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The Income Tax Department of India has provided the convenience of electronic filing (e-filing) of an income tax return. Before we begin, it is advisable to keep the following information ready.
Once you have the following information ready, follow these steps to file an ITR online:
Step 1 - Visit the official website of the Income Tax Department of India - incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
Step 2 - Select the IT Return Preparation Software option
Step 3 - Select the assessment year and download the utility software - Microsoft Excel or Java utility
Step 4 - Open the downloaded excel file and duly fill the requested information - relevant details of your income, tax payable or the refund receivable as per the calculations of the utility
Step 5 - Validate the required information on the excel sheet.
Step 6 - Post validation, convert the file into XML format (Click on Generate XML)
Step 7 - Log in to the income tax e-filing portal and click on the ‘e-File’ tab to select the ‘Income Tax Return’ option (upload the XML File)
Step 8 - Submit the requested details PAN, assessment year, ITR form number, and the submission mode (choose the option ‘Upload XML’)
Now submit the same and select the verification modes - Aadhaar OTP, electronic verification code (EVC), or sending manually signed copy of ITR-V to CPC, Bengaluru.