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How to Register Digital Signature for eFiling of Income Tax Returns

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How to Register Digital Signature for eFiling of Income Tax Returns using USB e-Token

A digital signature authenticates electronic documents in a similar manner a handwritten signature authenticates printed documents. This signature cannot be forged and it asserts that a named person wrote or otherwise agreed to the document to which the signature is attached. The recipient of a digitally signed message can verify that the message originated from the person whose signature is attached to the document and that the message has not been altered either intentionally or accidentally since it was signed. Also, the signer of a document cannot later disown it by claiming that the signature was forged. In other words, digital signatures enable the “authentication” and “non-repudiation” of digital messages, assuring the recipient of a digital message of both the identity of the sender and the integrity of the message.

A digital signature is issued by a Certification Authority (CA) and is signed with the CA’s private key. A digital signature typically contains the: Owner’s public key, the Owner’s name, Expiration date of the public key, the Name of the issuer (the CA that issued the Digital ID), Serial number of the digital signature, and the digital signature of the issuer. Digital signatures deploy the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology.

If you file electronically using digital signature you do not have to submit a physical copy of the return. Even if you do not have a digital signature, you can still e-File the returns. However, you must also physically submit the printed copy of the filled up Form along with the copy of the Provisional Acknowledgement Number of your e-Return.

Here is the procedure to register the Digital Signature with Income Tax department website for eFiling of Income Tax Returns.

STEP 1: Open I.T website -https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/portal/index.doin Internet Explorer Click on the “Login”tab to continue

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Step 2: Registered Users should enter their User ID (usually PAN No.) and password and clickLogin

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Step-3 On the Login Page, click on My Account and selectUpdate Digital Certificate

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Step-4 : ClickYES , then tick the “Always trust content from the publisher”  and then click on RUNon the following prompts:

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STEP 5: Choose the option “Upload your USB token ” and click on Select your USB TOKEN Certificate button

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STEP 6:Click onBrowse button and locate the file “C:\WINDOWS\system32\eTPKCS11.dll” from your PC and then entereToken password and click sign

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25 Responses to “How to Register Digital Signature for eFiling of Income Tax Returns”

  1. karthi says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I have updated my DSC tokern in Income Tax E-filing Website through my login ID. But while I was trying to Upload my IT return by attaching the DSC token, it is showing ERROR as “UPLOAD YOUR DSC”. But already I have updated my DSC earlier.
    Can anybody help me in this regard.

  2. RAMA KRISHNA REDDY says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I have updated my DSC pfx file in Income Tax E-filing Website through my login ID. But while I was trying to Upload my IT return by attaching the pfx file, it is showing ERROR as “UPLOAD YOUR DSC”. But already I have updated my DSC earlier.
    Can anybody help me in this regard.

  3. Naveena C K says:

    One suggestion for those who got their certificate from e-mudhra. After installing the certificate, go to Internet Explorer -> tools -> Internet options –> Content –> Certificate. There you will have an option to export into .pfx as required by the ITD. ‘

    My question is: After uploading the DSC to the ITD, is it enough to upload the .xml file? is there any need to attempt uploading the .pfx file once again?

    Thank you

  4. Sun says:

    So I should buy the tocken that generate the pin to entereToken password ?

  5. p.k.sinha says:

    i m unable to  digital signature register with I tax site. mesage come …….error when i selected pfx file of dsc. what can i do ?

    parvesh

  6. dr H G Joshi says:

    Sir,
    It has lot of informations but still quivery remains..
    I have been filing e return for more then 5 yrs… It is lot more easy then clumsy paper work.
    e filing …. then waiting for acknowledgement  2 days max.  ITRV  and its copy is received in e mail applying necessary PWs end user easy and is having… can open the document… get it printed and just send by simple Post to banglore… Done..  I initially did it with UCP  under certificate of postings…
    then within  5 days email receipt of ITR V reached banglore… is available  inbox…  of email so 7 days  if one files before or between 15 july to 20 th july it gets over by max…. 26 th july… 

    Now still the nagging question remains ….If person earning more taxable income then 10 lacs…
    e filing this way OK  … but  digital signature compulsory ???  or e filing on IT website is enough…
    One CA site says  100 lac and above turnover , big company  ,, MD Finance manager , are diff…
    individual need not go for digital signature even if Taxable  INCOME IS BETWEEN  10 lac to 100 lac … Only filing e way and sending ITR V to banglore is OK…  Please Guide… and publish in a way that maximum people like me need not  go to e token and usb token procedures as it will be only 1 year or 2 year period … and we need only to 2 times….. in 2 years !!!! or   Is IT a MUST …. for earning taxable more then 10lac is seating duct SHIKAAR 

  7. Avik says:

    A digital signature authenticates electronic documents in a similar manner a handwritten signature authenticates printed documents. This signature cannot be forged and it asserts that a named person wrote or otherwise agreed to the document to which the signature is attached. The recipient of a digitally signed message can verify that the message originated from the person whose signature is attached to the document and that the message has not been altered either intentionally or accidentally since it was signed. Also, the signer of a document cannot later disown it by claiming that the signature was forged. In other words, digital signatures enable the “authentication” and “non-repudiation” of digital messages, assuring the recipient of a digital message of both the identity of the sender and the integrity of the message.A digital signature is issued by a Certification Authority (CA) and is signed with the CA’s private key. A digital signature typically contains the Owner’s public key, the Owner’s name, Expiration date of the public key, the Name of the issuer (the CA that issued the Digital ID), Serial number of the digital signature, and the digital signature of the issuer. Digital signatures deploy the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology.
    If you file electronically using digital signature you do not have to submit a physical copy of the return. Even if you do not have a digital signature, you can still e-File the returns. However, you must also physically submit the printed copy of the filled up Form along with the copy of the Provisional Acknowledgement Number of your e-Return
    India is one of the select band of nations that has the Digital Signature Legislation in place. This Act grants digital signatures that have been issued by a licensed Certifying Authority in India the same status as a physical signature. Digital signatures deploy the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology.
    In case you do not have a Digital Signature, you can still e-File the returns. However, you must also physically submit the printed copy of the filled up Form along with the copy of the Provisional Acknowledgement Number of your e-Return.
    The Information Technology Act, 2000 provides for use of Digital Signatures on the documents submitted in electronic form in order to ensure the security and authenticity of the documents filed electronically. Certification Agencies are appointed by the office of the Controller of Certification Agencies (CCA) under the provisions of IT Act, 2000. There are a total of seven Certification Agencies authorised by the CCA to issue the Digital Signature Certificates.
    A person/company who already has the specified Digital Signature for any other application can use the same for filings for the Income tax return and is not required to obtain a fresh Digital Signature.
    The Digital Signature certificates are typically issued with one year validity and two year validity. It includes the cost of medium (a UBS token which is a one time cost), the cost of issuance of Digital Signature and the renewal cost after the period of validity. The issuance costs in respect of each Certification Agency vary and are market driven.
    The website allows the assessee to use digital signature as an option. Therefore it is not possible to embed the digital signature feature in the software utility /form. However, the assessee can browse and attach the digital signature at the time of submission of the e-return at his option.
    Digital Signature Certificates in USB tokens are also accepted.
    Digital Signature certificate should be of Class 2 or 3 only. It should also be ensured that the Digital certificate should be obtained only from among Certifying Authorities in India .
    In case the electronic return is being signed digitally using a digital certificate, then the digital certificate should be that of the Authorized Signatory in accordance with the provisions of Section 140 of the IT Act. Therefore, for company returns, the digital certificate should be that of the Managing Director or the Director of the company.

  8. isha says:

    i m nt gtng the step 4 thing only thing i m getting is upload ur.pfx but wn i m trying to browse i find my c.d to b empty..plz help

  9. Mohan.D.V. says:

    Dear Sir/madam,

    I make Digitle signature from e-mudhra and they give one installation file i registr to my PC successfully, and i go to login to Income Tax Web site so they asking .pfx file or USB token so Please help regarding same

    Thanking You,

    Mohan.D.V.

  10. Sunil Kumar says:

    When i try registerd same sign as propreitor Then Income tax department is showing following Message

    validation error

    “This Certificate is already registered in our database.”

    Please reply Urgently

  11. Darshan says:

    When i try registerd same sign as propreitor Then Income tax department is showing following Message

    “This Certificate is already registered in our database.”

    Please reply Urgently

  12. Darshan says:

    How many returns i can file with one registered SIgn with Income tax departement for the same person.

    Example For one company Director is Mr.X for Mr.x Also Propriter

  13. satya jakkampudi says:

    Hi dear friends

    i am also faced a problem when register at ITR.

    In that time it asking Register Your Digital Certificate but i don’t know how to r Register Digital Certificate please give some clarification

  14. vkk says:

    dear friends,
    govt. making us foolish, if we need digital signature we need to spend rs. 500 to 5000, you cant get digital signature free of cost, so go and submit ur return manually.

  15. Farhan Aijaz says:

    plz help out about digital signature procedure.

  16. BB GUPTA says:

    I HAVE PROBLEM WITHDIGITAL SIGNATURES EFILING
    PLEASE GUIDE ME FROM ZERO TO HUNDERED PERCENT

    BB GUPTA

  17. NITU says:

    You just have to register on Income tax website but its very easy and one time exercise. When you will file your return online with digital signature it will ask for registration.

  18. Revathi says:

    till step:5 ok but in step:6 browsing is not coming pls help me

  19. Revathi says:

    from where is this file eTPKCS11.dll how to get?

  20. manikandan says:

    where is this file eTPKCS11.dll how to create one?? please explain

  21. You just have to register on Income tax website but its very easy and one time exercise. When you will file your return online with digital signature it will ask for registration.

  22. sarav says:

    i already did roll check in mca website is that i have to again in income tax website

  23. Shine says:

    Dear Sir,
    I had submitted IT return using digital signature as per the instructions here. But I got an ITR-V with message that it has to be sent to IT department for acknowledgement. Please advice whether it is same message for digitally signed and normal XML upload.

  24. Simantinee says:

    Hi,

    You have given information about the registration of degitle signature on Income tax India website.
    But can you please let me know how to get the Digitle signature?
    and from where to get it?

    I searched online about it but there are so many of different answers. Can you please guide on it?

    Regards,
    Simantinee

  25. Amey says:

    Dear Sir/madam,

    The information is good. But after showing Certificate selected successfully click register to proceed, if i am clicking on register the following message is coming.

    validation error

    Please help regarding same

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