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E-filing of ITR is a one-time task in a whole financial year. So, it is natural to forget your login credentials for the same. Taxpayers find it difficult to access their accounts without any guide to retrieve the income tax login password and user ID. Here is a step by step procedure on how you can recover your income tax credentials.
Access the income tax department portal.
Once you go to the home page from above link, you will find a ‘Login Here’ button on the top right corner.
Enter your User ID and click on the ‘Continue’ button.
For user ID- Individual taxpayers can enter PAN or Aadhaar (only if PAN and Aadhaar are linked). And for any other taxpayers, the user ID is PAN.
Once you enter your User ID and proceed , you will be directed to “Reset Password” dialog box where you will select any one option from the drop-down list and provide mandatory details. The drop-down list has the following: a) Answer Secret Question b) Upload DSC c) Using OTP d) Using Aadhaar OTP
Option 1 : The taxpayer has to answer the primary and secondary secret questions which he had answered at the time of registration. OR
Option 2 : The taxpayer can use his unique registered digital signature(DSC) and login to his e-filing account. OR
Option 3 : The taxpayer can use OTP (One time password) sent to the registered mobile number and email ID and change the password.
Option 4 : If the taxpayer wants to change the registered email id and mobile number and then try to access his income tax department portal, he can do the same but with an extra detail among anyone of the following three :
1. TDS/TCS Deduction Details of last 2 assessment years
2. Tax Payment Details – BSR code, Challan Date, and Challan Sequence Number if any tax was paid during last 3 Assessment years
3. Bank Account Number mentioned in last year income tax return.
Option 5: The taxpayer can also access his income tax department portal by entering the Aadhaar OTP sent to the registered mobile number and email id with UIDAI.
Note : If a taxpayer has opted for Option 4 with new email id and new mobile number , he will have to wait for 12 hours to access the portal. This is one of the measures of the income tax department to stop any fraudulent login They also send one confirmation mail to the previously registered email id with the direction to report in case the taxpayer is not aware about the portal being assessed by any other person.
Once the taxpayer has used any of the above options to retrieve his password, he will get access to his income tax department portal. Further from the portal directly, he can easily change the password or other details easily.
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