Understanding AIS for ITR Filing

Understanding AIS for ITR Filing

by Tanushree Jaiswal Last Updated: Aug 24, 2023 - 12:36 pm 558 Views

The Annual Information Statement (AIS) introduced by the Income Tax Department in November 2021 has revolutionized the way individuals can access and review their financial information for income tax filing purposes. However, it is crucial to understand that blindly relying solely on the AIS for filing your Income Tax Return (ITR) may result in potential complications. In this blog post, we will delve into the intricacies of AIS, shed light on its limitations, and provide insights into ensuring comprehensive income reporting for a hassle-free tax filing process.

Unveiling the Consolidated Financial Picture of AIS

The AIS serves as a consolidated view of an individual's financial transactions, providing valuable insights into income from various sources. It encompasses information on interest earned from savings bank accounts, fixed deposits, dividends from companies and mutual funds, as well as investments in mutual funds and shares.

Understanding AIS Limitations

While AIS offers a comprehensive overview of an individual's financial transactions, it is not entirely fool proof. There are specific income sources that may not be reflected in the AIS, potentially leading to notices from tax authorities for underreporting of income. It is essential to identify these gaps and ensure proper reporting to avoid any repercussions.

Interest Incomes Not Captured by AIS

Certain interest incomes, such as those earned from Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s floating rate bonds, Sovereign Gold Bonds, and Public Provident Fund (PPF) accounts, do not appear in the AIS. It is important to note that interest earned from Sovereign Gold Bonds and RBI floating rate bonds is taxable, while PPF interest is exempt from income tax.

Factors Influencing AIS Reporting

The reporting of income in the AIS depends on several factors, including whether the issuing entity is a reportable entity, the type and quantum of the transaction, and other criteria set by the Income Tax Department. Updates and additions to these criteria are introduced on an ongoing basis.

Exempted Incomes and AIS Reporting

Incomes that are exempted under the Income Tax Act, such as interest accrued in PPF accounts, are not required to be reported in the AIS. However, it is advisable to voluntarily report exempt incomes to the Income Tax Department to avoid any potential notices for unexplained incomes.

Role of Reporting Entities

AIS relies on reporting entities to provide accurate and comprehensive information. Reporting entities include banks governed by the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, post offices, and non-banking financial corporations. However, since the RBI is not a reporting entity for the purpose of AIS, interest income from Sovereign Gold Bonds and RBI floating rate bonds may not be reflected in the statement.

National Savings Certificate (NSC) Interest Income

Interest earned from National Savings Certificates (NSC) is taxable, but taxpayers can avail a deduction under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Post offices are required to report NSC interest income in the AIS, ensuring its inclusion for tax filing purposes.

Ensuring Comprehensive Income Reporting

To ensure a seamless tax filing process and avoid potential notices, it is vital to go beyond the AIS and diligently report all relevant income sources. This includes reporting interest incomes from sources exempted under the Income Tax Act, such as PPF interest, and any other income that may not be captured by the AIS.


The Annual Information Statement (AIS) introduced by the Income Tax Department provides individuals with a consolidated view of their financial transactions for income tax filing purposes. However, it is important to be aware of its limitations and understand that relying solely on the AIS may lead to underreporting of income. By proactively reporting all income sources, including those not reflected in the AIS, individuals can ensure compliance with tax regulations and avoid any potential penalties. Stay informed, stay diligent, and make your income reporting process smooth and hassle-free.

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