How to e-Verify Income Tax Return

How to e-Verify Income Tax Return

After successfully filing your Income Tax Returns, the next step is to e-verify the same, otherwise, your tax filing will be considered invalid. Yes, within 120 days of filing an ITR, you also need to verify the same, else your ITR submission will be invalid. And, the best way to verify your ITR is online. Yes, the e-verification of ITR is not only easy but also a time-saving process. In just a few simple steps, you would be able to verify your ITR, hence can avoid the hassle of physical ITR verification. 

How to Verify Income Tax Return Online

Step 1: Log in to Income Tax India website with your credentials (https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home)

Step 2: Select the ‘View Returns/Forms’ option to see e-filed tax returns 

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Step 3: Select the option ‘Click here to view your returns pending for e-verification’

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Step 4:Select the option ‘e-verify

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Step 5: When you click on e-verify, there is a list of modes through which you can generate an EVC

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Step 6: Upon successfully generating the EVC through the desired mode, enter the EVC and submit

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Step 7: A confirmation message will be displayed with a transaction ID and EVC code. Click on the green button to download the attachment. 

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Note: This is for your record only. No further action is required

How to Generate Electronic Verification Code (EVC) to e-Verify ITR

An EVC is a 10-digit alphanumeric code that can easily be generated online to e-verify a submitted income tax return. Only one EVC can be used to verify one return. Following are the methods to generate an EVC for ITR verification.  

Ways to Generate EVC for ITR e-Verification

Net Banking:

Step 1: Login to your net banking account

Step 2: Find the tab related to income tax filing on the home page

Step 3: Select the e-verify option, which will redirect you to the website of the Income Tax Department

Step 4: Select the “My Account” tab on the e-filing web page to generate EVC

Step 5: The EVC will be sent to your registered mobile number and email ID

Step 6: Use this EVC to e-verify your return

Bank ATM:

Step 1: Swipe your debit card at a bank ATM 

Step 2: Select the option of “Generate PIN for e-Filing”

Step 3: You will receive the EVC on your registered mobile number

Step 4: Log in to the Income Tax Department e-filing website and select the option “e-verify using Bank ATM”

Step 5: Enter the EVC to verify your ITR

Bank Account Number:

Step 1: Visit the e-filing portal of Income Tax Department and click on “e-Verify Return” under Quick Links

Step 2: Enter PAN, assessment year and acknowledgment number received at the time of ITR filing

Step 3: Click e-verify

Step 4: Various methods to generate the e-verification code (EVC) will be displayed. Click “Option 3- Generate EVC through Bank Account Number”

Step 5: The following screen will appear to pre-validate your bank account

Step 6: Select the bank name, enter IFSC and your registered mobile number. Click on “Prevalidate”

Step 7: After prevalidation of your bank account, the following web page will be displayed. Click “Yes” to receive EVC on your registered mobile number by SMS. 

Step 8: Now enter this EVC to verify your return and download the attachment after successful e-verification. 

Note: This attachment is only for your record and no additional step is required after this.

Demat Account Number:

Step 1: Log into your Income Tax e-filing account

Step 2: Click on “Profile Settings” tab in the dashboard view

Step 3: Click on “Prevalidate Your Demat Account” and the following web page will appear

Step 4: Fill out the various mandatory fields such as Depository Type (NSDL/CDSL), DP ID, Client ID, Mobile Number, Email ID and then click on the “Prevalidate” button

Step 5: After you have clicked the “Prevalidate” button, click yes to receive EVC to your registered mobile number

Step 6: Use this EVC to verify your return and download the attachment after successful e-verification. 

Note: This attachment is only for your record and no additional step is required after this.

Quick Tip: You can also e-verify your ITR with aadhaar. And, for that, your aadhaar should be linked with PAN. 

Aadhaar OTP:

Step 1: Link your Aadhaar number with your PAN

Step 2: Go to the Income Tax e-filing website and click on “e-Verify using Aadhaar OTP”

Step 3: The one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the mobile number linked to your Aadhaar Card 

Step 4: Enter the OTP to e-verify your return. Please note that the OTP is valid for 10 minutes only

Step 5: You can download the attachment after successful e-verification 

Note:Please note that this attachment is only for your record and no additional step is required after this.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.What is ITR verification?

A.An ITR verification is the process of validating the already submitted ITR. If you do not verify your ITR, it will be null and void. In that case, you will have to file a belated return along with late filing penalties. Thus, it is advisable that you should verify your ITR within 120 days of filing. It can be done both electronically and physically by sending ITR-V by post.

Q.Which is the best way to verify ITR?

A. The best way to verify your ITR is e-verification because it is quick, easy and time-saving. 

Q. How can I check if my ITR is verified or not?

A. You can check the ITR verification status online by typing your PAN, acknowledgment number and captcha code. However, if you had verified ITR by sending a copy of ITR-V to CPC by post, then you will receive an acknowledgment email by CPC.

Q. What if ITR verification is not done within 120 days of filing?

A. If you do not verify your ITR within 120 days of filing, your ITR will stand invalid. This would mean that you have not filed ITR for that particular FY and you will have to file a belated ITR with penalties.

However, if there was a genuine reason or hardship due to which you could not verify your ITR on time, you can file a condonation delay request from the e-filing website of IT Department.

Q.What to do if my ITR is rejected?

A. If your ITR is rejected, first click on the acknowledgment number. Doing this will display the reason for the rejection. Rectify the issue first and then file a revised return and do not forget to verify it within 120 days of revised return filing.

Q.What is EVC?

A. EVC refers to Electronic Verification Code. It is a 10-digit alphanumeric code, unique to every PAN. It is required for the e-verification of ITR.

Q.How to generate EVC or Electronic Verification Code?

A. EVC can be generated through:

  • Bank ATM
  • Bank Account Number
  • Netbanking
  • Demat Account Number
  • Aadhaar OTP

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