Budget 2021 update :It has been proposed to exempt the senior citizens from filing income tax returns if pension income and interest income are their only annual income source. Section 194P has been newly inserted to enforce the banks to deduct tax on senior citizens more than 75 years of age who have a pension and interest income from the bank.
Deadline for Income Tax Return Filing for Individual taxpayers is extended to 10th January 2021 for A.Y 2020-21 (F.Y 2019-20). For audit and transfer pricing cases, the due date is extended to 15th February 2021.

www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in – Income Tax Department Website

Incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in is the Income Tax Department, Government of India website to help taxpayers file their Income Tax returns online. Taxpayers use this website every year to file their taxes.  

1. How to Register on the Income Tax Website and File Returns?

The following steps will help you login/register on the Income Tax Department website:
  1. Go to the Income Tax Department website. You will find ‘Register Yourself’ on the right-hand side. Click on the same:
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  1. To register, start by selecting the type of user whether you are an Individual, HUF or any other types of taxpayer.
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  1. Next, enter your personal details like PAN, name, and date of birth. The PAN will then become the user ID for the income tax department website.Remember your name should be exactly the same as provided while applying for your PAN card
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  1. On the registration form screen, you’ll be asked to setup your password and security questions, in case you forget your password. It is essential to include lowercase and uppercase letters along with special characters.
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  1. Enter your mobile number and email ID. Put in your personal email ID and phone numberPlease, make sure that you do not provide company email ID because these contact details will be used by the IT department for all further communications.
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  1. Finally, enter your present and permanent address details.
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  1. The website, will then verify your PAN with their database and display a confirmation message for verifying the registration through OTPs sent on your mobile number and e-mail id.
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  1. You will need to complete the registration process by entering the OTP1 received on the mobile number mentioned and OTP2 received on the e-mail id mentioned while registering..
Your account is setup and is ready for you to e-file your ITR. You can also view form 26AS which are your tax credit statements.

2. How to log into your account in the income tax efiling portal?

After registering yourself on the income tax efiling portal, let us understand how to log into the portal. To access the India income tax login page, you have to go to the homepage of the government portal, where you will see a box on the right side that has a ‘Login Here’ button for registered users. Click on it. Upload XML Once you have clicked on that button, you will be taken to the login page where you have to enter in your username and income tax login password. Upload XML Remember: The user ID is your PAN number. Did you know that you don’t have to bother about your login details if you are efiling on ClearTax? You can login easily using your Google account.  

After logging in, your dashboard will display from where you can choose the option to e-file or view any statements such as form 26AS:

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3. View and download your Form 26AS (Tax Credit Statement)

The tax credit statement or Form 26AS contains details of tax deducted on behalf of you by deductors. It also contains details of tax collected on behalf of the taxpayer by collectors as well as tax refund. You can view your tax credit statement to know the TDS deducted and submitted on your behalf by different deductors and collectors.   Upload XML  

View your Tax Credit Statement


4. E-File Your Income Tax Returns Without the Password

You can e-file your IT returns without your income tax website password. Just visit www.cleartax.in and start by entering your income details. You can also upload your Form 16, and we automatically prepare your income tax return and file it with the IT department website.

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5. Recover Your Income Tax Department Password

To be able to login and e-file your income tax returns, you will need your IT department password. If you’ve lost your password, you can reset your password. You need to be able to login to your income tax website account to view tax credit statements and more. In case you had linked your PAN with Aadhaar number, then you can reset your password using mobile OTP generated on your registered mobile number.

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After you e-file your IT returns on ClearTax, you can also access your returns on Incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I download Tax Credit or 26AS ?
    Login to your income tax account
    • My Account
    • From drop down menu select View 26AS
    • Select Continue
    • Agree and Proceed
    • View 26AS
    • Select Assessment Year form drop down
    • Select Format Type
    • Select View and Download to download
    • Select Download as PDF

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