oppn parties The Scope Of Form 26AS To Be Widened

News Snippets

  • T20 WC: USA enter Super Eights as their last match against Ireland gets washed out. They were ahead of Pakistan in the points tally. Pakistan were eliminated
  • T20 WC: USA enter Super Eights as their last match against Ireland gets washed out. They were ahead of Pakistan in the points tally. Pakistan were eliminated
  • BJD leader and former Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said that the criticism of his aide V K Pandian is "regrettable"
  • As more than 20 BJP ministers lost in the recent elections, the new Union cabinet will have many new faces from the party
  • Congress Working committee asks Rahul Gandhi to take up the position of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha. Gandhi says he will consider the request
  • RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said that gold was shifted to India as the quantum of RBI gold abroad had increased due to recent purchases
  • Delhi HC rules that submitting photographic evidence of adultery will not be enough, they will have to be proved as authentic in the age of deepfakes
  • A four-member panel will review NEET-UG results of 1563 candidates to check if they were given extra marks for exam time loss
  • Mamata Banerjee says her party will not join Modi's oath-taking ceremony. Also says INDIA bloc might stake claim to form government later
  • K C Tyagi of the JD(U) dropped a bombshell when he said that Nitish Kumar was offered the post of prime minister for switching sides. Opposition leaders rubbished the claim
  • This May was India's hottest month in 36 years says IMD
  • T20 WC: India take on Pakistan today. Telecast to begin at 8pm IST
  • T20 WC: Afghanistan stun New Zealand and Bangladesh win against Sri Lanka
  • T20 World Cup: Australia beat England by 36 runs. This spoils England's chances of making the playoffs as they have lost both their matches till now
  • Heat wave continues in the country as monsoon moves slow
G7 commits to promote India-Europe corridor
oppn parties
The Scope Of Form 26AS To Be Widened

By Ashwini Agarwal
First publised on 2020-02-05 18:14:30

In a dual effort to both simplify matters for the taxpayer and plug the loss of revenue, this year’s budget has changed the way Form 26AS will report transactions. Its scope has been widened from just reporting TDS deductions and other prepaid taxes from various sources, including, but not limited to, salaries and bank fixed deposits.

The finance minister had proposed to introduce section 285BB that will make Form 26AS a comprehensive annual income statement and will include transactions such as immoveable property and shares purchased or sold, among other things. Hence, section 203AA, under which the Form 26AS is now created will be deleted.

The new Form 26AS will have information collected by the income tax department from sources such as state property registrars, stock exchanges, banks, mutual funds and EPFO. This will make easier for the department to provide the taxpayer with a more comprehensive pre-filled ITR on the one hand while on the other, it will ensure that the taxpayers report all incomes truthfully and revenue is not lost.

At present, Form 26AS contains information about TDS deducted from sources such as salary, bank fixed deposits and also the taxes collected from the taxpayer or paid by him. In effect, it is a statement of tax deducted, collected or paid. But now it will be converted to a statement of all reported transactions, whether or not it involved deduction or payment of tax. This is possible only because all financial transaction have now to be done by providing the PAN and are digitally recorded.

Although the taxpayer will have the benefit of getting a comprehensive and pre-filled ITR based on this new Form 26AS, it will the duty of the taxpayer to cross-check all information and tally with his actual transactions. In order to ensure that he or she does not file a defective return, the taxpayer will need to report any wrong information in Form 26AS and rectify the ITR accordingly.