Taxpayers can file their Income Tax Return (ITR) for fiscal 2019-20 (the assessment year 2020-21) online till November 2020. The online filing format of ITR is known as e-filing. The I-T department has established an independent portal for e-filing of income tax returns.
However, before filing the ITR, taxpayers are required to register themselves on the website. For registration, individuals need to have a valid Permanent Account Number (PAN), mobile number, current address and email id.
Here are the steps to register on the e-filing website as an 'individual user':
Step 1: Visit the ‘e-Filing’ portal—incometaxindiaefiling.gov and click on the ‘Register Yourself' button located at the right side of the home page
Step 2: Select the user type as ‘Individual’. Click Continue
Step 3: Provide the following basic details: PAN, surname, first name and middle name, date of birth, residential status and click on ‘Continue’
Step 4: Fill in the contact details, current address and click 'Submit'
Step 5: For residents, a six-digit one-time password (OTP) will be shared on the mobile number and email ID, specified at the time of registration. For non-residents, OTP will be shared on the primary email ID, specified at the time of registration
Step 6: Enter the correct OTP to complete the registration process
After registration, taxpayers can file the returns.
Here are the steps to file ITR:
Step 1: Go to income-tax e-filing portal—incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
Step 2: Download appropriate ITR utility under Downloads > IT Return Preparation Software.
Step 3: Extract the downloaded utility ZIP file and open the utility from the extracted folder.
Step 4: Fill the applicable and mandatory fields of the ITR form.
Step 5: Validate all the tabs of the ITR form and calculate tax.
Step 6: Generate and save the XML.
Step 7: Now, login to the e-filing portal by entering user ID (PAN), password, captcha code and click login.
Step 8: Click on the e-file menu and click the Income Tax Return link.
Step 9: On the ITR page, PAN will be auto-populated. Select assessment year.
Step 10: Now, select ITR form Number, Filing Type as original/revised Return.
Step 11: 'Select Submission Mode as Upload XML.
Step 12: To e-verify returns, select one of these modes—registered mobile number, net banking, Demat account number, bank ATM, bank account number, Aadhaar OTP and e-mail id.