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CBDT relaxes eligibility conditions for filing of I-T return Form-1, Form-4 for 2020-21

ANI | Updated: Jan 09, 2020 22:11 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 9 (ANI): The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has granted relaxation in eligibility conditions for filing of Income-tax Return Form-1 (Sahaj) and Form-4 (Sugam) for Assessment Year 2020-21.
"The taxpayers with jointly owned property have expressed concern that they will now need to file a detailed ITR Form instead of a simple ITR-1 and ITR-4. Similarly, persons who are required to file return as per the seventh proviso to section 139(1) of the Act, and are otherwise eligible to file ITR-1, have also expressed concern that they will not be able to opt for a simpler ITR-1 Form," an official release of CBDT said.
"The matter has been examined and it has been decided to allow a person, who jointly owns a single house property, to file his/her return of income in ITR-1 or ITR-4 Form, as may be applicable, if he/she meets the other conditions. It has also been decided to allow a person, who is required to file a return due to fulfilment of one or more conditions specified in the seventh proviso to section 139(1) of the Act, to file his/her return in ITR-1 Form," it said.
In the earlier notification, the eligibility conditions for filing of ITR-1 and ITR-4 Forms were modified with an intent to keep these forms short and simple with a bare minimum number of Schedules.
But concerns were raised that the changes are likely to cause hardship in the case of individual taxpayers.
According to an official release, in order to ensure that the e-filing utility for filing of return for assessment year (A.Y) 2020-21 is available as on April 1, 2020, the Income-tax Return (ITR) Forms ITR-1 (Sahaj) and ITR-4 (Sugam) for the A.Y 2020-21 were notified vide notification dated January 3, 2020.
"In the notified returns, the eligibility conditions for filing of ITR-1 & ITR- with 4 Forms were modified an intent to keep these forms short and simple with bare minimum number of Schedules," read the release.
"Therefore, a person who owns a property in joint ownership was not made eligible to file the ITR-1 or ITR-4 Forms. For the same reason, a person who is otherwise not required to file return but is required to file return due to fulfilment of one or more conditions in the seventh proviso to section 139(1) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act), was also not made eligible to file ITR-1 Form," it said. (ANI)

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