Guide to e-file ITR4 Income Tax Return For AY 2020-21

Published: November 27, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Here is a step by step guide to e-file income tax return (ITR4) for AY 2020-21. Please consider forwarding this to a person who is going to file returns for this first time. You can also consult Guide to e-file Income Tax Return: ITR2, ITR3 and ITR5

About the author: Anjesh Bharatiya is a 30+ taxman by profession and a Chemical Engineer by education. He has been an investor in the stock market since age 15! He likes to write about personal finance, stock markets, government policies, taxation, philosophy and football. Also, by Anjesh: (1) Want to trade in stocks? Here is how your income will be taxed(2) How to use Tax benefits on HRA and home loans (3) How to get tax benefits under a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF)(4) Payment of difference bet compound interest & simple interest in loan accounts: Will you benefit?

How to file ITR using efiling website:

  1. Go to this site: https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/
  2. Click on Register on the top-right, to create a log in. A page will appear asking for details.
  3. This blog targets common people and not any other user type listed. Out of the two options in the first line of the “User Type” page, select individual, unless you know that you are HUF.
  4. Follow the steps. Be sure to enter the correct First name, middle name and Surname as per PAN database. Otherwise check it in this link, using your PAN. https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-Filing/Services/KnowYourJurisdictionLink.html
  5. Enter all the necessary details correctly, your registration will be successful. PAN no will be your user ID
  6. Know which ITR you are supposed to file: Use this article to find out Which ITR Form Should I use for A.Y. 2020-21?

a)If you have an income from just salary, one house property and bank deposits (Savings, FD, RD, Flexi RD), it is ITR1 (total income up to 50 L).

b)If you have income specified in a) and income from selling Real Estate, Stocks, Mutual fund units, derivatives, gold etc, or you have withdrawn EPF/PPF, it is ITR2 (individual or HUF with no business income)


  1. c) If in addition to the above, you (or HUF) have income from a business or proprietorship,  ITR3
  2. d) For people having a presumptive business it is ITR4 (no capital gains allowed). This form is for Individuals, HUFs and Firms having income up to Rs 50 lakh and having business income from Business or profession which is computed under the presumptive taxation schemes (sections 44AD, 44ADA or 44AE). Income from Salary, one house property and bank deposits can also be filled in ITR 4.

Presumptive taxation schemes

The presumptive taxation is available under the following three sections:

  • Section 44AD: Any taxpayer who has a business with a turnover of less than Rs 2 crore can opt for this scheme. The profits are calculated at a fixed rate of 8% for cash receipts or 6% for digital/cheque receipts. Life insurance agents and commission agents can’t use this scheme. All eligible businesses are available in the drop-down menu in Schedule BP of the return as we will see later. If your business has lower profits than the 6%/8% rate prescribed, you’ll have to maintain books of accounts, get them audited by a CA, file the audit report and use ITR3.
  • Section 44ADA: This section is for taxpayers offering professional services like doctors, CAs, lawyers etc. having gross receipts upto Rs 50 lakh. Freelancers can also use this section. Here, profits are taken at a flat rate of 50% of gross receipts. The details of the eligible professionals are provided in Section 44AA of the Income Tax Act. As with Section 44AD, the list of eligible businesses is available in the drop-down menu in Schedule BP of the return form. As seen above, this section cannot be availed if you want to claim a lower profit than 50%. You’ll have to maintain books of accounts, get them audited by a CA, file the audit report and use ITR3 in that case.
  • Section 44AE: This section is applicable to small transporters having upto 10 goods carriages and engaged in the business of plying, hiring or leasing such goods carriages. The profits will be calculated at Rs 1000/- per ton of gross vehicle weight or unladen weight per month per vehicle for heavy goods vehicle. For all other types of goods vehicles, the profits will be Rs 7500/- per month per vehicle. An additional benefit in this section is that in case of firms, salary and interest paid to partners can be deducted from the income. The limits on salary and interest will be as per Section 40 Clause (b) of the Income Tax Act. For showing lower income, you will have to use ITR3 and there are also accounts maintenance and audit requirements.
  1. e) For all others, it is ITR5 (other than an individual)

Login using the PAN number and password created above. You will see this image

ITR efiling dashboard
ITR efiling dashboard

First click on “View Form 26AS” under “my account”. This will take you to the TDS-CPC website to find out your tax credit by your employers and banks.

If your return type is ITR1 or ITR4, then you can submit the return online. For others, you will have to use the java utility and upload the XML file.

If your return type is other than those mentioned above, get them from here https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/downloads/incomeTaxReturnUtilities. Note that you can see both excel and java utilities for ITR1, ITR2,ITR3 and ITR4, If you have java runtime Environment Version 8 installed, or you are willing to install, it is advisable to use java utility. The reason is it is neater and easier to use with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) than excel utility. You will get a zip file. Java can run in linux as well. Windows batch file and linux script files are provided for running. Now that you have all the tools ready, here is how you go about filling the form.  

Choose e-file —> ITR

Choosing income tax return option in efiling dashboard
Choosing income tax return option in efiling dashboard

Select the form named as ITR4 and Assessment year as 2020-21 (that is the financial year 2019-20), this is where newbies get confused first. You will get this screen. This screen shows the details that will be prefilled in the return form and prompt you to select on or more bank accounts for refund credit.

ITR4 efiling bank account selection
ITR4 efiling bank account selection

The next screen asks your consent for prefilling the data:

ITR efiling pre-filling consent screen
ITR efiling pre-filling consent screen

Next a web interface appears which will have tabs equal to the number of sheets in ITR4 excel sheet utility or number of tabs in java utility. There is a one-one correspondence between all these 3 options. With the quick e-file option, you are doing now, most of the personal information, and tax details would have got filled automatically. Note that you can fill only white cells and not grey cells. Keep saving the work often.

Check the personal information tab that will be pre-filled.

ITR4 part a general information
ITR4 part a general information

 Filing Status: Entries here are fairly easy to fill. In A20, choose section 139(1) if you are filing before November 30 or section 139(4) if you are filing afterwards. Section 139(5) is to be filled if you are revising your return.

ITR4 part a general information continued
ITR4 part a general information continued

In the section where the form asks if you are filing your return under Seventh proviso to Section 139(1), you have to select ‘Yes’ if you are falling within one of the parameters below but otherwise, were not required to file your return (i.e. you did not have taxable income):

(a) deposited more than Rs. 1 crore in one or more current account maintained with a bank or a co-operative bank;

(b) incurred more than Rs. 2 lakh for himself or any other person for travel to a foreign country; or

(c) incurred more than Rs. 1 lakh towards payment of electricity bill.

Remember that if you have taxable income and fulfil one or more of the three criteria above, you have to select ‘No’ above. However, the details of the above-specified transactions have to be filled if you have made them.

Now move to the Tax Details tab. Your TDS information as in Form 16 provided by the employer and TDS information if any tax got deducted by the bank where you hold FDs should be there already. If not, it is time to contact the bank and check why they have not deposited the tax. The details of any advance tax (deposited by you before 31st March) and self-assessment tax (deposited by you after 31st March) will also appear here.

ITR4 Tax Details tab screenshot
ITR4 Tax Details tab screenshot
ITR4 Tax Details tab screenshot continued
ITR4 Tax Details tab screenshot continued

Go to BP tab. Most of the columns are self-explanatory. Use the 44AD, 44ADA or 44AE section as applicable. Select the nature of business in the Business Code carefully.

ITR4 BP Tab screenshot
ITR4 BP Tab screenshot

If you have taken a GST number, fill it in E9 and also provide the details of outward supplies (gross receipts) as per the GST return. If you are outside the purview of GST law, you can skip this section. Businessmen opting for GST composition scheme are also required to fill this section.

ITR4 BP Tab screenshot continued
ITR4 BP Tab screenshot continued

In the next section, you are required to fill in the financial particulars of the business. You can fill in zero in fields which are not applicable to you. For example, a professional can enter zero in the field ‘Inventories’. The fields can be filled to the best of your knowledge and are just for reporting purposes. However, details of loans and bank balance should be accurate. If you have maintained proper accounts and prepared a balance sheet for bank loan purposes, you can fill these fields easily.

Financial particulars of the business form in ITR4
Financial particulars of the business form in ITR4

Now, go to the Income Details tab. Fill income under salary (if applicable) as per the Form 16. The business income will be auto-populated in B1 column from Schedule BP.

ITR4 Income Details Tab screenshot
ITR4 Income Details Tab screenshot

Select house property if you have. Note that if it is self-occupied, you cannot claim HRA under section 10. If it is let out, declare the rent income in the next row.

Enter the income from other sources. This should include accrued income under Savings bank account, FD and RDs across all banks. Accrued means not necessarily credited, in case of FD and RDs.

ITR4 Income Details Tab screenshot continued
ITR4 Income Details Tab screenshot continued

Start filling deductions under Part C. You can claim exemption up to 1,50,000 under 80C. Note that any investment made under 80C from April 1 to June 30 for AY 2020-21 is also to be filled here as well as a separate Schedule DI that has been provided for the same. Claim exemption up to Rs 10,000 on the savings bank portion of B4, under section 80TTA.

ITR4 Income Details Tab screenshot of Part C
ITR4 Income Details Tab screenshot of Part C

If you have made any donations that are qualified for income tax exemptions, go to the last tab 80G and enter the details. You can do this, only if you have received a certificate with the details of the donee.

ITR4 section 80G tab
ITR4 section 80G tab

Claim health insurance premium under 80D under the separate 80D tab

Self+spouse+children (all < 60Y of age) 25000 + parents: 25000 (<60Y of age)

Self+spouse+children (all < 60Y of age) 25000 + parents: 50000 (>60Y of age)

Self+spouse+children (one or more > 60Y of age) 50000 + parents: 50000 (>60Y of age)

For senior citizens above the age of 60 years (including super senior citizens aged above 80) with no health insurance, the deduction is allowed for Rs 50,000/-  towards medical expenditure.

ITR4 section 80D tab
ITR4 section 80D tab

Investment made under 80C, 80D,80G etc. during 01.04.2020 to 30.06.2020 is to be filled in the Schedule DI tab. Please note that even though the time limit for making the investments has been extended, the total eligible amount remains the same.

ITR4 section DI Tab
ITR4 section DI Tab

Come back to the Income Details tab.

ITR4 Income Details Tab screenshot of Part D
ITR4 Income Details Tab screenshot of Part D
  • Have a look at D1…D11 See if D6 is applicable to you. Try to understand all of them.
  • Go to Taxes paid and Verification tab.
ITR4 Taxes paid and Verification tab
ITR4 Taxes paid and Verification tab
  • If D18 is a positive number, you need to pay “Self assessment tax”(SAT). Do this by clicking on “E-Pay Tax” on the left. One way to avoid this would have been by paying “Advance Tax” before March 31st. No interest needs to be paid in that case.
  • After Paying SAT, my guess is, it would appear automatically under Tax paid tab, if not, manually fill it
  • Report any small exempted income (less than or equal to Rs. 5000) in the Exempt Income section, for example, agriculture income or dividend received.
  • Details of your bank accounts will be visible in D21. The account(s) selected for credit of refund will be ticked. You can add any other account you have here.

Fill in the Verification details. You can opt for Aadhaar OTP or pre-validated bank account/demat account/digital signature-based e-verification. Aadhaar would be better.

ITR4 final verification tab
ITR4 final verification tab
  • Check once again all the tabs and press submit.

You can e-verify the return by obtaining the OTP from the mobile no registered with Aadhaar.

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