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Income Tax Verification - e Verify ITR using Different Methods

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Maharshi Shah

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Last updated on July 20th, 2021

Filing your ITR is not the last step of the process. It is equally important to e verify your ITR. The Income Tax Department (ITD) processes your return only after the completion of the verification process of the ITR. Moreover, only returns that have been verified are eligible for refunds. Additionally, if you do not verify your return, it will be treated as an invalid return. Therefore, in this case, you will have to file a belated return.

Prerequisites to Verify ITR

How to e Verify ITR by Logging in to the e-Filing Portal?

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Given below are the steps to e-verify the ITR on the Income Tax e-Filing Portal.

  1. Visit the e-Filing portal

    Login using user ID and password.www.incometax.gov.in - Login

  2. e-Verify Return option

    Click on e-File > Income Tax Return > e-Verify Returnwww.incometax.gov.in - e Verify Return option on Dashboard

  3. Select the e-Verify option for the appropriate return

    On the e-Verify Return page, click e-Verify against the unverified return.www.incometax.gov.in - e Verify ITR option

  4. Methods to Verify ITR

    Choose one of the options explained below to e verify the ITR.

  5. Condonation Request

    If you are e-Verifying the return after 120 days of filing, you will have to file a condonation request.

Methods to Verify ITR

It is important to e verify the return in 120 days. You can either complete the process of verification online by e-verification or by physically submitting the ITR-V to CPC, Bangalore. Given below are the methods one can use to complete the process of e-verification of ITR:

S.No Methods
1

e-Verify your ITR (immediately after filing) or any other Income Tax related submissions / services / responses / requests using the following options:

a DSC
b Generate Aadhaar OTP
c Existing Aadhaar OTP
d Existing EVC
e Generate EVC through Bank Account
f Generate EVC through Bank Account
g Net Banking**
h Generate EVC through Bank ATM option (offline method)
2

e-Verify your ITR pre-login / post login. Applicable in case of the following:

  • You selected e-Verify Later option while submitting Income Tax Returns
  • Returns submitted by ERIs
  • Returns whose verification is pending for more than 120 days (after providing appropriate reason for the delay)

 

e Verify ITR using DSC

You will not be able to e-Verify your ITR using Digital Signature Certificate if you select the e-Verify Later option while submitting Income Tax Return. You can use DSC as an e-Verification option if you choose to e-Verify your ITR immediately after filing.

www.incometax.gov.in - e-Verify ITR using DSC
www.incometax.gov.in - e-Verify ITR - Download emSigner Utility
www.incometax.gov.in - Verify ITR using DSC
www.incometax.gov.in - DSC Data Sign

e Verify ITR using Aadhaar OTP

To verify your ITR using this method, you will be required to link your Aadhaar to your registered mobile number. Moreover, you must also link your PAN to your Aadhaar.

www.incometax.gov.in - Option to e-Verify ITR using Aadhaar OTP
www.incometax.gov.in - Agree to Validate Aadhaar OTP
www.incometax.gov.in - Verify Aadhaar OTP

You can also choose the option to e verify your return using the existing Aadhaar OTP by clicking on the option “I already have an OTP on Mobile number registered with Aadhaar” and enter the 6 digit OTP.

e Verify using Electronic Verification Code – EVC

www.incometax.gov.in - e Verify ITR using existing EVC
www.incometax.gov.in - Enter EVC to e Verify ITR

e Verify ITR using Bank Account

This facility is only applicable to certain banks. Moreover, you would also need to prevalidate your bank account on the portal. The process of prevalidation is successful only if the PAN matches the bank account records.

www.incometax.gov.in - Option to e Verify ITR using Bank Account
www.incometax.gov.in - e Verify ITR using Bank Account EVC

e Verify ITR using Demat Account

This method is similar to the Bank Account method. In this case, too, you will have to prevalidate your Demat Account on the Income Tax e-Filing portal. This process takes 1-2 hours and in case of any error, you receive an e-Mail on the registered e-Mail ID. Hence, you can generate an EVC to complete the process of ITR verification.

www.incometax.gov.in - e Verify ITR using Demat Account EVC
www.incometax.gov.in - e Verify ITR using Demat Account

e Verify ITR using NetBanking

You can go ahead with this method if you have availed the Netbanking of your bank account. On the e-Verify page, select Through Net Banking and click Continue.

www.incometax.gov.in - e Verify using Net Banking option
www.incometax.gov.in - Select Bank to e Verify ITR
www.incometax.gov.in - Use Net Banking to e Verify ITR

Verify ITR using Bank ATM – Offline Method

Similar to the netbanking method, the Income Tax Department offers this facility to generate code through the bank ATM to select banks. Therefore, the EVC generated through this process is valid for 72 hours. The code is sent to your registered mobile number.

e Verify Return without Logging in to the e-Filing Portal

www.incometax.gov.in - Homepage e Verify ITR Option
www.incometax.gov.in - Enter Details to Verify ITR

Send ITR-V to CPC

If it is not possible to electronically verify your ITR, you can physically verify it. You will have to send a signed copy of the ITR-V to Income Tax Department. Following is the list of the important points you need to remember while following this process:

Sample ITR-V Form

ITR-V-(2020-21)
Track Your ITR Status
Check your Income Tax Return Status using the PAN and Acknowledgment number - which is allocated by the Income Tax Department after filing your ITR.
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Track Your ITR Status
Check your Income Tax Return Status using the PAN and Acknowledgment number - which is allocated by the Income Tax Department after filing your ITR.
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FAQs

What happens if I don’t verify my ITR?

You need to verify your ITR within 120 days of filing. Failing to do so, the Income Tax Department will treat your ITR as invalid. In this case, you will have to file a revised return.

What is the e-Mail ID of CPC?

There is no e-Mail ID to contact the CPC. The only way to contact them is through the toll free number and chargeable contact number. The toll free number of CPC is: 1800-425-2229

What is the password to open ITR-V?

The password to open the ITR-V document is the combination of your PAN and D.o.B, the last 5-digits of your PAN number and D.o.B in the ddmmyy format.

My demat account / bank account is inactive, can I e-Verify my return with this account?

No. You need to have an active demat account / bank account which needs to be pre-validated and EVC-enabled on e-Filing portal to e-Verify your return using your demat account / bank account.

Will delay in e-Verification attract any penalty?

If you do not verify in time, your return is treated as not filed and it will attract all the consequences of not filing ITR under the Income Tax Act, 1961. However, you may request condonation of delay in verification by giving appropriate reason. Only after submission of such a request, you will be able to e-Verify your return. However, the return will be treated valid only once the condonation request has been approved by the competent Income Tax Authority.

What to do in case ITR-V is rejected?

You can see the reason for rejection on your e-Filing Dashboard. You may send another ITR-V or choose to e-Verify the ITR online.

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. If I have filed a revised return, do I need to e-verify the original return or the previous return as well?

  2. Hi @Joe_Fernandes,

    If you are filing a revised return, you can only verify the latest revised return. If the previous versions of revised returns or original return is not verified, it will ve deemed to be invalid and won’t be processed by the ITD.

    e-verification using Aadhaar OTP is the most widely used and fastest method to verify your return.

  3. Hi,
    I had filed and e-verified my return in November 2021. I still haven’t received my refund and got the same email. Do I need to do anything? and how long until I get my refund?

  4. Hey @Nihal,

    In case you have successfully e-verified the return, you do not need to worry and can ignore the email.
    Usually, the refund takes 6-9 weeks from the ITR being processed. However, it may vary based on the case-to-case basis.

    You can track your refund using this tool

    Hope this helps :slight_smile: