Salary earners having an income of less than Rs 5 lakhs will not have to file tax returns from this year, a finance ministry official said.
“Salaried people, may be up to Rs 5 lakh…they need not file the (income tax) return,” CBDT chairman Sudhir Chandra told reporters at the customary post-Budget press conference.
The exemption from filing tax returns come into effect from the assessment year 2011-12.
In case such a salary earner has income from other sources like dividend, interest etc. and does not want to file returns, he will have to disclose such income to his employer for tax deduction, Chandra said.
The government, he said, is working out a scheme and will notify it “very soon”.
The Form 16 issued to salaried employees will be treated as Income Tax Return, he added.