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How To E-File Returns

jyoti        Guest
25 June 2009  
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e-Filing of Returns

(1) What is E-Filing?

    * The process of electronically filing Income tax returns through the internet is known as e-filing.
    * It is mandatory for companies and Firms requiring statutory audit u/s 44AB to submit the Income tax returns electronically for AY 2007-08.

    * E-filing is possible with or without digital signature.

(2) Types of E-Filing

    * There are three ways to file returns electronically.

    * Option 1: Use digital signature, in which case no further action is required.

    * Option 2: File without digital signature, in which case ITR-V form is to be filed with the department. This is a single page receipt cum verification form.

    * Option 3: File through an e-return intermediary who would do eFiling and also assist the Assessee file the ITR -V Form.

(3) Types of E-Filing

 (4) E filing process :

  This is explained below with the help of a flow chart.

 (5) Change in the procedure of e- filing for 2008-09
Type     Change
For digitally signed returns     No Change
Paper Returns -Two step Procedure     After uploading data -instead of filing paper return assessee to file verification form called ITR-V (Combination of Acknowledgement of e-return and verification
Paper Returns - through e-intermediaries

(6) e-Filing Process At a glance

    * Select appropriate type of Return Form .
    * Download Return Preparation Software for selected Return Form.
    * Fill your return offline and generate a XML file.
    * Register and create a user id/password .
    * Login and click on relevant form on left panel and select "Submit Return".
    * Browse to select XML file and click on "Upload" button .
    * On successful upload acknowledgement details would be displayed. Click on "Print" to generate printout of acknowledgement/ITR-V Form.
    * Incase the return is digitally signed , on generation of "Acknowledgement" the Return Filing process gets completed. Assessee may take a printout of the Acknowledgement for his record.
    * Incase the return is not digitally signed , on successful uploading of e-Return, the ITR-V Form would be generated which needs to be printed by the tax payers. This is an acknowledgement cum verification form. The tax payer has to fill-up the verification part and verify the same. A duly verified ITR-V form should be submitted with the local Income Tax Office withing 15 days of filing electronically. This completes the Return filing process for non-digitally signed Returns.

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