Modified on : 6 May, 2018
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Online filing of Tax Return - Step by Step Guide

Please note that completion of the registration process is essential requirement to access the e-Filing website. Please visit this page for procedure to register for e-filing.

To Upload Income Tax return , please follow the below steps:
Step 1Download the ITR preparation software for the relevant assessment year to your PC / Laptop from the " Downloads " page.
Step 2Prepare the Return using the downloaded Software.
  • Gather all the information regarding your income, tax payments, deductions etc.
  • Pre-populate the personal details and tax payments/TDS by clicking on the 'Pre-fill' button. Compare with the information you have to ensure that nothing is left out.
  • Enter all data and click on 'Calculate' to compute the tax and interest liability and final figure of Refund or Tax payable.
  • If Tax is payable- remember to pay immediately and enter the details in appropriate schedule. Repeat above step so that tax payable becomes zero.
  • Generate and save the Income Tax Return data in XML format in the desired path/place on your PC/Laptop.
Step 3Login to e-Filing website with User ID, Password, Date of Birth /Date of Incorporation and enter the Captcha code.
Step 4Go to e-File and click on " Upload Return ".
Step 5Select the appropriate ITR, Assessment Year and XML file previously saved in Step 2 (using browse button).
Step 6Upload Digital Signature Certificate (DSC), if applicable.

Please ensure the DSC is registered with e-Filing.

Step 7Click on "Submit" button.
Step 8On successful submission, ITR-V would be displayed (if DSC is not used). Click on the link and download the ITR-V. ITR-V will also be sent to the registered email. If ITR is uploaded with DSC, the Return Filing process is complete.

In case the return is not uploaded with DSC, you can e-verify your Income Tax Return by using your Aadhaar Card number or Net banking account. An OTP (one time password) will be generated and sent to your registered mobile number / email. On entering the OTP a message stating completion of verification will be displayed. Click on the link and download the ITR-V. ITR-V will also be sent to the registered email. If ITR is e-verified, the Return Filing process is complete.

In case the return is neither uploaded with DSC nor e-verified, ITR-V would be displayed. The ITR-V Form should be printed, signed and submitted to CPC within 120 days from the date of e-Filing. The return will be processed only upon receipt of signed ITR-V. Please check your emails/SMS for reminders on .non-receipt of ITR-V.

Upload of Income Tax Return process is complete now.
To Prepare and Submit ITR Online, please follow the below steps :
Step 1Login to e-Filing website with User ID, Password, Date of Birth /Date of Incorporation and Captcha.
Step 2Go to e-File and click on " Prepare and Submit ITR Online ". Please note that only ITR 1 and ITR 4S can be filled online.
Step 3Select the Income Tax Return Form ITR 1/ITR 4S and the Assessment Year.
Step 4Fill in the details and click the " Submit " button.
Step 5Upload Digital Signature Certificate (DSC), if applicable. Please ensure the DSC is registered with e-Filing.
Step 6Click on " Submit " button.
Step 7On successful submission, ITR-V would be displayed (if DSC is not used). Click on the link and download the ITR-V. ITR-V will also be sent to the registered email. If ITR is uploaded with DSC, the Return Filing process is complete.

In case the return is not uploaded with DSC, you can e-verify your Income Tax Return by using your Aadhaar Card number or Net banking account. An OTP (one time password) will be generated and sent to your registered mobile number / email. On entering the OTP a message stating completion of verification will be displayed. Click on the link and download the ITR-V. ITR-V will also be sent to the registered email. If ITR is e-verified, the Return Filing process is complete.

In case the return is neither uploaded with DSC nor e-verified, ITR-V would be displayed. The ITR-V Form should be printed, signed and submitted to CPC within 120 days from the date of e-Filing. The return will be processed only upon receipt of signed ITR-V. Please check your emails/SMS for reminders on .non-receipt of ITR-V.

This ends the process of preparing & submitting ITR Online by you.

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