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Four Easy Steps towards Filing Paper Income Tax Return

Updated on: 23 Nov, 2023 01:22 AM

While we see India taking big steps towards digitalization there are still people who struggle with the online procedure. Therefore, the government gives us both electronic and manual methods to fill Income Tax Returns (ITR). First is the paperless way through filing ITR online and the second is a paper form that has to be submitted to the local Income Tax Office.

Filling Online Income Tax Return

Electronically submitting your tax return is quick, convenient, and more secure than paper filing. But still, it is not as easy as it sounds it takes time to complete the form and you have to go through a very complex procedure.

How to fill Paper Income Tax Return?

This option is preferable for the ones who want to follow the traditional method and for those who have a simpler tax return.

Follow these four easy steps to fill paper ITR

  1. Download Relevant Form from the Income Tax Department website along with Acknowledgement Form .
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  2. Fill your income and other basic details in the Form.
  3. Sign the ITR Form
  4. Go and submit it to Local Income Tax Office and make sure to collect a copy along with Receipt Stamp.

Please note that you cannot fill the return through paper mode if you fall into any of the following situations :

  • If your income exceeds Rs. 5 lakhs.
  • If you are eligible for refund.

Which Income Tax Form to fill?

There are 7 ITR forms listed in the Income Tax Department website along with a brief description of the form, download the form which is relevant to you.

If you are still confused about the selection to be made refer our blog on ITR forms to gain greater clarity

If you were ambiguous so far and we hope this post must have rested your queries. Now it is all up to your continence to choose between e-filling and paper filing ITR.

In both the processes, you don't need to attach any other document along with the ITR Form. However,you must keep the documents ready and furnish in case the officer demands to see them.

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CA Abhishek Soni
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.