Financial Year 2021-22 started with the Central Board of Direct Taxes introducing JSON Utilities for ITR filing. The Income Tax Department has decided to discontinue the current Excel and Java versions of the ITR Utilities from AY 2021-22. Currently, the JSON Offline Utility is enabled only for ITR 1 and ITR 4, the other ITRs will be added in the utility in the next releases. Follow this step-by-step procedure to download JSON from the Income Tax e-Filing Portal.
The imported prefilled data can be edited to change basic information such as address, name, bank details, etc. However, you cannot change the PAN details. In such a case, you will have to edit the information of your PAN on the e-filing portal and then will have to again download the prefilled JSON file. Here is a list of the details present in the prefilled JSON file:
Go to the Income Tax e-Filing Portal, i.e, the IT Portal 2.0
Now, click on the Downloads option from the dashboard
After the Zip Folder is downloaded, open the Utility from that folder and if you receive a message asking to ‘Run Anyway’ the programme, click on ‘Run Anyway’
After you select ‘Run Anyway’ your ITR Utility will start installing
After you install the utility you land on the Homepage. Now Click on continue.
From here you will be able to file your Income Tax Return for AY 2021-22
You can attach this file in the income tax JSON utility you had downloaded to file your ITR.
After preparing your ITR, you need to upload the prepared ITR JSON file using below mentioned steps:
Submitting the ITR to the ITD is not the last step of the process. You still have to e-Verify your return within 120 days of the submission of your return.
No, currenlty the facility to upload ITR at the e-filing portal is not enabled. Taxpayers can fill and save the file either within the utility or export the output json file to your system.
JSON Utility is enabled to import and pre-fill the data from the e-filing portal. You will be able to fill in the balance data and also edit the profile data other than PAN details in the utility, however, it is suggested to edit the same in your Profile at the e-filing website and regenerate prefill data.
Prefilled JSON contains data such as name, father’s name, bank account details, Aadhaar, address and contact details.