Hassle Free Tax Filing
for Freelancers & Consultants

ClearTax saves you time and money. Never deal with a tax form again.
A fully-online service means no need for office visits to the Tax Consultant.
Expert assistance on phone and email throughout the year.

We deeply understand what your work involves.
We've gone through the same pains as you and have fixed it for you.

We help you claim all possible expenses!
You save significant amounts of money and are geared up for the future.

We help you avoid notices & penalties.
We make sure you're compliant with Income Tax, Service Tax, TDS and other laws.

How much can I save?

Most people miss out or are unaware that they are eligible to claim certain expenses they incurred during the course of work.

ClearTax helps freelancers and professionals save a substantial amount on their tax returns.

How does ClearTax help you?

  1. Get an expert who works with you personally over email & phone.
    No office visits, no paperwork.

    Get personalized attention from a Tax Expert. You're not just another file in a large CA firm. The Tax Expert will guide you through your tax return so you know what's happening. All your data remains completely confidential and secure.

  2. We deep-dive into your finances — Bank statements, expenses, receipts.
    We help you save the maximum possible.

    We look at your statements, your inflows, outflows and receipts. Everything that matters and everything that can help you save money. You won't miss out on claiming any expenses with ClearTax. (As an example, 90% of self-filed returns miss out on claiming meal and entertainment expenses for clients)

  3. We prepare your balance sheets and I-T Returns and file.
    We make sure you're completely compliant.

    You're dealing with your hard earned money. Stay compliant and get your records in order. We ensure that you do your compliances on time and don't face the unnecessary steep penalties. We help you with any communications from the department.

  4. Need financial advice? Need help with Service Tax? Incorporating a company?
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    Our team has been there, done that. We have a deep understanding of technology businesses and how compliance affects them. We guide you every step of the way.

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Common Questions about Professional Tax Returns

Q. Am I considered a Freelancer / Consultant / Professional?

When you earn ‘Income’ from self employment, from any profession or work, which requires you to use a skill, which may be intellectual or manual skill, such income will be taxable under the head ‘ Profits & Gains of Business & Profession’.

Q. Is the professional income I earn considered differently?

Unless you are earning a professional income, which is part of an employment agreement, any income you earn by pursuing your profession skills shall be considered under the head Profits & Gains of Business & Profession.

Q. Why is TDS on my monthly pay deducted at 10%?

The Income Tax Act requires that TDS should be deducted @10% for any payments made as fees for professional services.

Q. How does claiming expenses help me?

Claiming expenses that are directly related to your freelancing work, reduces your total income and tax thereon. Your Total Income less directly relatable expenses is your Income from your freelancing work.

Q. Can I expense the cost of the ClearTax Plan?

Yes, you can deduct this expense from your Business Income.

Q. How do I file my Income Tax Return?

Once you sign up with ClearTax and provide us the information we need, we do the return filing for you.

Q. What is the ITR-4?

Anyone who is carrying on a business or profession is required to submit income tax return in the ITR-4 form.

Q. What is 194J?

Section 194J of the Income Tax Act lays out that TDS is to be deducted @10% on any amount paid for professional or technical services.

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Q. What is "professional" or "freelance" Income?

As per the Income Tax Act – When you earn 'Income' from any profession that involves work, which requires you to use a skill, which is an intellectual skill or is a manual skill, such income will be taxable under the head 'Profits & Gains of Business & Profession'.

Your income is the sum of all your receipts from carrying on this work for your clients. Your clients may be based in India or outside of India and they make the payments towards the work you do for them. You can use your bank account statements to add up all the receipts that have been credited to your account by clients as payment towards work done.

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Q. What are the expenses that I can claim on my Income?

In general if you satisfy these conditions regarding your expenses, you can deduct them from your income-

  • The expense is for the freelancing work being carried on
  • It has been spent fully & exclusively for the purpose of your work
  • It is incurred during the tax year
  • It is not a capital expenditure or a personal expenditure of the freelancer
  • It is not incurred for any purpose which is an offence or is prohibited by law

Therefore the following expenses when they satisfy the conditions laid out above will be allowed to be deducted from your income –

Rent – If you take a property on rent for carrying on your work, rent paid by you is allowed to be deducted.

Repairs – If you have agreed to pay for repairs to the rented property then these repair costs can be deducted. If you own the business property and carry out repairs those are also allowed to be deducted. Any repairs to your laptop, printer, equipment are also allowed to be deducted.

Depreciation – When you purchase an asset which is a Capital Asset, the benefit of such an asset is usually expected to last more than a year, such assets are capitalized and not charged to expenses when they are bought. Every year a small portion of its cost is expensed and is allowed to be reduced from your income. This expense which is charged every year is called Depreciation. For example, when you buy a laptop for Rs 60,000 to carry on your freelancing work – the Rs 60,000 will be considered your asset and assuming a straight line depreciation of 33.33% each year (depreciation % and methods are laid out in the Act for different type of assets, hypothetical rate here for ease of understanding), every year Rs 20,000 shall be charged as expenses. And in 3 years we would consider the asset to be fully depreciated. Note that, the type of assets, methods of depreciation and rates of depreciation to be charged as per the Income Tax Act are laid down by the Act itself and those shall be applied.

Office expenses – Expenses incurred to carry on your work such as printer supplies, your monthly telephone bills, internet bills or conveyance expenses – when you go to meet clients. Expenses of Domain registration, apps purchased to test your product; those are also allowed as expenses.

Travelling expenses – when you do a travel to meet your client could be within or outside of India (of course, assuming this is not paid for by your client).

Meal, entertainment or hospitality expenses – when you do client meetings, when you take your clients out for dinner or some other outing and money has been solely spent with the intention of getting new business or retaining existing business.

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What professions does the ClearTax Business Edition cover?

  1. Tax Filing for Graphic Designers, UI Designers

  2. Tax Filing for Wordpress, Drupal, Magento Developers

  3. Tax Filing for Bloggers, SEO Consultants

  4. Tax Filing for Content Writers, Editors

  5. Tax Filing for people with PayPal Income
  1. Tax Filing for Wedding and Travel Photographers

  2. Tax Filing for Film-makers and Videographers

  3. Tax Filing for Musicians and Music Professionals

  4. Tax Filing for Artists, Painters and Authors

  5. Tax Filing for Advertising and Marketing Professionals
  1. Tax Filing for Consultant Doctors

  2. Tax Filing for iOS, Android and RoR Developers

  3. Tax Filing for Management Consultants

  4. Tax Filing for Fine Artists