E verify Income Tax Returns

Filing your income tax returns is highly essential if you don’t want to be caught on the wrong side of the law. Once you have filed it, the next step for you to take is to verify the returns you have filed, after which the IT department will process your application.

Income tax returns can now be easily verified by both registered and unregistered users on the new e-filing portal. There are several methods through which you can e-verify your tax returns. You can opt to use any of the following modes – Aadhaar OTP, net banking, digital signature certificate, electronic verification code using either bank account, Demat account, or ATM. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps which take very little time and your verification is done accurately.

e-Verification of ITR

After the Income Tax Returns (ITR) are successfully filed, you will be required to verify the same. The returns filed by an individual are verified by the Income Tax Department (ITD) only after the verification is done.

e-verify using Aadhaar OTP

The following steps are required to be followed in order to e-verify the tax returns using Aadhaar OTP:

Step 1: Select ‘I would like to verify using OTP on mobile number registered with Aadhaar’ on the e-verify page and click on ‘Continue’.

Step 2: Select the ‘I agree to validate my Aadhaar Details’ checkbox on the Aadhaar OTP page.

Step 3: Click on ‘Generate Aadhaar OTP’.

Step 4: Enter the 6-digit OTP received on the mobile number registered with Aadhaar.

Step 5: Click on ‘Validate’.

On doing so, a success message page will be displayed along with a transaction ID. A confirmation message will also be sent on registered email ID and mobile number.

e-verify using Net banking

To e-verify your tax returns using net banking, you need to follow the steps listed below:

Step 1: Select ‘Through Net Banking’ on the e-verify page and click on ‘Continue’.

Step 2: Select the bank through which you want to e-Verify and click on ‘Continue’.

Step 3: Read and understand the disclaimer which pops up on the screen and click on ‘Continue’.

Step 4: Login to Net Banking account using the user ID and password.

Step 5: Click on the displayed link. On doing so, you will be logged out of the internet banking session and directed to the e-Filing portal.

Step 6: On successful login, you will be taken to the e-Filing Dashboard.

Step 7: Go to the respective ITR/Form/service and click on ‘e-Verify’.

A success message page will be displayed along with a Transaction ID on the screen. You will receive the confirmation message along with the transaction ID on the registered mobile number and email ID as well.

e-verify using digital signature certificate

To e-verify tax returns using digital signature certificate (DSC), you will need to follow the steps listed below:

Step 1: Select ‘I would like to e-Verify using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)’ on the e-Verify page.

Step 2: On the next page, select ‘Click here to download emsigner utility’.

Step 3: Once the download and installation is complete, select ‘I have downloaded and installed emsigner utility on the Verify Your Identity page’ and click on ‘Continue’.

Step 4: Select the appropriate provider and certificate before entering the provider password.

Step 5: Click on ‘Sign’.

On doing so, a success message page will be displayed on the screen along with a transaction ID. It will also be sent on the registered mobile number and email ID.

e-verify using Electronic Verification Code (EVC)

You can e-verify the tax returns filed by you using the electronic verification code. There are two ways of doing it - one is using a Bank account and the other is using a Demat Account. Let us take a look at the steps involved under both methods:

Using a bank account

The steps involved are listed below:

Step 1: Select ‘Through Bank Account’ on the e-Verify page and click on ‘Continue’.

Step 2: An Electronic Verification Code (EVC) with the pre-validated and EVC enabled bank account will be generated and sent to your registered email ID and mobile number.

Step 3: Enter the received EVC.

Step 4: Click on ‘e-Verify’.

A message will be displayed on the screen along with a transaction ID and EVC. You shall receive a confirmation message on your registered mobile number and email ID.

Using demat account

To e-verify tax returns using a demat account, you need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: On the e-Verify page, select ‘Through Demat Account’ and click on ‘Continue’.

Step 2: Next, click on ‘Continue’

Step 3: On doing that, Electronic Verification Code (EVC) with the pre-validated and EVC enabled bank account will be generated and sent to your registered email ID and mobile number.

Step 3: Key in the received EVC in the EVC textbox.

Step 4: Click on ‘e-Verify’ button.

On the screen, a success message along with a transaction ID and EVC will be displayed just like when e-verifying tax returns after generating EVC using a bank account. It shall also be sent on the registered mobile number and email ID.

e-verify using electronic verification code (using bank ATM – offline method)

To carry out e-verification using electronic verification code through bank ATM, you need to follow steps stated below:

Step 1: Visit an ATM of the particular bank and swipe the card at the machine.

Step 2: Enter the PIN

Step 3: Select ‘Generate EVC for Income tax filing’

Step 4: An EVC will be sent to the registered mobile number and e-mail ID

Step 5: Use the generated EVC to e-verify the return by selecting ‘I already have an Electronic Verification Code (EVC) as a preferred choice of e-Verification.’

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1.Is it necessary to pre-validate the bank and demat account in order to use Electronic Verification Code (EVC) for e-verification of tax returns?

Yes, it is necessary to pre-validate bank and demat account for using Electronic Verification Code (EVC).

2. Do all banks offer the service to generate EVC through bank ATM?

No, the service is not provided by all banks. It is only offered by certain banks.

3. Which banks offer the service of generating EVC through bank ATM?

Banks such as State Bank of India (SBI), Central Bank of India, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IDBI Bank, and Canara Bank offer the service of generating EVC through bank ATM.

4. Do I need to have my PAN linked with the bank account and registered with the e-filing portal to e-verify my tax returns by generating EVC through bank ATM?

Yes, the PAN needs to be linked with the bank account and registered with the e-filing portal for you to generating EVC through bank ATM.

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