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After incorporating the new facilities on income tax e-filing portal, one can file his/her income tax returns directly on the department website without using any software.

Steps to file Income Tax Returns without using software:

1. Log on to

2. Click on login option

3. Once you click the login option, you will be asked to provide User ID, password and Date of Birth for login into your account.

4. Once you login into your account, click on the ‘e-File’ menu and click ‘Income Tax Return’ link.

5. 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’

6. Click on ‘Continue’

7. 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).

8. 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.

9. Click on ‘Preview and Submit’ button, Verify all the data entered in the ITR.

10. ‘Submit’ the ITR.

(The author, S. Raghava Reddy, is a Chartered Accountant from Hyderabad. He can be reached at –

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    These are all old comments. With the present Regime of Government, even choosing the correct ITR requires a professional. Let us not live in a dream world. It is better to seek the assistance of professionals rather than facing the wrath of CPC and the Department.
    After all this Government is creating employment

  2. KARUNGOPAL says:

    I note that this process is possible only in case of ITR1 and ITR4S. Does ITR4S take care of intra-day share trading income, which comes under speculative business income? Or, can someone advise, which form has to be selected in the case of a person having this particular income? Thanks.

  3. Makarand says:

    For the A.Y. 2013-14 (F.Y. 2012-13) i need to deposit income tax, as i could not avail some tax deduction under chapter VI A.   While depositing through e-payment I am bit confused in selecting the applicable challan.  Kindly clarify which “challan” is required for making payment.  My income is from Salary.

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