Moonlighters shouldn’t take I-T return lightly

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MUMBAI: Moonlighters might have a mixture of ‘wage’ revenue and revenue from gigs, which is proven as ‘revenue from enterprise and occupation’.
The revenue obtained from consultancy gigs is usually handled as enterprise {and professional} revenue, moderately than ‘revenue from different sources’ to allow the person to say numerous bills, comparable to stationery, journey and information expenses.These people must be cautious in selecting the best income-tax return and in addition in assembly the brand new compliance necessities, if they’re choosing the outdated tax regime.
Salaried staff and people taxpayers who usually are not obligated to get a tax audit executed should file their tax return for fiscal 2024 by July 31. Late submitting means a penalty of Rs 5,000 (Rs 1,000 for these whose revenue doesn’t exceed Rs 5 lakh), as well as carry ahead of losses to subsequent years, comparable to that arising on sale of securities can also be denied.

Choose the I-T return type fastidiously:
Some moonlighters could also be acquiring ‘wage’ revenue from a number of employers, but for many revenue from gigs is enterprise or skilled revenue. In such circumstances, they can’t file Form 1 (ITR-1) and even ITR-2. They must select between ITR-3 and ITR-4, which is supposed for many who have enterprise or skilled revenue.ITR-3 is for these with enterprise revenue. ITR-4 is for these with taxable revenue of Rs 50 lakh or much less and who’ve in respect of their ‘revenue from enterprise or occupation’ have opted for the presumptive tax regime. Moonlighters who’ve acted as consultants and whose gross receipts from such gigs is lower than Rs 75 lakh or much less can go for the presumptive scheme – no more than 5% of their revenue must be earned through money (non-banking channels). A sum equal to 50% of the gross receipts will likely be handled as taxable revenue. However, it must be famous that ITR-4 can’t be utilized in many situations, comparable to if the taxpayer has multiple home property (see graphic).
File Form 10-IEA if choosing the outdated regime:
The new tax regime gives decrease tax charges, however the taxpayer has to forgo tax advantages for HRA and deductions underneath Chapter VIA (eg: for eligible investments comparable to PPF or for eligible donations). It is feasible that these having vital tax profit claims could also be higher off underneath the outdated regime.Budget 2023 introduced that the brand new tax regime is the default tax regime. Form 10-IEA needs to be submitted on-line earlier than the due date for the I-T return, by these taxpayers who’ve ‘revenue from enterprise or occupation’ and who want to file their tax return underneath the outdated regime.
Ketan Vajani, a chartered accountant, mentioned, “Salaried taxpayers who do not have any business or professional income do not have to submit this form. Moonlighters who have ‘income from business or profession’ will need to file Form 10-IEA, if they wish to opt for the old regime. In their case, the old regime will continue for the subsequent years also. In any subsequent year, if they want to again opt for the new regime, they can do so, but such an option can be exercised only once.” Amarpal Singh-Chadha, tax associate and India mobility chief at EY-India, mentioned that if taxpayers with enterprise or skilled revenue don’t file Form 10-IEA the brand new regime will likely be thought-about, and all tax advantages claimed will likely be denied.


Nilesh Desai
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