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How to Download JSON Utility from ITD?

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Yesha Dalwadi

Income Tax e-Filing
ITR Filing

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.

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 and under downloads click on ‘IT Return Preparation Software’Go to ITD'S Website to Download JSON Utility

  2. Click on JSON Utility

    Now, click on the link to download the JSON UtilityLink to download JSON Utility

  3. Zip File will start to download

    After clicking on the link, the zip folder will start to download on your computerZip folder for JSON Utility

  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


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.

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hey @TeamQuicko

    Can you tell me about ITD’s new ITR filing utility for AY 2021-22?

  2. Hey @HarshitShah

    To improve the tax filing process, the Income Tax Department has decided to do away with the excel and java-based utility and has launched a new offline JSON-based utility for the AY 2021-22. The new utility will help taxpayers import prefilled data and edit it before filing the income tax return (ITR).

    The taxpayers can download the pre-filled data from the income tax e-filing portal and fill in the rest of the data. This imported prefilled data can be edited to change basic information such as address and all. Currently, the utility can be used to file ITR1 to ITR 4. ITD has also released a step-by-step guide to using the utility.

    Hope this helps! :slight_smile:

  3. Is it possible to file ITR online without an account on the Income Tax e-filing portal?

  4. What should be done in case of discrepancies in actual TDS and TDS credit under Form 26AS?

  5. Hey @Amitabh_Verma

    It is mandatory to create an account on the Income Tax e-filing portal to file your ITR online. It is a hassle-free quicko process. One can register on the portal by providing relevant details such as user type, PAN, first name, surname, date of birth, and fill in the registration form.

  6. Hey @Niraj

    Many times mismatches and discrepancies in actual TDS and TDS credit under Form 26AS happen because of wrong information provided in the TDS return. One can approach the employer/deductor to file a revised TDS return after making the necessary corrections.

    The income-tax department allows an assessee to mention the reason for mismatch in the online portal in answer to a notice sent by them.

    Hope this helps! :slight_smile:

  7. Hi, actually I filed ITR 1(A.Y. 2013-14) due to notice served in Jan month.

    The ITR is pending for verification. Ask the options aren’t available for me client i.e Aadhar verification,evc etc. Only thing is I got my clients DSC. but option of DSC for e-verification is not showing. I can’t send CPC to Bengaluru since it will take time. How can I use DSC to e-verify my already filed return

  8. Hi @Arsheen

    The option to e-verify ITR using DSC is to be selected while filing. Once you have filed your ITR only option available for e-verification is EVC/Aadhar OTP or sending ITR V to CPC Bangalore. You have 120
    days from the date of e-Filing to e-verify your ITR.

    So if 120 days are not over you can send the signed ITR V to CPC Bangalore to get it e-verified and processed.

    Hope this helps :slightly_smiling_face:

  9. Hi @Sharath

    It is suggested to file ITR as NRI in India if you have trading transactions even if there are losses.
    If you do not file ITR then there are high chances of your PAN getting flagged by the IT department for non-filing of ITR.
    Also, If you file the ITR on time you can take benefit of carry forwarding the losses and setting off those losses against the profits in future years.

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