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How To File Income Tax?

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If handling finances wasn’t enough, we have taxes in place too to give us gripping nightmares.
However tax payment and filing income tax returns are both crucial for achieving a financial stability in life.
ITR filing is mandatory is a person’s gross total pay exceeds 2.5 lakhs.
The basic motive for filling income tax return is to showcase accountability and to display that appropriate tax has been paid.

There are both online and offline ways of filing income tax returns. However the income tax department made it mandatory for individuals with an income of more than 5 lakhs to file their income tax returns through the online route only.
We will write down about ways in which you can go ahead with this.

The offline Route:
If you have an income of less than 5 lakh per annum, and you decide to go ahead with the offline process then you can easily download the forms from the income tax website, or you can collect it from an income tax office. You will have to fill in some necessary documents including the ITR form and acknowledgement form(This contains the summary of ITR). The stamped copy of the acknowledgement form is handed back to you.
While Offline is the conventional route, Online is the more convenient one.

The Online Route:
It saves time. With technology popping up from everywhere, it becomes easy for you to file the returns of income tax. You do not have to fill in bank related details (such as the PAN number) over and over, all of that is auto-filled for you by the software. Thanks to the digital era!
The software is considerate and helps you calculate the tax amount payable or the refund amount due based on your income and deductions mentioned in the income tax report. This again saves time, is more efficient and reduces fallacies.
While you have chosen the online route, you will be happy to know that there are many options to opt for while filing income tax returns.

Apart from the income tax department’s websites. There are other deputed websites to carry out the same work. Some of the popular websites are Cleartax.in TaxSpanner.com, Makemyreturns.com etc.

There would be variations in these websites in terms of the packages offered, the costs associated, the procedures involved . Also many portals provide the process of filling taxes for free. These are for people with the income below a certain level.
So while opting for a package, you usually choose a cheap package if your income is through your salary. The package choice may turn to a costlier one, if the income is from various sources(Business, Capital gains, House properties etc)
You need to also ascertain the service provider. These are your finances that we are talking about and hence we need to be careful. You will be filling in information like investments, savings, bank account details etc, and hence you need to evaluate the confidentiality and privacy policy of the portal that you choose.

You do not have to do much while filling it through the government website. You can fill the details online itself on the ITR form and upload the form directly.
After the upload and submit, an acknowledgement is generated. This would be emailed to you as well.

For most of service providers, there is already a system built in for filling forms with ease, that suits the need of the users. Some service providers even have a question and answer format for form filling.
Once the acknowledgement is signed, it is received by the tax department to assess the calculative errors, wrong claims or deductions filled in by the tax payer for that year.
After rigorous evaluation, when the data filled in by the taxpayer is matched with the in-house data, an email is sent to the individual which is termed as intimation under section 143(1). This is to notify the individual that the acknowledgement has been received and is ready to be processed.

Tax consultants
Apart from these routes, you have many tax consultancies too in place. These consultancies have expertise on tax .These consultancies help individuals like you by providing the know-how around taxes. The organization provides complete and intact information on how to file the income tax returns. Examples are H&R Block, TaxConsultantsIndia etc.

Now we believe that filing income tax should not be a formidable task for you. With so many options the ease around them, you do not have to ever worry about getting stuck anywhere.

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How to Repair Your Credit Score?

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Before conversing about fixing damages to the credit score. Let us talk about a good credit score. We often ignore credit score while applying for loans, and many of us unaware of the low score, until the lender rejects our application and informs us.

We should not turn a deaf ear towards our credit score; instead we should monitor it regularly.

What is the Credit score and why is it so important?

So essentially a credit score represents a person’s creditworthiness when he/she asks for a loan. A person’s credit score is determined by the person’s repayment behavior and credit history, and the creditworthiness is constructed around that. The credit agencies maintain a database of credit standings of individuals and commercial entities. The score ranges between 300- 900. Score of 750 and above is considered to be a good score. There are four agencies that are permitted to maintain this database. They are CIBIL, Equifax, Experien, and CRIF highmark.

Why is the score so important?

With a huge array of financial institutions you might feel that money is easily accessible, but this is not the case. The risks associated with lending have always been considered high and it is necessary for the institution to ensure that it’s lending to right person. Hence, the financial instruments rely on criteria that decide whether you deserve the loan or not. Here is where Credit score shines brightly. It is usually the decision making point for lenders to give or to not give the loan to the borrower. Hence it is important for you to maintain a good credit score, and work towards improving if it is low.

What makes a good credit score.?

The credit score, amongst many things, looks at these critical parameters:-

  • 1. Repayment history
  • 2. Loan enquiries and status
  • 3. Loan to income ratio
  • 4. Length of the credit history
There are no short cuts to improving credit scores. The best way is to administer and manage it over time. And gradually things will fall in the right place.

Let’s focus on some things that we can do to better our low credit scores

  • 1. Stop asking for a new credit – If you are aware that your credit score is poor, you should not apply for a loan at multiple banks. The more inquiries the lender puts into your credit score, the lower it goes. You need to be patient till the time you obtain the suitable score.
  • 2. Lessen the debt quotient in your kitty – You should meticulously chart out the credit accounts that you have out of your credit report. You need to stop using credit cards for this situation. Make a budgetary plan, and direct your expenses towards the higher rate interest credit cards first.
  • 3. Keep your repayment balanced: Well it sounds quirky, however repayment does affect your CIBIL score badly. So in this scenario if you drastically pay off all your repayments at once, then this portrays instability in your financial records. Repayments as a process should take place gradually thus reflecting monetary stability and rendering positivity to your CIBIL score.
  • 4. Set up reminders for Payment: We are so caught up in our routines, that we hardly have a breathing space. But we need to be alert, and sensible when it comes to financial planning and decisioning. Some financial institutions offer payment reminders through their online banking portals that can send you an email or text message telling you about the due date. Also there are automatic payments through your credit cards, wherein if you enroll, then payments are automatically deducted from your account and gets received by the lenders.
  • 5. Be vigilant of any sort of mismatches in your credit reports: It is advisable to leave no stone unturned. Sometimes bank authorities can across erroneous entries to CIBIL. So in such case scenarios, you need to approach banks to rectify the mistakes. Also you need to make sure that all the data on positive and timely payments is recorded and submitted by your lender to CIBIL
  • 6. Use your credit judiciously: Whenever you make use of your credit, then you should analyze the credit utilization ratio. This ratio is of amount of credit you have used to the amount if credit available as balance. If you have numerous credit cards, and you use only one of them, then your credit score may get negatively impacted. Hence you need to be smarter and spread your spends over numerous credit cards and not just one.
  • 7. You need to create credit history if you do not have one: For first-timers, there is an absence of credit history. Lenders might hesitate to give them a loan, owing to their zero credit score. So what you can do is open up a fixed deposit and take a credit card against it. And once you have one in your hand, then you can work towards it and improve the credit score.

We recommend you to check the credit score before applying for any loan to ensure that there are no issues in the credit history. Even if there are any, make sure you get them rectified by the agencies before applying for the loan. Our aim for writing this out was to make you understand the importance of a good credit history, and we hope that you take smarter steps towards financial goals.

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Unsecured Loans Versus Secured Loans

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One of the most common questions that we ask ourselves is “What kind of loan do I opt for?”
We take baby steps towards Loans. Loans are like those tricky questions in our exams, where we have to meditate hard to make the right choice.
Deciding upon which loans to take depends upon numerous parameters such as whether you want to take up a house or cater to your your child’s education or go on a vacation.

Taking loans is a financial commitment, and by agreeing for it, you are basically agreeing to pay a fixed part of your salary till your loan is repaid.
Loans can be majorly categorised into unsecured and secured loans. Sit back and read on further to know about these loans.

Secured Loans:- These loans are guarded by an asset or a collateral Through secured loans, you can get a huge sum of money. Putting your house or your car is a good enough security against the loan taken. Secured loans offer lower rates of interests, higher borrowing limits and longer repayment terms as compared to unsecured loans. The lender has the right to take you asset incase you become delinquent. Also if the selling price does not cover the debt, then the lender can pursue you to settle the difference in amount.

Some examples of Secured Loans are
1. Mortgage wherein your house is taken as security against your loan
2. Auto Loan: Here your vehicle is taken as security against your loan

The perks of Secured loans:-
Cost:- Secured loans are less expensive as compared to Unsecured loans.
Easy Accessibility – Secured loans can be obtained even if your credit score is bad. The lender can seize property incase of failure in repayment.
Tax deduction on interest:– The interest paid on the loans such as mortgage is tax deductible.

The downfalls:-
Losing your assets – You can lose a valuable asset, however the lender loses zero.

Unsecured Loans:- Here you do not have to give the right to your assets to the lender. Lenders are more prone to risks here.
When you apply for an unsecured loan, the loan gets sanctioned by the user on the basis of repayment capability. The borrower is judged on certain parameters such as credit history, capital, collateral , borrower’s current financial situation as well as prevalent economic factors) . His/her character is also taken into consideration to convert decisions to actions.

Some examples of Unsecured Loans are
1.Credit Cards
2.Personal Loans

The perks :-
Secured Assets – You do not lose assets, because the loan does not require a collateral backing them

The downfalls :-
Harder to get – Unsecured loans might be harder to get from the lender. You need to have a good credit rating, and if you do not have one, you might be considered risk worthy.
High Interest Rates – The interest rates may be higher.
Receiving the loan of Lesser value – Also you might not get the desired amount depending upon your credit scores. Hope we have helped you to get a better understanding of loans that exist.

Be smart and take smarter decisions!
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Wise Investment

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Investing your hard earned savings seems a difficult task , but in reality it is not. You you don’t have to be rich to start investing. The key principle is to Start small and start early.

If we focus on the right path to investment, then we would be amused to see the amount that we save in a very short time. It is mind-boggling to see everyone around me spending a considerable time before buying a mobile phone, car or even grocery. But when It comes to investment , the most significant decision of our lives(financially), we just go about it without giving much thought to it.

Hence we want to talk about how investment can be prioritised in the right fashion, and we have the following to explain just that.

7 pillars to build a wise long term investment portfolio:-

  • 1. Put up a road map together: and answer two significant questions: a) How long do want to remain invested for? b) What’s your risk appetite?
  • 2. Diversify your investments: The investors falling in the category of high risk takers, also plan investment by diversifying their portfolio. This is important not to invest everything into a single basket or instrument class.
  • 3. It is imperative to Plan for long term and avoid the temptation of short term gains.
  • 4. Never invest in something that you do not fully/partially understand. Research well to understand and then invest accordingly.
  • 5. Invest to save tax : You can save tax by investing under section 80 C. The maximum amount that can be invested is 1.50 lakh, and this means your income gets reduced by this investment amount. So you are exempted to pay tax on this amount. Also the invested amount increases in a period of time. So it is a win-win situation for you.
  • 6. Investment should be your first priority, and it should begin with the initial sum of money, and not with the leftover amount. Practicing this as a habit will help you clearly evaluate the difference, and you will be surprised to see the funds that are actually available for you to spend.
  • 7. Every Rupee costs: don’t let go off a single rupee. Do not fall fall pray to exotic schemes and keep your portfolio very simple. Try to look for the extra yield that many banks offer such as the superior returns on saving as compared to others that don’t. Saving is as simple as spending. If you intend to do it then just follow it like you follow your daily rituals.

We are listing down some wise saving options for the young working population:

ELSS: (Equity Linked Savings Scheme) is a diversified equity mutual fund which is qualified for tax exemption under section 80C of the Income Tax Act. ELSS is a good option to invest in, because the investor has the opportunity to invest in equity markets as well apart from getting benefits of tax deduction. Also, ELSS has the shortest lock- in period of three years as compared to other tax saving options.

Mutual Funds: Mutual funds are diverse in nature.. They are broadly divided into Equities, Debts and Balance funds. Here the money is pooled in by investors in many bonds, stocks and other types of investment. It also gives you the access to investment professionals who expertise to manage your funds in the best way possible So owning shares in a mutual fund instead of owning individual stocks or bonds the risks get spread out. Diversification ensures that a loss in a particular investment gets nullified by gain in another

ULIP’s: ULIP or Unit Linked insurance plan is a life insurance product that provides the risk cover to the policy holder accompanied by the option to invest for long term. Recurring Deposit : The concept is fairly simple. You can allocate a fixed amount of money every month as deposit with a bank for a period that you specify. This will push you to save and invest on regular basis thus securing your future.

PPF :- The Public Provident Fund has been established by the central government. Any individual can open a PPF account with any nationalised bank or its branches that handle PPF accounts. The minimum amount to be deposited in this account is Rs 500 per year. The maximum amount you can deposit every year is Rs 100,000. The entire balance can be withdrawn upon maturity i.e after 15 years of the close of financial year . The rate of interest is decided upon the government every year. Currently the rate of interest and principle is exempted from tax at the time of deposit and withdrawal.

We hope that this article helps you out in thinking better and planning wisely. Happy Investing!

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How do I allocate my Salary?

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Being at the point of time in our lives, where we finally feel financially able is enthralling. However, it is imperative to not go overboard on spending, and channelize our monetary resources.

We make numerous mistakes during this phase of our lives like we spend more than we earn.
This pushes us in a deep pit of financial fixes.
Hence, a steady income needs a steady management.

Striking the right balance between what we earn and what we save impacts our future positively and reduces the possibility of cash crunches.

But the most common question is “ How do we go about it it? How to distribute our salary for expenses and save?”
So having a financial plan in picture is a always a good sign. Below is one such plan that can help us in resolving the issue.

The Boon of Budgetary Planning: –

Having a well-schemed budget is as necessary as breathing and it is just the half battle won. Our pockets empty faster than they fill. They forever bear the “Low on cash” Tag

This efficacy of the plan lies in how we divide our expenditure into duties, obligations and splurges. At the end of the day, we earn to spend but we need to spend right.

So we should draw a plan that broadly classifies our division of expenditure into the following: –

Savings:-
Having a foresight for the future helps us guard our money better. The maestros of investment suggest that “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving”

We should dedicate 20 percent of our salary towards investments for future. Also savings should not be just confined to the walls of emergencies, savings can also be for planning our future better. This holds true, especially when the tax rates surge higher with passing time.We do not want to be like the sitting ducks to the taxing alligators. Regular and planned investment, eases the financial burden over a period of time, Gradually with this scheme of action, you won’t even realize the substantial chunk of funds that are left in your kitty.

Routine lifestyle expenses: –

Allot a good 50 percent towards your household finances. These finances are unavoidable and necessary. From rent to electricity bill, timely payment is essential. Plan your lifestyle in a way such that the expenses towards it do not surpass the allotted percentage.

For example: – Going overboard with the usage of electrical appliances or unnecessary wastage of power can render mammoth sized bills. So it is advisable to monitor and regulate the use.

Food and Clothing

Both of these fall in the “can’t live without category”, so we cannot really compromise. However what is in our hands is wise spending.

If we invest cautiously , we can have a good share of funds to choose from our favourite brand of garments.

Debt/Loans

Repayment should be one of your top priorities. Dilly-dallying the repayment, will only increase the burden on your shoulders and make them droop to the monetary pressure. Also, it spoils the credit score which in turn reduces your chance of accessing loan in the future.

The debts and dues need to be dutifully cleared. So a 25 percent should be allotted for this.

Recreational Purposes:-

Now you will still be left with some money, you can pamper yourself with some shopping sprees , binge eating and partying.

Because who wants a life filled with blues and greys . We believe “Jab jeb ho full toh Life Colourful”
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Save Your Neck, Save Your Tax

savetax Often it happens that salaried people end up paying more tax than actually needed. This happens mostly because of lack of knowledge about tax saving. If you feel that you have a similar story and are figuring a way out to reduce the tax burden, then this article is for YOU… Indeed, there are many ways; you can save tax while you are earning your salary. Here are 5 simple and legal tips to save tax. (more…)