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How to Download pre-filled JSON and File ITR Using JSON File on the New IT Portal for AY 2021-22?

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Maharshi Shah

E-ITR
Income Tax e-Filing
ITR Filing
Last updated on September 20th, 2021

What is JSON Utility?

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.

What Data is available in the Prefilled JSON?

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:

Step by Step Guide to Download JSON Offline Utility

  1. Visit the Income Tax e-Filing Portal

    Go to the Income Tax e-Filing Portal, i.e, the IT Portal 2.0 www.incometax.gov.in - Homepage

  2. Downloads

    Now, click on the Downloads option from the dashboard

  3. Download the Common Utility

    Click on the option to download the common utility for ITR 1 to ITR 4.www.incometax.gov.in - Downloads

  4. Open the ITR Utility Folder

    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’Run JSON Utility

  5. Utility will start installing

    After you select ‘Run Anyway’ your ITR Utility will start installingInstalling JSON Utility

  6. Now, click on Continue

    After you install the utility you land on the Homepage. Now Click on continue. HomePage to file ITR

  7. File your ITR

    From here you will be able to file your Income Tax Return for AY 2021-22File ITR

Download Prefilled JSON

www.incometax.gov.in - Download Prefilled Data
www.incometax.gov.in - Enter Details to Procure Prefilled Data
www.incometax.gov.in - Select Mode of Filing
www.incometax.gov.in - Download Prefilled JSON

You can attach this file in the income tax JSON utility you had downloaded to file your ITR.

How to File ITR Using JSON?

After preparing your ITR, you need to upload the prepared ITR JSON file using below mentioned steps:

www.incometaxgov.in - File Income Tax Return
File ITR Using Offline Mode
Attach JSON File
Successful Validation of JSON File
Confirmation of Submission of the ITR
Message of Successful Submission of the ITR

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.

FAQs

Is the facility to upload ITR at the e-filing portal enabled?

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.

Can I make changes in my profile?

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.

What data does prefilled JSON contain?

Prefilled JSON contains data such as name, father’s name, bank account details, Aadhaar, address and contact details.

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hi @Dia_malhotra

    ITD have launched the portal yesterday night. Due to heavy traffic some of the features are not working properly. It will be resumed soon.

    Stay tuned with us. Will update you with every feature new portal has!

    In the meantime, you can check out all the features in the below post

  2. Hi @Niral_Koradia, this can help

  3. Hi, @Nireka Thank you for your response. Is there any place where it announces whether it has been completed or not? I’m wondering about the last date of the filing.

  4. @Niral_Koradia, we are expecting it around mid-August. The last date of filing ITR when Tax Audit is not Applicable for AY 2021-22 is 30th September 2021.

    You can follow us on Twitter to get updates about new releases and ITR filing
    https://twitter.com/HowToQuicko

  5. HI @Nireka Hope you are doing well ! Do you happen to know the status for enabling E-Filling ? Is it still pending from ITD side or from quicko’s technical side ?

  6. Hey @Niral_Koradia, the ITD has published the schemas for Income Tax Return and you will be able to prepare the ITR on Quicko. However, we are still awaiting APIs that are required to enable ITR filing from ITD. ITR filing will be soon enabled on Quicko.
    Stay tuned for all the exciting product feature updates next week!

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