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How to Verify Your Income Tax Return (ITR) Offline Via ITR-V Form

Updated on: 21 May, 2024 06:32 PM

Verifying your income tax return (ITR) is the final step in the filing process. If you do not verify your ITR within 30 days of filing it, the return will be considered invalid under income tax laws. There are seven ways through which one can verify the income tax return:-

  • Aadhaar based OTP
  • Net banking
  • Bank account
  • Demat account
  • Bank ATM
  • Offline via sending the signed ITR-V
  • Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

In this guide, we have covered how to verify ITR offline (sending the signed ITR-V).

What is the ITR-V form?

ITR-V stands for Income Tax Return Verification form. It is a document generated when an individual files their income tax return (ITR) electronically without using a digital signature. The ITR-V form serves as proof of filing the tax return and needs to be physically signed and sent to the Income Tax Department to complete the verification process.

When an individual files their ITR electronically, they receive an acknowledgment as an ITR-V. The ITR-V contains the taxpayer's name, address, PAN (Permanent Account Number), assessment year, and a unique acknowledgment number. It also includes a barcode for machine reading purposes.

To complete the verification process, the taxpayer must print out the ITR-V form, sign it in ink, and send it to the Income Tax Department's Centralized Processing Center (CPC) within 30 days from the date of filing the tax return. The form should be sent through ordinary or speed post, and it is advisable to send it in a sealed envelope.

Once the Income Tax Department receives the signed ITR-V form, they will verify it and acknowledge the receipt. This completes the verification process for the electronically filed tax return.

It's important to note that the ITR-V form is not required when filing the tax return using a digital signature or when e-verifying the return through methods such as Aadhaar OTP, net banking, or electronic verification code (EVC). In those cases, the return is considered verified electronically, and there is no need to send the ITR-V form to the Income Tax Department.

Let us understand the process of e-verification via the ITR-V form.

Step 1: Log in to e-filing portal.

e-filing portal

Step 2: On your dashboard, click on the e-file and hover to Income tax return. Click on ‘View Filed Returns.

click on the e-file

Step 3: You will see a page with your filed returns. Click on the download form button next to your return details.
Click on the download button

Click on the download button

Step 4: After downloading the acknowledgment receipt, get a printout and fill it out completely, followed by signing it with blue ink. Send the form to the Bangalore office "Centralized Processing Centre, Income Tax Department, Bengaluru 560500",) to complete your verification.

Points to remember if you are sending ITR-V to verify your tax return.

  • The ITR-V is a one-page form that must be signed in blue ink. It must be sent either by regular post or by speed post. ITR-V cannot be couriered.
  • CPC Bangalore speed post address must be used to send the form: Income Tax Department - CPC, Post Bag No - 1, Electronic City Post Office, Bengaluru - 560500, Karnataka.
  • You are not expected to send any supporting documents with your ITR-V.
  • There should be no signatures on the bar code.
  • The barcode and numbers below it should be clear.
  • Once the tax department receives your ITR, you will be notified via SMS on your registered mobile phone and email.

This notification is only for the receipt of the ITR-V; the confirmation for processing the tax return is separate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q- What if ITR is not verified?

The department treats an ITR filed but not verified as an invalid return.

Q- What if ITR is not verified within 30 days?

The time limit to E-verify the return is 30 Days if missed the date then the return would be considered as invalid return. An individual can file a condonation delay request on the e-filing income tax portal in case there is a genuine reason for not doing verification of the ITR.

Q- What happens if ITR is not filed?

Taxpayers may get a notice from the Income Tax department.

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

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?

ITR-V needs to be sent to CPC within 30 days of filing of Return.

Q- How to get a duplicate ITR-V?

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

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

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

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

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

Q- How do I verify my ITR from Netbanking?

This method is available for you if you have activated the Netbanking feature of your bank account. On the e-Verify page, choose Through Net Banking and click Continue. After logging in successfully, you will be directed to the e-Filing Dashboard. Select the relevant ITR / Form/service and click e-Verify.

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.