Decoding CBDT’s Introduction of Form 10-IEA for Opting the Old Tax Regime


The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has just introduced Form 10-IEA, which is a must-have for business owners and professionals who want to use the previous tax regime under the Income Tax Act. This form allows specific taxpayers to exercise their decision regarding the tax regime that applies to them. In this blog post, we will go over the specifics of Form 10-IEA and its implications for taxpayers in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-24 and beyond.

The Importance of Form 10-IEA

Individuals, Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), Association of Persons (AOP), Body of Individuals (BOI), and Artificial Juridical Persons (AJP) must file Form 10-IEA to select the old tax system under Rule 21AGA of the Income Tax Rules, 1962. This form replaces the prior necessity of filing Form 10IE to elect the new tax regime until fiscal year 2022-23.

Old Tax Regime vs. New Tax Regime

The previous tax regime allowed taxpayers to claim numerous deductions and exemptions permitted under the Income Tax Act. On the other hand, the new tax regime lowers tax rates while eliminating most deductions and exemptions. It is critical for taxpayers with business or professional income to determine which regime is more advantageous for them based on their unique circumstances.

Choosing the Old Tax System

Taxpayers who do not have business or professional income can easily select the previous tax regime by ticking the previous Regime checkbox on their Income Tax Returns. Those with business or professional income, on the other hand, must specifically choose the previous tax regime by filing Form 10-IEA before the due date for filing their Income Tax Return.


Form 10-IEA Essential Details

The CBDT’s Form 10-IEA, which is used to opt out of the old tax structure, asks taxpayers to give the following information:

Name: Taxpayers are required to enter their entire name as it appears on their official records. The name on Form 10-IEA must match the name on their PAN card and any necessary papers.

Permanent Account Number (PAN): Taxpayers must furnish their PAN, which is a unique identifying number assigned to them by the Income Tax Department. PAN is an important identification and must be correctly entered in Form 10-IEA.

Assessment Year (AY): Taxpayers must give the applicable Assessment Year for which they want to use the old tax system. The Assessment Year is the year following the Financial Year during which the income is being assessed. For example, if you choose the previous tax regime in FY 2023-24, the appropriate Assessment Year is AY 2024-25.

Opting Out or Re-Entering the Default New Tax Regime: Taxpayers must state whether they are opting out of the default new tax regime or re-entering it. This option specifies the applicable tax rates, deductions, and exemptions for their income.

Dates of Interest: Form 10-IEA requires taxpayers to state the relevant dates of opting out and executing the option. It is critical to include these dates precisely to ensure clarity and respect to the deadlines. The dates must fall within the appropriate Fiscal Year.

Process of Verification

Taxpayers must examine Form 10-IEA at the time of filing to ensure its accuracy and legality. This can be accomplished with either a Digital Signature (DSC) or an Electronic Verification Code (EVC). The verification process is critical for preventing fraudulent actions and maintaining the integrity of the tax filing system.


The adoption of Form 10-IEA by the CBDT for opting out of the old tax regime represents a significant advancement in tax management. This form gives taxpayers the option to continue using the current tax system, which allows for different deductions and exemptions. It recognises the different requirements and interests of taxpayers by providing tax planning options. The adoption of this form aims to streamline the procedure and assure compliance while providing taxpayers the freedom to choose the regime that best matches their financial circumstances. It underscores the government’s commitment to establishing a taxpayer-friendly environment and streamlining the tax code for the benefit of both individuals and enterprises.