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Now ITR filing mandatory if your TDS, TCS is Rs 25,000 or more in a financial year

Now ITR filing mandatory if your TDS, TCS is Rs 25,000 or more in a financial year

The government has now made it mandatory for an individual to file income tax returns if his/her total TDS/TCS during the financial year is Rs 25,000 or more even if the individual's income is below the basic exemption limit. In case of senior citizens this rule will apply if the individual's aggregate TDS/TCS is Rs 50,000 or more in the year, according to Aakanksha Goel, Direct Tax Partner, T R Chadha & Co LLP. Further, an individual whose deposits in a saving bank account are Rs 50 lakh or more in the fiscal will also have to compulsorily file ITR irrespective of his/her income level.

The seventh proviso to Section 139 was inserted by the Finance Act, 2019, which provided for certain criteria which mandated the filing of income-tax returns even when the individual's income is less than the basic exemption limit. Such criteria include deposition of Rs one crore or more in a current account, expenditure exceeding Rs 2 lakh for foreign travel, or an amount exceeding Rs 1 lakh for electricity consumption during the year.

Now, vide Notification No. 37/2022, CBDT has notified a new Rule 12AB which prescribes additional conditions which mandate the filing of Income-tax returns despite the fact that income is below the basic exemption limit, says Ms Goel. These additional criteria are...

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