Online Tax Payment - Pay Income Tax Online in India Last Updated : 26 May 2020

The process of tax payment has become easier as it can be made online now. Visit the official website in order to make your tax payment online, choose Challan 280, enter your personal information, review the details entered, and submit it online.

As much as the process to calculate your income tax and filing returns might seem like a hassle sometimes, the payment procedure of the income tax due is easy and can be completed in a jiffy!

Procedure to pay income tax dues online

Here are the steps to pay the income tax that you are liable to pay online:

Step 1 - Visit the official ITR e-filing website and choose "Challan 280"

  • At first, log in to the government income tax e-filing website at
Visit Income Tax e-filing Website
  • Under the ‘Quick Links’ option, click on the ‘Challans’ option.
Click on challans
  • Click on the ‘Confirm’ button.
Click on Confirm
  • Select ITNS-280
Select 'ITNS-280'

Note - Online tax payment can be further classified into self-assessment tax, advance tax, tax on distributed profit/income, and surcharge and tax on regular assessment. Irrespective of whether you choose to visit the bank instead of paying online, Challan 280 is mandatory in payment of taxes.

Step 2 - Enter your personal details

  • At first, choose ‘0021’ to pay Income tax (for individuals and not for companies)
  • Then, key in your PAN details in the box.
  • Choose the relevant Assessment Year (AY). For the period of 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020, the relevant AY is 2020-21.
  • After that, provide your complete address in detail in the field provided.
  • In the next step, select the type of payment correctly.
    • Choose ‘(100) Advance Tax’ option for paying Advance Tax
    • Choose ‘(300) Self-Assessment Tax’ for paying Self-Assessment Tax
    • Choose ‘(400) Tax on Regular Assessment’ for paying Regular Assessment Tax
Enter Personal info

Note - Ensure that you are selecting the accurate assessment year (currently, we are on 2020-21). Also, select the ‘Self-Assessment Tax’ option in case you are paying taxes after the end of the financial year.

Step 3 - Select Mode of Payment

  • Choose from net banking or make payment by debit card as per your convenience.
  • In the next step, correctly enter the ‘Captcha Code’ that is appearing on the screen.
  • Once you are done, click on the ‘Proceed’ option to go to the next step.
Select Mode of Payment

Step 4 - Cross-check all information before proceeding

Based on the mode of payment, you are redirected to your bank’s net banking webpage. Herein you are supposed to double check all the information appearing on the page. Once that is done, enter the total amount of income tax to be paid in the required field. Click on the ‘Confirm’ tab when you are done.


Note - The fields of interest, surcharge, penalty bank and education can be left blank on this page. You can place the total amount in the ‘Income Tax field’ in a comprehensive manner.

Step 5 - Review the receipt of Challan 280

Once the process of online tax payment has been concluded, on the next screen, you will get your tax receipt. The BSR code and the challan serial number can be found on the bottom right corner of the challan.

Challan 280 receipt

Note - It is extremely important that you save a copy of your proof of payment or take a screenshot from your smartphone because at the time of filing your income tax return, you will require the BSR code as well as the challan serial number. In case you have not been able to save a copy of the tax receipt, you can simply visit your net banking account to get the details.

Eligibility for Online Tax Payment

The following assessees are required to pay their taxes online:

Benefits of Online Tax Payment

The following are the key benefits of online tax payment:

  • Taxes can be paid at any time and from any location via your net banking account, thus making it a convenient option for taxpayers
  • Your funds will be instantly transferred from your bank account to the government, thereby making it a quick process
  • Everything written on your e-challan will be sent directly to the Income Tax Department without any kind of data entry from the bank, thereby making it a secure process
  • The challan copy as well as the receipt copy can be printed and saved for your reference
  • A clear and legible receipt will be sent by the bank to you as soon as the payment is authorised by your bank
  • Your bank statement will contain the transaction ID of the online payment, thus giving you access to record should you require it in the future
  • You can track the status of your online payment on the TIN NSDL website

FAQ's on Online Tax Payment

  1. How can I know how much advance tax I have paid?
  2. Once you pay your tax online, the advance tax if paid by you will reflect on your Form 26AS within 3-4 working days of making the payment.

  3. What is the last date for the payment of advance tax?
  4. The last date for the payment of advance tax is given below in the table:

    On or before 15th June 15% of advance tax
    On or before 15th Sept 45% of advance tax
    On or before 15th Dec 75% of advance tax
    On or before 15th March 100% of the advance tax
  5. What is the last date for the payment of Self-Assessment Tax?
  6. As per Section 140(1) of Income Tax Act, Self-Assessment Tax must be paid before the date of filing of return of income. If you pay the Self-Assessment Tax after the date of filing of return of income, then you will have to pay additional interest as per Section 234A.

  7. What are the modes of payment through which I can pay my tax online?
  8. The modes of payment through which you can pay your tax online are credit card, debit card net banking, UPI, or e-wallets.

  9. What should I do if my bank does not have an online payment facility or is not an authorised bank for E-Tax?
  10. In case your bank does not have an online payment, facility or is not an authorised bank fir E-Tax, you can file your income tax return from the account of another persona whose bank provides the online payment facility. However, you must ensure that your challan clearly mentions your PAN number.

News About Online Tax Payment

  • Aldona panchayat to launch online payment of house tax

    The Aldona Panchayat has decided to facilitate the payment of house taxes by launching its online payment facility. This will be put into effect from the 15th of August this year. The announcement was recently made during a gram sabha after a presentation by bank officials. The sarpanch Dipak Nair announced that the panchayat will introduce the online house tax facility from the 15th of August this year. This announcement was made by the sarpanch in the presence of panchayat members. Pertaining to the announcement, an agreement will be signed with HDFC Bank by the panchayat within a few days. The gram sabha members were also given a presentation on the payment of house taxes online.

    20 August 2018

  • Odisha: Click and pay tax from September

    The civic body of Odisha is planning to introduce online holding tax payment in all its wards from 1 September 2018. At this moment, the online tax payment service is available at just 16 out of the 67 wards. 1 September 2018 onwards, people from all across the city will be able to pay holding taxes both online and offline.

    The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has started digitising the holding tax data of all units in all wards under the e-governance module of the state government to execute the plan. After that, the taxpayers can simply visit the Odisha Online website of the state government and pay the tax online. The payment can be made using debit cards, credit cards, or internet banking.

    A senior official said that the civic body is aiming at ensuring a good collection of holding tax by easing the service for the residents. Reportedly, the civic authorities will also introduce an alert mechanism which will let the taxpayers know about their dues and the payment dates. Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena also said that in addition to making the online payment system available in all the wards, they will also be geo-tagging all the holdings to make sure that the tax section calculates all the dues without any error.

    9 July 2018

  • Tax axe still looms for banks on free services like maintaining minimum balance

    The Indian banks have been paying thousands of crores in taxes on services provided to customers maintaining a minimum balance in their accounts. The banks will have to escalate the issue to the adjudicating authority with the tax department in order to settle it.

    Banks like State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, etc. had received notices earlier from the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI). This comes even after the government issued a detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the financial services industry, to clarify that free services given to unrelated parties will not fall under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

    5 June 2018

  • Tax information exchange pact with Brunei approved by the Cabinet

    Signing of the tax information exchange treaty between India and Brunei Darussalam got approved by the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As a matter of fact, this agreement will allow the authorities of both the countries to exchange information related to administration and enforcement of the tax-related domestic laws for providing assistance. As per the officials, all the information collected under this pact will be kept confidential and will be disclosed only to the concerned bodies and officials. Information might also be disclosed to other authorities with written permission of the information provider country.

    21 May 2018

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