Income Tax Verification – e Verify ITR using Different Methods

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

  • Registered user on the e-Filing portal with valid user ID and password
  • Acknowledgement Number (to e-Verify ITR without logging into the e-Filing portal)
  • You have filed a return or an ERI has filed the return on your behalf (to e-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.

  2. e-Verify Return option

    Click on e-File > Income Tax Return > e-Verify Return

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

    On the e-Verify Return page, click e-Verify against the unverified return.

  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.

  • On the e-Verify page, select I would like to e-Verify using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
  • After the download and installation of emsigner utility is complete, select I have downloaded and installed emsigner utility on the Verify Your Identity page and click Continue
  • On the Data Sign page, select your Provider, Certificate and enter the Provider Password. Click 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.

  • On the e-Verify page, select I would like to verify using OTP on mobile number registered with Aadhaar and click Continue 
  • On the Aadhaar OTP page, select the I agree to validate my Aadhaar Details checkbox and click Generate Aadhaar OTP
  • Enter the 6-digit OTP received on your mobile number registered with Aadhaar and click Validate

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

  • On the e-Verify page, select I already have an Electronic Verification Code (EVC)
  • Enter EVC in the Enter EVC textbox and click Continue

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.

  • On the e-Verify page, select Through Bank Account and click Continue
  • Enter the EVC received on your mobile number and email ID registered with your bank account in the Enter EVC textbox and click e-Verify

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.

  • On the e-Verify page, select Through Demat Account and click Continue
  • Enter the EVC received on your mobile number and email ID registered with your demat account in the Enter EVC textbox and click e-Verify

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.

  • Select the bank through which you want to e-Verify and click Continue
  • Read the disclaimer that pops up on the screen and click on continue. Log in to your Net Banking using your Net Banking user ID and password. Click the link to log in to e-Filing from your bank’s website
  • On successful login, you will be taken to the e-Filing Dashboard. Go to the respective ITR / Form / service and click e-Verify. Your ITR / Form / Service will be e-Verified successfully

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.

  • Visit your bank’s ATM and swipe your ATM card
  • Enter PIN
  • Select Generate EVC for Income tax Filing. Hence, An EVC will be sent to your mobile number and email ID registered with the e-Filing portal
  • The generated EVC can be used to e-Verify the return by selecting I already have an Electronic Verification Code (EVC) as a preferred choice of e-Verification. Refer to the e Verify ITR using EVC section of this article to proceed and verify your return

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

  • Go to the e-Filing portal homepage and click e-Verify Return
  • On the e-Verify Return page, enter your PAN, select the Assessment Year, enter Acknowledgment Number of the ITR filed and Mobile Number available with you and click Continue
  • Enter the OTP and submit it to complete the process of verifying your return

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:

  • It is a one-page document which should be signed in blue-ink and you cannot courier ITR-V
  • You do not have to send any supporting documents along with ITR-V
  • You will receive an intimation via SMS on your registered mobile number and e-Mail ID once the ITD receives your ITR-V form
  • The address of CPC Bangalore for speed post: CPC, Post Box No. 1, Electronic City Post Office, Bangalore – 560100, Karnataka, India

Sample ITR-V Form

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