Penalty for late filing of ITR

Penalty For Late Filing of ITR: Everything You Need to Know

The penalty for late filing of ITR is payable wherein the person file its income tax return after the due date. The quantum of penalty however, depends upon the total income of the person.

Applicability of penalty for late filing of ITR

The penalty for late fees is applicable when the person who has to mandatorily file the Income Tax Return does not file it within the due date. Consequently, the cases where the person has to mandatorily file ITR are as follows:

– The total income exceeds the basic exemption limit
If the total income of the person exceeds the basic exemption limit under the new tax or old tax regime, he or she must file ITR. Accordingly, the basic exemption limit under both the tax regimes is as follows:

Particulars

Amount (Old Tax Regime)

Amount (New Tax Regime)

For individuals below 60 years

Rs. 2.50 lacs

Rs. 2.50 lacs

For individuals above 60 years but below 80 years

Rs. 3 lacs

Rs. 2.50 lacs

For individuals above 80 years

Rs. 5 lacs

Rs. 2.50 lacs

Also Read: Income Tax Slabs under the Old & New Tax Regimes

Please note that the total income is after claiming all the exemptions, allowances, and deductions.

If the business turnover is more than Rs. 60 lacs
If a person’s total sales, turnover, or gross receipts for the preceding year exceed Rs 60 lakh, then he or she must file a tax return.

- The professional gross receipts exceed Rs. 10 lacs

In the case of a person whose total gross receipts from his or her profession exceed Rs 10 lakh in the preceding year, then he has to file ITR.

Total amount of TDS/TCS is Rs. 25,000 or more
If the total amount of TDS and TCS in his case during the previous year was Rs 25,000 or more, then an individual (under 60 years of age) has to file his return. On the other hand, in the case of a resident senior person, whose age is 60 years or more at any point during the preceding year, the threshold limit is Rs 50,000.

Also Read: Difference between TDS & TCS easily explained

– Deposits in the savings bank account or current account
In case, the individual makes deposits of Rs. 50 lacs or more in one or more savings bank accounts during the previous year, then he must file ITR. Alternatively or additionally, if the individual makes deposits of Rs. 1 crore or more in one or more current accounts during the previous year, then also he must file ITR.

– Assets outside India
An individual must file a tax return if he/she:
– Firstly, has (as a beneficiary or otherwise) any asset (including any financial interest in any company) located outside of India
– Secondly, has signing authority in any account located outside India
– Lastly, is a beneficiary of any asset located outside of India (including any financial interest in any organization).

Note:
The above clauses apply to residents as well as non-residents.

- If you spend Rs 2 lakh on international travel

Individual spending more than Rs 2 lakh on travel to a foreign nation for himself or anybody else in the financial year also has to file a return.

Also Read: Best Ways to Save Taxes in 2022

 Lastly, if your annual electricity bill is Rs 1 lakh
In addition to the above, if a person has more than Rs 1 lakh bill on power consumption in the preceding year, then he or she must file a return.

Who has to pay penalty on late filing of ITR?

The penalty for late filing of ITR is applicable to following persons:
– Individuals
– HUFs
Company
Partnership Firms as well as LLPs
– Association of Persons as well as Body of individuals
– Trusts, etc

Due dates for filing of ITR

The due dates for filing of ITR are as follows:

Category

Due Date

Individuals who do not require to get their books of account audited

31st July

Individuals who are required to get their books of account audited

31st October

Individuals who are required to furnish report under Section 92E

30th November

*The due dates may be subject to change

How much penalty is applicable for late filing of ITR?

The penalty for late filing of ITR is applicable as per Section 234F, which is as follows:

E- Filing Date

Total income less than

₹ 5,00,000

Total income more than

₹ 5,00,000

Before 31st July 2022 (Non-audit) and

31st Oct 2022 (Audit cases)

₹ 0

₹ 0

After 31st July 2022 (Non-audit) and

31st Oct 2022 (Audit cases)

₹ 5000

₹ 1000

Illustration

Total Income (in Rs.)

Return Filing Date

Amount of Late Fees (in Rs.)

Reason

2,30,000

Not filed

N/A

Income is below the exemption limit

3,50,000

28/06/2022

N/A

ITR filed before the due date

4,30,000

Not filed

1000

Income is below Rs. 5 lacs and ITR has not been filed

8,50,000

30/11/2022

5000

Income is above Rs. 5 lacs and ITR has been filed after the due date

FAQs

Taxpayers who do not file their ITR by the due date can face fines and prosecution for a period of 3 months t 2 years by the Income Tax Department. Therefore, you can be sent to jail if you do not file ITR within the due date.

In addition to the income tax penalty, the IT Department can charge interest 1% per month till the date of payment of tax. 

The payment of late fees under Section 234F is through Challan No. 280, available on NSDL’s website. Consequently, the person can choose
type of payment as Self-assessment (300) and thereby, fill 234 F amount in column “Others”.

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