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What is e-filing?

The process of electronically filing Income tax returns through the internet is known as e-Filing.

e-Filing of Returns/Forms is mandatory for :

  • Any assessee having total income of ₹ 5 Lakhs and above for AY 2013-14 and subsequent Assessment Years.
  • Individual/ HUF, being resident, having assets located outside India for AY 2012-13 and subsequent Assessment Years.
  • An assessee required to furnish a report of audit specified under sections 10(23C)(iv), 10(23C)(v),10(23C)(vi) ,10(23C)(via) , 10A, 12A(1)(b), 44AB, 80-IA, 80-IB, 80-IC, 80-ID, 80JJAA, 80LA, 92E or 115JB of the Act, shall furnish the said report of audit and the return of Income electronically for AY 2013-14 and subsequent Assessment.
  • All companies
  • A resident who has signing authority in any account located outside India.
  • A person who claims relief under sections 90 or 90A or deduction under section 91.

How is electronic filing of returns different from regular filing of Income tax Returns?
The facility of electronic filing of Income Tax Returns, offered through SulabhTax.in offers convenience of time and place to tax payers and tax consultants. As this facility is available round the clock, tax payers and tax consultants can now file Income Tax Returns from anywhere in the world. In addition to saving you time, e-filing, by reducing the human factor, it also protects your personal data from security breaches.

What is the Basic Exemption limit for the year

The basic exemption limit for financial year 2012-2013 is as under:

Gender, Age &
Residential Status
Basic Exemption Limit
FY 2011 - 12
Resident Female & Others
Rs.2,00,000
Resident Senior Citizen
(Age > = 65 yrs as on 31st March of Financial year)
Rs.2,50,000
Resident Very Senior Citizen (Age > = 80 yrs as on 31st March of Financial year)
Rs.5,00,000

My Salary is less than Rs.5 lacs should I file my Tax Return?
As per the recent circular you need file your taxes if your Salary Income is less than 5Lacs and you do not have any other Income chargeable to tax, however your filing of income tax would help in
a) Bank loans to be taken in future, where the minimum requirement is last three year IT returns copy.
b) When you go for any VISA interview to substantiate your Incomes.
c) When you apply a higher limit credit cards.
d)And various other purposes

Who can file returns online?
Any individual or organization that files Income Tax Returns using the conventional method can take advantage of this facility. Individuals or NRIs with the following types of income can file their Income Tax Returns through SulabhTax.in:

  • Income from Salary
  • Income from House/ Property Rental
  • Income from Sale of Investments (Shares, Mutual Fund units, Bonds) or Property
  • Income by way of Interest, Dividend, Gifts, Family Pension, Agricultural Income
  • Income from Speculative Transactions (Same-day Purchase and Sale of Shares / Mutual Funds)

The only pre-requisite for online filing of Income Tax Returns is that you must have a valid PAN (Personal Account Number).

How do I calculate my payable Income Tax?
Allow us to help you out. SulabhTax.in guides you through a series of simple, interactive screens that capture all your financial details and provide you with Income Tax Payable.

How does SulabhTax ensure the safety of my personal details?
We understand your concern. We value the trust you place in us when you provide your personal data to us. We have put in place several measures to ensure maximum security for your personal tax information details:

  • As a registered user at SulabhTax.in, your personal information can be accessed only by you. Your unique PAN and password ensures that your tax information and other details are protected from unauthorized access.

  • All details are handled electronically with minimum human intervention. Once the filing process has been completed, all user information will be extracted from the SulabhTax.in server and archived in a secure server.

  • In case of power outages during the filing process, the information will be saved and on logging back, you can continue from where you left. Your data remains safe and you are relieved from having to provide your personal information again.

If you wish to seek further clarity on our security measures, feel free to talk to us at info@sulabhtax.com

How can SulabhTax.in help me if I need guidance on e-filing?
The interface at SulabhTax.in has been built around screens that are simple, interactive, and full of personal guidance.


With SulabhTax.in, you can confidently prepare tax returns on your own. The interface is simple and interactive screens offer personal guidance at every step. The process has been kept totally free of all kinds of legal language and jargon. In fact, you don't need to be aware of tax laws and updates to file your Income Tax Returns. And, at any point, if you need personalized guidance, we can put you in touch with a tax professional, who will be available through email, telephone or even meet you in person.

How do I know which forms to use?
Based on the salary and Income Tax information you provide, our application will select the form applicable to your Income Tax Return filing needs. As a matter of general information, the following forms are available for your Income Tax Return filing purposes:

ITR Description

Return Type
Who can use this form
who cannot use this form
ITR1(Sahaj) This Return Form is to be used by an individual whose Total Income for the assesment year 2013-14 includes:
  • Income from Salary/Pension; or
  • Income from One House Property(excluding cases where loss is brought forward from previous years); or
  • Income from Other Source(excluding winning from Lottery and Income from Race Horses)

Note:
Further, in a case where the income from another person like spouse, minor child, etc, is to be clubbed with the income of the assessee, these Return From can be used only if the income being clubbed falls under the above categories

1. This Return Form should not be used by an Individual whose Total Income for the assessment year 2013-14 includes:


a) Income from more than one House Property; or

b) Income from winning from Lottery or income from winning from Race Horses; or

c) Income under the head "Capital Gains" ,e.g., short term capital gains or long term capital gains from the sale of house, plot, shares etc.; or

d) Income from agriculture/exempt income in excess of ₹ 5,000; or
e) Income from Business or Profession ;or
f) Loss under the head 'Income from other sources'; or
g)Person claiming relief of foreign tax paid under section 90,90A or 91;or
h)Any resident having an asset (including financial interest in any entity) located outside India or signing authority in any account located outside India.
ITR 2 This Return Form is to be used by an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family whose total income for the assessment year
2013-14 includes :-
a) Income from Salary / Pension; or
b) Income from House Property; or
c) Income from Capital Gains; or
d) Income from Other Sources (including Winning from Lottery and Income from Race Horses).Further, in a case where the income of another person like spouse, minor child, etc. is to be clubbed with the income of the assessee, this Return Form can be used where such income falls in any of the above categories.
This Return Form should not be used by an Individual or a Hindu Undivided Family whose Total Income for assessment year 2013-14 includes Income from Business or Profession
ITR 3 This Return Form is to be used by an individual or an Hindu Undivided Family for the assessment year 2013-14 who is a partner in a firm and where income chargeable to income-tax under the head "Profits or gains of business or profession" does not include any income except the income by way of any interest, salary, bonus, commission or remuneration, by whatever name called, due to, or received by him from such firm. In case a partner in the firm does not have any income from the firm by way of interest, salary, etc. and has only exempt income by way of share in the profit of the firm, he shall use this form only and not Form ITR-2. This Return Form should not be used by an individual whose total income for the assessment year 2013-14 includes Income from Business or Profession under any proprietorship.
ITR 4S(Sugam) This Return Form is to be used by an individual/HUF whose total income for the assessment year 2013-14 includes :-

a) Business income where such income is computed in accordance with special provisions referred to in section 44AD and 44AE of the Act for computation of business income; or
b) Income from Salary/Pension; or
c) Income from One House Property (excluding cases where loss is brought forward from previous years); or
d) Income from Other Sources (Excluding winning from Lottery and Income from Race Horses)
Note:
1. The Income computed shall be presumed to have been computed after giving full effect to every loss, allowance, depreciation or deduction under the Income Tax Act.
2. Further, in a case where the income of another person like spouse, minor child, etc. is to be clubbed with the income of the assessee, this Return Form can be used only if the Income being clubbed falls into either of the above income categories
This Return Form cannot be used to file the following incomes

a) Income from more than one House Property; or
b) Income from winning from Lottery or income from Race Horses; or
c) Income under the head "Capital Gains", e.g. Short term capital gains or long term capital gains from the sale of house, plot, shares etc.; or
d) Income from agriculture/exempt income in excess of ₹ 5,000; or
e) Income from Speculative Business and other special incomes; or
f) Income from a profession as referred to in sub-section (1) of section 44AA or income from agency business or income in nature of commission or brokerage; or
g)Person claiming relief of foreign tax paid under section 90,90A or 91;or
h)Any resident having an asset (including financial interest in any entity) located outside India or signing authority in any account located outside India.
ITR 4 This Return Form is to be used by an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family for the assessment year 2013-14 who is carrying out a proprietary business or profession.  

What is XML?

XML stands for Extensible Markup Language. It is a general purpose markup language designed especially for Web documents. XML is a way of describing data and it allows designers to create their own customized tags, enabling the definition, transmission, validation, and interpretation of data between applications and between organizations. Any Excel Utility which creates an e-return XML will be a file with an extension .xml. This is the file that must be uploaded to the ITD e-filing website.

What is a Schema?

A schema refers to the collection of database objects associated with a particular database. Any user who files e-return will have to create an XML file based on the schema. A simple analogy would be that the schema represents a letter template where the user enters the addressee details, name, salutation, body text etc which then completes the document which is the equivalent of an XML file. The template ensures uniformity and standardization of the format of the letter in the same way that the schema provides a structure to the XML file.


On uploading the file on to the system, a unique database object is created in the Income tax Department system. If you are using the services of the Utilities available at the e- Filing website, or any other Utility capable of generating an e-return XML for these forms, you need not download the schema or be worried about it. The Schema is made available to those individuals, software companies and organizations who wish to use this code to help create their own software utility for filling up these forms.

Does SulabhTax.in provide me with documentation and reports?

Once your Income Tax Returns have been filed, for security reasons, all user information is removed from the SulabhTax.in server and archived in a secure location. Hence, any further request for reports or acknowledgements can only be processed by the Income Tax Department through their website.

Does SulabhTax.in offer value added services like PAN cards and Digital Signatures?
Yes, we do. You can contact our Tax Assistants for obtaining a PAN Card and Digital Signatures. You can contact our team of Tax Assistants in all the major cities through email, phone or a personal meeting. We are also available at info@sulabhtax.com.

Who should I contact in case I have queries / difficulties?
For any queries about the filing process, or other tax related questions you might have, you can contact our team of Tax Assistants in all the major cities through email, phone or a personal meeting. We are also available at info@sulabhtax.com.

How can corporate organizations make use of e-filing from SulabhTax.in?
We offer customized interfaces for our corporate clients and their users. Our partners will provide you with a personalized portal for filing your employee tax returns. The portal can be further tailored to your enterprise's preferences and needs.

Can SulabhTax.in answer my questions on deductions, investments, and special expenses?
SulabhTax.in has partnered with tax professionals who will be glad to answer all your Income Tax related queries. These Tax Assistants are available in all major cities for you to consult, either through e-mail or through phone. If you so desire, you can even seek a personal meeting and clarify your queries.

Can NRI's use SulabhTax.in for filing their tax returns?

Yes, as long as they come under the Income Tax Department Rules and Regulations in India. The primary objective of SulabhTax.in is to provide easy access to those seeking an easier way to file Income Tax Returns. However, as of now, we do not assist in filing Income Tax Returns of other countries.


If the income is earned by the NRI outside India, taxed outside India and if such income is also taxable in India, then the return needs to be filed as per the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and the other country. In such cases, NRIs cannot use SulabhTax.in to file Returns as we currently do not support DTAA.


As a general rule, any financial gain made in India is taxable irrespective of the nationality of the beneficiary.

When is the Last Date for filing an Income Tax Return?

The Last Date to file your Income Tax Returns is 31st July of the year following the end of the income-earning period (1st April to 31st March). E.g., the last date to file your Return for the period 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013 is 31st July 2013. If you miss this date, the Income Tax Department will charge you interest at the rate of 1% per month for late filing of your Income Tax Returns.


Tax has already been paid (by way of tax deducted at source or advance tax) on the total income and there is also no interest payable or refund due. In such a case, is it necessary to file a return of income?


Yes, every person whose total income during the previous year exceeded the maximum amount which is not chargeable to Income-tax should file his return of income in the prescribed form irrespective of whether any tax or interest is payable or refund is due. On his failure to furnish a return before the end of the relevant assessment year, he shall be liable to pay a penalty of Rs.5000/-.

Does SulabhTax.in support manual preparation and filing of Income Tax Returns?
No. SulabhTax.in does not support manual preparation and filing of income tax returns. All returns are e-filed by SulabhTax.in with the Income Tax Department.

How do I know that my Income Tax Return has been filed successfully?
After your e-return file has been uploaded successfully to the Income Tax Department Server, an acknowledgement receipt is mailed to your registered email id. The acknowledgment (ITR V) is confirmation of a successful submission of your e-return. You can take a printout of the acknowledgement for your records.

What steps are to be followed when I e-File without using a Digital Signature?

When you e-File without using a Digital Signature, you receive ITR-V as an attachment in the e-mail sent by the Income Tax Department. Since the return you filed was not signed, your filing is still incomplete. To complete the return filing process, follow the below mentioned steps -


  • Print and sign ITR-V.
  • Do not fold this signed ITR-V. Enclose the same in A-4 size envelope.
  • Mail the envelope within 120 days of e-Filing to –
    • Income Tax Department CPC
    • Post Box No.1,
    • Electronic City Post Office,
    • Bangalore 560100, Karnataka.
  • Upon receipt of ITR-V, Income Tax Department will send an e-mail acknowledging the receipt of signed copy of ITR-V. This is your acknowledgment.
  • Your filing is now complete..

What is an ITR-V?

ITR-V stands for 'Income Tax Return – Verification' form.

This form is received when you e-File without using a digital signature.

Income Tax Department needs to verify the authenticity of income tax return when filed online without using a digital signature.

On receipt of ITR-V you have to sign the copy and submit to the Income Tax Department to complete the filing process.

Can I submit ITR-V anywhere else in India?

No, you cannot. You have to compulsorily mail your ITR-V in a sealed A-4 envelope to the address mentioned above.

Is there any time limit for submitting ITR-V to Income Tax Department?
Yes, you should mail your ITR-V within 120 days of e-Filing your return.

What is the Last Date for filing an Income Tax Return?
The Due Date of filing your Income Tax Return for a financial year is 31st July after the end of the financial year. Thus, for financial year ended on 31st March, 2013, the due date of filing Income Tax Return is 31st July, 2013.

Does that mean that I cannot file return after the last date mentioned?
You can file return after the last date also. However, in such case you will have to pay penal interest @ 1% per month for late filing. In case you have not filed your Income Tax Return for the financial year ended on 31st March, 2013 till 31st July, 2013, still you can file the same till 31st March, 2014. You may be required to pay Interest. Further, in case you have still missed to file your Income Tax Return by 31st March, 2014, you can still file the same till 31st March 2015, beyond which the return will become time barred and you would not be able to file the same. Assessing Officer may require you to pay penalty up to Rs.10,000 for late filing of Income Tax Return.