New IT Return Forms
The Ministry of Finance notified new Return Forms for the AY 2016-17, whereby firms who are liable for tax audit under s.44AB of the Income Tax Act 1961 and Corporate taxpayers mandatory to file their return electronically under digital signature. All other categories of taxpayers (other than charitable trusts, institutions, etc.) could file the return in a paper form or electronically, or in a bar-coded return form. Individual and HUF taxpayers were required to furnish only that information with regard to transactions, which were reported through Annual Information Returns (AIR).
CBDT Introduces New Series of Forms for Filing of Income Tax Return for the Assessment Year 2016-17
The Forms for Return of Income are assessment year specific. For the assessment year 2016-17, the Central Board of Direct Taxes have introduced the following eight Return Forms under a new series.
Last year, electronic filing was made compulsory for corporate tax-payers. E-filing of corporate returns has been a resounding success. Therefore, it is important to carry forward this successful initiative. In the Budget Speech – 2007, the Finance Minister had announced that electronic filing of returns would be made mandatory for more categories of taxpayers. Accordingly, for assessment year 2009-10, it would be mandatory for firms liable to tax audit under section 44AB to file their returns electronically. Corporate taxpayers and such firms may either file their return electronically under digital signature or may transmit the data of the return electronically and thereafter submit a one page verification Form which contains a summary of the return transmitted electronically.
All other categories of taxpayers (other than charitable trusts, institutions, etc.) will have the option to file the return in a paper form or electronically, as mentioned above, or in a bar-coded return form. Last year, the Government had introduced a cash flow statement for Individuals and HUFs. However, in response to representations against the cash flow statement, the same has been withdrawn. Individual and HUF taxpayers would now be required to furnish only information with regard to transactions which are reported through Annual Information Returns (AIR).