FAQs on Income Tax Return Verification

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Q1. What are the benefits of e-filing of return via EVC? 

Taxpayer will get an option to e-verify the uploaded return by either entering Electronic Verification Code (EVC) or an Aadhaar based One Time Password (OTP).
This facility of e-verification has been initiated by the income tax department in order to reduce physical submission of signed copy of acknowledgement (i.e., ITR-V).

Q2. How to e-Verify Income tax return by generating EVC? 

EVC can be generated via following options:

1. Through Net Banking:

 
a) Click on option “I do not have a EVC and I would like to generate EVC to e-verify my return”.
 
b) Then click on “EVC- Through Net Banking and click on Continue.
 
c) Taxpayer will be logged out of e-filing portal and will be directed to a page where he can select the bank wherein he has Net Banking facility.
 
d) Login to Net Banking website and search for option for login to e-Filing portal.
 
e) Go to e-file menu and select E-Verify return.
 
f) Click on the e-Verify link against the return that has been uploaded.

2. Bank Account Number:

 

EVC can be generated by Pre-validating Bank Account Details. Taxpayer needs to validate his bank account number that is linked with his PAN.  

3. Demat Account Number:

 

EVC can be generated by Pre-validating Demat Account Details. Taxpayer needs to validate his Demat account number that is linked with his PAN.

Q3. How to generate Aadhaar based OTP to e-verify return?

Income tax return can be e-Verified by generating Aadhaar based one-time password (OTP). Taxpayer will be required to link his Aadhaar Number with his PAN to use this facility. Aadhaar based OTP can be generated by following steps:
 
1. Go to e-file menu, select e-Verify return.
 
2. Click on e-Verify link and select Option 3 – “I would like to generate Aadhaar OTP to e-Verify my return”
 
3. Taxpayer will get OTP on mobile number.
 
4. Enter the OTP and click on “Submit Aadhaar OTP” button.


Q4. I don’t want to e-Verify my return. Can I send the signed copy of acknowledgment? 

E-verification of return is not mandatory. Taxpayer can get the printout of ITR acknowledgement (i.e., ITR-V), get it signed and send it to “Income Tax Department – CPC, Post Bag No – 1, Electronic City Post Office, Bangalore – 560100, Karnataka” within 120 days of uploading the return either by ordinary post or by speed post only.
 
If ITR-V is not submitted within stipulated period of 120 days, then it will be deemed that assessee has not filed the return of income.
 
If assessee is using digital signature (“DSC”) for uploading the return, it is to be registered on the website beforehand. If return is filed through DSC, assessee will not be required to send the print-out of the acknowledgement to CPC.

Q5. Whether e-filing of return under electronic verification code will do away the need of sending physical copies of ITRV to CPC, Bengaluru? 

Now income-tax returns can be filed online via electronic verification code. Any taxpayer who is filing return through this mode will no longer required to send the singed copies of ITRV to CPC, Bengaluru.

Q6. I have filed my return electronically and furnished the signed copy of acknowledgement to the CPC. However, I have received a letter from CPC that said copy of acknowledgement had not been received. Since time-limit to resend the acknowledgement has already expired, whether it will be deemed that I have not filed the return? 

The issue has been dealt with by the Bombay High Court in the case of Crawford Bayley & Co. v. Union of India [2011] 16 taxmann.com 323 (Bom.), wherein the Court, despite expiry of the time-limit to send the acknowledgement, allowed additional time to assessee to resend the same, since the assessee had furnished adequate material before the Court in support of its contention that having filed return electronically, it had also submitted ITR-V Form by ordinary post. Based on the above, if you have already submitted the ITR-V to the CPC then you can resend the acknowledgement, even though the time-limit for filing ITR-V has already expired, provided you have sufficient evidences to substantiate the fact that you had sent the acknowledgement earlier within 120 days of uploading the return either by ordinary post or by speed post only. Alternatively, you can also e-verify the return by entering Electronic Verification Code.

Q7. How to know whether my e-return has been processed at CPC Bangalore? 

Log on to e-filing website and click on ‘view Returns/Forms’. Then select ‘Income Tax Returns’ from the drop down option and click on submit to check the status of return.

Q8. How can I find my jurisdictional Assessing Officer? 

a) Click on the following link. b) Enter your PAN, Mobile Number and click on submit. c) Enter the OTP received on the mobile number and validate it. You will get the Jurisdiction details of the PAN.

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