Income Tax Rules: How to switch from new tax regime to old tax regime? Know this easy way

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Income Tax Rules: Before filing income tax return, compare the tax liability under the new and old tax regime. Click on the Income Tax Calculator link for tax liability calculation.

The deadline for filing income tax for the financial year 2023-24 is July 31. There is a lot of confusion among taxpayers about the old tax regime and the new tax regime. There are many questions in the mind of every salaried class regarding this. Which we are going to talk about here. First of all, let us tell you that under the current Income Tax Act, taxpayers are being allowed to choose either the Old Tax Regimes or the New Tax Regimes for tax deduction on salary. This option is applicable for the entire financial year.

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From April 1, 2023, if an individual taxpayer has not opted for the old tax regime, his employer will deduct tax from his salary based on the new tax regime. This is because the new tax regime has been implemented as the default option from the financial year 2023-24. At the same time, no changes have been made in the Income Tax Rules in the Interim Budget 2024. Therefore, the new tax regime will remain the default option for the current financial year 2024-25 as well.

For which taxpayers will the new tax regime apply by default?

According to the Income Tax Department website, the default option of the new tax regime for deduction of tax on salary will be applicable for:

  • Individuals
  • Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) (except co-operative society)
  • BOI
  • Artificial Juridical Person

Is it possible to switch tax regime while filing ITR?

It is possible to switch to Old or New Tax Regime while filing ITR. You can select this option while filing your Income Tax Return (ITR Filing). You have to select a checkbox for Old or New Tax Regime and provide details of the same in Form 10IE.

According to the income tax website, if you want to opt for the old tax regime and you are eligible to file returns in ITR 1 and 2, then directly choose the 
corresponding option in ITR and file the return within the prescribed due date. If you are eligible to file returns in ITR 3, 4 and 5, then you must file Form 
10-IEA before the due date under section 139(1).

Compare your liabilities before filing ITR

However, before filing income tax return (ITR Filing 2024), do compare the tax liability under the new and old tax regime. Click on the Income Tax Calculator link for tax liability calculation.

In the ITR form, the person is asked "Do you wish to opt out of the new tax  regime under section 115BAC(6)? (Default is No)". If you choose no, your tax 
liability will be as per the new tax regime slabs. While choosing yes means that you are opting for the old tax regime. In such a case, you will pay tax as per
 the income tax slabs under the old tax regime.

How many times can one switch income tax regime?

You can switch between the new and old tax regime every year. But it is important to note that this facility is only for the salaried class, who do not have any business income. If you have a business, then you cannot switch between the two regimes.

If you want to choose the old tax regime while filing your ITR, then file the ITR on or before the prescribed deadline. If there is a delay in this, tax calculation will be done according to the new tax regime.

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