How to e-Verify Your ITR Without Login to e-Filing Account?

Updated on: May 29th, 2024


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The income tax department has taken several measures to simplify the income tax return or ITR filing for taxpayers. Further to these measures, the income tax department has launched a feature ‘e-verify return’ on its home page.

The feature enables e-verification of income tax returns or ITRs without logging into the e-filing portal. Earlier taxpayers had to log into the e-filing portal and then e-verify their ITR. Now, with the introduction of the ‘e-verify’ facility, taxpayers can verify without logging into the e-filing portal.

Latest Updates 
The CBDT has reduced the time limit of ITR verification to 30 days (from 120 days) from the date of return submission. The new rule is applicable for returns filed online on or after 1st August 2022.

How to ‘e-verify’ without logging into the e-filing portal

Step 1: Visit the Income Tax e-filing portal. Click on the ‘e-Verify Return’ under the quick links on the homepage.

e- Verify return without Login

Step 2: Enter your PAN, select the relevant Assessment Year, enter Acknowledgment Number of the ITR filed and Mobile Number and Continue.

enter details for e-verify return

Step 3: Enter six-digit OTP number received on the mobile number and submit.

After successful OTP verification, select the return you would like to e-verify. 

If you are verifying the return after 30 days of return filing, click on ‘OK’ to proceed to submit the condonation request. Submit the condonation delay request by selecting the reason for delay from the dropdown and continue.

Reason for delay in e-verify ITR

Step 4: If you are e-verifying within 30 days of return filing, you can directly select any of the mode mentioned below and of e-verify:

  • Generate Aadhaar OTP
  • Existing Aadhaar OTP
  • Existing EVC
  • Generate EVC through Bank Account
  • Generate EVC through Demat Account
  • Generate EVC through Bank ATM option (offline method)

Requirements to e-verify ITR

  • A taxpayer should have submitted the ITR for the relevant AY and generated an acknowledgement in ITR-V.
  • The ITR-V would bear an acknowledgement number, which is required under the ‘e-verify’ facility.
  • The ITR should be submitted by a taxpayer who is not compulsorily required to use a DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) to sign the ITR.
  • The ITR should not be filed by an authorised signatory or representative assessee.

How do I e-verify ITR until AY 2018-19?

The ‘e-verify’ feature on the home page of the income tax department is available only from the AY 2019-20 onwards. In the case of ITRs filed until AY 2018-19, a taxpayer has to log into the e-filing portal and e-verify the returns.

How do I e-verify ITR from AY 2019-20?

From the AY 2019-20, a taxpayer can e-verify the ITR under any of the two methods below:

a. Logging into the e-filing portal and selecting the ITR submitted for relevant AY for e-verification.

b. E-verification through the ‘e-verify’ option provided under ‘Our Services’ on the home page of the e-filing portal.

Under the ‘e-verify’ option, a taxpayer has to type in the PAN (Permanent Account Number), choose the relevant AY, type in the acknowledgement number from ITR-V of the relevant AY and enter mobile number. Under the ‘e-verify’ feature, once the taxpayer types the above, the following options will be available:

  • Generate Aadhaar OTP 
  • Existing Aadhaar OTP 
  • Existing EVC
  • Generate EVC through Bank Account
  • Generate EVC through Demat Account
  • Generate EVC through Bank ATM option (offline method)

E-verification is the last step in the ITR filing process. A taxpayer has a period of 30 days for e-verification of an ITR after submitting it or uploading it. A taxpayer can e-verify through any of the options mentioned above. A taxpayer can generate an EVC through any of the following modes (while pre-login)

Click here to know in detail about the various options to e-verify your ITR.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it mandatory to verify ITR?

Uploading ITR alone does not complete the return filing process. Verification of return is important to complete the return filing process.

Is it possible to verify my returns online if I filed them over 30 days ago and the 30 day time limit has elapsed?

Yes, you can still verify your returns online. However, you will need to submit a ‘condonation request’ for condonation of delay, providing a valid reason for the delay. The verification of your return will only be considered complete after the Income Tax Department approves the condonation request.

What is the time limit to e-verify ITR?

The ITR should be verified within 30 days from the date of submission of ITR to be considered as valid ITR.

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The income tax department has introduced an 'e-verify return' feature to simplify ITR filing. Taxpayers can verify returns without logging in. CBDT reduced the time limit to 30 days from 120. Steps are provided on how to e-verify, requirements for e-verification, and methods for different AYs.

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