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DSC Management Utility: Generate Signature File to Upload XML

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Sakshi Shah

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Last updated on April 7th, 2021

DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate is an electronic signature that is used to sign electronic documents or to access information or services on the internet. The certificate contains the following details of the user – name, pin code, country, date of issue, date of expiry, and name of the certifying authority. To use DSC services on Income Tax E-filing Portal, the taxpayer should use the DSC Management Utility to generate a signature file. To upload an XML on the Income Tax website, the taxpayer should generate a signature file from DSC Management Utility.

The signature file from DSC Utility can be used to avail the following services on the Income Tax E-filing Portal:

DSC Application for Residents
Apply for Class 2 DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate with 2 years validity
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DSC Application for Residents
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DSC Management Utility – Steps to Generate a Signature File to Upload XML

  1. Download DSC Management Utility

    Firstly, Download DSC Management Utility from the income tax e-filing portal. A zip folder is downloadedIncome Tax DSC Management Utility - Download

  2. Open the Java Utility

    Extract the zip folder. Click on DSC_MGMT_UTILITY.jar to open the utilityDSC Management Utility - Instructions Page

  3. Tab – Upload XML

    Select tab ‘Upload XML’. Click on ‘Browse XML file’ to select XML file for which you want to generate the digital signature fileDSC Management Utility - Upload XML - Browse XML

  4. Type of DSC – Using .pfx file

    If you select the type of DSC as .pfx file, follow these steps:
    a. Select the option .pfx file
    b. Select the certificate file
    c. Enter the password
    d. Click on ‘Generate Signature File’

  5. Type of DSC – Using USB Token

    If you select the type of DSC as .pfx file, follow these steps:
    a. Select the option USB Token
    b. Select USB Token Certificate from the drop-down
    c. Click on ‘Generate Signature File’
    d. Enter the USB Token PIN. Click on ‘Ok’

  6. Success Message

    A success message will appear on the screen and a signature file is generated. Save it in the appropriate folderDSC Management Utility - Upload XML - Signature file

  7. Use DSC Signature File

    You can use the signature file for the following services:
    a. Upload ITR by Taxpayer – Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in > e-file > Upload Return > Attach XML > Attach Signature File
    b. File Rectification by Taxpayer – Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in > e-file > Rectification > Attach XML > Attach Signature File
    c. Upload Tax Audit Report or Upload Other Forms by CA – Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in > e-file > Upload Form > Attach XML > Attach Signature File

FAQs

When I upload XML with Signature File on Income Tax Portal, an error appears on the screen as “Validity of the Digital Signature Certificate has expired. Please update a valid Digital Signature Certificate”. What should I do?

If the validity period of the Digital Signature Certificate has expired, the taxpayer should apply for a new Digital Signature Certificate from the Certified Service Provider. Once the new DSC is issued, the taxpayer should register the DSC on Income Tax Portal and upload XML.

When I upload XML and sign using DSC on Income Tax Portal, an error appears on the screen as “The PAN mentioned in the Digital Signature Certificate does not match. Please retry”. What should I do?

If the PAN in the Digital Signature Certificate does not match with the registered PAN of the taxpayer, PAN mismatch error will appear on the screen. The taxpayer should contact the Certificate Provider and check the PAN in DSC.
If the taxpayer is a Firm / Company / AOP / BOI / Legal Authority / Co-operative Society / Artificial Juridical Person / Trust, ensure that the PAN mentioned in the Digital Signature is of principal contact (Authorized Signatory). If the principal contact has changed, ensure that you have updated PAN details of the new principal contact (under ‘Profile Settings’ > ‘Update Principal Contact’s details). The PAN encrypted in DSC should match with PAN of principal contact.

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hey @TeamQuicko

    Can you tell me about ITD’s new ITR filing utility for AY 2021-22?

  2. Hey @HarshitShah

    To improve the tax filing process, the Income Tax Department has decided to do away with the excel and java-based utility and has launched a new offline JSON-based utility for the AY 2021-22. The new utility will help taxpayers import prefilled data and edit it before filing the income tax return (ITR).

    The taxpayers can download the pre-filled data from the income tax e-filing portal and fill in the rest of the data. This imported prefilled data can be edited to change basic information such as address and all. Currently, the utility can be used to file ITR1 to ITR 4. ITD has also released a step-by-step guide to using the utility.

    Hope this helps! :slight_smile:

  3. Is it possible to file ITR online without an account on the Income Tax e-filing portal?

  4. What should be done in case of discrepancies in actual TDS and TDS credit under Form 26AS?

  5. Hey @Amitabh_Verma

    It is mandatory to create an account on the Income Tax e-filing portal to file your ITR online. It is a hassle-free quicko process. One can register on the portal by providing relevant details such as user type, PAN, first name, surname, date of birth, and fill in the registration form.

  6. Hey @Niraj

    Many times mismatches and discrepancies in actual TDS and TDS credit under Form 26AS happen because of wrong information provided in the TDS return. One can approach the employer/deductor to file a revised TDS return after making the necessary corrections.

    The income-tax department allows an assessee to mention the reason for mismatch in the online portal in answer to a notice sent by them.

    Hope this helps! :slight_smile:

  7. Hi, actually I filed ITR 1(A.Y. 2013-14) due to notice served in Jan month.

    The ITR is pending for verification. Ask the options aren’t available for me client i.e Aadhar verification,evc etc. Only thing is I got my clients DSC. but option of DSC for e-verification is not showing. I can’t send CPC to Bengaluru since it will take time. How can I use DSC to e-verify my already filed return

  8. Hi @Arsheen

    The option to e-verify ITR using DSC is to be selected while filing. Once you have filed your ITR only option available for e-verification is EVC/Aadhar OTP or sending ITR V to CPC Bangalore. You have 120
    days from the date of e-Filing to e-verify your ITR.

    So if 120 days are not over you can send the signed ITR V to CPC Bangalore to get it e-verified and processed.

    Hope this helps :slightly_smiling_face:

  9. Hi @Sharath

    It is suggested to file ITR as NRI in India if you have trading transactions even if there are losses.
    If you do not file ITR then there are high chances of your PAN getting flagged by the IT department for non-filing of ITR.
    Also, If you file the ITR on time you can take benefit of carry forwarding the losses and setting off those losses against the profits in future years.

  10. One of a female person source of income details mentioned below in f.y.20-21.
    1.income from home tuitions rs:1,20,000/-
    2.interest income from cash debtor rs:50,000/-
    2.cash gift from mother rs:1,50,000/-
    Question:
    Assess it returns filed mandatory in f.y.20-21.

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