New Simplified Tax Return Forms for 2015

The Finance Ministry issued a circular earlier today about tax return forms, and for a change, it is good news all around.

They have made six announcements and they are all positive ones. They have stated that they won’t be asking people to furnish details of their foreign travel along with tedious details of how much money they spent etc. This was something that was proposed last month and would have been quite a burden on everyone.

They  have however asked for your passport number in the tax return, and I think this is only fair. You already give your PAN out obviously, and giving out your passport number in addition to that should not be a problem at all, not to those who have paid taxes properly anyway.


The number of people who under report their incomes or don’t pay taxes at all is ridiculously high in India, and I can imagine the tax department running some simple reports on this data to find people who are under reporting their income.

The other exciting news is the simplification of the form themselves. The new forms haven’t been shared yet but they are supposed to the simpler than the existing ones, I will write about this in detail when the forms are actually out. Since the forms aren’t out and the software to process these forms isn’t ready either, the deadline to file taxes have been extended to 31st August.

Finally, there was a proposal to ask people to give details of their bank accounts along with the money in them but now they have reduced that to say you can just mention your bank account numbers and that is a fair ask as well.

I think these changes are a win for the people who gave their feedback to the ministry on the things like the foreign travel requirements, and raised a ruckus on social media as well.

7 thoughts on “New Simplified Tax Return Forms for 2015”

  1. Huge concessions for gold mining in Ghana. The lands are very rich in gold
    Call and know the terms of agreement.

  2. They should already have details of all bank accounts since PAN is already associated with the accounts. Why require the account numbers in the ITR then?

  3. They are smart fellows.If I give account No, it is not difficult for them to find out how much money is lying there

    1. And that I think there is nothing wrong with it. If you’ve paid taxes you don’t have to worry about that money, and there is no burden on the taxpayer to declare anything in addition. There is only reason to worry if you haven’t paid taxes on it and that is a good reason to have someone worried.

    2. You are right Manshu.
      And even if Govt decided to find someone’s account activity, they don’t have to ask that person. Entire system is designed and have access to them and they can track anything, if they think its required.
      So better to stay honest and play safe. 🙂

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