Gone are the days when you would work in a company all your life. As per a survey conducted earlier this year, 60 percent of working professionals in India have changed jobs in the recent past. 56 percent of them are millennials who moved from one company to another in a short duration. It was also seen that 85 percent job hoppers did so just to add a new job to their resume, regardless of how long they stayed at their previous company.
A new workplace comes with its own culture, additional responsibilities and a new boss and colleagues. If you move to a new organisation in the middle of the year, you might have to fill form 12B for tax purposes. If you are not aware of what it is and how to fill form 12B read on to know further.
You must have been filing your Income Tax return regularly right? However when you make a move from one company to another, how would your new company deduct TDS on your consolidated salary? After all, they don’t have any prior details of your previous income.
This is why as per Rule 26A, a new employee needs to submit Form 12B to disclose salary details of his or her previous company to their new employer. Filling Income tax form 12B in time helps your new organisation to streamline their TDS after taking into account TDS deduction made by your previous company.
It had been 4 months since Rachita had left her previous workplace. Not only was the long commute tiring, she had worked for two years under a short tempered boss with no raise. She had been looking out for a good opportunity and when she was offered a good pay hike, she immediately joined. She had more spare time now since her office was close by. The work culture too was good.
Today, someone from the HR department had summoned her. The lady enquired from Rachita if she knew about filling Income tax form 12B. Rachita was supposed to complete this formality way back. She did not know how to fill form 12B and hence had procrastinated. After all, it was her first job change. The HR representative asked her to submit form 12B before the deadline or else informed her that it could, in fact, increase her taxable income.
If you too are a first time job hopper, you might not be aware of it.
Here is a brief guide on how to fill form 12B:
1. Start with writing down the proper name and full address of your previous employer.
2. Then fill out the TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number) and PAN(Permanent Account Number) of your last organisation. You can find both these on your earlier salary slips.
3. Now write down the exact period of time that you were employed for.
4. Fill in the income earned in the financial year before you joined your current firm.
5. Give details of dearness allowance (DA), house rent allowance (HRA), leave encashment etc in column 7 and enter the PF amount credited to your account in column 8. Add up the total amount of columns 6, 7 and 8 to fill column 9.
6. Give details of deductions such as Provident Fund (PF), life insurance premium etc under Section 80C.
7. Fill in the total amount of tax deducted in the financial year.
Filling Income Tax form 12B also includes two pages of annexures. The first requires you to fill in the value of any rent-free accommodation that was provided to you by your employer. Further details of furnished and unfurnished accommodations (including perquisites value of furnishings) can also be mentioned if availed. The second annexure deals with conveyance allowance provided by the earlier company or any such similar benefits.
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