Efiling Income Tax Last Updated : 17 Jul 2019

E-filing is the short form of electronic filing. The e-fling method helps individuals electronically file their Income Tax Returns (ITR) online on a yearly basis. E-filing Income Tax Returns has become very popular because it is convenient, user-friendly, and accurate.

About efiling Income Tax Returns 

The Government of India has made it mandatory for individuals, who are earning above a certain amount of money in a year, to file ITR. It is mandatory to file ITR and heavy penalties are levied in case individuals do not file their returns on time. Various benefits are provided to individuals who file their ITR in a timely manner on a yearly basis. 

Unlike earlier, it has become very simple for individuals and businesses to file ITR. The Indian Government has introduced several new measures to ensure that it is very easy for individuals to file their returns. efiling helps individuals file their ITR from the comfort of their office or home and can be completed in a few clicks. The introduction of the efiling system has also minimized the amount of time that individuals earlier spent to file their ITR. Individuals need not visit the Income Tax Department in order to file their returns and can instead use the internet. 

What is the procedure for efiling Income Tax Returns Online?

The procedure of ITR efiling is very simple. It is vital that individuals file their ITR on time so that no penalties are levied on them. The procedure to e-file ITR is mentioned below: 

  • Register on the ITR portal: The first step would be for the individual to register on the ITR portal. Individuals will need to provide their PAN, name, and date of birth in order to register. The PAN will become the User ID and the password can be chosen by the individual. 
  • Selection of ITR form: The next step would be for the individual to choose the relevant ITR form. Depending on the type of ITR that is being filed, the ITR form may vary. 
  • Filling of the form: The ITR form can be filled both offline and online. In case individuals wish to fill the form manually, they can download the form on the ITR portal and upload it on the efiling website once it is filled. 
  • Acknowledgement and verification: An acknowledgement will be received once the form has been uploaded on the ITR website. The form is known as the ITR-V. In case individuals do not update the Aadhaar card details, the ITR-V has to be physically signed and sent to the Income Tax Department. The form must be sent within 120 days from the date the ITR was filed. 
  • Refund of tax: In case individuals pay an extra tax amount than what is computed by the Income Tax Department, they are eligible to receive a refund. It is important that individuals update the correct bank details to prevent any delays in receiving the refund. 

What are the benefits of efiling Income Tax Returns? 

The main benefits of efiling Income Tax Returns are mentioned below: 

  • Tracking the status: Individuals who e-file the ITR can easily check the status online. Earlier, it was time-consuming to check the status and the status would only be sent by post. However, efiling ITR enables the individual to check the progress of the application with ease. 
  • Processing of refund: In case individuals e-file their ITR, the process to receive the refund is easy and is much quicker. Earlier, the refund process was not very convenient and was very time-consuming. However, individuals can update the bank details online and receive the refund much quicker. 
  • Reduction of errors: Due to the number of calculations that must be made when computing ITR, it is common that errors are made. However, when efiling ITR, there is a mechanism where the computation of ITR is done by the system, therefore reducing the number of errors. 
  • E-Verification: The verification of ITR can be done online if individuals e-file their ITR. Earlier, the ITR would have to be sent to the CPC in Bengaluru. 
  • Convenient: The process of efiling ITR is very convenient, easy, and the process takes very less time. Earlier, the process to file ITR was very tedious as individuals had to visit the Income Tax Department. However, the process to e-file ITR can be done from the comforts of an individual’s home. 
  • Access to documents: In case individuals e-file the ITR, they will have to upload the necessary documents online. Therefore, individuals will be able to view the documents at any given time. The manual process of efiling ITR does not provide such benefits. 
  • Compilation of records: Earlier, individuals were required to fill many forms in case they wanted to file the ITR. The process to fill the forms was very complex as well. However, efiling ITR removes the complexity of the process as all the data is auto-populated during the initial process and the ensuing steps become very simple. 
  • Cost-efficient: In case individuals wish to file their returns manually, they might have to hire a professional to compute their returns. This could cost money in case they wish to hire a professional. However, individuals could do away with these expenses in case they e-file their ITR as the computation can be done online. 
  • Receipt of proof: Individuals who e-file their ITR will receive a receipt at the time of filing returns and once returns have been filed as well. The receipt will be sent via email. 
  • Electronic banking: The process to make payments and refunds is simple. It can be done via direct debit for the payment of tax and direct deposit for the receiving of refund. There are options available where investors can file their returns now and make the payment at a later date as well. Taxpayers can choose the day when they would like the payment to be made. 

Who is required to file for Income Tax Returns?

Under the conditions given below, it is mandatory for individuals to file their ITR: 

  • Any firm or company must file ITR even if they make a profit or undergo a loss. 
  • In case individuals wish to apply for a loan or a visa. 
  • In case individuals invest in foreign assets or earn from foreign assets. 
  • In case individuals wish to claim a refund from the Income Tax Department. 
  • In case individuals earn an income from house property, etc. 
  • If the gross annual income of the individual exceeds the details mentioned in the table below: 
Age of the individuals Gross annual income (Rs.)
Individuals who are below 60 years old  2.5 lakh 
Individuals above the age of 60 years but below the age of 80 years  3.0 lakh 
Individuals who are above the age of 80 years  5.0 lakh 

What are the documents required for efiling Income Tax Returns? 

In case individuals wish to file their ITR online, the below-mentioned documents will be required: 

  • The Permanent Account Number (PAN) of the individual. 
  • The Aadhaar number of the individual. The Aadhaar number must be linked with the PAN. 
  • The bank account details (bank account number, IFSC code, and bank branch) of the individual. 

In case individuals file their ITR based on their salary, the below-mentioned documents are needed: 

  • Form 16 
  • In case House Rent Allowance (HRA) is being claimed, the rent slips must be given. 
  • Salary Slips 

In case individuals wish to claim deductions, the below-mentioned documents are required: 

  • Proof of income such as capital gains income and house property income. 
  • Any details about investments that are liable for deductions. 
  • Details of home loans and insurance 
  • Deposit account and savings account interest certificates. 

News About eFiling Income Tax

  • Union Budget 2019 highlights regarding ITR filing

    Previously, a taxpayer was required to file income tax returns only if his or her income exceeded the exemption limit. In Union Budget 2019, in order to widen the taxpayer base, it has been proposed that Income Tax Return (ITR) filing has been made compulsory for the following cases even if the taxpayer’s income limit is below the taxable limit.

    If capital gains tax exemption has been claimed on investment in a house and so on. If an individual makes electricity bill payments of Rs.1 lakh or more in a year. If expenses incurred on travel to foreign countries is more than Rs.2 lakh in a year. If deposits made in a current account with a bank or co-operative bank is more than Rs.1 crore in a year.

    12 July 2019

  • Even if the original ITR was filed offline, revised ITR can be done electronically

    The income tax department has added another facility in an aim to make the entire income tax filing process fully online. Individuals who have manually filed their Income Tax Returns (ITR) or have done it offline, will be able to file their revised ITR electronically. The last date for filing ITR for the FY 2017-2018 is 31 March 2019.

    Under Section 139 (5) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, any mistakes made by individuals when filing their original returns can be rectified by filing revised returns. Filing of wrong ITR form, non-disclosure of foreign assets and income, and wrong reporting of deductions and income are some of the mistakes that can be rectified when filing revised returns.

    The form required when filing revised returns is the same as the original form. The method for filing returns also remains the same. Individuals will need to enter the right details when filing revised returns. Individuals will also need to check the box where it mentions revised returns as well. There are no restrictions on the number of times individuals can revise their returns. However, once returns are revised, the original returns will be withdrawn.

    28 March 2019

  • E-filing Vault Introduced by Government to Make Income Tax Accounts Safer

    In a bid to make the income tax accounts safer than before, the Government of India has introduced a new security measure known as ‘e-filing vault’. This feature will help deal with any unauthorised loggings present in the income tax e-filing portal using a dual-factor authentication process to log into an account. With this new feature, a taxpayer can log into his or her account using details such as User ID, which is the PAN number, and password in addition to another security level check. Users can enable this feature by going to the Profile Settings and then clicking on the e-Filing Vault-Higher Security option. After that, the taxpayer can select the required options to secure the account.

    The requirements for activating the high-level security check are:

    1. The taxpayer must be registered on the e-filing portal.

    2. The person should have a valid Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) which is already registered with the e-filing application.

    3. The Aadhaar Card of the individual should be linked with his/her PAN card in the e-filing portal.

    4. The candidate must link a valid demat account number or bank account number with his/her PAN card in the e-filing portal.

    11 March 2019

  • Forgot Password? Here’s How You Can Reset It On The Income Tax E-Filing Website

    In case you forget your password on the income tax e-filing website when logging into the website of the Income Tax Department to download Form 26AS or file your income tax returns, there are four ways through which you can reset it: answering the secret question, using a one-time password, uploading Digital Signature Certificate, and using your Aadhaar one-time password. You can click on the tab that says Forgot Password on the e-filing website of the Income Tax Department after which you will be redirected to a new webpage. On this page, you will have to enter your user ID which is basically your PAN. You will also have to enter the captcha, and then hit Continue. You will then receive the four options mentioned above, and you can choose any one of them to change your password.

    3 September 2018

  • Advantages of filing ITR even when the income is below exemption limit

    The last date for filing the Income Tax Returns (ITR) has been extended by a month and now the deadline is 31 August 2018. This is obviously a good news for assessees who are required to file their returns mandatorily but have not filed it yet as it will not invite penalties. However, there are a number of individuals who are not mandatorily required to file their returns even after earning some sort of income during the year.

    However, the people who are not lawfully required to file their returns are also advised to file their returns to be able to avail certain benefits. Some of these benefits are as follows:

    • Claiming refunds for tax deducted at source (TDS)
    • Processing of documents at the time of applying for loans
    • Carrying forward of losses to set them off against capital gains
    • Establishing a proof of income in case of compensations

    In addition to these, the filing of returns offers a document proof to the individual for his/her income which is recognised by the Income Tax Department (ITD). Thus, it is advisable to keep the Income Tax Department informed about the income and taxability of the individual.

    21 August 2018

  • Deadline for Filing Income Tax Returns Extended to August 31

    The government has given Indian taxpayers a one month extension on filing their taxes. The previous deadline was set for 31 July and has now been extended to 31 August.

    The extension was announced last week by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. The extension has provided a much needed sense of relief for individuals who are yet to file their taxes. According to the new rules, taxpayers could pay as much as Rs.10,000 in penalties for non-filing of their tax returns under section 234F of the Income Tax Act.

    20 August 2018

  • States slip on fiscal targets on farm loan waivers, GST: RBI

    The RBI recently said that the higher expenditure on salaries and waivers on farm loans along with a revenue shortfall on the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has led to a slippage of around 0.35% in the states’ fiscal targets. The fiscal target for the year 2017-18 was 3.1%. The central bank also added that the states have failed for the third consecutive year to meet their gross financial deficit (GFD) target. This comes despite expectations of an improvement on higher devolution from the Centre.

    The states are hoping for a 0.2% revenue surplus for the financial year 2019 as opposed to a revenue deficit of 0.4% as per the revised estimates. This will lead to an overall gross fiscal deficit or GFD of 2.6%. The GFD for the financial year 2018 was 3.1%. In a recent study on the finances of states based on the state budgets, the RBI said that farm loan waivers alone have contributed to one-third of the overall slippage worries. This was accompanied by a 0.05% slippage on the overall 0.13% on revenue expenses. The RBI reiterated its concerns on the waivers on farm loans. It said that their track record for the improvement in their productivity has been unproven.

    8 August 2018

  • Income Tax refunds worth Rs.70,000 crore issued, 99 per cent claims processed: CBDT

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) recently said that Income Tax refunds of more than Rs.70,000 crore have been issued to the taxpayers and almost all the refund claims that were pending by the end of June 2018 have been processed. In order to clear the pending refunds, the Income Tax Department (ITD) had executed a dedicated fortnight starting 1 June 2018 and ending 15 June 2018. In certain regions, this drive was further extended to 30 June 2018 in order to meet the requirement. More than 20,000 such issues were taken care of and the refunds were issued to the respective taxpayers as per the dues.

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) also added that a large number of refunds have been issued for the processing of Income Tax Returns (ITR) as well.

    A statement made by CBDT mentions that more than 99% of all the claims that had been put for refunds and were pending for processing by the end of June 2018, have already been processed and refunds have been issued to the respective taxpayers. Till date, refunds have been issued for 45.07 lakh cases since April 2018 to June 2018. Reportedly, this figure is more than the figures for the same time period last year, by almost 9 lakh. The CBDT also added that over 3 lakh refunds for the Assessment Year 2018-19, which have been filed in the last few weeks have also been issued.

    14 July 2018

  • Tax department scrutinising GST credits taken by tech companies

    The indirect tax department is now looking into the capital expenditure of Information Technology enabled Services (ITeS) companies and information technology (IT) companies after suspecting that they have evaded Goods and Service Tax liabilities. The initial investigations by the indirect tax department revealed that the capital expenditure of companies had significantly increased after the implementation of GST. In multiple cases, many IT companies from Hyderabad and Bangalore had placed orders to buy equipment from companies which was long before the implementation of GST but only took the deliveries after the implementation of GST. Tax department officers believe this was deliberately done to take credit on these purchases under GST after its implementation. This could be a case that the company has deliberately planned this well in advance so that all the procurements that have been done after the implementation of GST are rolled out in a perfectly legal manner. The firms will now have to submit the appropriate invoice details, purchase orders and capitalisation details.

    12 July 2018

  • Don’t forget to mention these small things while filing income tax returns

    As the first quarter of the financial year has come to an end, the deadline for filing the Income Tax Returns (ITR) is also nearing. Filing Income Tax Returns (ITR) before the due date has a number of benefits. Given below are a few factors that salaried individuals should not miss out on while filing their Income Tax Returns (ITR):

    • The taxpayer should make sure that the Form 26AS is thoroughly checked before submitting the final returns. The tax department matches the entries made in Form 26AS with the entries submitted by the assessee. In case of discrepancies, the tax department will send a notice to the assessee.
    • It is important to check the year and format of assessment. The correct assessment year and format should be chosen at the time of filing the Income Tax Returns (ITR). There are multiple formats for different types of taxpayers. Thus, it is important to select the correct format as per the eligibility of the assessee.
    • An assessee is required to run through their mutual fund statements and their bank account statements before filing their Income Tax Returns (ITR). The taxes have to calculated for Systematic Investment Plans (SIP) and Systematic Withdrawal Plans (SWP) and filed accordingly.
    • Incomes from interest fall under the head Income from Other Sources. Thus, it is important to file the income earned in terms of interests on savings bank accounts and fixed deposits before filing the Income Tax Returns (ITR).
    • Income of minors (if any) has to be added to the income of a parent before calculating taxable income.
    • Providing the correct bank details is also very important. Tax refunds (if any) are processed to the mentioned bank account.

    11 July 2018

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