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Asked by Anonymous - Jun 12, 2024Hindi
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I purchased an NSC in 2018 and paid tax every year for the interest on accrual basis. But it seems from last year, post offices are providing data to AIS on receipt basis, that is, whole amount of interest on maturity. What happens to the money I paid as taxes in previous years on the same basis? How do I adjust them? Please help as many people I now face this issue.

Ans: You're right! The tax treatment of NSC interest can be confusing. Here's what you need to know:

Good news: The taxes you've paid on the accrued interest in previous years are valid. You don't need to adjust them.

Why?

The Income Tax department in India treats interest earned on NSCs on an accrual basis, even though the interest is paid out at maturity. This means you were correct to pay taxes on the accrued interest every year.

What about the data mismatch with AIS?

The post office might now be reporting the entire interest on maturity to the Annual Information Statement (AIS). This can create a discrepancy.

How to handle it?

• You don't need to file any corrections for previous years.
• When filing your current year's return, consider the following:

1. If you consistently claimed the accrued interest as income in previous years, only report the interest for the final year (maturity year) in your current return. This avoids double taxation.
2. You can file feedback in the AIS portal mentioning that the interest for the previous years was already offered for tax purposes. This helps in clarifying the situation.

Additional tips:

• It's advisable to maintain records of your previous tax returns where you declared the accrued interest.
• If you have any concerns, consult a tax advisor for personalized guidance specific to your situation.

This is a common issue faced by many NSC holders. By following these steps, you can ensure your tax filing remains accurate.
DISCLAIMER: The content of this post by the expert is the personal view of the rediffGURU. Users are advised to pursue the information provided by the rediffGURU only as a source of information to be as a point of reference and to rely on their own judgement when making a decision.
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I had purchased an NSC in 2020 and and paid tax every year for the interest on accrual basis. Since last year, it seems post offices are providing data to AIS on receipt basis, that is, whole amount of interest on maturity. What happens to the taxes I have paid in previous years on accrual basis? How do I adjust them?
Ans: The income tax department in India treats interest earned on National Saving Certificates (NSCs) on an accrual basis, even though the interest is paid out at maturity. This means you are correct to have paid taxes on the accrued interest every year.

Here's what happens in your situation:

• No Change for Previous Years: The taxes you've paid on the accrued interest in previous years are valid. You don't need to adjust them.

• Change in Reporting: Since the post office is now reporting the entire interest on maturity to the Annual Information Statement (AIS) on a receipt basis, there might be a mismatch between your tax filing and the AIS data.

Here's how to handle this:

• File Your Return As Usual: File your income tax return (ITR) for the current year including the entire interest received at maturity as income from other sources.

• Explain the Discrepancy: While filing your ITR, you can add a covering letter explaining the situation. Mention that you have already paid taxes on the accrued interest in previous years and provide details like investment year, accrued interest amount for each year, and tax payment proofs (if possible).

It's advisable to consult a tax advisor for personalised guidance on your specific situation, especially if the amount of tax involved is significant. They can help you navigate the process and ensure your tax filing is accurate.

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