How to e-verify the ITR?

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How to e-verify the ITR?

If you file your income tax return on time but do not e-verify within 120 days then the return filed becomes INVALID.

Earlier there was just one-way to file your income tax return, fill the details in ITR, sign it, and then submit it with Income-tax Department and get stamped on the acknowledgment copy. Later Government came up with another option of e filing the return and sending the copy of acknowledgment duly signed to the centralized processing Center of the Income Tax Department in Bengaluru. With the advancement in technology and with the rapid growth of digitization, the Government has now moved to complete the e-verification of returns. (Note: Still the option to sign and send to CPC Bengaluru is there).

Let’s have a look at all the five options available to e-verify the ITR
⊗ E-verify ITR via Net Banking 
  • Login to your net banking account.
  • Click on the income tax e-filing link provided by the bank.
  • Click on e-verify the link against the return to be verified.

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⊗ E-verify ITR via Bank ATM
  • Swipe your ATM card in Bank ATM.
  • Click on the PIN for e-filing.
  • EVC will be received on the registered mobile number.
  • Login to the e-filing portal of the Income-tax Portal.
  • And select the option “ e-verify return using Bank ATM”.
  • Enter the EVC received on the registered mobile number on the e-filing portal.

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⊗ E-verify ITR via Aadhar OTP
  • Login to the e-filing portal of the Income-tax department.
  • Ensure your Aadhar number is linked with your PAN.
  • Click on the e-verify link on the screen and select an option to e-verify return using Aadhar OTP.
  • Generate OTP for e-verifying ITR.
  • Enter the OTP received on the registered mobile number on the e-filing portal.

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⊗ E-verify ITR via Bank Account Number

Note: This is possible only if your bank account number is validated with PAN mentioned on the e-filing portal.

  • Login to the e-filing portal of the Income-tax department.
  • Ensure Bank Account details are valid.
  • Click on the e-verify link on the screen.
  • Select an option to e-verify return using Bank Account Details.
  • Generate OTP. EVC will be received on the registered mobile number.
  • Enter the EVC on the e-filing portal.

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⊗ E-verify ITR via Demat Account Number
  • Login to the e-filing portal of the Income-tax department.
  • Pre-validate the Demat Account Number.
  • Click on the e-verify link on the screen.
  • Select an option to e-verify return using Demat.
  • Generate OTP. EVC will be received on the registered mobile number.
  • Enter the EVC on the e-filing portal.

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Once E-verification is done, what will happen next?

You can keep checking the ‘status’ of your tax return by logging into the e-filing portal. It would be ‘Successfully Verified’ or ‘Successfully e-Verified’. CPC will process your return and determine the tax by calculating tax in detail.  An intimation u/s 143(1) is generated and sent to the e-mail address given while filing the return. This activity happens usually within 30 days of e-verification or receiving of ITR-V at CPC. After processing of your tax return by the authorities; the status would be ‘ITR Processed’.  You can check for the refund processed (if any). It will be directly credited to your bank account.

What if notice is received for non-receipt of ITR-V?

If you have e-filed the tax return, taken the print, signed and sent it to CPC; but received a notice from CPC saying they have not received it yet; then you can resend your ITR once again within 120 days of filing the return. 

When is one not required to verify ITR?

If your accounts are required to be audited under the provisions of Section 44AB or you are a political party or a company; you are required to file the ITR using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). Other taxpayers can also voluntarily use the DSC to file the income tax return. When the return is digitally signed then there is no requirement to verify using Aadhaar-based OTP, nor to send the signed hard copy of ITR-V to the CPC Bengaluru. You need to just affix the DSC to the tax return to authenticate it. Please ensure that the DSC is registered on the income-tax e-filing website before use.



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About CA Ankita Khetan 161 Articles
Ankita is a Chartered Accountant in practice and holds a Diploma in IFRS (from ACCA, UK). She is also a Commerce PG and Certified Independent Director (from IICA). She holds a certification in Forex and Treasury Management. Her area of expertise is GST and Income tax. She is passionate about reading, writing, and sharing knowledge on areas related to finance and taxation.

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