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The e-filing users require a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) to sign the income tax returns, forms and other places where authentication of the user on the electronic document is required. Hence, DSC serves as a proof of identity for an individual or an organisation for online purposes.
A Digital Signature Certificate is mandatory for certain taxpayers or to avail some services. The companies and political parties have to e-verify their income tax return through the digital signature certificate. Also, the persons whose books of accounts require a tax audit should e-verify their income tax returns. For others, it is optional.
The registered taxpayers of the new e-filing portal can perform the following:
The taxpayers who wish to use their DSC must re-register their DSC on the new income tax portal. Due to technical reasons, the DSC registered on the old e-filing portal will not be migrated to the new e-filing portal of income tax.
Downloading the emsigner utility is necessary before registration of DSC. Follow the below steps to download the emsigner utility:
Step 1: Go to the income tax e-filing portal at www.incometax.gov.in.
Step 2: Click on the ‘Downloads’ tab from the top.
Step 3: Click on ‘DSC Management Utility’ in the left pane.
Step 4: Click on the link ‘Utility (emBridge)’.
Step 5: The utility will start downloading. After the download is complete, install it.
Follow the steps to know how to register DSC on the new e-filing portal.
Step 1: Log in to the new e-filing portal at www.incometax.gov.in.
Step 2: Go to ‘My Profile’ from the dashboard.
Step 3: Click on ‘Register DSC’ on the left.
Step 4: Enter the email ID linked with the DSC token. Select ‘I have downloaded and installed emsigner utility’ and click on the ‘Continue’ button.
Step 5: Select the ‘Provider’ and ‘Certificate’ from the dropdown and enter the ‘provider password’. Click on the ‘Sign’ button.
It will display a success message on the successful registration of DSC.