HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDGET 2019

HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDGET 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

Highlights
– 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

CBDT further extends due date for filing IT Returns & Tax Audit Reports up to 31 October.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has further extended due date for filing Income Tax Returns and Audit Reports to October 31st.

The due date for filing of Income Tax Returns and Audit Reports for Assessment Year 2018-19 is 30th September, 2018 for certain categories of taxpayers.

The CBDT had earlier extended the date for filing of Income Tax Returns and various reports of Audit to 15th October 2018.

Upon consideration of representations from various stakeholders, CBDT further extends the ‘due date’ for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as reports of Audit (which were required to be filed by the said specified date) from 15th October, 2018 to 31st October, 2018 in respect of the said categories of taxpayers.

However, as specified in earlier order dated 24.09.2018, assessees filing their return of income within the extended due date shall be liable for levy of interest as per provisions of section 234A of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

CBDT extends deadline for filing ITRs with audit reports to Oct 15, 2018

 

The government has extended last date for filing of income tax returns (ITRs) for those taxpayers who are required to file their returns along with audit reports from Sept 30 to Oct 15, 2018.

 

The text of the notification by CBDT is as below:

CBDT has extended the due date for filing Income Tax Returns and audit reports from 30th September 2018 to 15th October 2018. However, there shall be no extension of the due date for purpose of Explanation 1 to section 234A (Interest for defaults in furnishing return) of the Act and the assessee shall remain liable for payment of interest as per provisions of section 234A of the Act.

                                  In its tweet, the income tax department has posted – “CBDT extends due date for filing of Income Tax Returns & audit reports from 30th Sept,2018 to 15th Oct, 2018 for all assessees liable to file ITRs for AY 2018-19 by 30.09.2018,after considering representations from stakeholders.”

 

However, it adds that “Liability to pay interest under section 234A of Income Tax Act will remain.” It is important to note that if one has any unpaid tax liability then penal interest on the same may be leviable.

Typically, tax practitioner bodies ask for an extension from the government, saying they needed more time to file returns for entities where tax audit report or transfer pricing report or other audit reports are required to be filed as per the law.

Even last year, on consideration of representations from various stakeholders and to facilitate ease of compliance by the taxpayers, CBDT had extended the ‘due-date’ for filing Income Tax Returns with audit reports as prescribed under the Income-tax Act,1961 from 31st October, 2017 to 7th November, 2017 for AY 2017-18.

Tax audit is a review of accounts of taxpayers with business or profession from an income tax point of view such as incomes, deduction, compliance with tax laws, etc. Taxpayers with turnover exceeding Rs 1 crore in business (not opted for presumptive taxation scheme) or whose gross professional income is over Rs 50 lakh need to get a tax audit done. Tax audit report needs to be filed on or before the 30 September of the subsequent financial year in case of taxpayers who have not entered into an international transaction.

Some chartered accountants have argued that they have been busy filing returns of individual tax payers like the salaried class till August 30. Consequently they have had little time to devote to preparing the audit reports for those tax payers whose accounts are required to be compulsorily subjected to tax audit. The number of clauses in the audit reports have also increased thereby increasing the time required, they have pointed out. For these reasons they had requested an extension of the deadline for filing tax returns with audit reports.

Highlights:

  • An audit is a review of accounts of taxpayers with business or profession from an income tax point of view such as incomes, deduction, compliance with tax laws, etc.
  • Those with turnover exceeding Rs 1 cr in business or whose gross professional income is over Rs 50 lakh need to get a tax audit done.
  • It is important to note that if one has any unpaid tax liability then penal interest on the same may be leviable.

CBDT Notification

Surge in filing of Income Tax Returns by 71% upto 31st August,2018

Filing of Income Tax Returns registers an upsurge of 71% up to 31st August,2018

There has been a marked improvement in the number of Income Tax Returns (ITRs) filed during FY 2018 (upto 31/08/2018, the extended due date of filing) compared to the corresponding period in the preceding year.

The total number of ITRs e-filed upto 31/08/2018 was 5.42 crore as against 3.17 crore upto 31/08/2017, marking an increase of 70.86%.

Almost 34.95 lakh returns were uploaded on 31/08/2018 itself, being the last date of the extended due date of filing of ITRs.

A remarkable increase is seen in the number of ITRs in 2 categories ie ITRs filed by salaried Individuals (ITR-1& 2) as also those availing the benefit of the Presumptive Taxation Scheme (ITR-4).

The total number of e-returns of salaried Individual taxpayers filed till 31/08/2018 increased to 3.37 crore from 2.19 crore returns filed during the corresponding period of 2017, registering an increase of 1.18 crore returns translating into a growth of almost 54%.

A commendable growth has been witnessed in the number of returns e-filed by persons availing the benefit of Presumptive Tax, with 1.17 crore returns having been filed upto 31st August, 2018 compared to 14.93 lakh returns upto 31st August, 2017 registering a massive increase of 681.69%.

The increase in the number of returns reveals a marked improvement in the level of voluntary compliance of taxpayers which can be attributed to several factors, including the impact of demonetisation, enhanced persuasion & education of taxpayers as also the impending provision of late fee which would be effective on late filing of returns.

This is indicative of an India moving steadily towards a more tax compliant society & reflects the impact of continuous leveraging of technology to improve taxpayer service delivery.

 

Last date to submit ITR extended to August, 31 2018 – CBDT

CBDT extended the last date to August 31 to file income tax return

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the due date for filing of Income Tax Returns (ITR) to 31st August, 2018.  Earlier, the due date for filing of ITR for Assessment Year 2018-19 was July 31, 2018.

As the due date has been coming closer, the Board had received several requests from the tax practitioners body and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) requesting a due date extension due to several reasons.

CBDT stated in a circular issued today, “The due date for filing of Income Tax Returns for Assessment Year 2018-19 is 31.07.2018 for certain categories of taxpayers. Upon consideration of the matter, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extends the ‘due date’ for filing of Income Tax Returns from 31st July, 2018 to 31st August, 2018 in respect of the said categories of taxpayers.

Generally, the income tax department extends the deadline by only a few days, but this year the deadline has been extended by full one month.

 

 

 

 

Kuldip Kumar, partner and leader, personal tax, PwC India, said, “Although due date extended.. those who have taxes to pay should pay before July 31 to save additional one month interest under section 234B.”

So, now if you don’t file ITR by the end of July then it won’t be treated as a belated return, as the new deadline is August 31, 2018.  But if you miss the deadline of August 31, then according to the Income Tax Act, for returns pertaining to any financial year the last date for late return would be the end of the relevant assessment year. For example: For Financial Year 2017-18 (AY 2018-19), the last date would be 31 March 2019, and it would be your last opportunity to file the return.

From the current Assessment Year onwards, non-filing of ITR before due date will invite late fee of Rs. 1,000/5,000/10,000 as the case may be, under section 234F of the Income Tax Act.

The Board had notified the new Income Tax Return forms for the assessment year 2018-19 on April 5. The income Tax department has launched all the income tax forms for e-filing after more than a month of them being notified.

Further, due to GST and the over burden of compliance procedure, the tax practitioners were unable to finish their IT works. It is in this background, the people urged the Board to extend due date.

Read the Notification Circular: CBDT Notification

No Due Date Extension for filing Income Tax – CBDT

CBDT confirms News of Income Tax Return filing due date extension in Social Media is Fake

 

CBDT – extension in due date for non-tax audit cases is fake and there are no such plans to extend this deadline beyond 31st July, 2018

CIRCULAR No.4/2018

 

F.No.370889/25/2018
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes

 

New Delhi, Dated 21st July, 2018

 

Order under section 139(1) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘the Act’)

This Circular is issued in pursuant to 139(1) of the Tax Act, 1961 is to clarify that rumors spreading across in media regarding extension in due date for non-tax audit is fake and no such plans to extend this deadline beyond 31st July, 2018. The department already received over 1 crore returns filed electronically.

As per Section 234F of the Income Tax Act, from 1st April 2018, the penalty for late filing income tax return would be as

(a) five thousand rupees, if the return is furnished on or the 31st day of December of the assessment year;

(b) ten thousand rupees in any other case:

Provided further that if the total income of the person not exceed five lakh rupees, the fee payable under this section shall not exceed one thousand rupees. Therefore, the assessees are hereby asked to file their ITRs before the due date to avoid the penalty.

 

(Sanyam Suresh Joshi)

DCIT, CBDT

Copy to:

1. PS to FM/OSD to FM/PS to MoS(F)/OSD to MoS(F)
2. PS to Secretary (Revenue)
3. Chairman, CBDT
4. All Members, CBDT
5. All Pr. DGsIT/Pr. CCsIT
6. All Joint Secretaries/CsIT, CBDT
7. Directors/Deputy Secretaries/Under Secretaries of CBDT
8. DIT (RSP&PR)/Systems, New Delhi
9. The C&AG of India (30 copies)
10. The JS & Legal Adviser, Ministry of Law & Justice, New Delhi
11. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
12. All Chambers of Commerce
13. CIT (M&TP), Official Spokesperson of CBDT
14. O/o Pr. DGIT (Systems) for uploading on official website

Source: CBDT_Circular