E-verification is the process of verification of the income tax return. It is done within 120 days after filing of your ITR for an early processing of your return.
ITR filing process has two major steps:
E-filing of ITR: This refers to submitting your income tax return on the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department either by yourself or through an intermediary.
Verification of ITR: After ITR filing, you must verify the same within 120 days of filing.
Steps of E-verification
- Download the All India ITR app.
- Register your phone number and login.
- Enter your personal detail.
- Enter the details for claiming deduction.
- Enter the details of taxes paid.
- E-file ITR. (there will be an option to e-verify your return or you will receive a message to e-veryfy your ITR from All India ITR.)
- Click e-verify on this page to start the ITR verification process.
- After successfully verification of your ITR, the status of the “Return successfully e-verified” message will be displayed.
What are the Methods to generate Electronic Verification Code
An Electronic Verification Code (EVC) is a 10-digit alphanumeric code that is sent to the registered mobile number of the tax filer while filing his/her returns online. It helps verify the identity of the tax filers.
The following are the various methods to generate EVC required to e-verify ITR.
- Login to your net banking account.
- Find the tab related to income tax filing on the home page.
- Select the e-verify option, which will redirect you to the website of the Income Tax Department.
- Select the “My Account” tab on the e-filing web page to generate EVC.
- The EVC will be sent to your registered mobile number and email ID.
- Use this EVC to e-verify your return.
2. Bank ATM
- Swipe your debit card at a bank ATM.
- Select the option of “Generate PIN for e-Filing”.
- You will receive the EVC on your registered mobile number.
- Log in to the Income Tax Department e-filing website and select the option “e-verify using Bank ATM”.
- Enter the EVC to verify your ITR.
3. Bank Account Number
- Visit the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department and click on “e-Verify Return” under Quick Links.
- Enter PAN, assessment year, an acknowledgment number received at the time of ITR filing.
- Click e-verify.
- Various methods to generate the e-verification code (EVC) will be displayed. Click “Option 3- Generate EVC through Bank Account Number”.
- The following screen will appear to pre-validate your bank account.
- Select the bank name, enter IFSC and your registered mobile number. Click on “Prevalidate”
- 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.
- Now enter this EVC to verify your return and download the attachment after successful e-verification. Please note that this attachment is only for your record and no additional step is required after this.
4. Demat Account Number
- Log into your Income Tax e-filing account.
- Click on the “Profile Settings” tab in the dashboard view.
- Click on “Prevalidate Your Demat Account” and the following web page will appear.
- 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.
- After you have clicked the “Prevalidate” button, click yes to receive EVC to your registered mobile number.
- Use this EVC to verify your return and download the attachment after successful e-verification. Please note that this attachment is only for your record and no additional step is required after this.
5. Aadhaar OTP
- Link your Aadhaar number with your PAN.
- After you have linked them, go to the Income Tax e-filing website and click on “e-Verify using Aadhaar OTP”.
- The one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the mobile number linked to your Aadhaar Card.
- Enter the OTP to e-verify your return. Please note that the OTP is valid for 10 minutes only.
- You can download the attachment after successful e-verification. Please note that this attachment is only for your record and no additional step is required after this.
Why should you verify ITR?
You should verify your ITR because:
- Unless you verify your ITR, your return will be invalidated even if filed on time.
- Your ITR will be processed only after your ITR has been verified.
- You will not receive Income Tax Refund unless you verify the ITR. Thus, if you delay the verification, the processing of the refund will also be delayed.
- Moreover, if you do not verify your ITR within 120 days of filing, you will have to file a belated return with late-filing penalties.
- So, you must verify your ITR and hence get it validated within 120 days of filing.
There’s also an offline verification process
After filing of your income tax return the income tax department shares an acknowledgement of successful filing of your return with you on your registered e-mail.
You need to take a printout of this form and sign in blue ink.
Send this form via ordinary post or speed post within 120 days of filing ITR to the following address:
Centralized Processing Center,
Income Tax Department,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560500
For further query visit All India ITR