Us­ing the Of­fi­cial Web­site

Consumer Voice - - Income Tax -

Be­fore you start the process, keep your bank state­ments, Form 16 is­sued by your em­ployer, and a copy of last year's re­turn at hand. Next, log on to www.in­cometaxin­di­ae­fil­ing .gov.in. Now fol­low th­ese steps:

Step1: Reg­is­ter your­self on the web­site. Your per­ma­nent ac­count num­ber (PAN) will be your user ID.

Step2: View your tax credit state­ment – that is, Form 26AS. The state­ment will re­flect the taxes de­ducted by your em­ployer ac­tu­ally de­posited with the IT depart­ment. The TDS as per your Form 16 must tally with the fig­ures in Form 26AS. If you file the re­turn de­spite dis­crep­an­cies, if any, you could get a no­tice from the IT depart­ment later.

Step 3: Un­der the 'Down­load' menu, click on In­come Tax Re­turn Forms and choose AY 2014–15 (for fi­nan­cial year 2013–14). Down­load the In­come Tax Re­turn (ITR) form ap­pli­ca­ble to you. If your ex­empt in­come ex­ceeds Rs 5,000, the ap­pro­pri­ate form will be ITR-2. If the ap­pli­ca­ble form is ITR1 or ITR 4S, you can com­plete the process on the por­tal it­self, by us­ing the 'Quick e-file ITR' link.

Step 4: Open the down­loaded Re­turn Prepa­ra­tion Soft­ware (Excel util­ity) and com­plete the form by en­ter­ing all the de­tails, us­ing your Form 16.

Step 5: As­cer­tain the tax payable by click­ing the 'Cal­cu­late Tax' tab. Pay tax (if ap­pli­ca­ble) and en­ter the chal­lan de­tails in the tax re­turn. Step 6: Con­firm all the in­for­ma­tion in the work­sheet by click­ing the 'Val­i­date' tab. Step 7: Pro­ceed to gen­er­ate an XML file and save it on your com­puter. Step 8: Go to 'Upload Re­turn' on the por­tal's left panel and upload the saved XML file af­ter se­lect­ing 'AY 2014–2015' and the rel­e­vant form. You will be asked whether you wish to dig­i­tally sign the file. If you have ob­tained a DS (dig­i­tal sig­na­ture), se­lect Yes. Oth­er­wise, choose No.

Step 9: Once the web­site flashes the mes­sage about suc­cess­ful e-fil­ing on your screen, you can con­sider the process to be com­plete. The ac­knowl­edg­ment form, ITR-Verification (ITR-V), will be gen­er­ated and you can down­load it.

Step 10: Take a print­out of the form ITR-V , sign it prefer­ably in blue ink, and send it only by or­di­nary post or Speed Post to In­come Tax Depart­ment-CPC , Post Bag No. 1 , Elec­tronic City Post Of­fice, Ban­ga­lore 560 100, Kar­nataka, within 120 days of fil­ing your re­turn on­line.

You will get a re­ceipt of your ITR-V by email in some weeks (takes time). You can track its sta­tus on the web­site as well.

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