How to e-verify your income tax return

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After you have successfully filed your income tax return, the next step is to VERIFY it. The Income Tax Department starts processing your return when it is verified. Refunds, if any, are processed for returns which have been submitted and verified.

ClearTax recommends you verify your return via NET BANKING. Net banking is the easiest and fastest way to verify your tax return.

After your return has been successfully e-verified via net banking, you don’t have to send the physical ITR-V.

However, if you do not want to e-verify, you will have to send the physical ITR-V. Steps for sending the physical ITR-V are here.

Your return can be verified electronically through any of the following means--
Via net banking
or
Via Aadhaar OTP
or
Via EVC on the Income Tax Department website


Steps to e-verify your tax return via net banking

  • Step 1.
    Login to your netbanking account and locate the income tax e-filing tab. This differs from bank to bank. You will be directed straight to the Department website from here.

  • Step 2.
    Select the ‘View Returns/Forms’ option to see e-filed tax returns.

  • Step 3.
    Select the option ‘Click here to view your returns pending for e-verification’

  • Step 4.
    Select the option ‘e-verify’.

  • Step 5.
    A new pop-up window appears. Click on ‘Continue’ to generate EVC and get your income tax return verified.

  • Step 6.
    A confirmation message will be displayed with a transaction ID and EVC code. Click on the green button to download the attachment. This is for your record only. No further action is required.


Steps to e-verify using Aadhaar OTP

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  • Step 1.
    Login to the Income Tax Department e-filing website.

  • Step 2.
    As soon as you login, a pop-up appears asking you to link your Aadhaar number to your e-filing account.

  • Step 3.
    Make sure your PAN details are correct and enter the Aadhaar number. Click on save.

    Your Aadhaar number will be linked to your PAN after validation.

    After your Aadhaar number has been verified, enter the Aadhaar OTP sent to your mobile number registered with Aadhaar. Submit to e-verify return.

    Note that the Aadhaar OTP as EVC is valid only for 10 minutes.

    Download the acknowledgement document. You have successfully e-filed and e-verified your income tax return.

Steps to e-verify your tax return via EVC

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  • Step 1.
    Login to the Department e-filing website

  • Step 2.
    Select e-filed Returns/Forms from My Account dropdown

  • Step 3.
    Click on "Click here to view your returns pending for e-verification"

  • Step 4.
    Select the AY you want to e-verify your return for

  • Step 5.
    Choose one of the options from under:

  • Step 6.
    If you chose Option 1, you would get this screen to enter the EVC generated.

  • Step 7.
    This is the screen you would see to generate EVC through Netbanking or email address/mobile number registered with your e-filing account.

  • Step 8.
    This is the option to generate EVC through Netbanking. You will have to login from the Netbanking account and then be redirected to the e-filing portal.

  • Step 9.
    When you select Option 2, you will receive the EVC to your inbox directly.

  • Step 10.
    When you select Option 3, you will be asked to link your Aadhar card with your e-filing account.

  • Step 11.
    You will see a confirmation message about your e-verification.

  • Step 12.
    Download the attachment. Your e-filing process is complete and No further action is required.