How to file ITR-1, ITR-2, ITR-3 and ITR-4 for AY 2021-22 Using the Offline Utility

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The income tax department allows taxpayers to file income tax returns using offline mode. Let us understand how to file ITR returns through offline utility.

To start with, the taxpayer has first to download the offline utility

How to download ITR-1, ITR-2, ITR-3 and ITR-4 offline utilities?

You can download the offline utility through the income tax e-filing portal at 

Step 1: Under the ‘Download’ section, select the relevant assessment year and click on the ‘utility’ link under the ‘Common Offline Utility (ITR 1 to ITR 4)’ section.

You can also download the utility after login into your e-filing account. Go to e-File > Income Tax Returns > File Income Tax Return > Select the relevant Assessment Year and Mode of Filing (Offline)

Step 2: Extract the downloaded zip folder and install the utility. Now click on the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 3: In the next screen, you can see three tabs. 

  • Returns: Select this tab if you are filing the return for the 1st time, then click on ‘File returns’ in this tab.
  • Draft Version of Returns: Select this tab if you want to see the draft version of your returns (already executed filing) and click on ‘edit’.
  • Pre-filled Data: Select this tab to see all the pre-filled ITR information which you had previously imported into the utility.

Step 4: Considering you are filing a return for the first time. After clicking ‘File returns’ under the ‘Returns’ tab, select any of the below options:-

  1. Download Pre-filled Data
  2. Import Pre-filled Data
  3. Import draft ITR filled in Online mode or import JSON generated from Excel/HTML utility.

After importing or downloading data, proceed to file the return.

Step 5: Select your status and click on the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 6: In the next screen, select the ITR form under ‘I know which ITR Form I need to file’ and proceed.

Step 7: In the next screen, click on the ‘Let’s Get Started’ button.

Step 8: Select the appropriate reason for filing the income tax return and click on the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 9: Fill in all the relevant fields of the ITR (Income Tax Return) form and click on the ‘Proceed’ button.

Step 10: On the ‘Confirm Your Return Summary page’, you can see the summary of your tax computation based on the details filled in. If there is any tax liability, it will show you to ‘Pay Now’ or ’Pay Later’.

You can select the ‘Pay Now’ option to instantly pay the income tax liability. After payment, enter the challan number and BSR code in the details of payment.

Step 11: After reviewing your return, click on the declaration check box, fill in the declaration and proceed to preview and validate the return. 

Step 12: Verify all the errors by selecting the respective error and it will automatically take your to the error field. You can also download the JSON.

Step 13: After correction of all the errors and on successful validation, click on ‘Proceed to Verification’ to complete the verification process.

Step 14: You will be redirected to log in to the income tax e-filing portal.

Step 15: Click on the ‘Upload Return’ button. 

Step 16: It is mandatory to e-verify the return to complete the return filing process. You have the option to e-verify now or e-verify later.

This way you can file ITR-1, ITR-2, ITR-3 and ITR-4 in offline mode.

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