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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 return or ITR 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 ‘e-verify’ facility, taxpayers can verify without logging into the e-filing portal.
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 the returns filed online on or after 1st August 2022. For the income tax returns filed up to 31st July 2022, the time limit for ITR verification remains 120 days.
Step 1: A taxpayer has to visit the e-filing portal of the income tax department. The feature ‘e-Verify Return’ can be accessed on the home page of the portal under ‘Our Services’.
Step 2: Enter your PAN, select the relevant Assessment Year, enter Acknowledgment Number of the ITR filed and Mobile Number and Continue.
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 120 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.
Step 4: If you are e-verifying within 120 days of return filing, you can directly select any of the mode mentioned below and of e-verify:
The ‘e-verify’ facility has been provided from the ongoing assessment year. You can e-verify the ITR filed for AY 2019-20 onwards using the ‘e-verify’ facility.
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.
For 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 AY 2019-20 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 AY 2019-20, type in the acknowledgement number from ITR-V of the AY 2019-20 and enter mobile number. Under the ‘e-verify’ feature, once the taxpayer types the above, the following options will be available:
E-verification is the last step in the ITR filing process. A taxpayer has a period of 120 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.