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incometax.gov.in – Guide to Registration & e-File on New Income Tax efiling Website

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Incometax.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.

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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:

  • Step 1: Go to the Income Tax Department website. You will find ‘Register Yourself’ on the right-hand side. Click on the same:
  • Step 2: To register, start by selecting the type of user whether you are an Individual, HUF or any other types of taxpayer.
  • Step 3: 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
  • Step 4: 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.
  • Step 5: 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.
  • Step 6: Finally, enter your present and permanent address details.
  • 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.
  • Step 7: 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.

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

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: 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.

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 e filing ITR 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:

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.  

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.

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.

File Your Income Tax Returns 10 Times Faster with Cleartax

  • ClearTax is the fastest and easiest income tax e-filing alternative to the Government of India website.
  • You don’t need to download any income tax return forms, run java utilities or manually fill income sources to prepare your ITR. Clear tax auto-detects all your information.
  • You can e-file income from salary, house property, capital gains, business profession and income from other sources all on the same website.
  • ClearTax lets your e-file all income tax return forms – ITR-1, ITR-2, ITR-3, ITR-4, ITR-5 and ITR-6.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I download Tax Credit or 26AS ? Login to your income tax account

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
How to register for efiling income tax ?
  • Visit the ‘e-Filing’ Portal www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
  • Click on “register yourself” located on the home page
  • Select user type as “individual” and click on continue. Provide basic details like PAN, surname, first name , middle name, DOB, residential status and click on continue. 
  • Fill Password, contact details, current address and click on submit. After submitting , two OTPs will be shared on mobile number and email address. Enter the correct OTP to complete the registration process. 
How to file an income tax return after the due date?  

If you have skipped the due date for filing ITR, you can file a belated return. A belated return can be filed either before the completion of the assessment year or before the  assessment is made , whichever is earlier. For instance, for the assessment year 2019 – 20, you can file a belated return before 31st August 2019 or, at the most, by 31st March 2020.However penalty will be charged for belated return of Rs 10,000. 

How to revise income tax returns before the due date?

In case the taxpayer wants to revise the original return due to some amendments , the same can be done using revised return u/s 139 (5).Previous to Budget 2021, revised  return  or belated returns were allowed to be filed either before the completion of the assessment year or before the  assessment is made , whichever is earlier. However Budget 2021 has reduced this limit by 3 months, i,e an assessee can revise or file a later return by 31st December of the assessment year.

How to create digital signatures for income tax efiling?

A digital signature is a digital proof of the identity of an individual.The certificates are issued by licensed  certifying authorities approved by the government of India. To get a DSC, please approach these licensed certified authorities.   

How to change mobile number and email id in income tax efiling?

Log on to income tax filing portal https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/ , please go to profile settings > contact details. CLick on edit button on the top right hand corner and change the email address as required

How to efile income tax return for salaried?

To submit your income tax return online, log on to either the income tax e-filing portal or you can also e-file through ClearTax. E Filing through cleartax would make it simpler as it will populate the data when you upload your form 16. After this you just have to add other requisite details not mentioned in form 16 and submit your return.  

However if you wish to file it through the income tax portal

  • Log on to https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home and download the excel/Java utilities from the “download > ITR return preparation software” tab on the main screen. 
  • You can extract the ZIP files and fill all the required information relating to income , deductions and exemption in these utilities and upload it after logging in with PAN, password and the captcha.
  • Remember to cross the details with your Form 16 (TDS on salary certificate) and Form 26AS (tax credit statement) before submitting.  
  • Please remember to verify the return before submitting or within 120 of filing ITR. ITR filing is incomplete without verification. 
How to get user id for income tax efiling?

PAN card number is the user ID for income tax efiling. 

Can I file a return of income even if my income is below taxable limits ?

Yes, you can file return of income voluntarily even if your income is less than basic exemption limit

What documents are to be enclosed along the return of income?

There is no need to enclose any documents with the return of income. However, one should retain the documents to produce before any competent authority as and when required in future.

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