Changes in ITR 1 for FY 18-19

As we have entered into the New financial year i.e. 2019-20, the Govt. has released new ITR Forms for return filing for FY 2018-19.

Till date, Income tax department has released ITR 1 and ITR 4 forms (available on Income tax portal for filing).

Here, we will discuss the changes in Form ITR-1 as compared to the last year.

Major changes in the form –

This year Govt. has inserted a few more columns in the form
to check evasion and eliminate loopholes.
For example:
1. There shall be a separate column for standard deduction upto Rs.40000/- for salaried individuals.

2. Income from other sources shall be bifurcated in detailed manner.
For example- If Assessee has earned interest income then it has to be bifurcated into details like interest from saving bank account or post office or FDs or unsecured loans etc etc.

3. New section inserted for senior citizens – Sec 80TTB – which allows senior citizen to get deduction from interest income upto Rs. 50000/-.

4. Assessee has to furnish details of exempt income like HRA.

5. One cannot file his/her return in ITR 1 if

-his/her income from salary, pension and interest exceeds Rs. 50 lakhs or
– agricultural income exceeds Rs.5000/- or
– he owns more than one house property or
-he/she is a director in any company or
– have invested in unlisted shares or
– have capital income or losses.

Keep reading for regular updates.

That’s all !!

Thanks & regards,

CA Tanvi Gupta

Section 87A- Income Tax Act, 1961

Hey all!!

Section 87A… I guess everyone is talking about this section since the announcement in Interim budget (which we will discuss here only).

So the question arises- What is this section offering ??
Why should we have the knowledge about this particular section??
Who all will enjoy the benefits of this section??
What are the conditions to be fulfilled and so on…..??

Lets start from the very beginning.. this particular section or should i say This Popular section was introduced by finance ministry in finance bill 2013 and since then people are enjoying its benefits.

Section 87A (AY 2020-21 i.e. FY 2019-20)

This section provides tax exemption to assessee upto Rs. 12500/-.
This means you will be able to reduce your tax liability by Rs.12500/- at once.

But there are certain conditions to get the exemption –

  1. It is available for INDIVIDUAL assessee only.
  2. He/she should be a Resident in India.
  3. The TOTAL TAXABLE INCOME should not exceed Rs.5 Lakh.
  4. No rebate to Non-Resident.


  1. Please note that this rebate is to be subtracted from the TOTAL TAX PAYABLE and NOT From Total Taxable income of the Assessee.
  2. This is a rebate and not a deduction.
  3. Tax slabs are same as before. There is no change in the slabs.
  4. The basic exemption limit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs is still the same and its not changed to Rs. 5 lakhs (please dont misinterpret the amendment.


Case 1 – Total taxable income is Rs. 495000/-

Tax computation will be like this:

Upto Rs. 2.5 lakhs Nil 0
Above 2.5 lakhs but upto 5 lakhs 5% 12250/-

Total tax payable : 0+12250 = 12250
Rebate u/s 87A (Max. 12500)= 12250
Net tax payable = NIL

Case 2- Total Taxable income is Rs. 505000/-

Tax computation will be like this:

Upto Rs. 2.5 lakhs Nil 0
Above 2.5 lakhs but upto 5 lakhs 5% 12500/-
Above 5 lakhs but upto 10 lakhs 20% 1000/-

Total tax payable – 0+12500+1000 = 13500
Tax payable = 13500
Add: EC & SHEC @ 4% = 540

So people save your tax accordingly.

Enjoy reading đŸ™‚


CA Tanvi Gupta
M/s APMT & Associates


Ways to save tax other than Section 80C

As the date 31st March comes closer tax assessees try to find different ways to save their hard-earned money from being taxed (of course in a Positive manner) and that’s why here  I am  for explaining various ways through which an assessee can save his/her tax lawfully.

Now whenever we talk about tax savings, we only think about LICs or Home loans or NSCs or FDs etc . and all these options come under Section 80C (quite popular) and that is why most of the assessees try to invest in these options only and limit their savings oninvestment upto Rs. 150000/- only.

But we need to think beyond section 80C, so that there might be an additional tax saving which might have been missed by many of us in earlier tax periods.

So here is the list of Investment options other than Section 80C which can help us save tax:

1. Section 80D: Popularly known as deduction for Mediclaim.

So as per this section an individual/HUF can insure his/her health both physically and financially.

As far as financial concerns, an individual/HUF can claim a deduction of Rs.25000/- for self, spouse and dependent children.

And additionally, Rs. 30000 for their parents too (if senior citizen; otherwise Rs.25000/-)

Note: The deduction for senior citizens has been increased to Rs.50000/- as announced in Budget 2018 (from FY 2018-19).

Note: payment should be made by any mode other than cash.

2. Section 80G: Popularly known as the donation deduction

It provided tax deduction if one has donated any amount to any NGO (Registered u/s 80G),

Or charitable trust or any Prime minister yojna etc.

There is a list mentioned on Income tax website.

Note: Payment should be made by any mode other than cash

Maximum deduction available would be 50% or 100% of the amount donated as per the case.

Please mention PAN of the Donee while claiming deduction.

3. Section 80GG: Popularly known as deduction for Rent paid

Usually people get HRA from their employers and get it deducted while filing ITRs. But in some cases when HRA is not a part of  the salary and rent is being paid for house then this deduction comes as a boon and one can easily claim a deduction here (some conditions need to be fulfilled)

Deduction shall be least of the following-

  1. 5000/- per month;
  2. 25% of the total income (some exclusions are there)
  3. Actual rent paid less 10% of the total income (some exclusions are there)

4. NPS Scheme: This scheme offers you additional tax deduction for Rs.50000/- other than Section 80C.

5. Section 80E: Deduction for interest paid on Educational loan – Best part is that there is no maximum limit. This deduction is available only for an individual.

Note: No Tax benefit is allowed for the principal repayment. (Maximum deduction period is 8 years)

6. Section 80EE: This is available to an individual for the amount paid as interest on loan taken for the purchase of a residential property. The maximum deduction that can be claimed under this section is Rs 50,000 per annum.

There are a few conditions one has to fulfil to avail this deduction (eg. Loan period April 2016 to March 2017, loan amount less than Rs. 35 lakhs, house value less than Rs. 50 Lakhs, should be the only house property in assessee’s name).

7. Section 80TTA: This section is for deduction on Interest earned on savings a/c. The maximum deduction is upto Rs. 10000/-. But this is not meant for interest earned on Fixed deposits.

Thanks & Regards,
CA Tanvi Gupta

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