Important Changes in ITR Forms wef AY 2016-17

Where total Income of assessee is more than 50 lacs, the Individual/ HUF  assessee is required to disclose cost of Immovable Assets viz. Land and Building and Movable Assets viz. Cash in Hand, Jewellery Bullion etc., Vehicle, Yatches, Boats and Aircrafts and also Liability in relation to Immovable and Movable assets in case amounts not disclosed in Balance Sheet. Earlier assesses having total Income exceeding 25 lacs were required to disclose this information. In ITR-3 and ITR-4.

Provision  for  availing TCS credit by the buyer for cash purchase of jewellery and bullion exceeding Rs. 5 lacs and Rs. 2 lacs respectively.[Introduced since Finance Bill 2012]

Partnerships firms going for presumptive Income can now file 4S instead of ITR-5. They can also claim deduction of interest and salary to partner.

Provision made in ITRsfor availing additional deduction of Rs. 50,000/- in respect of New Pension Scheme u/s 80CCD(1B) introduced by Finance Act 2015.

Disclosure of exempt share income of partner from firm/AOP/BOI done away.

Impact of ICDS to be disclosed.

Trusts to disclose percentage of commercial recipts visa vis total receipts, because as per Finance Act 2015, if commercial receipts exceed 20% OF TOTAL RECEIPTS of trust advancing objects of general public utility, it shall not be charitable and shall lose exemption u/s 11 and 12.

The Finance Act, 2015 has amended the provisions of Section 139 to provide that  universities or educational institutions, hospitals or other institutions which are wholly or substantially financed by the Government, shall be mandatorily required to file their returns of income. Now such universities, hospitals, educational institutions, etc., have to disclose their name and annual receipts in new ITR 7. Further, they are also required to disclose the amount eligible for exemption in ITR 7.

In new ITR forms there is a separate row for disclosure of following details if taxpayer is liable for audit under any Act [other than the Income Tax Act]:  1) Act and Section under which taxpayer is liable for audit   2) Date of furnishing of Audit Report.


Finance Act 2015 extended the benefit of section 80JJAA for 30% of additional wages to new and regular workmen for three asstt years to non corporate assessee also. Hence ITRs 4 and ITR-5 amended to extend benefit to non corporate assesses.

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