Changing jobs often? Here’s why Form 16 is critical for your income tax return

Form 16 becomes essential for correctly filing your income tax return in India if you worked more than one job in a single financial year. Every employer you worked for in that year will give you a different Form 16.

Abeer Ray
First Published19 Jun 2024, 11:54 AM IST
Avail of Form 16 from different employers if you have switched or held multiple jobs in the previous financial year.
Avail of Form 16 from different employers if you have switched or held multiple jobs in the previous financial year.

Form 16 holds significant importance for employed individuals in India during the income tax filing process. It includes comprehensive information such as salary details, claimed deductions, and the tax deducted at source (TDS) by the employer throughout the fiscal year. This data automatically populates most sections of your tax return, streamlining the filing process by eliminating the need for manual data entry.

Furthermore, referencing Form 16 ensures the accuracy of your tax return, aligning it precisely with the income reported to the government by your employer. This practice helps in preventing discrepancies and potential tax liabilities from the Income Tax Department.

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Multiple Form 16 from different employers

Section 203 of the Income Tax Act establishes the statutory framework for Form 16, which employers are obligated to issue. This certificate specifically outlines income earned from salary. This raises a pertinent question: “What happens if an individual changes jobs frequently in a year?”

For those new to filing their Income Tax Returns (ITRs), it’s important to note that if you worked for a single employer throughout the year, you will receive one Form 16 covering the entire financial year. This form consolidates all tax deductions and deposits made by the employer across quarters. However, if you had multiple employers during the year, each employer will issue a Form 16 for the duration of your employment with them.

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Scanning Form 16 for employment details

Part A of Form 16 summarizes your TDS information for the financial year, whereas Part B delves deeper into your salary income and tax deductions. Part B provides a detailed breakdown of the figures mentioned in Part A, offering a more comprehensive view. Additionally, Part B may include information on any advance tax payments made during the year. If you held multiple jobs in the financial year, Part B might also segregate income details from different employers into separate sections.

Part A of Form 16 is crucial for filing your income tax return in India, despite its summary nature. On the other hand, Part B of Form 16 is indispensable for verifying the accuracy of your income and claimed deductions when submitting your ITR. By cross-referencing Part B with your investment proofs and other supporting documents, you can confirm the correctness of your tax filing and mitigate any possible discrepancies.

 

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First Published:19 Jun 2024, 11:54 AM IST
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