Income Tax Return Forms for Salaried Class, Professionals and self-employed individuals available for e-filing

The Income Tax Department has informed that the tax return forms i.e, ITR-1 and ITR-4 for the salaried persons, Professionals, and self-employed individuals are available in the official portal for e-filing.

It also said that the other forms for Companies and other entities will be available in the portal shortly.

“ITR 1 & 4 for AY 2019-20 is available for e-Filing. Other ITRs will be available shortly,” the department said.

The department has enabled ITR-1 which is largely used the salaried class of taxpayers with income up to Rs 50 lakh from salary, one house property only and additional income such as interest earned from fixed deposits, recurring deposits among others.

ITR-4 for professionals and self-employed individuals who have opted for the presumptive income scheme was launched in the e-portal.

A few days ago, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had notified the income tax return forms for the year 2019-20.

Last year, the Government brought numerous reforms in the tax return forms.

Last year, the number of ITR Forms have been reduced from nine to seven forms.

The ITR Forms ITR-2, ITR-2A and ITR-3 have been rationalized and a single ITR-2 has been notified in place of these three forms.

All seven ITRs are to be filed electronically on the official web portal of the department - – except for some category of taxpayers.

From this year onwards, the quoting of Aadhaar with the income tax return is mandatory for e-filing after the latest Supreme Court verdict wherein the Apex Court overruled the judgment of the Delhi Court allowing the manual filing of tax return without mentioning Aadhaar number.


Filing of e-Form DIR 3 for KYC of Directors mandatory, on Annual Basis – MCA

MCA latest message on e-form DIR-3 KYC filings on Annual Basis made mandatory

MCA’s Clarification on filing of e Form DIR – 3 KYC, annually, by all Directors holding DIN

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has on 13th April, 2019, given the clarification with regards to filling of e-Form DIR – 3 KYC by all Directors holding DIN that all DIN holders are required to file the DIR-3 KYC form every year, so that they are aware of and confirm the data & information as available in the MCA21 system.

With the objective of making the form more user friendly, the form is presently being modified to enable pre-filling of data & information so that annual filings can be done by DIN holders in a simple and user friendly manner. The revised form, which will be shortly deployed, can be filed without any fee within a period of 30 days from the date of deployment.

Hence, now all DIN holders have to complete their KYC, annually by filling e-form DIR 3 KYC every year before 30th April of immediate next financial year.

However, as the form is presently being modified to enable pre-filling of data & information, the time limit for filling e-form DIR 3 KYC for FY 2018-19 has been extended and it can be filed without any fee within a period of 30 days from the date of deployment of the Form on the MCA website. Once the form is deployed on the MCA website, it will be notified to all stakeholders.

As per rule 12A of the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules 2014,

“every individual who has been allotted a Director Identification Number (DIN) as on 31st March of a financial year as per these rules shall, submit e-form DIR-3-KYC to the Central Government on or before 30th April of immediate next financial year. Provided that every individual who has already been allotted a Director Identification Number (DIN) as at 31st March, 2018, shall submit e-form DIR-3 KYC on or before 5th October,2018.”

However, the DIR-3 KYC e-form presently available on the portal does not cater for the following:

(i) Filing on annual basis, and

(ii) Filing in respect of DINs allotted post 31 March 2018.

It presently caters only to those individuals who were allotted DINs as on 31st March 2018 and whose DINs have been marked as ‘Deactivated due to non-filing of DIR-3 KYC’.

Stakeholders may please note that DIN holders are required to file the DIR-3 KYC form every year, so that they are aware of and confirm the data & information as available in the MCA21 system.

With the objective of making the form more user friendly, the form is presently being modified to enable pre-filling of data & information so that annual filings can be done by DIN holders in a simple and user friendly manner.

The revised form, which will be shortly deployed, can be filed without any fee within a period of 30 days from the date of deployment.

Accordingly, DIN holders who had filed DIR-3 KYC form earlier and complied with the said provisions may kindly await the deployment of the modified form for fulfilling their compliance requirements.

MCA Circular on filing of DIR3 KYC on Annual Basis

All Active Companies to submit “Active Company Tagging Identities and Verification” Form_INC-22A before 26th Apr 2019

Inactive Companies, Vanishing Companies, Shell Companies, Multiple Companies registered under the same address and Companies without proper Registered Offices operating have all been a problem with the Indian regulatory framework which have significantly hampered the ability of the MCA to strike out against errant Companies

In one master stroke, the MCA has introduced a new rule where Companies have to tag and identify themselves as being ACTIVE. It is interesting and reassuring to note that the parameters prescribed in the form for such identification are super comprehensive to establish existence as well as the level of key compliances. With such kind of Big Data with the MCA, errant promoters need to get ready for some difficult situations.

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has amended Section 469 of the Companies Act, 2013.

The Amended Rules are :

These rules may be called the Companies (Incorporation) Amendment Rules, 2019.
These rules will come into force with effect from 25th February 2019.
The form needed to file for Companies (Incorporation) Amendment Rules, 2019 is e- Form ACTIVE (FORM NO. INC.22A).

The FAQ’s below will help you to appreciate this new rule better

1. What is the new rule introduced in the context of the Companies Act 2013 ?

A rule pertaining to Active Company Tagging Identities and Verification has been incorporated as Rule 25A in the Companies (lncorporation) Rules, 2014 and is available on

2. What does this Rule mean ?

This rule means that all Companies have to fill out a Form called “e-form ACTIVE”

3. What is the expansion of the term ACTIVE ?

Active Company Tagging Identities and Verification

4. What is the effective date of the said rules ?

They shall come into force with effect from 25th February, 2019

5. Which Companies are expected to file the above form ?

All Companies incorporated on or before 31 Dec 2017 are required to file this form

6. By when is this form needed to be filed ?

This form is required to be filed on or before 25.O4.2O19

7. What are the main contents of this Form ?

The main contents are the details of Registered Office, Directors, Statutory Auditors, Cost Auditors and Key Managerial Personnel

8. Which are the companies which will be unable to file the above mentioned form?

Any company which has not filed its due financial statements under section 137 or due annual returns under section 92 or both with the Registrar shall be restricted from filing e-Form-ACTIVE, unless such company is under management dispute and the Registrar has recorded the same on the register

9. Which are the companies which need not have to file the above mentioned form?

Companies which have been struck off or are under process of striking off or under liquidation or amalgamated or dissolved, as recorded in the register, shall not be required to file e Form ACTIVE:

10. What are the consequences of non-filing the said forms?

In case a company file the said form, the Company shall be marked as “ACTlVE-non-compliant” on or after 26th April, 2019 and shall be liable for action under sub-section (9) of section 12 of the Act

Sec 12(9) :

If the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that the company is not carrying on any business or operations, he may cause a physical verification of the registered office of the company in such manner as may be prescribed and if any default is found to be made in complying with the requirements of sub-section (1), he may without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (8), initiate action for the removal of the name of the company from the register of companies under Chapter XVIII.

11. In case a Company fails to meet the target date, then what are the consequences if there is going to be a delayed filing?

Consequence 1 : The following event based forms cannot be filed

(i) SH-07 (Change in Authorized Capital);

(ii) PAS-03 (Change in Paid-up Capital);

(iii) DIR- 12 (Changes in Director except cessation);

(iv) INC-22 (Change in Registered Office

(v) INC-28 (Amalgamation, de-merger)

12. In which case a company will be unable to file form INC-22A?

In the following situations, the company will be unable to file the form INC-22A:

i. DIN of any director is de-activated due to non-filing of DIR-3KYC.

ii. Any Director is disqualified under Section 167.

iii. Annual filing for the financial year 2017-18 is not done.

iv. Company has not appointed CS if paid up capital is 5 crores or more

v. KMP is not appointed as per the requirements of the Companies Act, 2013

vi. The Statutory Auditor is not appointed as per requirement

To file the form INC-22A. companies are required to remove the above-mentioned non-compliances.

Consequence 2 : Penalty for delayed filing

Where a company files “c-Form ACTIVE”, on or after 26th April’ 2O19, the company shall be marked as “ACTIVE Compliant”, only on payment of fee of ten thousand rupees.


President promulgates Unregulated Deposit Scheme Ordinance

The law provides for attachment of properties or assets and subsequent realisation of assets for repayment to depositors.

The President on Thursday promulgated the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Scheme Ordinance which seek to curb the menace of ponzi schemes and make such unregulated deposit scheme punishable.

The Ordinance will help put a check on illicit deposit taking activities like Saradha scam and Rose Valley chit fund scam in the country that dupe poor and the financially illiterate of their hard earned savings.

The legislation contains a substantive banning clause which bans deposit takers from promoting, operating, issuing advertisements or accepting deposits in any unregulated deposit scheme.

“No deposit taker shall directly or indirectly promote, operate issue any advertisement soliciting participation or enrolment in or accept deposits in pursuance of an unregulated deposit scheme,” the Ordinance said.

The law also proposes to create three different types of offences — running of unregulated deposit schemes, fraudulent default in regulated deposit schemes, and wrongful inducement in relation to unregulated deposit schemes.

The Ordinance also provides for severe punishment ranging from 1 year to 10 years and pecuniary fines ranging from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 50 crore to act as deterrent. It too has adequate provisions for disgorgement or repayment of deposits in cases where such schemes nonetheless manage to raise deposits illegally.

The law provides for attachment of properties or assets and subsequent realisation of assets for repayment to depositors. Clear-cut timelines have been provided for attachment of property and restitution to depositors.

It also enables creation of an online central database for collection and sharing of information on deposit-taking activities in the country.

Being a comprehensive union law, it adopts best practices from state laws, while entrusting the primary responsibility of implementing the provisions of the legislation to the state governments.

The Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 – highlights

The Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 was promulgated on January 12, 2019.

It repeals and replaces the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 promulgated on November 2, 2018.

The 2019 Ordinance amends several provisions in the Companies Act, 2013 relating to penalties, among others.


Key Highlights

  • Commencement of business – Declaration by the Director: The Ordinance states that a company may not commence business, unless it (i) files a declaration within 180 days of incorporation, confirming that every subscriber to the Memorandum of the company has paid the value of shares agreed to be taken by him, and (ii) files a verification of its registered office address with the Registrar of Companies within 30 days of incorporation.  If a company fails to comply with these provisions and is found not to be carrying out any business, the name of the Company may be removed from the Register of Companies.

Any default in complying with the said will invite a fine of INR 50,000 to be paid by the company.


  • Removal of a Company’s name from the register – If the Registrar has enough reason to believe that a company is not carrying on business then he, after a physical verification of the registered office, can remove the company’s name from the register of companies. The ROC can strike off a company if the address of Registered Office is bogus or an incomplete/ improper address.


  • Issue of shares at a discount: The Act prohibits a company from issuing shares at a discount, except in certain cases.  On failure to comply, the company is liable to pay a fine between one lakh rupees and five lakh rupees every officer in default may be punished with imprisonment up to six months or fine between one lakh rupees and five lakh rupees.  The Ordinance changes this to remove imprisonment for officers as a punishment.


  • Further, the company and every officer in default will be liable to pay a penalty equal to the amount raised by the issue of shares at a discount or five lakh rupees, whichever is lower. The company will also be liable to refund the money received with interest at 12% per annum from the date of issue of the shares.


  • Alteration of Articles – After this amendment, any conversion of a Public Company to a Private Company will not be valid unless approved by an order of the Central Government. Previously, the power to issue such an order was with the Tribunal.


  • Registration of charges: The Act requires companies to register charges (such as mortgages) on their property within 30 days of creation of charge.  The Registrar may permit the registration within 300 days of creation.
  • The Ordinance changes this to permit registration of charges: (i) within 300 days if the charge is created before the Ordinance, or (ii) within 60 days if the charge is created after the Ordinance. If the charge under the first category is not registered within 300 days, it must be completed within six months from the date of the Ordinance.  If the charge under the second category is not registered within 60 days, the Registrar may grant another 60 days for registration.


  • Annual Return:  Annual Return should be filed within 60 days from the date of the AGM, failure to this, penalty of Rs. 100 per day to Company + directors maximum Rs. 5 Lakh apart from ROC delay charges is applicable.


  • Penalty of Rs. 5 lakhs to Company secretary certifying wrong Annual Return.


  • Annual Financial Statement: Filing of Balance sheet with ROC within time limit- failure is costly for Company + Directors both. Penalty of Rs.100 per day + Rs. 1 lakh to Company + Director each.


  • Resignation of Auditor: The Return must be filed by the resigning Auditor within 30 days, failure to which the resigning Auditor is liable for penalty of Rs. 50,000 plus Rs. 500 per day.


  • Disqualification of Directors: A director can not become director in more than 20 companies. If he continues, he becomes disqualified now.


  • Company Secretary: Appointment of Company Secretary on the payroll (Private Companies having paid-up capital Rs. 5 crores & above) is mandatory. Default is now very costly- penalty increased substantially.


  • ROC may strike off a company if subscribers have not paid initial share capital after incorporation of a Company within 6 months.


  • Financial Year: The Indian subsidiary or associate or holding company of the foreign company may be allowed to follow any period as its financial period on an application made by such company if it is required for consolidation of its financials with the foreign company. Also the such period may or may not be one year.


  • Change in approving authority: Under the Act, change in period of financial year for a company associated with a foreign company, has to be approved by the National Company Law Tribunal.  Similarly, any alteration in the incorporation document of a public company which has the effect of converting it to a private company, has to be approved by the Tribunal.  Under the Ordinance, these powers have been transferred to central government.


  • Declaration of beneficial ownership: If a person holds beneficial interest of at least 25% shares in a company or exercises significant influence or control over the company, he is required to make a declaration of his interest. Under the Act, failure to declare this interest is punishable with a fine between one lakh rupees and ten lakh rupees, along with a continuing fine for every day of default.  The Ordinance provides that such person may either be fined, or imprisoned for up to one year, or both.


  • Resolutions and agreements to be filed – If the company fails to file a resolution and agreement before the specified time, the company shall be liable to pay INR 1,00,000 as penalty and in case of a continuing failure it will be extended further by INR 500 per day subject to a maximum penalty of 25 lakhs. For any officer who is liable, the penalty is of INR 50,000, and in case of a continuing failure it will be extended further by INR 500 per day subject to a maximum penalty of 5 lakhs.


  • Penalties in different sections – In section 191, the penalty is increased from a minimum of INR 25,000 to a minimum of one lakh rupees. In section 441, The maximum limit is increased from 5 lakh rupees to 25 lakh rupees.


Read the Ordinance Text  Companies-Amendment-Ordinance-2019



1. Within 2 years, Tax assessment will be done electronically
2. IT returns processing in just 24 hours
3. Minimum 14% revenue of GST to states by Central Govt.
4. Custom duty has been abolished from 36 Capital Goods
5. Recommendations to GST council for reducing GST rates for home buyers
6. Full Tax rebate upto 5 lakh annual income after all deductions.
7. Standard deduction has been increased from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000
8. Exemption of tax on second self-occupied house
9. Ceiling Limit of TDS u/s 194A has increased from Rs.10,000 to Rs. 40,000
10. Ceiling Limit of TDS u/s 194I has increased from Rs. 1,80,000 to Rs. 2,40,000
11. Capital Gains Tax Benefit u/s 54 has increased from investment in one residential house to two residential houses.
12. Benefit u/s 80IB has increased to one more year i.e. 2020
13. Benefit has been given to unsold inventory has increased to one year to two years.

Other Areas

14. State share has increased to 42%
15. PCA restriction has abolished from 3 major banks
16. 2 lakhs seats will increase for the reservation of 10%
17. 60000 crores for MANREGA
18. 1.7 Lakh crore to ensure food for all
19. 22nd AIIMS has to be opened in Haryana
20. Approval has to be given to PM Kisan Yojana
21. Rs. 6,000 per annum to be given to every farmer having upto 2 hectare land. Applicable from Sept 2018. Amount will be transferred in 3 installments
22. National Kamdhenu Ayog for cows. Rs. 750 crores for National Gokul Mission
23. 2% interest subvention for farmers pursuing animal husbandry and also create separate department for fisheries.
24. 2% interest subvention for farmers affected by natural calamities and additional 3% interest subvention for timely payment.
25. Tax free Gratuity limit increase to Rs. 20 Lakhs from Rs. 10 Lakhs
26. Bonus will be applicable for workers earning Rs. 21,000 monthly
27. The scheme, called Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan, will provide assured monthly pension of Rs. 3,000 with contribution of Rs. 100 per month for workers in unorganized sector after 60 years of age.
28. Government delivered 6 crores free LPG connections under Ujjawala scheme
29. 2% interest relief for MSME GST registered person
30. 26 weeks of Maternity Leaves to empower the women
31. More than 3 Lakhs crores for defence
32. One lakh digital villages in next 5 years
33. Single window for approval of India film maker.

Get income tax refund in one day from 2020

– The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared an ambitious Rs 4,242 crore project for e-filling and centralised processing of income tax return, which will allow taxpayers to get a refund in one day through a pre-filled tax return form, the Times of India reported.
– Currently, the average time taken for return processing and giving a refund is 63 days, which will get reduced to one day, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, said.

By 2020 taxpayers will have their income tax filing system run not by “Sarkari” IT teams but by IT major Infosys. The union cabinet on Wednesday cleared a Rs 4240 crore worth proposal that promises to trim down processing of returns from the current average of 63 days to just one day.

In a post cabinet briefing, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that the “Integrated E-filing and Centralised Processing Centre 2.0 Project” of the Income Tax Department is likely to be completed in 18 months. He added that the system will be launched for operations after a three month testing period.

The minister said that Infosys was not handpicked but was selected after a bidding process was carried out.

They key element of the proposed system is that it cuts down the physical intervention by the Income Tax department in the return filing and refund process.

The government feels that smoother, transparent and accountable tax filing system with less official interface will go a far way in improving tax compliance.

The government handled an unprecedented volume of tax returns in the current fiscal. Goyal said a whopping amount of 1.83 lakh crore has been issued as tax refund. Refunds are issued after a cumbersome scrutiny process. The government is bound to pay interest in case of a delay. The new system will result in speedy refunds which will be credited directly to taxpayers’ bank account. The faster system will reduce refund time for taxpayers and cut down government’s outgo.

The taxpayer friendly.e-filing and Centralised Processing Centre (CPC) projects will have end-to-end automation of all processes within the I-T Department. Goyal said that the idea is to “promote voluntary compliance”.

The old system CPC-ITR 1.0 has been given an extension and sanction of Rs 1450 crore for the year 2018-2019. This system will be used till the new one becomes operational.


Source: Times of India