How to Download pre-filled JSON and File ITR Using JSON File on the New IT Portal for AY 2022-23?

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Maharshi Shah

Income Tax e-Filing
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Last updated on May 11th, 2023

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 FY 2020-21/AY 2021-22. 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


    Now, click on Downloads > Income Tax Returns from the dashboard

  3. Download the Common Utility

    Select the assessment year and click on the option to download the common 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 program, click on ‘Run Anyway’Run JSON Utility

  5. The 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 2023-24File ITR

Download Prefilled JSON - Download Prefilled Data - Enter Details to Procure Prefilled Data - Select Mode of Filing - Download Prefilled JSON

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

How to File ITR Using JSON?

After preparing your ITR, you need to upload the prepared ITR JSON file on the e-Filing portal by following these steps:

Attach 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 30 days of the submission of your return.


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

No, currently 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 their system.

Can I make changes to 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, contact details income details & tax credits 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

  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!

  7. Hello, I have withdrawn my EPF & EPS completely in July this year. I had not completed 5 years service and hence some amount is taxable. I need help in understanding how this should be reported when I file ITR next year.

    Here’s what I have already figured out -
    A - Employee’s contribution - Not taxable, should be reported under exempted income under section 10(11)
    B - Interest on employee’s contribution - Taxed as income from other sources
    C - Employer’s contribution - Taxable as profits in lieu of salary under section 17(3)
    D - Interest on employer’s contribution - Taxable as profits in lieu of salary under section 17(3)
    E - I have claimed EPF for deduction under section 80C in past. Since I didn’t complete 5 years of service, this amount is now taxable as income in current year.

    What I can’t figure out -
    1 - Whether EPS (pension) is taxable, and under which section it should be reported
    2 - With reference to point E above, under which section should I report this amount as income?
    3 - With reference to point E above, let’s say in one of the previous years the deductions claimed under 80C were: 1.5 lakh PPF, 25k insurance premium, 28k EPF. In this case my 1.5 lakh investment limit under 80C is being exhausted by investments without taking EPF into consideration. Do I still need to report 28k EPF as salary income this year?

    Thank you in advance for any helpful insight.

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