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ITR V: How to Download ITR-V from the Income Tax Portal?

Updated: Jul 2


ITR V: How to Download ITR-V from the Income Tax Portal

One of the most critical duties of every taxpayer is timely filing of their ITR. The task does not really come to an end with just submitting your returns online. An important step after e-filing must be downloading and verifying the submitted ITR-V form. The ITR-V stands for ‘Income Tax Return-Verification' Form is just an acknowledgment provided by the Income Tax Department of India. This is an important document that will have to be checked against to finish the evaluation process of the tax returns.

 

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In this article, you will be empowered to confidently and easily deal with this last, most important part of your tax submission journey, that is, downloading ITR V form. Now, let's dive into the specifics of how to access and secure your ITR-V form so that you're fully meeting your tax obligations.


Understanding ITR-V

ITR-V stands for ‘Income Tax Return-Verification’ form. It is generated as an acknowledgement of the Income Tax Return electronically filed without a digital signature. Here's a detailed breakdown of what is the purpose of ITR-V, and key features every taxpayer should be aware of:


Purpose of ITR-V:

  • Acknowledgement: ITR-V is an acknowledgement of the filing of the ITR with the Income Tax Department. It needs to be in place to confirm that your tax return has been received and in queue for processing.

  • Verification: The ITR needs to be verified after filing. This can either be electronic, such as verification using Aadhaar OTP and EVC using net banking, or sending a physically signed ITR-V to CPC, Bengaluru, India.


Key Features of ITR-V

  • Format: ITR-V is a single-page document, downloadable in PDF format from the Income Tax e-filing portal upon submission of ITR.

  • Contents: This includes personal information such as PAN, name, address, the status of the tax return, assessment year, and a unique barcode for processing.

  • Password Protected: The downloaded PDF of ITR-V is password protected. Usually, the password is the PAN number in lowercase, followed by birth date in format DDMMYYYY.

  • No Attachments Required: In the case of sending by post, no documents or attachments need to be sent along with ITR-V. It need not be accompanied by anything. It just needs to be printed, signed, and posted to CPC Bangalore within 30 days from the date of e-filing.


How to Download ITR-V from the Income Tax Portal: Step-by-Step Process


The steps to download the ITR-V form are pretty easy from the Income Tax e-Filing portal. Here is a step-by-step guide to download your ITR-V after submitting your Income Tax Return:


  1. Step 1: Log on to the Income Tax e-Filing Portal

  • Visit the official website: Open the Income Tax e-Filing portal.

  • Log in: Use your user ID (PAN), Password, and the captcha code to log in to your account.


  1. Step 2: Reach the 'View Returns/Forms' Option

  • Select an Option: Log in and reach the 'Dashboard.' On the dashboard, click on the 'View Returns / Forms' option. This will open a list of all your past field returns.


  1. Step 3: Choose the Relevant Assessment Year

  • Choose ITR-V: Among the options available, Click on 'Income Tax Returns' and select the relevant Assessment Year for which you need ITR-V.

  • Click on the Acknowledgement Number: This is a hyperlink that will open for the details of the return you filed for that year.


  1. Step 4: Download ITR-V

  • Download Link: On the page showing details of your return, there will be a link to 'Download ITR-V'. Click this link.

  • Open Download: The ITR-V will download as a PDF. Note that the file will be password-protected.


  1. Step 5: Open the ITR-V PDF

  • Password Format: The password to open your ITR-V PDF is your PAN number in a lowercase preceded by your date of birth. Suppose, for example, that your PAN is ABCDE1234F and your birth date is January 1, 1990; the password would be abcde1234f01011990.

  • Save and Print: Once opened, save the PDF for your record and print if required for mailing


  1. Step 6: Check and Mail/ Post, if required

  • Verification: In case you have not verified your return electronically otherwise, that is, through Aadhaar OTP, EVC via bank account, etc. then you must sign the printed ITR-V and send it to CPC in Bangalore within 30 days of e-filing your return.

  • Mailing Address: Given below is the address to which the ITR-V has to be sent:

CPC, Post Box No - 1, Electronic City Post Office,

Bangalore - 560100, Karnataka, INDIA

  • Via Speed Post or Ordinary Post: Make sure you post it via speed post or ordinary post only.


Verifying and Printing ITR-V

Once downloaded from the Income Tax e-Filing portal, the next steps would be to open the ITR-V PDF document, check its contents, and finally print it correctly if you need to mail it to the Income Tax Department's CPC. Here's how to follow each step:


How to Open ITR-V


Password Format:

ITR-V is a password-protected PDF. The password is usually in the form PAN, in lowercase, and the date of birth. Here's how to open the PDF:

  • PAN: Your PAN number in lower case; for example, abcde1234f.

  • Date of Birth: Date of birth in DDMMYYYY format; for example, 01011990. Example: If your PAN is ABCDE1234F and your birth date is January 1, 1990, your password would be abcde1234f01011990.


Guidelines for Printing

While printing your ITR-V to mail the same to CPC, the following guidelines should be kept in mind while taking a print so that the printout conforms to these requirements:


  1. Printer Settings:

  • Quality: The quality of the printer should be good; all details should be clearly visible. There is a barcode at the bottom of ITR-V, which includes important details for processing— clearly print it.

  • Paper Size: The document to be printed should be done in standard A4 size white paper.


  1. Print Specifications:

  • Single-Sided Printing: Always print the ITR-V single-sided. CPC does not accept double-sided prints.

  • Black & White or Color: Black and white is adequate, although color is allowed if it enhances readability.


  1. Signature Requirement:

  • Signing the ITR-V: Sign the printed copy of ITR-V In blue ink before mailing. Be careful that your signature does not cover any important information or barcodes.

  • Signature: Sign in the space provided in the form ITR-V. Most of the time, the signature box is at the bottom of the page.


  1. Do Not Staple or Fold: If possible, avoid folding the document. Use an A4 size envelope to send the ITR-V. Do not staple the document.


Mailing the ITR-V

  • Address: Send the signed ITR-V to the following address:

CPC, Post Box No - 1, Electronic City Post Office,

Bangalore - 560100, Karnataka, INDIA

  • Postage Mode: The ITR-V Form is to be sent either through Speed Post or Ordinary Post. No Couriers at the PO Box address will be accepted.


Common Issues and Troubleshooting

Taxpayers might face a number of common problems during the process of downloading ITR-V. Some of the frequent problems related to accessing, opening, and handling the ITR-V form include:


  1. Incorrect Password

Problem: You are unable to open the ITR-V PDF since it shows that the password is incorrect. 

Solution:

  • Check Password Format: Use the correct password format—your PAN (in lowercase) followed by your date of birth in DMY in the DDMMYYYY format. Re-check for typographical errors.

  • Update the PDF Reader: Ensure that your PDF reader is updated, because sometimes older versions of PDF software do not work correctly.

  • Re-download ITR-V: If the problem goes on, then try to download the re-ITR-V from e-Filing to get the assurance of a non-corrupt file.


  1. Not able to Find ITR-V on Portal

Problem: The ITR-V is not visible or not available for download on the e-filing portal.


Solution:

  • Check Status of ITR Submission: Verify that your ITR has been successfully submitted and that you received an acknowledgement email/SMS from the Income Tax Department. Only then will the ITR-V be generated.

  • Wait and Process: Sometimes, it takes time to process the ITR-V and show it on the portal. So, just wait for a few hours or a day and check again.

  • Contact Helpdesk: In case ITR–V still is not displayed, intimate the Income Tax Department helpdesk through logging of enquiry by providing your PAN and the date of ITR submission.


  1. Correc­tion and Resubmission

Problem: You have found errors in your filed ITR that affects the ITR-V, relating to your per­sonal information, income details, or deductions.


Solution:

  • File a Revised Return: In case the original ITR was filed within the due date, you can file a revised return. Log in to the e-Filing portal > 'e-File' menu > revised return option.

  • Changes in Details: Update the required details in the relevant fields of the revised ITR form.

  • Submit and Download New ITR-V: Submit the revised return, and then download the new ITR-V showing the changes made.

  • Check or Send Revised ITR-V: e-Verify the revised return finally, or send the newly printed ITR-V to CPC, as needed.


e-Verify ITR: Different Ways for e-Verifying ITR

E-verification of an ITR is a very critical process to validate the information filled in by a taxpayer while filing taxes. You have to e-verify your ITR within a period of 30 days after filing your return. Here are the various methods for e-verification of return:


ITR Verification via Aadhaar OTP

The simplest of all methods of e-verifying your ITR is through the use of Aadhaar OTP. For this, your Aadhaar number needs to be linked with your PAN, and your mobile number needs to be registered with Aadhaar. From the Income Tax Department, an OTP would be sent to your registered mobile number, which may be used to verify your ITR through the e-filing portal.


ITR Verification via Net Banking

Now, if you have access to net banking with a bank registered with the Income Tax Department, then directly through your net banking account you would log into your e-filing account. This would give you a valid EVC to verify the ITR. It's safe, therefore, since it is utilizing the protocols of security of a bank itself.


ITR Verification via Bank Account

You can pre-validate your bank account through the e-filing portal. The concerned EVC will be sent to your registered mobile number and email address linked with the bank, which you may use for verifying your ITR. We highlight that the bank has to link with the e-filing portal to activate this route.


ITR Verification via Demat Account

Now, in the bank account method, you have another last option to pre-validate your Demat account on the e-filing portal. After pre-validation, an EVC will be generated and sent to your registered mobile number and email, which you can use in place of Aadhaar for the e-verification of your ITR.


ITR Verification via Bank ATM

This offline process involves generating an EVC through the bank's ATM, which ought to be registered with the Income Tax Department. You just need to go to any bank's ATM, swipe your card, and select the option for EVC generation for income tax filing. On completing the process, you will get an EVC on your registered mobile number. You can then enter this EVC on the e-filing portal to verify your return.


ITR Verification via Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) has the highest security level compared to all the e-verification methods. You can upload a valid DSC to the e-filing portal, which will then use the same for verifying your ITR. This method is predominantly utilized by businesses and professionals who digitally verify documents.


FAQ

Q1. What is ITR-V?

ITR-V stands for Income Tax Return Verification form. It is generated as an acknowledgement slip when you e-file your ITR without a digital signature.


Q2. Why do you download the ITR-V?

You need to download the ITR-V to verify e-filing of your Income Tax Return. It acts as proof that your ITR has been filed with the Income Tax Department.


Q3. How to download ITR-V from the Income Tax Portal?

Log in to your account on the portal of Income Tax e-Filing; now, proceed to 'View Returns/ Forms.' Select Assessment Year, click on the acknowledgment number, and download ITR-V. 


Q4. What could be the password to open your downloaded ITR-V PDF?

The password is the lowercase PAN along with the date of birth in DDMMYYYY format. For example, if your PAN is ABCDE1234F and you were born on January 1, 1990, the password would be abcde1234f01011990.


Q5. Can I download ITR-V without logging into the e-Filing portal?

No, you need to log in to your account with the Income Tax e-Filing portal to download ITR-V.


Q6. How to reset the password for the Income Tax e-Filing portal?

The same may be reset from the 'Forgot Password' option available on the e-Filing portal using the secret question, obtaining OTP on your registered mobile number, or using your Aadhaar number to generate OTP for verification.


Q7. Is it necessary to send the printed ITR-V to CPC Bangalore?

Yes. If you do not e-verify your ITR electronically, you must print, sign, and send the ITR-V to CPC, Bangalore within 30 days from the date of e-filing.


Q8. How should ITR-V be sent to CPC, Bangalore?

ITR-V should be sent via speed post or ordinary post to the CPC. It should not be stapled, folded, or sent through courier.


Q9. What are the consequences of not sending ITR-V to CPC within 30 days?

The e-filed return without sending ITR-V within 30 days will be treated as invalid, meaning thereby that it is as if you have not filed the return at all.


Q10. Will I have the option to e-verify my return after I download ITR-V?

Yes, you can e-verify your return even after downloading ITR-V, within the 30 day period, which will eliminate the need for sending ITR-V physically.




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