IT Declaration & POI
Besides helping you process your monthly pay runs, Zoho Payroll handles your employees’ Income Tax saving investments. Employees can declare the investments that they’ve made and submit proofs for the same, and Zoho Payroll automatically calculated the Income Tax based on the type and amount of each investment. The main incentive for employees’ to declare their investments is that it reduces their net taxable income, thereby decreasing the amount they need to pay as Income Tax.
How can employees declare their investments?
- Employees can declare their proposed investments and anticipated expenses through the IT declaration. This typically happens at the beginning of the financial year or when the employee joins the company.
- Zoho Payroll calculates the employees’ net taxable income based on the investments declared and deducts the correct amount of taxes each month.
- When the end of the financial year nears, employees would need to submit proofs for each investment that they declared earlier that year.
- You can review the proofs through the Approvals module and enter an approved amount for each investment.
- Once you click the Confirm for IT Calculation button, the approved amounts will be applied to the income and a new net taxable income will be derived.
Employees can submit their IT Declaration through the employee portal (link to HD) once you release it. However, for employees for whom you haven’t enabled employee portal, you can submit it by following these steps:
- Go to Employees module.
- Click on the employee for whom you want to submit the IT Declaration.
- Move to the Investments tab.
- Click SUBMIT DECLARATION.
The IT Declaration consists of the following sections:
House Rent Details
If your employee lives in a rented accommodation, provide the following details.
- Rental Period for the current financial year.
- Monthly rent amount.
- Address of your rented house.
- Metro / Non-metro.
- Landlord’s PAN if your annual rent amount is in excess of ₹1,00,000.
- Click +Add Rented House to enter the details for another rented house.
If your employee is repaying a home loan for your self-occupied property, provide the following details.
- Projected Principle amount and Interest amount of the loan for this financial year.
- Lender’s Name and PAN.
Let Out Property Details
If your employee is a landlord, provide the following details about their let out property.
- Annual Rent Amount
- Municipal Taxes Paid
- The Net Annual Value, Standard Deduction and Net Income / Loss will be calculated based on the above inputs.
- If your employee is repaying a house loan for this let out property, you need to enter the loan details here.
- Click + New Let Out Property to record details for another property.
Section 80C contains a list of tax saving investments such as Life Insurance, Mutual Funds, NABARD Bonds and Unit-linked insurance plans. Select an investment and enter the invested amount to declare it. The maximum limit for investments under Section 80C is ₹1,50,000.
Section 80D contains Mediclaim policies for your spouse, children, parents and yourself. Select a policy and enter the invested amount to declare it. The maximum limit for investments under this section is ₹1,00,000.
All miscellaneous investments will be listed under this section. Select an investment and enter the invested amount to declare it.
Other Sources of Income
If your receives income from sources other than your current job, they have a legal obligation to declare it here.
Click Save and Submit.
The declared amount will be subtracted from the employee’s net income. Income tax will be calculated on this deducted income, also known as the net taxable income.
Proof of Invesments
A few months down the line, your employees will be required to submit proofs for the various investments they had declared in their IT Declaration. They can do this through the employee portal (link to HD), or you can submit it on their behalf by following these steps.
- Go to Employees module.
- Click on the employee for whom you want to submit the POI.
- Move to the Investments tab and click Proof of Investments.
- Click SUBMIT PROOFS.
Note: POI can be submitted only if IT Declaration has already been submitted.
- Enter the actual amount invested in each investment that the employee had declared.
- You can add new investments if needed.
- Click Save.
- In the summary page, attach the proofs by clicking on the ‘Attach icon’.
- Add comments if needed.
- Review all the details and click Submit.