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Challan 280: All you need to know

In case you have difficulties in paying your Income Tax or don’t want to rely on any Chartered Accountant or other sources for that matter, then here is a guide that will make your online tax payment process a hassle-free one. Paying income tax online is now seamless and one can do that by using ‘Challan 280’. In literal terms, one has to use Challan 280 to deposit Advance Tax, Self-Assessment Tax, and Regular Assessment Tax. Also, this may not be applicable to salaried individuals as employers deduct applicable taxes from their employees.

What is Challan 280? And how can you use it to pay your Income Tax Online?

Challan 280 is a form which is required to pay your income tax online. You are required to fill in the details on the form and this can be further used either offline or online to pay your income tax.

How to use the online method of Using Challan 280?

Using Challan 280 makes the entire online tax paying process an effortless one. Following are the steps that will help you in using Challan 280 for making an online tax payment.

  • Step 1: All you have to do is log on to the income tax website and select Challan 280 option.

  • Step 2: One has to choose the option (0021) INCOME-TAX (OTHER THAN COMPANIES) - this specific option is used for individuals.

  • Step 3: You then need to enter all your necessary details in the form like the PAN details, assessment year, residential address, email address, and mobile number.

  • Step 4: Post which, you need to choose the type of tax payment i.e. it can be the Tax on Regular Assessment, Advance Tax, Self-Assessment Tax, Surtax, Tax on Distributed Profit, Tax on Distributed Income.

  • Step 5: Once you have chosen the type of tax, filled up all the required details, and choose the bank through which you would make payment from, you will also have to fill in the captcha code.

  • Step 6: This step is crucial as before you click to proceed, it is important to review all the information.

  • Step 7: After you click the ‘process’ button, you will be directed to the bank’s page where you need to enter your login details, income tax amount, and other details like the account holder’s name, account number etc.

  • Step 8: Post the payment is made, you get an email where you can download the PDF copy.

How to use the offline method of Using Challan 280?

Following are the steps to use Challan 280 offline.

  • Step 1: When you intend on using the offline method, you will need to download the challan 280 online (from the income tax website).

  • Step 2: Fill in details like PAN, assessment year, residential address, email id, and mobile number.

  • Step 3: Along with the filled form, you also need to take the amount of tax you are liable to pay and then physically go to the bank and make payment towards your income tax.


Is there a way to check my challan’s status online?

Yes, you can check your challan’s status online. All you need to do is, enter a few details like Challan Identification number, challan serial number, challan tender date, and bank’s BSR code to track your challan’s status online.

What kind of income tax payments can Challan 280 be used for?

One can make payments like self-assessment tax, advance tax, regular assessment tax, surcharge, and tax on distributed profits or distributed income by using Challan 280.

What can one do if they face any problem while making income tax payment online?

In case you face any issues on the NDSL website with regards to entering any non-financial information, one can get in touch with the call center team on 1800-222-080.

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