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You can claim this even when your income doesn't exceed Rs 5 lakh exemption limit
November, 01st 2019

Income tax refund 2019-20 is under process. As per the experts, one who earns more than the income tax exemption limit has to file his or her ITR.

Income tax refund 2019-20 is under process. As per the experts, one who earns more than the income tax exemption limit has to file his or her Income Tax Return (ITR). One who wants to claim an income tax refund must file his or her ITR even when its income is below the tax exemption limit i.e. Rs 5 lakh due to TDS or advance tax payment. According to the tax and investment experts, an individual can also claim ITR refund, in case, his or her tax liability is lower than the gross TDS and other taxes being paid as advance income tax. In normal circumstances, an earning individual can claim an income tax refund for one year but in case of income tax refund claim failure, an individual can drop an application at the income tax commissioner and after receiving the approval, one can claim the refund for last six years under some terms and conditions.

Elaborating upon how an individual can claim the income tax refund Balwant Jain, Mumbai-based tax and investment expert said, "Under Section 119, a taxpayer can make a request to condone the delay in filing of return within six years from the end of the assessment year in respect of which the return is to be filed. So effectively in case of a claim for an income tax refund, you get an extension of five years only as presently also you can file your income tax return for a refund one year after the end of the assessment year." So, in case, someone failed to file its return in which he or she was entitled to claim an income tax refund, can file the application now in case it relates to the financial year ended 31-03-2013 or thereafter.

When asked who can condone the delay Balwant Jain said, "This circular provides for different authorities who can condone the delay based on the amount invoiced. Any application to condone the delay for claim amount of Rs 50 lac or more has to be made to CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) only. In case the amount of claim is between Rs 10 lac and 50 lac the application will have to be made to the Chief Commissioner of income tax or Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-tax. However, in case the amount involved is less than 10 lacs, the same can be entertained by either Principal Commissioner of income tax or Commissioner of Income Tax." Jain said that the limits specified are the same whether your application is for an income tax refund or for carrying forward and set off of losses. It may also be noted the above limits apply to each financial year separately and not for the aggregate of the claim for all the years taken together. Before accepting or rejecting the application these authorities are supposed to verify that the claim is correct and genuine. It may be noted that the assessing officer which will eventually process your income tax return can make scrutiny of your claims before granting you a refund or allowing you to carry forward the loss.

On condition for making the income tax refund Jitendra Solanki, a SEBI registered tax and income tax expert said, "The income in respect of which the refund is being claimed should not be includible in the income of any other persons. The claim for refund should have arisen due to TDS, of payment of advance tax or self-assessment tax." Is there any interest that one can get after claiming the income tax refund Solanki said that generally an earning individual is entitled to getting interest on the income tax refund if he or she files an income tax refund within one year from the end of the financial year. "If someone avails this facility of condonation of delay under this instruction you will not be entitled to any interest on the amount of refund due to you," Solanki concluded.

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