In today’s digital age, e-filing has completely transformed the way individuals and businesses file their tax returns. It offers a simple and hassle-free alternative to traditional paper filing methods. By embracing e-filing, you can save valuable time and effort, ensure compliance with tax regulations, and reduce the risk of errors.
In this blog post, we will provide you with an easy-to-understand overview of the income tax e-filing process.
How to File Income Tax e-filing?
Follow the given steps carefully to do Income tax e-filing easily:
- Visit the official Income Tax e-filing website and click on the ‘Login’ button
- Enter your username and click continue, then enter your password
- After logging into the portal, click on the ‘e-file’ tab and select ‘File Income Tax Return’
- Choose the Assessment year for which you want to file your income tax returns and click ‘Continue’.
- Select the online mode for filing your returns
- Choose the category of taxpayer, such as an individual, Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), or others, and select ‘individual’
- Select the appropriate income tax return (ITR) form based on your income and nature of business. For example, ITR 2 is for individuals and HUFs without business income, while ITR1 or ITR4 is for individuals. Click ‘Proceed with ITR1’
- Indicate the reason for filing returns above the exempted limit or under Section 139(1) provision. Ensure you select the correct option based on your situation
- Provide your bank account details or pre-validate the account if already provided.
- Review the pre-filled information on the next page, including your personal and income details. Confirm the accuracy of the information and validate the summary of your returns
- The final step is to verify your returns and send a hard copy to the Income Tax Department. Verification is mandatory and can be done electronically or by sending a physical copy.
Also Read: Types of ITR Forms
What Are the Documents Required for IT Return Filing?
Here is a list of all the necessary documents for IT returns based on your income type. Determine your income category and keep all the necessary documents ready:
|Employment type||Documents required|
|Income from other sources||Bank account/passbook statement for savings interest, Rent agreement or TDS certificate (if necessary),Interest or TDS certificate for bank FD interest, Dividend warrant (in case the income is generated from dividend),Additional documentary proof (as required)|
|Salary income||Form 16|
|Capital gains income||Immovable property purchase and sale agreement,All applicable capital asset purchase and sale proofs/receipts Demat account statement, Contract note|
|Income from profession or business||TDS certificates, Audited financial records, balance sheets (as needed),Income tax payment (self-assessment tax/advance tax) Challan copy|
|Tax savings investment||Receipt of health insurance, Payment of the life insurance premium, Certificate of loan repayment, Passbook for the Public Provident Fund (PPF), Receipt of a fixed deposit, Certificate of donation, Certificate of payment for tuition, Mutual fund consolidated account statement (CAS)|
|Deduction of tax on medical expenditure||Bill of medical expenses|
|Leave travel allowance||Tickets and receipts for purchased tickets|
|HRA exemption||Receipts for paid rent|
Benefits of Filing Income Tax Returns
Following are the benefits of filing income tax returns:
- Easy loan approval: Filing your income tax returns makes it simpler to get approved for loans like vehicle or business loans. Banks often ask for IT returns to verify documents.
- Proof of income and address: Filing an IT return can be used as proof of your income and address in certain situations.
- Faster visa processing: When applying for a visa, some consulates require ITR receipts from the past few years. Filing your IT returns helps speed up the visa process.
- Avoid penalties: Failing to file your IT return on time can lead to hefty penalties. Filing your returns within the deadline helps you avoid these penalties and save money.
- Deductions on investments: When you make significant investments like buying property, filing your IT returns allows you to claim deductions on the transaction and payment, reducing your overall tax burden.
- Claim tax refunds: If you’ve paid more taxes than you owe, filing your IT returns allows you to claim a refund for the excess amount.
- Carry forward losses: Filing an IT return is necessary if you want to carry forward losses from one year to the next. It ensures you can utilize the losses in future years.
Also Read: Section 10 of Income Tax Act