Which ITR Form to Use for Filing Income Tax Return?

To file income tax return (ITR), one needs to fill the appropriate form. But which form to fill? The form to be filled depends on the type of income earned.

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Income Tax Department has divided income earned under the following heads-

  • Income from salary- It covers income earned out of the employer–employee relation between the payer and payee. It covers pension also.

  • Income from proprietary/business/profession- It covers income earned through business or profession.

  • Income from house property- Any income you earn from a residential or commercial property is taxable. However, rental income is taxable subject to some exemptions.

  • Income from capital gains- Any profit arising from the transfer of a capital asset, such as property and gold.

  • Income from other sources- Any income that doesn’t fall under any of the above four heads of income is taxed under ‘income from other sources’. It includes interest on saving bank account, dividend, income from royalty, interest on securities, etc.

Now as you know the nature of your income, refer to the following table to find out the ITR form applicable to you.

Nature of Income Individual Individual/Hindu Undivided Family
ITR-1 (Sahaj) ITR-2 ITR-2A ITR-3 ITR-4 ITR-4S (Sugam)
Income from salary/pension
Income/loss from 1 house property
Income/loss from more than 1 houses
Income from proprietary/ business/profession
Income from presumptive business
Share as a partner in a partnership firm
Capital gains/losses on sale of investment/property
Income from interest income or family pension
Income from foreign assets
Income/loss from Other Sources
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