Income Tax e-filing of Returns for Financial Year 2016-17 and Assessment Year 2017-18

CBDT has extended the due date for filing Income Tax Returns from 31st July 2017 to 5th August 2017. The Linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but anytime before 31st August 2017

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”

Albert Einstein

“‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Benjamin Franklin

Hello … It is time to file Income Tax Returns…This is a humble  Cut and Paste effort to make the Complex process Simple..Hope this will help you to file returns with out any difficulty.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) launched all the seven ITRs for AY 2017-18 including the one-page simplified ITR-1 for salaried class and people having income from one house and interest totalling up to Rs 50 lakh. The last date of filing  return is  July 31,2017.  Government notified a simpler, one-page form for filing income tax returns while making it mandatory to quote Aadhaar number and disclose bank deposits of more than Rs 2 lakh post demonetisation.

The Income Tax Return Form-1 (Sahaj) will replace the 7-page form. Sahaj can be filed by an individual having income of up to Rs 50 lakh from salary, house property and interest.

Six Steps to File Income Tax Returns

STEP 1. Register yourself  in Online Income Tax Filing Portal

To e-file your income tax return, you will have you register on the Income Tax Department’s online tax filing site ( You have to provide your permanent account number (PAN), name and date of birth and choose a password. Your PAN will be your user ID.
Click Here to visit Income Tax Department’s online tax filing Portal

 STEP 2. Choose how you want to e-file
There are two ways of e-filing your income tax return. One is to go to the download section and select the requisite form, save it on your desktop and fill all the details offline and then upload it back on the site. Or you can choose to fill the form online by selecting the quick e-file option.
Click here to download the forms


STEP 3. Select the requisite form

ITR-1: For individuals earning a salary, pension, or income from property or sources other than lottery.
ITR-2: For those earning capital gains. ITR 2A for those owning more than one house but no capital gains.
ITR 3, 4 and 4S: Professionals and business owners.

STEP 4. Keep the documents ready

Keep your PAN, Form 16, interest statements, TDS certificates, details of investments, insurance and home loans handy. Download Form 26AS, which summarises tax paid against your PAN. You can then validate your tax return with Form 26AS to check your tax liability.You can download your Form 26 AS forms in PDF format from Income Tax India Portal  under My Account Menu  and open them with DDMMYEAR (Your Date of Birth in date,month,year format with out any separations: Eg Date of Birth is 1 st January 2011 ,Password is 01012011)

 STEP 5. Fill form and upload
If you choose to fill the form offline, after you have downloaded the form and filled all the details, click on ‘generate XML’. Then go to the website again and click on the ‘upload XML’ button. You will have to first log in to upload the XML file saved on desktop and click on submit.

  • You can prepare and submit  ITR completely  online or you can download excel or java utility from income tax portal .Personally I prefer to use the excel utility  which gives enough opportunity for editing and correcting .

Before filling the Excel form please unzip the downloaded zipped file using utilities like 7zip or winzip. Only then you will be able to save the file.

A) Click on the link below to know the process flow for uploading ITR using excel utility.

  • The second option is completely preparing and submitting the return online after logging into income tax portal. Even though this is a simple process the opportunities to edit and correct as you wish is limited . During the last days of return filing the portal is likely to mal function to make the honest tax payers mad to the highest degree and you are likely to end up with defective returns which has to be revised again.So if you prefer to use this method start early and avoid the last days of return filing.B)

    B) Uploading the Income Tax Return Using Java Utility

    Some times Excel Utility will go wild making your return filing the most tedious task.Even then don’t loose heart.Try Tax filing using the Java Utility .

          Click here to Know more about tax filing using Java Utility

        C) Uploading the Income Tax Return Completely Online

  • Click on the link below to know the process flow for preparing and uploading ITR completely online.

 How to prepare and file ITR completely online 

 STEP 6. Verify ITR V
On submitting your ITR form, an acknowledgement number is generated. In case the return is submitted using digital signature, you just have to preserve this number. If the return is submitted without a digital signature, an ITR-V is generated and is sent to your registered email ID.The tax filing process is incomplete and ITR is invalid unless your ITR V is verified. You can electronically verify or mail the signed ITR V to the processing centre in Bengaluru within 120 days of filing the return.

Dos and Don’ts of Income Tax Filing

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