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How to e-Verify your Income Tax Return

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  • 17th Jan 2020
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How to e-Verify your Income Tax Return

Most people do file Income Tax Returns or ITR before the due date to avoid the penalty of late payment. But did you know that verifying your ITR is as important as filing it in time? If you don’t do it within 120 days of filing, your tax returns will not be considered valid by the Income Tax Department and won’t receive a refund. You can verify your ITR via two ways, electronic and physical verification. Let’s understand the different modes of generating an Electronic Verification Code to verify your ITR.

Step-by-Step Method for e-Verification of ITR

1.Go to the e-filling portal (https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home) and click on ‘e-Verify Return’ under ‘Quick Links’

2.Enter your details like PAN, assessment year and acknowledgment number and click on ‘Continue’

3.Your uploaded tax return will be visible on the page

3.Click on ‘e-verify’ for online ITR verification process

4.You will get numerous options to generate Electronic Verification Code (EVC)

5.By selecting one of the ways, you will receive your EVC which can be entered to successfully e-verify your ITR

6.You can download the attachment as well for future reference

Online Options to Generate Electronic Verification Code (EVC)

The Electronic Verification Code consists of a 10 digit alphanumeric code which has to be entered to verify your ITR. If you have already used any one of the options given below to e-verify your tax returns, you will have to generate EVC through a different option if you want to revise your ITR.

1. Verification Through Net banking

a. Log in to your net banking account

b. Click on the e-verify option usually present under ‘Tax’ section

c. Now you will be redirected to the income tax department website

d. Click on ‘My Account’ and then select ’Generate EVC’

e. EVC will be sent to your registered email ID and mobile number

f. Input the code received by you under ‘I have EVC already’ option

g. Enter the EVC (the code is valid for 72 hours) and the e-verification process has been successfully completed

2. Verification Through Aadhaar OTP

To use this mode of
verification, your Aadhaar has to be linked to your mobile number as per
UIDAI’s database and your PAN should also be linked to your Aadhaar card

a. Select the income tax e-verification method of ‘e-Verify using Aadhaar OTP’

b. You will receive the code on your registered mobile number

c. Enter the code immediately, as it is valid only for 30 minutes, to e-verify your income tax returns successfully

3. Verification Through Bank Account Number

a. Select the option of verifying your tax returns via bank account number under ‘e-verify’

b. You will have to prevalidate your account number by entering the name of the bank, IFSC code, account number, and your registered mobile number

c. Prevalidation will take place successfully if your PAN and name matches with your bank details

d. After prevalidating, click ‘Generate EVC’ to receive the EVC on your mobile number

e. Enter this code to e-verify income tax returns successfully

4. Verification Through Bank ATM

This facility is limited to certain banks and cannot be used by all bank account owners. Click here to check if your bank name is on the list.

a. Swipe your ATM card in the ATM machine and select ‘Pin for Income Tax Filing’

b. You will receive the EVC on your registered mobile number which will be will be valid for 72 hours

c. Enter the EVC on the e-filing website by clicking on ‘e-filing returns < Already generated EVC through bank ATM’ to successfully completed the process

5. Verification Through Demat Account

This option is similar to that of verification through a bank account where you have to prevalidate your account. You will have to update details such as email ID, mobile number, yourdepository name, etc. in your profile. After your depository verifies these details, you can use this option for income tax e-verification.

a. Choose the option of e-verification via Demat account

b. Enter the EVC sent to your registered mobile number to successfully complete e-verification of ITR

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Physical Method of ITR Verification

You can use the physical method to verify your income tax returns by sending a signed copy of the Income Tax Returns-Verification form (ITR-V) to the income tax department. Before choosing this method, read the important points given below:

1.The ITR-V form has to be signed in blue-ink

2.The form has to be sent via speed post or regular post and cannot be sent through courier

3.You will be intimated via email and SMS when your ITR-V has been received by the Income Tax Department

4.No other documents are required to be attached with the ITR-V

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