DSC Management Utility: Generate Signature File to Submit ITR or Form

DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate is an electronic signature which is used to sign electronic documents or to access information or services on the internet. The certificate contains the following details of the user – name, pin code, country, date of issue, date of expiry and name of the certifying authority. To use DSC services on Income Tax E-filing Portal, the taxpayer should use the DSC Management Utility to generate a signature file. To submit ITR or submit a Form online on Income Tax website, taxpayer should generate signature file from DSC Management Utility.

The signature file from DSC Utility can be used to avail the following services on the Income Tax E-filing Portal:

DSC Application for Residents
Apply for Class 2 DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate with 2 years validity
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DSC Application for Residents
Apply for Class 2 DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate with 2 years validity
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DSC Management Utility – Steps to generate signature file to submit ITR or Form

  1. Download DSC Management Utility

    Firstly, download DSC Management Utility from the income tax e-filing portal. A zip folder is downloaded

  2. Open the Java Utility

    Extract the zip folder. Click on DSC_MGMT_UTILITY.jar to open the utility

  3. Tab – Submit ITR / Form Online

    Select the tab ‘Submit ITR / Form Online’. Enter the required details:
    a. E-filing User ID – Enter the username of the account on income tax e-filing portal. Following are the User IDs for different types of users.
    b. Enter PAN of the DSC – Enter PAN (Permanent Account Number) of the holder of the DSC. In case of an NRI User, this is not a mandatory field

  4. Type of DSC – Using .pfx file

    If you select the type of DSC as .pfx file, follow these steps:
    a. Select the option .pfx file
    b. Select the certificate file
    c. Enter the password
    d. Click on ‘Generate Signature File’

  5. Type of DSC – Using USB Token

    If you select the type of DSC as .pfx file, follow these steps:
    a. Select the option USB Token
    b. Select USB Token Certificate from the drop-down
    c. Click on ‘Generate Signature File’
    d. Enter the USB Token PIN. Click on ‘Ok’

  6. Success Message

    A success message will appear on the screen and a signature file is generated. Save it in the appropriate folder

  7. Use DSC Signature File

    You can use the signature file for the following services:
    a. Submit Form Online – Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in > Prepare and Submit Online Form > Fill Form Details > Attach Signature File
    b. Approve Tax Audit Report – Login to Incometaxefiling website > Worklist > For Your Action > View Uploaded Form > View Form > Accept > Attach Signature File
    c. Submit Refund Re-issue Request – Login to income tax e-filing portal > My Account > Service Request > Refund Re-issue Request > Add Bank Details > Attach Signature File

FAQs

When I submit ITR or Form on Income Tax Portal, an error appears on the screen as “Validity of the Digital Signature Certificate has expired. Please update a valid Digital Signature Certificate”. What should I do?

If the validity period of the Digital Signature Certificate has expired, the taxpayer should apply for a new Digital Signature Certificate from the Certified Service Provider. Once the new DSC is issued, the taxpayer should register the DSC on Income Tax Portal and then submit ITR or Form.

When I submit ITR or Form on Income Tax Portal, an error appears on the screen as “The PAN mentioned in the Digital Signature Certificate does not match. Please retry”. What should I do?

If the PAN in the Digital Signature Certificate does not match with the registered PAN of the taxpayer, PAN mismatch error will appear on the screen. The taxpayer should contact the Certificate Provider and check the PAN in DSC.
If the taxpayer is a Firm / Company / AOP / BOI / Legal Authority / Co-operative Society / Artificial Juridical Person / Trust, ensure that the PAN mentioned in the Digital Signature is of principal contact (Authorized Signatory). If the principal contact has changed, ensure that you have updated PAN details of the new principal contact (under ‘Profile Settings’ > ‘Update Principal Contact’s details). The PAN encrypted in DSC should match with PAN of principal contact.

DSC Management Utility: Generate Signature File to Upload XML

DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate is an electronic signature that is used to sign electronic documents or to access information or services on the internet. The certificate contains the following details of the user – name, pin code, country, date of issue, date of expiry, and name of the certifying authority. To use DSC services on Income Tax E-filing Portal, the taxpayer should use the DSC Management Utility to generate a signature file. To upload an XML on the Income Tax website, the taxpayer should generate a signature file from DSC Management Utility.

The signature file from DSC Utility can be used to avail the following services on the Income Tax E-filing Portal:

DSC Application for Residents
Apply for Class 2 DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate with 2 years validity
[Rated 4.8 stars by customers like you]
DSC Application for Residents
Apply for Class 2 DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate with 2 years validity
[Rated 4.8 stars by customers like you]

DSC Management Utility – Steps to Generate a Signature File to Upload XML

  1. Download DSC Management Utility

    Firstly, Download DSC Management Utility from the income tax e-filing portal. A zip folder is downloaded

  2. Open the Java Utility

    Extract the zip folder. Click on DSC_MGMT_UTILITY.jar to open the utility

  3. Tab – Upload XML

    Select tab ‘Upload XML’. Click on ‘Browse XML file’ to select XML file for which you want to generate the digital signature file

  4. Type of DSC – Using .pfx file

    If you select the type of DSC as .pfx file, follow these steps:
    a. Select the option .pfx file
    b. Select the certificate file
    c. Enter the password
    d. Click on ‘Generate Signature File’

  5. Type of DSC – Using USB Token

    If you select the type of DSC as .pfx file, follow these steps:
    a. Select the option USB Token
    b. Select USB Token Certificate from the drop-down
    c. Click on ‘Generate Signature File’
    d. Enter the USB Token PIN. Click on ‘Ok’

  6. Success Message

    A success message will appear on the screen and a signature file is generated. Save it in the appropriate folder

  7. Use DSC Signature File

    You can use the signature file for the following services:
    a. Upload ITR by Taxpayer – Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in > e-file > Upload Return > Attach XML > Attach Signature File
    b. File Rectification by Taxpayer – Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in > e-file > Rectification > Attach XML > Attach Signature File
    c. Upload Tax Audit Report or Upload Other Forms by CA – Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in > e-file > Upload Form > Attach XML > Attach Signature File

FAQs

When I upload XML with Signature File on Income Tax Portal, an error appears on the screen as “Validity of the Digital Signature Certificate has expired. Please update a valid Digital Signature Certificate”. What should I do?

If the validity period of the Digital Signature Certificate has expired, the taxpayer should apply for a new Digital Signature Certificate from the Certified Service Provider. Once the new DSC is issued, the taxpayer should register the DSC on Income Tax Portal and upload XML.

When I upload XML and sign using DSC on Income Tax Portal, an error appears on the screen as “The PAN mentioned in the Digital Signature Certificate does not match. Please retry”. What should I do?

If the PAN in the Digital Signature Certificate does not match with the registered PAN of the taxpayer, PAN mismatch error will appear on the screen. The taxpayer should contact the Certificate Provider and check the PAN in DSC.
If the taxpayer is a Firm / Company / AOP / BOI / Legal Authority / Co-operative Society / Artificial Juridical Person / Trust, ensure that the PAN mentioned in the Digital Signature is of principal contact (Authorized Signatory). If the principal contact has changed, ensure that you have updated PAN details of the new principal contact (under ‘Profile Settings’ > ‘Update Principal Contact’s details). The PAN encrypted in DSC should match with PAN of principal contact.

Income Tax e-Filing Website : Download ITR XML File

Income Tax Return (ITR) XML is a file format of the filed ITR. A taxpayer can download the ITR XML file for any specific Financial Year from the Income Tax e-Filing Portal. A taxpayer can open the ITR XML using ITR Utilities to view the details of the ITR filed. ITR XML can be used for the following purposes:

  • To view the ITR Details,
  • For Revise ITR filing,
  • To check Tax Calculations of reported income.

IT Department also provides the facility to download prefilled XML to taxpayers for ITR filing.

Steps To Download ITR XML File from the Income Tax e-Filing Website

  1. Go to the Income Tax e-Filing portal

    Log in using valid credentials.

  2. Click on My Account > View e-Filed Returns/Forms

    It is right next to the Dashboard.

  3. Select “Income Tax Returns” from the drop-down list.

    Click on Submit.

  4. Click on the acknowledgment number to view the status of your Income Tax Return.

    Against the AY for which you wish to download filed XML.

  5. Click on “XML” to download the XML file.

    The XML file will be downloaded.

Track Your ITR Status
Check your Income Tax Return Status using the PAN and Acknowledgment number - which is allocated by the Income Tax Department after filing your ITR.
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FAQs

What to do if I have forgotten my password of Income Tax e-filing account?

You can reset the password of your account on the Income Tax e-Filing portal. However, you will not be able to create a new account on e-Filing portal. You can reset password in any of the following ways:
Answering Secret Question
Uploading Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
Using OTP (PINs)
Using Aadhaar OTP
NetBanking Login

What is the due date to file Revise Return?

a Revised Return can be filed up to the end of the assessment year or before completion of the assessment, whichever is earlier. This means that an assessee can file a revised return up to one year from the end of the financial year.

How many times can a revise return be filed?

A return can be revised any number of times before the expiry of one year from the end of the assessment year or before the assessment by the department is completed, whichever event takes place earlier.