ITR: Who should not file returns in ITR-1 for FY 2021-22?

The due date to file Income Tax Returns is fast approaching for FY 2021-22. The government has notified ITR forms for individuals and others to file income tax returns for FY 2021-22. The individuals, mainly with salary, rental, and other income sources like interest, dividends, etc., can file returns in ITR-1 (SAHAJ). 

However, specific cases exist where an individual or HUFs cannot file ITR-1. Let’s delve into the instructions given by the government for those who cannot file ITR-1. 

It is important to check your residential status before you start filing your return. It is because residents are only allowed to file ITR-1. A resident not ordinarily resident (RNOR) and a non-resident person cannot file ITR-1.

Further, the individuals/HUFs having below incomes cannot file ITR-1: 

  • Agricultural income exceeding Rs 5000
  • Income from capital gains
  • Income from business or profession
  • Income from more than one house property
  • Foreign Income

For example, if you are a salaried individual and also earn income from freelancing, you cannot file ITR-1.

Further, ITR-1 cannot be used by a person, who

  • Is a Director in a company
  • Has investments in unlisted equity shares at any time during the financial year
  • Is a person in whose case TDS is deducted under Section 194N
  • Owns assets outside India, 
  • Has a financial interest in any entity outside India
  • Has the authority to sign in any account located outside India
  • Is a person whose payment or TDS has been deferred on ESOP
  • Has any brought forward loss or loss needs to be carried forward under any income head

Moreover, your total income is also one of the check-point when choosing ITR-1 for filing returns. If the total income from all the income sources exceeds Rs 50 lakh, you cannot file ITR-1.

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