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Income Tax Return Filing: Learn how you can file your ITR online in easy steps – Smartprix Bytes

It needs great attention to file annual income tax returns and this time, the last date for filing the ITR for the fiscal year 2021-22 is July 31. Over a period of time, the Income tax department has simplified IT returns filing process for individual taxpayers. However, if you are filing your return for the first time you will find it tough to navigate through the official website of the Income Tax department. If you are the one who is still stuck in the middle of nowhere, we have got you covered. Following this simple guide, you will be able to file your income tax return easily.

How to file Income Tax Returns online?

Here is a step-by-step guide to direct you to the process of filing income tax returns online. All you need to do is follow these steps. 

Step 1: Download the ITR form to fill it offline

The Income Tax Department allows taxpayers to fill in the ITR-related details through an offline tool. All you have to do is to click here to download the tool, fill out the form, and get it ready in ‘.json’ format. 

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Step 2: Visit the official income tax portal 

Open a web browser on your laptop and go to the e-Filing portal page i.e. https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices/#/login 

Step 3: Login to the portal

To start the process, log in on the income tax portal with credentials like PAN, AADHAAR or user ID and password. It also lets users log in with their net banking method with a preferred bank. Once you provide your net banking credentials, the page will automatically take you to the portal.

Step 4: Choose the ‘File your income tax return’ option

Head to the e-File menu at the top-left corner, go to Income Tax Returns option and tap on ‘File Income Tax Return’ to proceed.

Step 5: Start filling in details

The next steps will ask you to fill in basic details like assessment year, filing mode, filing, and ITR type. Do it and tap on the ‘Continue’ button. 

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Step 6: Upload your pre-filled ITR form

Get your filled ITR form from Step 1, click on the ‘Attach File’ option and upload the form in ‘.json’ format. 

Step 7: Follow and fill the instructions under Schedule Summary

Once the ITR form is uploaded, you will be headed to a page comprising different fields. Provide the mandatory details and follow other applicable instructions.

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Step 8: Verification process

At this step, you need to verify yourself and provided details through different methods including OTP with Aadhaar or generating Electronic Verification Code (EVC) via net banking, Bank account, Demat account or ATM machine. You can e-Verify this within 120 days from the date of filing. Once done with the verification, click on the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 9: Get the form preview

The next step will take you to the form’s preview. Check the form thoroughly for any possible mistake or missing information and get it corrected.

Step 10: You’re done

Once done with all the above steps, click on the ‘Submit’ button for the last time to complete the ITR filing process. 

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