ITR filing: Prefilled ITRs now available for all individuals


After making the process of filing income tax returns (ITR) easier for the individuals taxpayers who are required to file ITR1, the tax department is trying to make it easier for other taxpayers as well. As per the update on July 11, 2019, on the e-filing website, “Currently, pre-filled XML is available for ITR 1, 2, 3 and 4 for FY 2018-19. For other ITRs, it will be available shortly.” This move will cover all the individuals who are required to file their tax return for FY 2018-19. This is because as per the forms notified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for FY 2018-19, the individuals can file ITRs using forms 1 to 4 only. 

According to the latest update, the department has started providing pre-filled XML file which contains details such as employer details, allowances, deductions, dividend, and interest income and so on. The XML file can be downloaded by the individuals from the e-filing website and imported into the Excel utility of the relevant ITR form. 

Individuals filing their return with ITR-1 using Excel utility can also download the XML file from the e-filing website. For ITR-1 filers, the XML file also contains the salary details apart from other details such as allowances, deductions etc. 

Individuals can file their tax return either using the online platform on the e-filing website, or by filling the details in the excel utility downloaded from the e-filing website and uploading the same on the e-filing website. 

Recently, the tax department started providing individuals filing their ITR-1 using the online platform pre-filled details which include salary income, interest income and tax details. Individuals are advised to cross check the information available on the online platform.


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