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While filing ITR, you may miss out reporting some income sources. You end up paying a hefty income tax penalty of 200%.
You are eligible for a tax deduction under Section 80TTA on interest earned on savings bank account up to Rs 10,000 a year. Even if the interest on SB account is less than Rs 10,000 a year, you must include this in the ITR as income from other sources. You then claim a deduction under Section 80TTA. If interest earned is more than Rs 10,000 a year; you pay tax on the excess amount.
Banks deduct TDS on interest income from FD when interest from one or all FDs with the bank is more than Rs 40,000 a year. It’s Rs 50,000 a year for senior citizens. Now, if the bank has deducted TDS on FD interest, does it mean you don’t declare this income? There may be a difference in tax rate at which TDS is deducted and tax rate which applies to your income. So, you definitely need to report FD interest as income from other sources, while filing ITR.
The income earned up to Rs 1,500 in a year from a minor child (each minor child) is exempt from tax. Any amount above this; has to be clubbed with the income of the higher earning parent and is taxed as per his/her income tax bracket. Make sure you club this income if it’s above the exemption limit.
You could switch mutual fund investments across mutual fund schemes for various reasons. Now, LTCG on equity funds attract LTCG tax of 10% if gains exceed Rs 1 Lakh in a year. You must report gains on such transfers or switches (This is switching between equity mutual fund schemes); while filing ITR as there could be some profit/loss in the transaction.
You could get a notice under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act if the assessing officer (AO); believes that income chargeable to income tax has escaped assessment. If the AO has materials to support this belief; you land up with an income tax notice under Section 148.
So, do not fail to report any income earned when filing ITR. You could land up with an income tax notice under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act. The IT department will charge a penalty of 200% on unreported income when filing ITR.
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