail [Applicable for ITR 2, 3, 5 and 6]
The new ITR Forms introduce specific columns to report each capital gain exemption separately. Details of each capital gains exemption under Sections 5454B54EC54EE54F54GB and 115F shall be reported in its applicable column now. Further, a taxpayer availing these capital gains exemptions is required to mention the date of transfer of original capital asset which was missing in earlier ITR Forms.

(9) Disallowance of expenses in case of TDS default (for residuary income)  [Applicable for ITR 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7]
The provisions of Section 40(a)(ia) disallow 30% of certain expenditures if tax is not deducted in respect of those expenditures in accordance with Chapter XVII-B or if tax is deducted but not deposited on or before the due date for filing of return of income.
The Finance Act, 2017 introduced the similar disallowance provision in case of income from other sources if tax is not deducted or not deposited in accordance with Chapter XVII-B. A new column has been inserted in the ITR Forms to report such disallowances.

(10) Taxability on remission of trading liability in case of 'Income from other source' [Applicable for ITR 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7]
As per section 41(1), if a business entity recovers any amount in respect of an allowance or deduction by way of remission or cessation thereof, the amount so received shall be deemed to be the business income and chargeable to tax. There is a similar provision in respect of an expense which had been claimed as deduction against an income chargeable to tax under the head 'Income from other sources'.
The new ITR forms require separate reporting of such remission or cessation, which is taxable as per Section 59, in Schedule OS.

(11) Impact on profit or loss due to ICDS deviation [Applicable for ITR 3, 5 and 6]
In earlier ITR Forms, net impact of ICDS on the profit or loss of the assessee was required to be reported. In other words, only impact of ICDS on the profits (whether negative or positive) was reported in Part A of OI (Other Information).
The new ITR Forms require separate reporting of both profit and loss (and not on net basis) in Schedule OI, Schedule BP (Computation of income from business or profession) and Schedule ICDS.

(12) Details of GST paid and refunded [Applicable for ITR 3, 5, and 6]
After enactment of GST Act, the new ITR forms have introduced new columns to report CGST, SGST, IGST and UTGST paid by, or refunded to, assessee during the Financial Year.

(13) Removal of 'Gender' from personal information  [Applicable for ITR 2, 3 and 4]
Individual taxpayers who are filing income-tax return in Form ITR 2 or ITR 3 or ITR 4 aren't required to mention the gender, i.e., male or female or transgender, as the column of gender has been removed.

(14) Details of foreign bank account of non-residents [Applicable for ITR 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7]
The new ITR forms allow non-residents to furnish details of any one foreign Bank Account for the purpose of payment of income-tax refund.

(15) Reporting of CSR appropriations  [APPLICABLE FOR ITR 6]
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) expenditures are to be incurred mandatorily under the Companies Act, 2013 and these expenditures are not deductible under section 37(1) of the Income-tax Act, 1961. All the companies which are covered under Section 135 of Companies Act 2013 are required to disclose CSR expenditure during the year in its Board's report.
A new column has been inserted in ITR Form 6 to provide details of apportionments made by the companies from the net profit for the CSR activities.

(16) Break-up of payments/receipts in foreign currency  [APPLICABLE FOR ITR 6]
A new schedule has been inserted in the ITR 6 wherein breakup of payment & receipts in foreign currency are required to be reported by an assessee who is not liable to get its accounts audited under section 44AB. Assessees are required to provide the details of payment made and sum received in foreign currency towards capital and revenue account.

(17) Ownership information in case of unlisted company [APPLICABLE FOR ITR 6]
The new ITR 6 requires every unlisted company to provide details of all beneficial owners who are holding 10% or more voting power (directly or indirectly) at any time during the year 2017-18. These companies are required to provide the name, address, percentage of shares held and PAN of the beneficial owners.

(18) Trusts to disclose more information in ITR [APPLICABLE FOR ITR 7]
Charitable or religious trusts filing income-tax return for the Assessment Year 2018-19 in Form ITR 7 shall be required to disclose following additional information:
A.             Aggregate annual receipts of the projects/institutions run by the trust. However, the table asking details about the name and annual receipts of institutes covered under Sections 10(23C)(iiiab), (iiiac), (iiiad) and (iiiae) has been removed.
B.             Date of registration or approval granted to the trust
C.             Amount utilized during the year for the stated objects out of surplus sum accumulated during an earlier year.

(19) Details of fresh registration upon change of objects [Section 12A]  [APPLICABLE FOR ITR 7]
Section 12A provides for conditions to be satisfied by a charitable institution for availing of exemption under sections 11 and 12. A new clause (ab) has been inserted in Section 12A(1) with effect from Assessment Year 2018-19 to provide that where a charitable institution has been granted registration and, subsequently, it has adopted or undertaken modification of the objects which do not conform to the conditions of registration, it shall be required to take fresh registration.
Consequential changes have been made in the Form ITR 7. A trust will be required to furnish the following details if there is any change in its stated objects:
A.             Date of change in objects
B.             Whether application for fresh registration has been made within stipulated time period?
C.             Whether fresh registration has been granted?
D.             Date of such fresh registration.

(20) Taxability of Dividend in excess of Rs. 10 lakhs [SECTION 115BBDA] Applicable for ITR 7]
Section 115BBDA provides for levy of additional tax on dividend income received from domestic companies, if it exceeds Rs. 10 lakhs in aggregate. When this section was introduced by the Finance Act, 2016, this additional tax was levied only on resident Individual, HUF and Firms. The scope of this section was extended by the Finance Act, 2017 by levying the additional tax on all resident taxpayers except a domestic company, funds or instructions as referred to in Section 10(23C) and a trust registered under Section 12A or 12AA.
The changes made by the Finance Act, 2017 are applicable from the Assessment Year 2018-19. Accordingly, necessary changes have been incorporated in Form ITR 7 which is applicable for Assessment Year 2018-19. All dividends in excess of Rs. 10 lakhs which are taxable under Section 115BBDA shall be disclosed in the Schedule OS (Income from other sources) and Schedule SI (Income chargeable to tax at special rate).

(21) No deduction for corpus donations made to other institutions [SECTION 11] [APPLICABLE FOR ITR 7]
Up to Assessment Year 2017-18, a donation made by a registered trust to another registered trust constituted application of income notwithstanding that the donation was made with a specific direction that it shall form part of the corpus of the donee.
The Finance Act, 2017 has inserted a new Explanation 2 with effect from Assessment Year 2018-19 to effect that any donation to another charitable institution registered under section 12AA with a specific direction that it shall form part of the corpus of the donee, shall not be treated as application of income for charitable or religious purposes.
The consequential changes have been made in form ITR 7. In Schedule TI(Statement of Income) all the corpus donations made by a trust to another registered trust shall be added back to the taxable income of the donor trust.

(22) Political Parties to confirm if cash donations are received [SECTION 13A] [APPLICABLE FOR ITR 7]
Registered political parties are exempt from income-tax by virtue of section 13A of Income-tax Act. Earlier there was no restriction on the political parties to receive the cash donations. However, with effect from assessment year 2018-19, Section 13A puts a restriction on political parties against receiving the cash donations in excess of Rs. 2,000. A political party will lose its tax exemption if donation exceeding Rs. 2,000 is received other than by an account payee cheque or draft or ECS or electoral bonds.
The new ITR 7 requires the political parties to provide a declaration by selecting the 'Yes' or 'No' check-box to confirm whether it has received any cash donation in excess of Rs. 2,000.
A political party is now required to disclose more information about the auditor who is signing the audit report of the political party.

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