An income tax return after being filed has to be verified. It is not treated as valid until it is verified by the taxpayer. The Income Tax department has given the option of verifying the return either electronically or physically (i.e by sending signed ITR-V to Centralized Processing Center (CPC) in Bangalore).

A. The  following are the ways for e-verifying the return online :

1. Aadhaar OTP

2. Netbanking

3. Bank Account

4. Demat Account

E-verification of the return can be done through all the aforementioned methods. It verifies the identity of the taxpayer. Of the various methods of e-verification, we have discussed the process of e-verification using bank account below.

B. Steps to e-verify the Income Tax Return using Bank Account :

Step1: Visit income tax e-filing website. Login to your account. If you do not have an account, then first register yourself. Step 2: After logging in, select View Returns/Forms. View returns/forms   Step 3: The following screen will appear. Select “Click here to view your returns pending for e-verification” tab to view the returns that are pending for verification. Pending e-verification Step 4 : Step 4: Click on ‘e-verify’. Below options will open for e-verification. Select option 2 – I do not have an EVC and I would like to generate EVC to e-verify my return: E-verify with Bank account number Step 5: Step 5: The following screen will appear. Select option 2 to generate EVC through Bank Account Number. Prevalidate Bank account Step 6: To generate EVC, you first need to prevalidate your bank account. If the bank account is not already prevalidated, the following screen will appear. Prevalidate bank account Pre validate Bank account number Step 7: Select the bank name and then enter the bank account number, Account type, IFSC code and your registered mobile number. Click on “Prevalidate”. Add bank account for prevalidation Prevalidate your bank account For the pre-validation, your name, PAN and mobile number must match with the bank records. Step 8: Enter EVC number and click Submit. Once the bank account is successfully pre-validated, select the ‘Generate EVC through bank account number’. You will receive an OTP on your mobile number registered with the bank. Upon successfully generating the EVC, enter the EVC and submit. Step 9: Success message “Return successfully e-verified” will be displayed on the screen. Download the Acknowledgement’. This acknowledgement will also be sent to your registered email id. You have successfully e-filed and e-verified your income tax return.

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