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Income Tax Return E-Filing: A Complete Guide

Updated on: 06 Feb, 2023 03:15 PM

Does the thought of using the Income Tax India E-filing website intimidate you?
Well, in that case!
You are really missing the ton of useful services that the income tax department is providing to all of us. In this guide, we will explain the different services that are provided by the Income Tax India efiling portal

E-Filing of Income Tax Return

The Income Tax India E-filing website of the Income Tax Department provides many services in related to e-filing, like you can file an online Income tax return, revise Income tax return, e-verification of ITR, etc.
Already knew about it? Let’s move to the next one.

Know your TAN

If you have already applied for TAN but do not remember the TAN number, you can always search for it at Know your TAN option using Name. Read here for more information.

Know your AO

To know your jurisdictional AO, you can access the income tax efiling portal by entering your PAN number and Mobile Number. To get detailed insights about your AO, please click here.

Filing AIR Return

For high-value financial transactions, one needs to file an Annual Information Return( AIR) under Section 285BA of the Income Tax Act 1961. This will be with respect to the specified transactions recorded or registered by the person during the financial year. An individual can prepare NSDL AIR Preparation Utility, which can be downloaded from the NSDL-TIN website for free.

File Wealth Tax Return

With effect from 01-04-2016 wealth tax is no longer in force. As a result of which, taxpayers are no more required to file a wealth tax return.

Income Tax Registration

For e-filing Income Tax India Return and using other free services, you need to first register on the Income Tax India e-filing website. Check our detailed step-by-step guide on how to do e-filing of Income Tax India.

Income Tax Login

Once you are registered, you are a few steps away from ‘how to e-file from Income Tax India’ query. Log in to the using your-

  • User ID - This is your PAN No
  • Password: Set up by you at the time of registration on the govt website.

Forgot your income tax login password?

No need to worry! A Registered user can easily reset the password using these options:

  • Using Aadhaar OTP
  • Using E Filing OTP
  • Upload DSC

Check how to reset your income tax India e-filing password

“Forgot your e-filing password..:( You can still e-file income tax returns for free even without a login on the Income Tax website using Tax2win.”

View 26AS to know Tax Credited

26AS is your annual statement that shows the complete record of all the tax deducted, deposited, and income credited in your account by your employer or any other person responsible for deducting TDS from your income. In addition, it even shows the tax deposited by you in the government treasury (Self-Assessment Tax/Advance Tax). Also, in case you have provided any tax exemption form to the bank or other, i.e., Form 15G & H, then the interest earned during the year will be reflected in 26AS. It is suggested to always check the 26AS before filing the ITR.

Ways of viewing your 26AS or tax credit statement

  • A. View 26AS on the income tax India e-filing website.
  • View 26AS through internet banking - It is the most convenient way to view form 26AS.

For detail, click here.

Know Your PAN

This service has been discontinued by the income tax department. However, if you have applied for PAN Card, you can track the status of your PAN.

Income Tax Refund Status

On this window of the guide “how to do e-filing of Income Tax India,” you can also see your refund status, its date of issue, mode of payment, in case of non-payment, the reason for failure to issue a refund can be checked on the e filing website of the income tax department.

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Status of Refund

Amazing! Isn't it !! Let’s look at other things we can do on the income tax India e-filing government website.

From F.Y. 16-17 onwards, the government has made a new law. Now, it is mandatory to link your PAN with your Aadhaar No. Also, now it’s mandatory to furnish the Aadhaar number/ Enrolment number in ITR. There are various ways of linking PAN with Aadhaar.
Read More on How To Link PAN Card With Aadhaar Card?

Download ITR-V

If you have filed your ITR but didn’t get the ITR V from the income tax department and want a copy of your acknowledgment (ITR-V), then you need to click on E-file, then click on Income Tax Returns and then on View filed Income Tax Returns. . From here, you can also download ITR V of the current FY and past years as well.
Check the detailed steps on how to download ITR V from the e-filing income tax India portal.

ITR Status

Filed ITR! Wait, your job is not done yet.There can be multiple things that may go wrong. Check our detailed guide on how to check your income tax return status after filing it.
After filing your return, you must be curious to know at what stage your ITR is. Well, that can be easily known through the below-mentioned processes. But before that, let’s discuss the various status that may display when you will check the status of your ITR.

  • Return Submitted and not verified - It implies that your return has been submitted successfully, but it has not been verified either through post or online mode. Further, until and unless you verify your return, it will not be processed by the income tax department. So, please verify within 30 days from the date of filing. How to e-verify, please visit Need help from Expert CA? Click here.
  • Return Submitted and under processing - It implies that your Income-tax Return is still not processed. Further, no need to worry if you have e-verified or sent your ITR V by post. Then definitely, it would be processed by the department sooner or later. Further, if any refund is due and the department is delaying, then whenever you will receive the refund, it will be credited along with interest.
  • Return Submitted and verified. - It implies that your return has been submitted and successfully verified, Now it shall be processed by the income tax department. So, you have to wait for some more days.
  • Return Processed and Refund Paid.- Congratulations! It implies that your return, as well as the refund, has been processed successfully, and the refund has been credited to your bank account. Now, no further action is needed from your side for this Financial year.
  • Return Processed. Refund determined and sent to Refund Banker.- It implies that your refund request is with the refund banker for processing. So, wait for some more days, and the refund amount will be credited to the bank account mentioned in the ITR.
  • Return Processed with No Demand and No Refund.- It implies that your return has been processed successfully without any additional tax payable or refund due. Further, you can check the details from the intimation received u/s 143(1) on your mail id.
    • Return Processed and tax Demand determined.- It implies that your Income has been assessed by the Income tax department on the basis of filed ITR, and the tax payable amount has been determined upon it. In that case, you need to submit the response through the E-Filing website under the “pending actions ” and then submit “Response to outstanding tax demand”. Need help from Expert CA? Click here.
  • Return Processed and Refund returned Unpaid.- It implies that the income tax department has sent the refund to you, but either the IFSC provided is wrong or the bank details provided are incorrect, due to which the refund was not processed. In that case, you need to place a refund re-issue request stating the failure reason under “Services and then submit “Refund reissue request”. Need help from Expert CA? Click here.

There can be two ways to check the status of your ITR. Let’s discuss the same.

Note: Click on the below steps to see how your screen will look while following the process.

  • Using acknowledgment number without login credentials.
    Login to the e-filing income tax India website, Click on the "ITR Status" option in the extreme left corner under the services tab. Now enter the ITR acknowledgment number, and mobile number. After submitting the OTP, you can know the status easily.
  • Using Login Credentials- Login on the Income-tax website.
  • After Login, click on E -File.
  • Select the option "Income Tax returns" from the dropdown menu, and then click on the view filed Income Tax Returns.
  • On the left side you can see the status of filed ITR with the help of the progress bar. Further, if you want, more details you can click on view details given on the right side of that particular year.-

Pay Tax Online

To pay taxes online, for some specific banks click on And for other banks you can pay on Income Tax Portal by clicking on the following link
Know the step-by-step procedure for Online Payment Of Income Tax

Challan Status Enquiry

When you wish to check whether your tax payment has been correctly recorded by the income tax portal or not, you can use this feature of OLTAS to view the status of challans deposited in banks. To assess this facility, you need to follow these steps Visit the NSDL website using this link > Select CIN/TAN.

Outstanding Tax Demand Status and response to it

If, after processing your Income Tax Return, the department comes across an observation that tax has been paid less than your actual liability, then it will serve you with a demand notice.

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After computing your tax liability, if it is observed that any refund is due to you from the TDS deducted from payments made to you, then your outstanding demand liability along with interest shall be adjusted from that refund amount, then the net amount shall be refunded to you. To know if you have got any outstanding demand, follow the given steps: Log in to the Income Tax India e-filing website. > Go to the pending actions and click on the Response to Outstanding Tax Demand. It is advised to check this status regularly.

Submit Response to Outstanding Tax Demand

Tracking down outstanding demand is not enough, You are required to file a response for the same. There might be a chance that you don't agree with the demand or you want to pay the demand separately instead of getting adjusted with a refund. So to file a response to your outstanding demand, you are required to follow some simple steps: Log in to the income tax India e-filing portal, then select go on pending actions and then click on a response to outstanding demand, and then submit your response to it.

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Submit Request for Rectification

Many times, the department may find some errors in the ITR already filed by you and issue an intimation u/s 143(1). To seek rectification of such mistakes, you need to submit a Request for Rectification using these easy steps: Log in to the Income Tax India e-filing portal, then go on services and select the New Request in Rectification option, and then submit your response to it.

Refund Reissue Request and request for intimation

After processing of return, the refund is generated and credited to your bank account by the income tax department. But sometimes refund processing fails due to some reasons, and you get a communication from the Income Tax Department in that regard. So, you need to put a refund reissue request to the IT Department. Here’s how you can get your refund re-issued:

Response to Defective Notice and Compliance Module

When the assessee, who may not be aware of the nitty gritty of the income tax act, commits certain mistakes while filing income tax returns, then the income tax department will send a notice called a notice for defective return to give a chance of rectification or reasoning. To respond to a defective notice, follow these simple steps: Log in to the e-filing portal, Click on the tab "pending actions," select "e proceedings," and then file the response as per your requirement.

Compliance Module

Through this section of the Income Tax India E-filing website, the Income Tax Department requires you to submit compliance if you have not complied with any of the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Like - If TDS has been deducted and you have not filed the return for that year, or if your income exceeds the basic exemption limit chargeable to tax, but you have not filed the return, etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q- Do I have to share my income tax website user ID/password if I want a CA or some tax firm to file my income tax returns in India?

Yes. In order to file an Income tax return, the assessee has to provide its Income tax user ID and Password. If filing through a registered ERI, the password is not required.

Q- How can one get a duplicate Income Tax Return (ITR) acknowledgment, if the original one is lost?

Assessee can get his ITR acknowledgment through his Income Tax Portal account

Q- How do I check whether my deducted income tax is paid to my PAN number or not?

Form 26AS is the statement of all the taxes paid on behalf of you and paid by you, Tax payment can be verified from there.

Q- On my account page on, it is showing a status of Demand Determined. What does it mean?

It means that the Assessee has a liability to pay the amount determined in Demand.

Q- Can I get the details of a person if I have his PAN number?

Yes, you can get details like name, A.O., and area code of jurisdiction provided you should have PAN no and date of birth of that person.

Q- How will my PAN card name be shown in the income tax database in India?

It is shown in the income tax database when an assessee registers himself on the income tax website.

Q- How can I download the computation of income tax return already filed in A.Y 2014-15 online?

Assessee can download its income tax return by login into the income tax India e-filing website.

Q- Can I anonymously report someone's black money to the income tax department or the CVC?

Yes, an individual can provide information about someone's black money to the Income tax department.

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.