8 documents required for filing income tax returns in India
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8 Documents Required For Filing Income Tax Returns In India

Mon May 01 2023

Are you ready to navigate the labyrinth of filing taxes in India? Filing your Income Tax Returns (ITR) doesn't have to be a daunting task. With the proper preparations and a well-organised approach, you can breeze through the process and ensure a hassle-free experience.

The Government of India understands the importance of smooth tax filing and grants taxpayers ample time to gather their necessary documents. From bank statements to salary details, previous year's tax statements, and more, this comprehensive checklist will guide you toward a seamless ITR filing journey. We present a well-crafted list of the most critical documents you must have before diving into the exciting world of Income Tax Return filing.

Important Documents Required for Filing ITR

The documents required for ITR filing vary depending on the taxpayer's income sources. However, certain documents are essential for all taxpayers, regardless of their income sources. The following is a comprehensive list of these commonly required ITR documents for the fiscal year 2022-23 (assessment year 2023-24).

1. Permanent Account Number (PAN)

A PAN card is the foremost requirement when filing your ITR. PAN is essential for deducting TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) and should be linked to your bank account for direct credit of any income tax refund. The Income Tax Department issues PAN, and salaried employees can find their PAN number on various documents such as the PAN card, Form 26AS, Form 16, Form 12BB, and others. However, recent government amendments allow taxpayers to file their ITR using their Aadhaar number instead of their PAN.

2. Aadhaar Card

As per Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, individuals must provide their Aadhaar card details when filing their returns. If you do not have an Aadhaar card but have applied for one, you should mention the enrolment ID in your IT returns. Linking PAN and Aadhaar facilitates online income tax return verification through a one-time password (OTP).

3. Form 16/16A

Form 16 contains detailed information about an employee's salary and the amount of TDS deducted. It comprises two parts - Part A and Part B. Part A includes the employer's PAN and TAN details, along with the tax deducted during the financial year. Part B contains TDS calculations, such as gross salary breakup, exempt allowances, perquisites, etc.

Form 16A is issued for TDS deducted on payments other than salaries, such as income from recurring deposits, fixed deposits, etc. In the case of property sales, Form 16B is issued, providing details of TDS deducted from the payment made to the seller. Form 16C is a TDS certificate reflecting the 5% TDS deduction on rent made by individuals or Hindu Undivided Families (HUF) under section 194IB.

While deductors like banks and contractors issue Form 16A, buyers issue Form 16B. Moreover, if TDS is deducted from rent, the person must provide Form 16C to the payee within 15 days from the date of furnishing the Challan cum statement in Form 26QC. Alternatively, the details of TDS can be fetched from Form 26AS.

4. Bank Statements

Bank statements are crucial as they provide information about interest earned on savings accounts, fixed deposits and other sources during a financial year. In addition, this information is necessary when filing an income tax return.

5. Investment Statements

Statements of investments made during the financial year, such as fixed deposits, mutual funds, shares, etc. These statements should reflect the interest earned, dividends received, capital gains, etc.

6. Property Documents

If you own any property, you may need to provide property details, such as ownership documents, rental income, and interest paid on a home loan.

7. Proof of Income from Other Sources

Documents related to income earned from other sources, such as rental income, interest on savings accounts, dividends, or any other taxable income.

8. Deduction and Investment Proofs

Documents supporting deductions claimed under various sections of the Income Tax Act include medical insurance premiums, home loan interest, tuition fees, etc.

Remember, this is a general list and the documents required may vary depending on your circumstances and the nature of your income. Therefore, it's always advisable to consult a tax professional for accurate and personalised information. 

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