“The only thing that is constant is change”
One must always be updated of the recent changes in their environment. The same holds true for the tax payers too. Income tax is like an ever-changing ocean of knowledge which one needs to maintain a constant watch on.
Following 6 changes can be noted in the ITR compared to last assessment year:
1) Now, there is no need to mention date of birth while logging-in to your e-filing account. Earlier you had to mention your date of birth when logging into your account on the e-filing website, but this is not required anymore.
2) ITR related documents are now password free including Form 26AS and ITR-V saving time and effort to type in the credentials every single time.
3) Earlier, the TRACES website asked you the option using which you want to view your Form 26AS, i.e., in PDF, HTML or Text format. Using the PDF version, you could easily download Form 26AS.
From this year, you are first required to view the same in HTML view and then click on 'Export as PDF.
4) Now you can choose the method of verification of ITR at the time of providing details. Earlier, the e-filing website did not ask for the verification option until the return was submitted. Even though this year the e-filing portal asks you to choose the verification method using which you will be verifying the ITR, it will also allow you to change the method at the later stage after submission of your ITR.
However, one of the earlier verification methods using a one-time password sent on their registered email ID and mobile number available for returns where gross total income was below Rs 5 lakhs, cannot be seen now on the e-filing portal.
5) If you are eligible to file ITR-1 for the FY 2017-18 and you are filing it using 'Prepare and Submit Online', you now have to the option to get certain fields auto-populated. You can choose to auto-populate the fields selecting last year's ITR or Form 26AS. If you select the 'auto-populate' check boxes, then these details will be auto-populated, and you will not be required to fill /select them again while filing your ITR using the ITR method. Some of these details include employee category, bank details, salary, and so on.
6) One of the biggest advantages of filing ITR-1 online is that it auto-populates most of the details in the form like your name, address, PAN details and tax details. However, it is seen that at times the TDS details auto-populated in the ITR-1 online is not correctly reflecting the details from the Form26AS. If you do not match the TDS details (which are auto-populated) with the Form 26AS, then you may miss out on the tax-credit available to you.
Therefore, while filing your ITR you must not rely solely on the automatic import of data and must check all the details from Form 26AS. In case of mismatch, take the TDS figures from the Form 26AS as downloaded from the TRACES website.
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