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Filing income tax is a procedure which requires individuals to be aware of latest income tax slab and various tax saving investment options as well. Filing ITR without paper is possible only for individuals with digital signatures. Taxpayers without a digital signature need to post a physical copy of the returns to the Central Processing Center (CPC) in Bengaluru within 120 days of completing filing their returns online.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued a notification on 13th July 2015 in relation to the use of Electronic Verification Code to verify the electronically filed ITR. Taxpayers who verify their ITR through this EVC are not required to send physical copies through the post.
The EVC helps in the verification of the person’s identity known as the verifier and can be generated on the e-filing site of the IT department. This code can be used for verifying ITR 1, 2, 2A, 3, 4, 4S, and Karta of an HUF. Every assessee will need to generate a unique EVC related to his or her Permanent Account Number (PAN) and can be used to verify only one ITR irrespective of the Assessment Year (AY) or type of return (revised or original). This code is valid for 72 hours and stored against the assessee PAN. Verifiers can generate multiple EVC and use more than one mode for its generation.
EVC generation modes
The CBDT, to simplify the process of filing income tax returns online provides 4 methods to verifiers to generate the EVC. Assesses are advised to ensure their e-mail address and mobile number is registered with the CBDT to enable the generation of the code.
E-filing website: This is the simplest and fastest way to generate the electronic verification code. You will simply need to follow the steps on the e-filing website and the EVC is sent to your registered mobile number and e-mail address. You will need to login using your PAN, click the e filing returns online tab and select Generate to receive the EVC.
Linking AADHAR card to your PAN: After logging in, click on the “Profile Settings” tab. A drop-down menu providing an option of Linking AADHAR to PAN will open. After filling the necessary details, you can click to complete the process and generate the EVC.
Through Bank ATM: You will have to use the ATM card of the registered bank with the income tax department. To generate the EVC, you will have to select “generate EVC for ITR filing” tab that appears on the ATM screen. The code will be sent to your registered mobile number
Net Banking: For using this method you will need to route the income tax returns online filing process through the registered bank. Assesses must login to their net banking account to be redirected to the e-filing website to generate the EVC, which will be received on the registered mobile number.
Using EVC to verify the ITR
The EVC is usable while uploading the returns through net banking, returns that are already uploaded, or uploading the ITR without net banking facility. The entire procedure is simple and well-outlined on the e-filing website and can be easily used by most users to make filing online returns easy and convenient.
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