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After filing your income tax return, the next step is to verify it. The income tax department processes your return only if it is verified. Hence, you will receive refunds only if the return is submitted and verified.
After successfully e-verifying your ITR, you don’t have to send the physical ITR-V. However, if you do not want to e-verify, you will need to send the physical ITR-V.
There are various methods in which you can e-verify your ITR. You can select any of the modes mentioned below and e-verify your return:
So let us see how to e-verify using these methods after logging in to your e-filing account.
For e-verification of your ITR through Aadhaar, ensure that your mobile number is linked to Aadhaar. Also, ensure that your PAN is linked with your Aadhaar number. Let us now see the steps for e-verification.
An SMS with the 6-digit OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number.
Most of the taxpayers apply the Aadhaar OTP method for e-verification.
Another way to e-verify your account is by generating EVC through:
If you want to e-verify through a net banking facility, you need to have a net banking facility of your bank account.
There is another offline method of generating EVC. It is through bank ATM cards. This facility is available only via limited banks such as Canara Bank, Axis Bank, Central Bank of India, SBI, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank. All you will require is to visit your bank’s ATM and swipe your ATM card.
You can use the above methods for ITR verification if your books of accounts are not audited.
However, if your books of accounts are audited, the return must be e-verified using a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).
You will receive a message on your email ID and mobile number registered on the e-filing portal confirming the completion of e-verification.
You can e-verify without login into your bank e-filing account. To e-verify without login to an e-filing account, visit our page at https://cleartax.in/s/e-verify-itr-without-login.
Uploading ITR alone does not complete the return filing process. Verification of return is important to complete the process of return filing.
You can verify your return electronically. An online e-verification can be done using an Aadhaar OTP or using EVC generated through net banking or bank account or Demat account. If you cannot e-verify your return, you can download the return filing acknowledgement, i.e. ITR-V, print, sign, and send the same to the CPC, Bangalore, to process your return.
Further, suppose you are filing a return manually (if you are not bound to file your return online). In that case, you may sign your return of income for verifying it and submit the same in the office of your jurisdictional income.
A return can be verified and signed by the individual himself or any person authorised under Section 140(a). Following are the cases where a person other than the individual can sign:
a. Where the individual is not in India– any person he authorises to sign on his behalf
b. If he is mentally incapacitated– his guardian or any other person competent to act on his behalf
c. For any other reason– if the individual is unable to sign, any person whom he authorises to sign on his behalf
Any person responsible for paying a salary must deduct TDS before making payment. The Income Tax Act states that a person deducting TDS from a payment must furnish a certificate with details of TDS deducted and deposited. The employer deducting TDS from salary is compulsorily required to furnish a certificate (Form 16) in a specific format.
Are there any benefits of e-verification of returns filed online?
e-Verification with an Electronic Verification Code (EVC) or an Aadhaar OTP, as the case may be, is beneficial in as much as you can do away with signing and sending a hard copy of the return filing acknowledgement. Further, e-verification also helps quick processing of your return when compared to the other modes of verification.
After filing ITR, it can be e-verified using an Aadhaar OTP. To e-verify through Aadhaar, you must link your Aadhaar with your PAN and registered mobile number. After doing so, follow the below steps to e-verify:
You may resend your ITR-V once again to CPC. You will not be treated as a taxpayer not having filed his return as long as you can show sufficient proof of having sent the ITR V to CPC for the first time.