Attachment of Documents with Income Tax Return Forms

Under the Income-tax Law, different forms of returns are prescribed for different classes of taxpayers. The return forms are known as ITR forms (Income Tax Return Forms). The forms of return prescribed under the Income-tax Law for filing of return of income for the assessment year 2014-15 (i.e., financial year 2013-14) are as follows (*):

Return Form ​ Brief Description
ITR – 1​​ Also known as SAHAJ. It is applicable to an individual having salary or pension income or income from one house property (not a case of brought forward loss) or income from other sources (not being lottery winnings and income from race horses).
ITR – 2 It is applicable to an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family having income from any source other than “Profits and gains of business or profession”.
ITR – 3 It is applicable to an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family who is a partner in a firm and income chargeable to income-tax in his/its hands under the head “Profits or gains of business or profession” does not include any income except the income by way of any interest, salary, bonus, commission or remuneration, by whatever name called, due to, or received by him from such firm.
ITR – 4S Also known as SUGAM is applicable to individuals and HUFs who have opted for the presumptive taxation scheme of section 44AD/44AE.​ITR – 4It is applicable to an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family who is carrying on a proprietary business or profession.ITR – 5It is applicable to a person being a firm, LLP, AOP, BOI, artificial juridical person, co-operative society and local authority. However, a person who is required to file the return of income under section 139(4A) or 139(4B) or 139(4C) or 139(4D) shall not use this form (i.e.,trusts, political party, institutions, colleges, etc.)ITR – 6It is applicable to a company, other than a company claiming exemption under section 11 (charitable/religious trust can claim exemption under section 11​).ITR – 7It is applicable to a persons including companies who are required to furnish return under section 139(4A) or 139(4B) or 139(4C) or139(4D) (i.e., trusts, political party, institutions, colleges, etc.).
ITR – V It is the acknowledgement of filing of return of income.

(*) The aforesaid table gives only a brief overview of the return forms and is not an exhaustive discussion. For more provisions of applicability/non-applicability of the ITR Forms, the readers should go through the discussion on each ITR Form covered in later part.​

Attachment of Documents with Income Tax Return Forms

​​ITR return forms are attachment less forms and, hence, the taxpayer is not required to attach any document (like proof of investment, TDS certificates, etc.) along with the return of income (whether filed manually or filed electronically). However, these documents should be retained by the taxpayer and should be produced before the tax authorities when demanded in situations like assessment, inquiry, etc.

As discussed above, no documents are to be attached along with the return of income, however, in case of a taxpayer who is required to furnish a report of audit under section​ 10(23C)(v),10(23C)(vi), 10(23C)(via), 10A, 10AA, 12A(1)(b), 44AB, 44DA, 50B, 80-IA, 80-IB, 80-IC , 80-ID, 80JJAA , 80LA, 92E, 115JB or 115VW​​​ shall furnish it electronically on or before the date of filing the return of income.

However, due date for the assessment year 2014-15 for filing of audit report under 44AB by an assesse who is not required to submit a report pertaining to international or specified domestic transactions under section 92E has been extended to 30th November 2014 vide ORDER [F.NO. 133/24/2014-TPL], DATED 20-8-2014.​​

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