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E-Verifying Your Income Tax Return using Aadhaar Card?

By Ektha Surana

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Updated on: Jun 14th, 2024

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4 min read

You can file your returns online with the help of your Aadhar Card.

Taxpayers no longer have to send a 1-page verification document i.e. the ITR-V to the Income Tax Department in Bangalore. Instead, they can verify their returns online with the help of an OTP received on their Aadhaar registered mobile number. 

Latest Updates 
The CBDT has reduced the time limit of ITR verification to 30 days (from 120 days) from the date of return submission.

E-verify Your Return Using Aadhaar Card

Eligibility:

  • You must have linked your Aadhaar card to your PAN number.
  • Your mobile number linked to Aadhaar must be active.

Steps for e-Verifying Your Return Using Aadhaar Card 

Step 1: Log on to the Department’s e-filing website.

e-filing portal login

Step 2: Go to the ‘e-file’ tab on the dashboard >> select ‘Income Tax Returns’ >> then select ‘e-verify return’.

income tax forms

Step 3: Choose the most recent ITR for which e-verification is pending. 

AY 2023-24

Step 4: On the next screen select the first option ‘I would like to e-verify using OTP on mobile number registered with Aadhaar‘. For verification through Aadhaar OTP, your mobile number must be linked to Aadhaar and also your PAN-Aadhaar must be linked.

PAN-Aadhaar

Step 5: Check the box and click on ‘Generate Aadhaar OTP’. Note that the OTP is valid only for 15 minutes.

OTP validation

Step 6: Lastly, enter the OTP number and hit ‘Submit’. You will then receive a message that reads ‘Return successfully e-Verified. Download the Acknowledgement.’ The same acknowledgement will be automatically sent to your registered email id. You have now successfully e-filed and e-verified your income tax return.

verify otp

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is EVC code?

An Electronic Verification Code (EVC) is a 10 digit alphanumeric code that is sent to the registered mobile number of the tax filer while filing his/her returns online. It helps verify the identity of the tax filers. Such tax filers include individuals as well as Hindu Undivided Family (HUF). The individuals are required to self-verify their returns while the Karta must verify the returns of the HUF. An EVC can be generated through the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department.

How to e-verify ITR using Aadhaar Card?
  • Log in to your e-filing account on the Income Tax Department website.
  • Choose "e-Verify Return" under the "My Account" tab.
  • Select "I would like to verify using OTP on mobile number registered with Aadhaar."
  • Enter the OTP received on your Aadhaar-linked mobile number.
  • Click "Validate".
What is the e-verification of a tax return?

E-verification is the process of electronically confirming the authenticity of your filed income tax return. It replaces the need to send a physical copy of the ITR-V to the Centralized Processing Center (CPC) in Bangalore.

What is the new time limit for e-verification or submission of ITR-V?

The new time-limit for e-verification or submission of ITR-V shall now be 30 days from the date of filing the return of income. However, where the return is filed on or before 31.07.2022 the earlier time limit of 120 days would continue to apply.

What should I do if my Aadhaar is not linked to my mobile number?

Your mobile number must be linked to your Aadhaar for OTP verification. You can link your mobile number with Aadhaar by visiting an Aadhaar enrollment center or through the UIDAI website.

What happens if I do not e-verify my return within 90 days?

If you do not e-verify your return within 90 days, your return will be considered invalid. You will need to file a fresh return.

About the Author

Multitasking between pouring myself coffees and poring over the ever-changing tax laws. Here, I've authored 100+ blogs on income tax and simplified complex income tax topics like the intimidating crypto tax rules, old vs new tax regime debate, changes in debt funds taxation, budget analysis and more. Some combinations I like- tax and content, finance & startups, technology & psychology, fitness & neuroscience. Read more

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Taxpayers can file returns online using Aadhar card. Verification reduced to 30 days. Steps: Log in, select ITR, choose e-verify return, generate Aadhaar OTP, submit. Acknowledgement sent.

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