Beware! For tax benefit, investments during extended period can’t exceed amount invested in the FY

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Updated: Aug 08, 2020 10:45 PM

The extension in investment deadline provided an opportunity to the investors not only to make up any shortfall in investments, including minimum investments, but to claim tax benefits as well.

income tax, income tax return, ITR, ITR filing, ITR-1, ITR Sahaj, Novel Coronavirus Covid-19, nationwide lockdown, extension in deadline for tax-saving investments, investment during extended period, restriction on claiming tax benefitsA close scrutiny of the Excel Utility of ITR-1 depicts the actual structure of Schedule DI.

The deadline for various compliances, including that of tax-saving investments, have been extended from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020 to provide relief to investors, many of whom have missed the deadline because the Financial Year 2019-20 ended in the midst of the nationwide lockdown that was imposed to contain the spread of highly contagious Novel Coronavirus COVID-19.

The extension provided opportunity to the investors not only to make up any shortfall in investments, including minimum investments, but to claim tax benefits on the investments made during the extended period as well.

As the annual limit of Rs 1.5 lakh u/s 80C gets exhausted due to a number of investment options and expenditures like tuition fee of children, interest on home loan as well as mandatory PF/NPS deductions etc crowd the section, many people make voluntary investments in Tier 1 Account of National Pension System (NPS) to get additional tax benefits up to Rs 50,000 over and above the 80C limit.

Accordingly, the fresh Notification May 29, 2020 notifying all the Income Tax Return (ITR) Forms contains Schedule DI – Details of Investment with a list of 12 sections containing Investment/ Deposit/ Payments for the purpose of claiming deduction under Part B of Chapter VIA.

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The table under Schedule DI in a blank Excel Utility of ITR-1 only contains the headings. The rows of different sections that provide tax benefits appear only when the figures of investments made for the FY 2019-20 are entered against the respective sections on the page containing Income Details.

income tax, income tax return, ITR-1Blank Schedule DI, when figures of investments are not entered in the page containing Income Details.

If no investment figure is entered in the page containing Income Details, there will be no row under the Schedule DI for that particular section to put the figure of investment made during the extension period.

For example, if a person didn’t enter the amount invested for FY 2019-20 in the page containing Income Details, he/she can’t enter the amount invested during the extended deadline from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 in Schedule DI.

income tax, income tax return, ITR-1Schedule DI with rows containing sections under which figures of investments are entered in the page containing Income Details.

Although the rows do appear under Schedule DI for the sections that contain investments during FY 2019-20, the investment figures during the extended period for the respective sections can’t exceed the eligible amount of deduction during FY 2019-20.

income tax, income tax return, ITR-1An alert pops up if an investment figure during extended period (in Column 2) exceeds the correspondent investment figure in Column 1 .

So, for the purpose of availing tax benefits, investment during the extended period (i.e. from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020) under any section can’t exceed the eligible amount of deduction during FY 2019-20.

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