As the financial year ends in India on March 31, individuals and businesses gear up to file their Income Tax Return (ITR). Hopefully, this year the government may extend the ITR filing deadline which usually ends on July 31 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Even if the filing deadline is extended, it’s important for taxpayers to remain prepared, especially with all the documents required for ITR filing. Keeping in mind the importance of having all the documents at your disposal before filing income tax return, here we will walk you through some key ITR filing documents that you should keep handy.

It’s very important that all the documents required for income tax return are ready because the IT department’s e-filing portal won’t allow you to save your work and then resume again later. In case any of the ITR filing documents is missing while you file the return, you’ll have to start all over again. Therefore, to save time and compliance headaches it’s very important to ensure that all the documents required for ITR filing are ready. Here a checklist of ITR filing documents to help you.

  1. Form 16: Form 16 is the “Holy Grail” for salaried individuals. Usually, your employer should provide you the Form 16 before May 31stof every year. It contains the breakdown of tax deducted at source by your employer from your salary. If you have no other sources of income, you can just upload Form 16 to the IT department’s website or use a free online vendor to automatically prepare your returns. Ensure that you have this ready before you file your income tax return if you are a salaried worker.
  2. Interest certificates: If your savings account or fixed deposit account is earning interest, you need to get hold of the interest certificate from the bank or post office. Under section 80TTA of the Income Tax Act, interests earned up to Rs. 10,000 for individuals and up to Rs. 50,000 for senior citizens in a year are tax-free. Banks usually send these certificates by email. If you don’t receive interest certificates, at least ensure that your savings account passbook shows the interest credited to you.
  3. Form 26AS: Form 26AS keeps a track of all the taxes deposited to the IT department against your PAN during the assessment year. This is one of the most important documents required for income tax return filing. You can download Form 26AS from the TRACES website.
  4. Form 16A – 16B – 16C: These 3 documents required for income tax return is applicable in the following 3 scenarios:
  • Form 16A– If you have received income from fixed deposits, shares and mutual funds, your bank or financial institution will issue a Form 16A. In this case, the bank deducts applicable tax from your income and issues Form 16A as a TDS certificate.
  • Form 16B– If you have sold a house or property, the buyer deducts TDS from the total amount and issues you Form 16B.
  • Form 16C – If you are earning a rental income of more than Rs. 50,000 per month, you need to furnish Form 16C.
  1. Investment proofs: If you have opted to avail tax deductions for your investments in section 80C, 80D and 80E instruments, ensure that all your receipts and certificates are ready before you begin filing your ITR returns. You can keep ready ITR filing documents related to investments in term insurance, traditional life insurance, health insurance, tax saving mutual funds, PPF, ULIPs, bonds, etc. Make sure to keep the proofs of premium handy so it’s easy to upload or to mention details on the ITR portal
  2. Home loan payments: Keep your home loan statement ready before filing your income tax return. The statement should include all details such as payments made on the principal, interest payments. If you have taken a home loan, you can claim tax deductions up to Rs. 2 lakh in a year on interests paid. Make sure that you don’t miss claiming this deduction.

Apart from these, you also need to report long- and short-term capital gains made on the sale of property, stocks, mutual funds and other assets and securities. This can be done through a statement of capital gains provided by your broker or financial institution. And yes, don’t forget your Aadhaar card, PAN card and always ensure you are providing accurate bank details for refunds.

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