To complete the income tax return filing process, the assessee needs to verify the return. If this is not done within the stipulated time, the IT return is considered invalid. The easiest way to verify one’s IT return is through e-verification.

Time period

Verification of return must be completed within 120 days of the date of filing the income tax return. If you have filed your ITR after the July 31, 2022 deadline (i.e., on or after August 1), then the window to e-verify your tax return has been reduced to 30 days.

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Consequence of not verifying return

As a return filed without verification is considered invalid, it will amount to the return not being filed, and the consequences of delay in filing a return may become applicable. If the verification is not done within 120 days, the assessee needs to submit a request for condonation of delay by giving the reason for it. The return is considered as verified only when the condonation request is approved by the tax authorities.

Ways to e-verify return

There are six ways to e-verify the income tax return:

  • Using the OTP sent on the mobile number registered with Aadhaar, after logging into the income tax e-filing website.
  • EVC generated through the assessee’s pre-validated bank account.
  • EVC generated through a prevalidated demat account.
  • EVC through ATM (offline method).
  • By selecting income tax return fi ling tab on Net banking and following the e-verification process.
  • By using the Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).

Points to note

  • The alternative is to send a signed physical copy of the IT return to CPC Bangalore.
  • An authorised representative can also e-verify the return on behalf of the assessee through Aadhaar OTP, Net banking or bank/demat account EVC process using the authorised representative/assessee’s credentials.

Content on this page is courtesy Centre for Investment Education and Learning (CIEL).
Contributions by Girija Gadre, Arti Bhargava and Labdhi Mehta.

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