Registration on Income Tax e Filing Portal

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Shreya Sharma

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Income Tax Registration
Last updated on February 13th, 2024

The rapid evolution of direct taxes over recent decades reflects the evolving landscape of socio-economic thinking in India. With the vission of digital India in the year 2021, The Income Tax department under the Ministry of Finance has developed e filing Portal. The objective of this portal is to provide a single window of access to income tax-related services for taxpayers and other stakeholders. To file an income tax return, one must register on the e filing Portal.

How to register on the Income Tax e filing Portal?

  1. Open the income tax e filing login website.

    Go to the Income Tax portal and click on the “Register” - Homepage

  2. User Type

    Enter your PAN under the Register as a Taxpayer option and click Validate. If someone has already registered the PAN or if it is invalid, the system will display an error - Get Started Page

  3. Enter the required details

    Enter all the mandatory details including Name, DOB, Gender and Residential Status as per your PAN on the Basic Details page and click - Enter Contact Details and Basic Details

  4. Provide contact details

    On validation of PAN, the Contact Details page appears for individual taxpayers. Enter your Contact Details including your Primary Mobile Number, Email ID and Address. Click Continue.

  5. Validate using OTP

    The system will send two separate OTPs to the primary mobile number and email ID. Enter the separate 6-digit OTPs received on the mobile number and email ID and click Continue.

  6. Verify Details

    Verify the basic details and contact details before clicking - Verify Details

  7. Set password

    On the Secure your Account page, enter your desired password in both the Set Password and Confirm Password text boxes. Enter your personalized message and click - Secure you account

  8. Account Created

    Upon successful registration, click “Proceed to Login” to initiate the login process.

Features: Income Tax e Filing Portal

The following are the features of the income tax e filing website:

The pre-filling and filing service is available to registered users on the e Filing portal. This service enables individual taxpayers to file ITR either online through the e Filing portal or by accessing the offline utility.

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How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on e filing Portal?

The e Filing Vault Higher Security service is available to registered users to enable higher security of their e Filing account. The e-Filing Vault implements a second level of authentication for logging into the e Filing account and adds second-factor authentication for password reset through one of the following options:

The Steps to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on the e filing Portal are:

  1. Log in to the e-filing portal using your User ID and password.
  2. Navigate to the top right corner of your Dashboard, and click My Profile. On the My Profile page, click e-Filing Vault Higher Security. 
  3. The screen will display two options: ‘Set Higher Security for Login’ and ‘Set Higher Security for Password Reset.’
  4. On the top right corner of your Dashboard, click My Profile. On the My Profile page, click e-Filing Vault Higher Security. 
  5. In the Set Higher Security for Login and Set Higher Security for Password Reset sections, select the higher security option that you would like to apply.
  6. Depending on the selected option, the system will display an information message upon successful validation, Click OK.


Why should I register myself on the e-filing portal?

Registration is mandatory to file the Income Tax return. the e-Filing portal will enable you to access and use the various functionalities and tax-related services that the e-Filing Portal offers.

What is the password policy of the Income Tax Portal?

The password should match the following criteria:
1. It should be at least 8 characters and at most 14 characters.
2. It should include both uppercase and lowercase letters.
3. It should contain a number.
4. It should have a special character (e.g. @#$%).

I am a non-resident user without a mobile number in India. Can I register on the e-filing Portal?

Yes, you can provide your foreign mobile number while registering. All details will be communicated to you on your email ID provided and not your foreign mobile number. All OTPs will be sent on email ID only.

Can I use more than one method of security for e-filing Vault?

Yes, Users can opt for more than one method of security for the e-filing Vault. However, you have to choose one of the options while logging in to the e-filing portal

Can I register on behalf of my family member?

The registration is based on the PAN and the provided primary contact details. Each PAN must be registered individually.

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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