Please Wait 13 Seconds...

How to Fill Income Tax Return


1. Offline: Download the applicable ITR, fill the form offline, save the generated XML file and then upload it.

To e-File the ITR using the upload XML method, the user must download either of the following ITR utility:

  • Excel Utility
  • Java Utility

Perform the following steps to download the Java Utility or Excel Utility, then to generate and Upload the XML:

  1. Go to the Income Tax e-Filing portal www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
  2. Download the Appropriate ITR utility under ‘Downloads > IT Return Preparation Software’.
  3. Extract the downloaded utility ZIP file and Open the Utility from the extracted folder. (For more information and prerequisites, refer the ‘Read me’ document).
    Note : System Requirements
    Excel Utilities: Macro enabled MS-Office Excel version 2007/2010/2013 on Microsoft Windows 7 / 8 /10 with .Net Framework (3.5 & above)
    Java Utilities: Microsoft Windows 7/8/10, Linux and Mac OS 10.x with JRE (Java Runtime Environment) Version 8 with latest updates.
    To Enable Macros in Excel Go to > File > Options > Trust Centre > Trust Centre Settings > Macro Settings > Enable All Macro > Click ‘OK’ button twice to save these settings.
  4. Fill the applicable and mandatory fields of the ITR form.
    Note :
    Pre-filled XML can be downloaded post login to the e-Filing portal from ‘My Account > Download Pre-Filled XML’ and can be imported to the utility for prefilling the personal and other available details.
  5. Validate all the tabs of the ITR form and Calculate the Tax.
  6. Generate and Save the XML.
  7. Login to e-Filing portal by entering user ID (PAN), Password, Captcha code and click ‘Login’.
  8. Click on the ‘e-File’ menu and click ‘Income Tax Return’ link.
  9. On Income Tax Return Page:

    • PAN will be auto-populated
    • Select ‘Assessment Year’
    • Select ‘ITR form Number’
    • Select ‘Filing Type’ as ‘Original/Revised Return’
    • Select ‘Submission Mode’ as ‘Upload XML’
  10. Choose any one of the following option to verify the Income Tax Return:

    • Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).
    • Aadhaar OTP.
    • EVC using Prevalidated Bank Account Details.
    • EVC using Prevalidated Demat Account Details.
    • Already generated EVC through My Account  Generate EVC Option or Bank ATM. The validity of such EVC is 72 hours from the time of generation.
    • I would like to e-Verify later. Please remind me.
    • I don’t want to e-verify this Income Tax Return and would like to send signed ITR-V through normal or speed post to “Centralized Processing Center, Income Tax Department, Bengaluru – 560500”
  11. Click ‘Continue’
  12. Attach the ITR XML file.
    On choosing,

    • DSC as verification option, Attach the signature file generated from DSC management utility.
    • Aadhaar OTP as verification option, Enter the Aadhaar OTP received in the mobile number registered with UIDAI.
    • EVC through Bank account, Demat account or Bank ATM as verification option, Enter the EVC received in the mobile number registered with Bank or Demat Account respectively.
    • Other two verification options, the ITR will be submitted but the process of filing the ITRs is not complete until it is verified. The submitted ITR should be e-Verified later by using ‘My Account > e-Verify Return’ option or the signed ITR-V should be sent to CPC, Bengaluru.
  13. Submit the ITR.
  14. To view the uploaded ITRs

2. Online: Enter the relevant data directly online at e-filing portal and submit it. Taxpayer can file ITR 1 and ITR 4 online.

  1. Go to the Income Tax e-Filing portal, www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
  2. Login to e-Filing portal by entering user ID (PAN), Password, Captcha code and click ‘Login’.
  3. Click on the ‘e-File’ menu and click ‘Income Tax Return’ link.
  4. On Income Tax Return Page:

    • PAN will be auto-populated
    • Select ‘Assessment Year’
    • Select ‘ITR Form Number’
    • Select ‘Filing Type’ as ‘Original/Revised Return’
    • Select ‘Submission Mode’ as ‘Prepare and Submit Online’
  5. Click on ‘Continue’
  6. Read the Instructions carefully and Fill all the applicable and mandatory fields of the Online ITR Form.
    Note :
    To avoid loss of data/rework due session time out, Click on ‘Save Draft’ button periodically to save the entered ITR details as a draft. The saved draft will be available for 30 days from the date of saving or till the date of filing the return or till there is no change in the XML schema of the notified ITR (Whichever is earlier).
  7. Choose the appropriate Verification option in the ‘Taxes Paid and Verification’ tab.
    Choose any one of the following option to verify the Income Tax Return:

    • I would like to e-Verify
    • I would like to e-Verify later within 120 days from date of filing.
    • I don’t want to e-Verify and would like to send signed ITR-V through normal or speed post to “Centralized Processing Center, Income Tax Department, Bengaluru – 560 500” within 120 days from date of filing.
    • Click on ‘Preview and Submit’ button, Verify all the data entered in the ITR.
    • ‘Submit’ the ITR.
    • On Choosing ‘I would like to e-Verify’ option, e-Verification can be done through any of the following methods by entering the EVC/OTP when asked for.
      • EVC generated through bank ATM or Generate EVC option under My Account
      • Aadhaar OTP
      • Prevalidated Bank Account
      • Prevalidated Demat Account
      Note
      On Choosing the other two verification options, the ITR will be submitted but the process of filing the ITRs is not complete until it is verified. The submitted ITR should be e-Verified later by using ‘My Account > e-Verify Return’ option or the signed ITR-V should be sent to CPC, Bengaluru.
    • The EVC/OTP should be entered within 60 seconds else, the Income Tax Return (ITR) will be auto-submitted. The submitted ITR should be verified later by using ‘My Account > e-Verify Return’ option or by sending signed ITR-V to CPC.
    • To view the uploaded ITRs ​