Where can a taxpayer file his I-T return electronically?

Mar 05, 2018 | 1 year ago | Read Time: 3 minutes | By iKnowledge Team

E-filing for the financial year can be completed in nine simple steps.

The last time you paid your utility bills at a counter could very well have been in the early noughties, if you were old enough to pay bills that is. It’s no secret that almost everyone these days pay their bills online. This holds true for tax returns too.

Government data suggests that 2.83 crore income tax returns were filed in 2017-18, an increase of 24.7% from the previous year! Since everyone is taking to the internet, why lag? It is so much more convenient to pay online. Not just convenient, it is simple too. It can be done in nine simple steps.

Steps to e-file tax returns

  1. Register

Visit www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

If you are e-filing for the first time, click on ‘New registration’ and create a profile. Make sure you mention an active email ID and mobile number while creating the profile.

Once the profile is created, you will receive updates from the IT department to ensure the details you have provided are correct.

Complete the registration by clicking on the activation link sent to your email ID.

If you need any assistance at any point, call the customer care number or click on the customer care tab.

  1. Key in the details

The next step is to click on the tab ‘Registered user’. Feed in your name, date of birth, password and your PAN number. You must remember that your PAN number is your user ID. Once you have filled in the details, click on the log-in button.

  1. Choose how to e-file your returns

There are two ways of e-filing. You can either:

  • Download the ITR form, fill it when you have the time and upload it later
  • Fill it online instantly by clicking on the quick e-file option.
  1. Know which tax return form to fill

  • ITR-1: This is for those earning a salary, pension or income from property or sources other than lottery.
  • ITR-2: This is for individuals earning capital gains.
  • ITR 2A: This is for individuals owning more than one house with no capital gains.
  • ITR-3, 4 and 4S: This is for professionals and business owners.
  1. Keep your documents handy

– Pan card

– Form 16/16A (These will have the TDS certificates)

– Investment details

– Capital gains statements

– Property details

– Insurance papers

– Home loan document

– Interest statement

  1. Get tax credit statement 26AS

Form 26AS has your tax summary.  You can download this via net banking.

Check for any differences in the TDS amounts shown in Form 26AS and your TDS certificates. Then compute your total income for the financial year. Don’t miss any income while calculating your total taxable income.

If your earnings are more than Rs 50 lakh a year, you need to fill an additional column ‘AL’ with the value your assets and liabilities. The asset values must be declared at cost.

  1. Calculate your tax liability

Compute your tax liabilities as per the income tax slab. This will tell you your final tax payable.

If calculations are not your cup of tea, you can visit http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/pages/tools/tax-calculator.aspx. The tax calculator available on this site will determine the exact tax return amount.

  1. Key in form info and upload

Before you fill the ITR form (online or offline), read the ‘General Instructions’ on the top of the form to avoid any mistakes.

If filling the form offline, save it as an XML file before you upload it on the website.

  1. Verify the ITR form

You must wait for the acknowledgment number after completing/uploading your form. It will be sent to your email address. Preserve the number if you submit the form with a digital signature.

If you are filing it without the digital signature, an ITR-V is generated and sent to the registered e-mail ID. Remember that without the verification of the ITR V, your tax-filing process is not complete. Verify the ITR-V electronically or mail the signed ITR V copy to the Bengaluru processing center within 120 days of the e-filing of returns.

You can either use the official Income Tax department’s website or other tax-filing portals to file your returns. This can save you the hassle of visiting an income tax office in person.

Get a detailed explanation on tax sections under 80C, 80CCC & 80CCD here.

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