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Dear Individual Taxpayer, As CBDT continue making e-filing easier, faster and taxpayer friendly for you, here’s an write up that will help you understand the basics of ITR e-Filing and its importance. In the page inside, CBDT has broken down the processes involved in e-filing with a step-by-step guidance and other necessary information.

What’s an ITR?

An important term you must know.-ITR stands for Income Tax Return. A form you have to submit to the Income Tax Department that carries information about your annual income and the taxes you’re liable to pay income during the year.

Why is it Important to file an ITR?

Filing your ITR is legally mandatory as per the Income-tax Act. 1961 and also serves as an important legal document for some of the big steps we take towards progress. And this makes it crucial for us to file promptly and regularly.

Some of the occasions where an ITR becomes mandatory are:

  • Loan Applications
  • Visa Applications
  • Overseas Education

Who all needs to File ITR?

Filing of return is mandatory if total income of an individual exceeds maximum amount which is not chargeable to income tax (e.g. Rs. 250000 in case of individual with age< 60 years) It is also mandatory if :

1) The person being a resident and ordinarily resident in India and who:

(a) holds any asset (including any Financial interest in any entity) located outside india or

(b) has signing authority in any account outside India: or

(c) is a beneficiary of any asset (including any financial interest in any entity) outside India: or

2) Individual has deposited > Rs. 1 crore in aggregate in his Bank Current Accounts: or

3) Individual has incurred expenditure > Rs. 2 lakh for foreign travel: or

4) Individual has incurred expenditure >Rs. 1 Lakh towards electricity consumption. Or

5) Total sales, turnover or gross receipt in the business exceeded Rs. 60 Lakh: or

6) Total gross receipt in the profession exceeded Rs. 10 Lakh: or

7) Total tax deducted and collected at source is Rs. 25,000 or more (Rs. 50,000 in case of resident senior citizen): or

8) Aggregate deposit in one or more savings bank accounts is Rs.50 lakh or more.

Get Ready to File

Remember it is important to keep all the documents ready before you file. To help you do that here’s a list we’ve put together for you:

The list of documents are as follows:

  • Salary certificate/ Form 16 is issued by employer
  • Interest certificates issued by your banks for deposits/ education loans and housing loans etc.
  • Life Insurance premium receipts, health insurance premium receipts
  • Bank account statement
  • Form 26 AS which shows the tax amount already deducted or paid during the previous year
  • Bank account number and IFSC Code if Bank account is not pre- validated for nominating for tax refund if any
  • Quarter-wise information on Dividends received during the previous year
  • Annual Information Statement (AIS)

Form 16

This is certificate from your employer that tax has been deducted on your salary and deposited on your behalf.

You can get Form 16 from your employer.

Annual Information Statement

Annual Information Statement (AIS) carries your financial transaction details of a financial year. AIS helps you in filing the appropriate ITR form.

How to view AIS Form

  • Login to income tax portal
  • Click on Services tab
  • Click on AIS
  • Download AIS as a pdf or as a JSON


This is the statement which provides details of the taxes deducted, collected and paid during the financial year

How to download Form 26 AS?

1 Logon to

2. Go to e-file menu, select Income Tax Return

3. Click View Form 26AS


Once you have the documents in place. Follow these simple steps to login to the portal and get started.

  • Register on the e-Filing portal (If you are first time filer 8 not already registered)
  • Login to e-Filing Portal with e-Filing ID and Password.
  • Register your Digital Signature (if applicable)
  • Update your personal mobile number and email ID as primary contact details.

You are ready to file

Now that everything’s in place here’s what you need to do. to start filing your income tax return



Verify the auto-filed data from your e-filing profile


Examine the pre- filled information and double-check the details of your   pension. Income from rent, and other sources (such as interest income, capital gains, etc.) Check for any exempt income you may have during the previous year. Refer to the Annual Information Statement (AIS) before finalizing total income.


Verify any deductions you wish to claim under chapter VI-a of the Income-tax Act, 1961.


Cross check the tax paid data pre-filled in the ITR with entries mentioned in Form 26AS

Everything about Income Tax E-Filing made Easier

2. Confirm your return summary

On the Preview and Submit Your Return page enter Place. Select the declaration checkbox and click proceed to validation.

3. Verify and submit

Once validated, click Proceed to Verification.

4. One Last step

You’re not alone until you finish the last step. E-verification. Your ITR will not be processed until you verify you can e-verify using one of the modes mentioned as under:

  • Aadhaar OTP
  • EVC through Bank Account
  • EVC through Demat Account
  • Sending duly send ITR-V through post to CPC Bengaluru

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