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e-Verification of ITR: A Step-By-Step Guide on How to e-Verify the Income Tax Return

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When the Indian Government started with the transformation journey of India to ‘Digital India’, it aimed to provide its citizens with a robust online infrastructure. Moreover, the Government intends to make Indian citizens more digitally advanced and provide them with online facilities to ease their work. One such advancement can be seen in the services provided by the Income Tax Department.

 

The Income Tax Department has made numerous changes in the manner it operates and enforces the Income Tax Law on the Indian citizens. To be more specific, the Income Tax Return filing process and its aftermath has undergone significant changes.

 

This article targets the e-Verification process of the Income Tax Return, explaining each step and process in a detailed manner.

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What is e-Verification of the Income Tax Return (ITR)?

While filing the ITR, an assessee has to confirm/validate the declaration mentioned in the ITR. The declaration is simply a confirmation obtained by the Income Tax Department that the information submitted in the return is true to the best of the knowledge of the assessee.

An e-Verification is a process that streamlines the manner of validating the ITR and ensuring its accuracy and authenticity. Moreover, it replaces the traditional method of validating the Income Tax Return Verification Form (ITR-V), which required the assessee to physically sign and send the ITR acknowledgement at the Income Tax Department’s Centralised Processing Centre (CPC) in Bengaluru.

Importance of Verification of the Income Tax Return (ITR)?

Verification or providing validation to the ITR is very important. Failure to do so within a stipulated time will make the ITR invalid. If the assessee fails to verify the ITR within a given timeframe, the ITR will not be considered as filed or it is treated as an invalid filing. Moreover, the ITR will not be processed by the Income Tax Department, that is, no action will be taken by the department till the ITR is verified by the assessee. The Income Tax Department may serve a notice to the assessee for failure to e-Verify the ITR.

Note: It is pertinent to remember that, w.e.f. 1 August 2022, the ITR should be verified within 30 days of filing.

Steps for e-Verification of the Income Tax Return (ITR)

The ITR can be e-Verified either by logging in to the Income Tax portal or without logging in thereon.


1. Following are the steps for e-Verification of the ITR without logging into the Income Tax portal:

Step 1:
Visit the Income Tax e-filing website at
https://www.incometax.gov.in/iec/foportal/

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Step 2:

Select the e-Verify Return option under Quick Links.

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Step 3:

Enter the required information like PAN, Assessment Year, Acknowledgement Number, and the Mobile Number.

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Step 4:

Enter the OTP received on the mobile number provided earlier.

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Step 5:

Click on the Submit option.

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Step 6:

Successfully complete the e-Verification.

2. The steps for e-Verification of the ITR by logging into the Income Tax portal are as follows:

Step 1:

Login using your credentials to the Income Tax portal at https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices/#/login

Step 2:

Select the e-file option.

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Step 3:

Under the e-file option, select Income Tax Returns.

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Step 4:

Under the Income Tax Returns option, select e-Verify Return.

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Step 5:

Select the method of e-Verification.

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Step 6:

Successfully complete the e-Verification.

It is pertinent to note that the returns pending for e-Verification will only be displayed under the e-Verification tab and not otherwise. Moreover, the acknowledgement number of the ITR filed will be required to proceed with the e-Verification.

Different Options for Verification of the Income Tax Return (ITR)

At the time of submitting the ITR, an assessee is provided with various options for verifying the ITR. An assessee can avail any of the following options to verify the ITR on the Income Tax portal:

1. e-Verify Now:

If an assessee wants to complete the e-Verification process immediately, this option can be selected. Under this option, e-Verification can be done instantly through Aadhaar OTP or prevalidated bank or demat account of the assessee.

2. e-Verify Later:

The assessee may choose to file the ITR without verification. However, the verification of the ITR should be completed within 30 days from the date of filing of ITR.

Note: If the assessee chooses to e-Verify the ITR later, he cannot e-Verify the ITR using the Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).

3. Verify via ITR-V:

The assessee may opt to verify the ITR by physically signing the ITR-V Form and submitting it to CPC Bengaluru. The time limit of physical submission is the same as e-Verification, that is, 30 days.

Modes of e-Verification of the Income Tax Return (ITR)

An ITR can be e-Verified through any of the below modes:

  1. Aadhaar OTP

  2. Aadhaar OTP, already generated

  3. Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

  4. Generating Electronic Verification Code (EVC) through:

    1. Net Banking

    2. Bank Account

    3. Demat Account

    4. Bank ATM

  5. Electronic Verification Code (EVC), already generated

Step-By-Step Guide Explaining Modes of e-Verification of the Income Tax Return (ITR)

Each mode of e-Verification of the ITR is explained in detail below along with outlining the steps for e-Verification using different modes.

1. e-Verification using Aadhaar OTP

Step 1:

Login to the Income Tax portal with your credentials, at https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices/#/login. Select the e-file option, then Income Tax Returns, and finally click on e-Verify Return.

Step 2:

Select the option ‘I would like to verify using OTP on a mobile number registered with Aadhaar’, and then click continue.

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Step 3:

Select the option ‘I agree to validate my Aadhaar Details’ and click on Generate Aadhaar OTP.

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Step 4:

 Enter the 6-digit OTP received on the mobile number registered with Aadhaar and proceed with Validation.

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Important:

  1. The Aadhaar OTP will remain valid for 15 minutes only.

  2. The OTP should be entered correctly and only 3 attempts are given to enter the correct OTP.

  3. Resend OTP option resends the OTP, if it is not received earlier.

Step 5:

Successfully complete the e-Verification process. Upon completion, a Transaction ID is displayed along with the success message. A simultaneous confirmation is received via email and message registered on the Income Tax portal.

2. e-Verification using Aadhaar OTP, already generated

Step 1:

Login to the Income Tax portal with your credentials, at https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices/#/login. Select the e-file option, then Income Tax Returns, and finally click on e-Verify Return.

Step 2:

Select the option ‘I already have an OTP on mobile number registered with Aadhaar’. Enter the OTP and then click continue.

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Important:

  • The Aadhaar OTP will remain valid for 15 minutes only.

  • The OTP should be entered correctly and only 3 attempts are given to enter the correct OTP.

  • Resend OTP option resends the OTP, if it is not received earlier.

Step 3:

Successfully complete the e-Verification process.

3. e-Verification using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC):

Step 1:

Login to the Income Tax portal with your credentials, at https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices/#/login. Select the e-file option, then Income Tax Returns, and finally click on e-Verify Return.

Step 2:

 Select the option ‘I would like to verify using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)’ and click continue.

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Step 3:

Click on the link to download ‘emsigner utility’, if not downloaded and installed already. Otherwise, check mark on the option ‘I have downloaded and installed emsigner utility.

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Step 4:

After the completion of download and installation of ‘emsigner utility’, select the option ‘I have downloaded and installed emsigner utility and click on continue.

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Step 5:

 Fill the information such as Provider, Certificate, and Provider Password on the Data Sign page and click on sign.

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Step 6:

 Successfully complete the e-Verification process.

4a. e-Verification using Electronic Verification Code (EVC) generated through Net Banking:

 Login to the Income Tax portal with your credentials, at https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices/#/login. Select the e-file option, then Income Tax Returns, and finally click on e-Verify Return.

Step 2:

Select the option ‘Generate EVC through Net Banking’ and click continue.

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Step 3:

Choose the Bank through which e-Verification is to be completed and click continue.

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Step 4:

Go through the message in the Disclaimer and click on continue. You will be redirected to the net banking page of the selected bank.

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Step 5:

Login to the bank account using the banking credentials.

Step 6:

On the bank’s website, select the option of e-filing. After which, you will be redirected to the Income Tax portal login and will be logged out from the bank’s website.

Step 7:

After logging into the Income Tax portal, you will be redirected to the e-filing dashboard. Select the e-file option, then Income Tax Returns, and finally click on e-Verify Return.

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Step 8:

Successfully complete the e-Verification process.

4b. e-Verification using Electronic Verification Code (EVC) generated through Bank Account:

Login to the Income Tax portal with your credentials, at https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices/#/login. Select the e-file option, then Income Tax Returns, and finally click on e-Verify Return.

Step 2:

Select the option ‘Generate EVC through Bank Account’ and click continue.

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