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.
Go to the Income Tax e-Filing Portal and under downloads click on ‘IT Return Preparation Software’
Now, click on the link to download the JSON Utility
After clicking on the link, the zip folder will start to download on your computer
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
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.