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Step 1: File your Income Tax Return first, because verification can only be done when the return is filed.

Step 2: After filing the return, visit income tax efiling website. Here, on the right-side click on button “Login Here”. The screenshot below will open, now provide the required details & log-in to your account. (User ID is your PAN number & Password as set by you while registering on the website).


Step 3: Once you login, click on the option “View Returns/ Forms”. Here information of all your Income Tax Returns is stored for quick reference.


Step 4: On this page, open the drop-down menu and select option “Income Tax Returns”. After this click on “Submit” button.


Step 5: You will be redirected to the screen as shown below. Here, for the relevant AY (for ITR of FY 2017-18, the AY is 2018-19) click on the Acknowledgement Number.


Step 6: On this page, under heading Downloads/ Status Description, click on “ITR-V/ Acknowledgement”. Now your ITR-V will start downloading and after this open the file from the location where it has saved.


Your ITR-V will be as the sample given below.


Step 7: Now to verify your ITR offline, you have to post a clear & properly visible printout to the Income Tax Department office (i.e. CPC) in Bengaluru. And the post should be done using either an Ordinary Post or a Speed Post (you cannot send it through a courier or any other method).

Printed ITR-V should be sent to the following address:

“CPC, Post Box No - 1, Electronic City Post Office, Bangalore - 560100, Karnataka, India”

Once your ITR-V is received by the department, an SMS will be sent to your registered mobile intimating the “receipt” of ITR-V. Please note, this intimation is just for “receipt” & a separate intimation will be given for processing of ITR.

Some very important points to consider to verify ITR-V offline.
  • The ITR-V print out should be clear and in black ink.
  • Bar-code and the numbers written below must be clearly visible
  • ITR-V is a single page document, so you should not write anything behind it (on the blank portion).
  • You should sign the ITR-V (which should match with your signature on PAN card) & it should be signed with blue ink.
  • ITR-V should be printed on A4 size paper only and it should not be folded.
  • ITR-V should be sent through Ordinary Post or Speed Post. Any ITR-V sent through couriers won’t be accepted.
  • Lastly, you do not have to send any document along with ITR-V.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q- What if ITR is not verified?

Ans. An ITR filed but not verified is treated as an invalid return by the department.

Q- What if ITR is not verified within 120 days?

Ans. Time limit to E-verify the return is 120 Days if missed the date than return would be considered as invalid return.

Q- What happens if ITR not filed?

Ans. Taxpayer may get a notice from the Income Tax department.

Q- What is the penalty for late filing of ITR?

Ans. Penalty for late filing of Income Tax return u/s 234F is Rs. 5000 if income is above Rs. 500000/- otherwise Rs. 1000/-

Q- What is the due date to send ITR-V to CPC?

Ans. ITR-V needs to be sent to CPC within 120 days of filing of Return.

Q- How to get a duplicate ITR-V?

Ans. It can be downloaded by login into the Income Tax Site.

Q- How can I change the email address mentioned in my ITR-V?

Ans. To change email address, you need to login to income tax portal> my account>and edit the address > save>done.

Q- Should I send a photocopy of the duly signed ITR-V?

Ans. Yes, taxpayers need to send ITR-V to CPC.

CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.