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ITR Utilities for AY 2021-22: Things to watch out for

Tax filing season is just around the corner. ITD is gearing up for the same and it recently released utilities for ITR1, ITR2 and ITR4 for AY21-22. The utility is a software introduced by ITD which helps Taxpayers file their ITR. The ITD releases ITR utility every tax filing season with updated rules and schemas.

However, with the new Income Tax Portal being launched, it seems that there are some issues Taxpayers need to watch out for when it comes to utilities. The ITD will be resolving these small issues shortly.
Here’s what you need to keep an eye out for:

Pre-filled JSON

Currently, pre-filled JSON downloaded from the IT portal only includes basic information like taxpayer’s name, PAN no, Aadhar no, residential address, contact information and bank accounts. However, more comprehensive data such as heads of income (i.e Salary, Capital Gains, other sources) and tax credits (i.e TDS, Self-assessment Tax, Advance Tax) are yet to be updated.

Issues while filing ITR 4

When opting for the new Tax regime, you need to file form 10-IE before filing the ITR. Details such as the date of filing form 10-IE and its acknowledgement number need to be disclosed when filing the ITR under the new tax regime. Currently, taxpayers are unable to enter these details in the ITR 4 utility.

Error in calculating Advance Tax interest u/s 234C

In case, you missed paying Advance Tax in the FY you are liable to pay interest under 234C. In the Income Tax utility, there are some issues that are being noticed when calculating quarterly instalments, incorrect rate of interest and calculation for Dividend and Capital Gain income.

Issues in Foreign Asset Reporting

When reporting foreign asset, if the taxpayer selects “No”, the ITR preview reflects the option “Yes”.

Incidents of Miscalculation

In certain cases, the utility allows rebate u/s 87A for instances where the taxpayer’s net taxable income exceeds INR 5 lac. When the net taxable Income exceeds INR 5 lacs, taxpayers are not eligible to claim rebate u/s 87A.

These errors might cause a little inconvenience to taxpayers for a short while. However, it seems that these are just some initial hiccups. The stakeholders are working on these glitches and very soon taxpayers are going to have a user-friendly Income Tax E-filing portal.


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  1. Hi @Dia_malhotra

    ITD have launched the portal yesterday night. Due to heavy traffic some of the features are not working properly. It will be resumed soon.

    Stay tuned with us. Will update you with every feature new portal has!

    In the meantime, you can check out all the features in the below post

  2. @Niral_Koradia, we are expecting it around mid-August. The last date of filing ITR when Tax Audit is not Applicable for AY 2021-22 is 30th September 2021.

    You can follow us on Twitter to get updates about new releases and ITR filing
    https://twitter.com/HowToQuicko

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