Salary earners having an income of less than Rs 5 lakhs will not have to file tax returns from this year, a finance ministry official said.
"Salaried people, may be up to Rs 5 lakh.(figure yet not confirmed )..they need not file the (income tax) return," CBDT chairman Sudhir Chandra told reporters at the customary post-Budget press conference.
AN INDIVIDUAL HAVING INCOME NOT EXCEEDING RS. 5 LACS FROM SALARIES/OTHER SOURCES FOR A.Y. 2011-12 IS NOT REQUIRED TO FILE RETURN U/S 139(1)
NOTIFICATION NO. 36/2011 [F. NO. 142/09/2011 (TPL)], DATED 23-6-2011
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The exemption from filing tax returns come into effect from the assessment year 2011-12.
In case such a salary earner has income from other sources like dividend, interest etc. and does not want to file returns, he will have to disclose such income to his employer for tax deduction, Chandra said.
The government, he said, is working out a scheme and will notify it "very soon".
The Form 16 issued to salaried employees will be treated as Income Tax Return, he added.
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Exemption to a class or classes of persons from furnishing a return of income
Under the existing provisions contained in section 139(1) of the Income-tax Act, every person, if his total income during the previous year exceeds the maximum amount which is not chargeable to income-tax, is required to furnish a return of his income.In the case of salaried tax payer, entire tax liability is discharged by the employer through deduction of tax at source. Complete details of such tax payers are also reported by the employer through Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) statements. Therefore, in cases where there is no other source of income, filing of a return is a duplication of existing information. In order to reduce the compliance burden on small tax payer, it is proposed to insert sub-section (1C) in section 139. This provision empowers the Central Government to exempt, by notification in the Official Gazette, any class or classes of persons from the requirement of furnishing a return of income, having regard to such conditions as may be specified in that notification. Consequential amendments are also proposed to be made to the provisions of section 296 to provide that any notification issued under section 139(1C) shall be laid before Parliament.
These amendments will take effect from 1st June, 2011.