e-File Income Tax Return using Income Tax Website

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Hiral Vakil

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In order to e-file the income tax return using the income tax website, a taxpayer needs to have an e-filing account. Once you have an e-filing account, you can log in and file your ITR online.  

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Income Tax e-filing Registration on Income Tax Website
Here are the steps to register yourself on the Income Tax e-Filing website
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Steps to e-file Income Tax Return on Income Tax Website

You can e-file your ITR on the income tax department’s website in the following two manners. Follow steps 1 through 6 to prepare and submit the ITR on the e-Filing Website.

  1. Option – 1. Prepare and submit the tax return on E-filing website

    Login to the Income Tax e-Filing website

  2. Navigate to Income Tax Return option

    Therefore, click on the e-File > Income Tax Return option

  3. Selec the appropriate options

    Hence, select the ITR Form, Assessment Year, Filing Type and Submission Mode from the drop-down list

  4. Options to verify the ITR

    Furthermore, select a suitable option to verify the income tax return and click on continue

  5. Income Tax JAVA Utility

    A page will appear which is similar to the income tax java utility. Here your personal information would have been pre-filled so all you have to do is enter the incomes and deductions and other relevant details. You can preview & submit the ITR or you can save the draft and file return later on.

  6. Acknowledgement mail

    Upon successful submission of the return, you will be provided with a download link for acknowledgement. You will also receive an acknowledgement on your registered email id.

  7. Option – 2. Upload XML through E-filing Portal

    Follow steps 1 and 2 and then click on choose file and select the .xml file from the location where you have saved it.

  8. Download link for acknowledgement

    You can opt to digitally sign the return if you have a valid USB token. Finally, on successful submission of the return, you will be provided with a download link for acknowledgement.

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FAQs

Do I need income tax website account to file ITR?

No. IT Department has enabled multiple options to taxpayers to file a return without opening an account. You can file the return with the help of E-return Intermediary (ERI) like Quicko without having an account on the e-Filing website.  

Can I share my income tax website login details with anyone?

No. You should not share details of your income tax website login with anyone. This access is given to each taxpayer by the IT Department to manage direct tax-related information of a taxpayer and file their ITR. Hence, a taxpayer needs to be careful while sharing login details. You can share these details with your tax expert to grant them access to handle your tax compliance.   

How do I reset the Income Tax website password?

Follow these steps to reset your password:

1. Go to Reset Password Page
2. Type PAN and Captcha Code
3. Choose one of these options to reset password Answer Secret Question
5. Upload Digital Signature Certificate
6. Request e-filing OTP
7. Request Aadhaar OTP 

What is XML?

XML stands for Extensible Markup Language. It is a general-purpose markup language designed especially for Web documents. XML is a way of describing data and it allows designers to create their own customized tags, enabling the definition, transmission, validation, and interpretation of data between applications and between organizations. Any Excel/Java Utility which creates an XML will be a file with an extension .xml. This is the file that must be uploaded to the e-Filing website.

What to do when there is an error in uploading the XML?

The nature of the problem will be highlighted on the screen. Make the required changes in the XML and then upload the XML file again.

What is the due date for filing the Income Tax Return (ITR)?

The due date for filing the Income Tax Return (ITR) for the Financial Year 2019-2020 is the 31st of July. 

What are the documents required to file the Income Tax Return (ITR)?

Following is the list of basic documents required to file the Income Tax Return (ITR):

PAN (Permanent Account Number)   
Aadhar Number
Form 26AS
Bank Account Details
Challan of any Advance Tax or Self-Assessment Tax (if paid during the year)
Details of the original return (if filing a revised return)

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