Income Tax dept revises Form 16 issued by employers to check tax avoidance

The Income Tax department has revised Form 16 by adding various details, including income from house property and remuneration received from other employers, thereby making it more comprehensive to help check tax avoidance

Press Trust of India April 16, 2019 19:31:02 IST
Income Tax dept revises Form 16 issued by employers to check tax avoidance
  • Form 16 is a certificate issued by employers, giving details of employees' TDS (tax deducted at source) usually by mid-June and is used in filing I-T returns

  • The revised Form, which has been notified by the Income Tax department, will come into effect from 12 May, 2019

  • This means the income tax returns for the financial year 2018-19 will have to be filed on the basis of revised Form 16

New Delhi: The Income Tax department has revised Form 16 by adding various details, including income from house property and remuneration received from other employers, thereby making it more comprehensive to help check tax avoidance.

It will also include segregated information regarding deductions under various tax saving schemes, investments in tax savings instruments, different allowances received by the employee as well as income from other sources.

Form 16 is a certificate issued by employers, giving details of employees' TDS (tax deducted at source) usually by mid-June and is used in filing I-T returns.

Income Tax dept revises Form 16 issued by employers to check tax avoidance

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The revised Form, which has been notified by the Income Tax department, will come into effect from 12 May, 2019. This means the income tax returns for the financial year 2018-19 will have to be filed on the basis of revised Form 16.

Among other things, the revised Form 16 will also include details of deductions in respect of interest on deposits in a savings account, and rebates and surcharge, wherever applicable.

The I-T department has already notified income tax return forms for fiscal 2018-19. Salaried class and those who do not have to get their accounts audited, will have to file their ITRs by July 31 this year.

Meanwhile, the income tax department has also modified Form 24Q, which is furnished by the employer to the tax department. It will include additional details like Permanent Account Number (PAN) of non-institutional entities from whom the employee has taken a loan for buying or constructing housing property.

Nangia Advisors (Andersen Global) Director Sanjoli Maheshwari said the Form 16 and 24Q have been amended with an intent to make them more elaborative and informative. The same has been done in order to bring the Forms in parity with latest changes made in ITR Forms such as disclosure of standard deduction and exemptions claimed under section 10.

"Earlier, where the disclosure of various deductions were mentioned in a consolidated manner, ranging from 80C, 80CCD, 80E, 80G would now be required to be disclosed separately. These specific disclosures would provide ease to the tax authorities in understanding the various components of income of the taxpayer and thereby, facilitating the conduct of scrutiny more precisely," Maheshwari said.

The changes in Form 24Q will further help in identifying any fabricated transaction undertaken with an aim of tax avoidance, she added.

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