E Filing 2.0

E-filing 2.0 for income tax returns is the latest version of the electronic filing system provided by the Income Tax Department of India. The E-filing 2.0 platform offers various benefits, such as pre-filled forms, e-verification, and online payment options. Let us learn the process of eFiling your income tax returns online.

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What is E-Filing 2.0?

E Filing 2.0 is an upgraded version of the previous e-filing portal with several improvements.

Some of these upgraded features are as follows:

  • Enhanced security features

  • More user-friendly interface

  • Faster processing times

E-filing 2.0 has become increasingly popular due to its convenience and efficiency, allowing individuals and organizations to submit their paperwork easily from anywhere.

Features of E Filing 2.0 Portal

Some features of the E Filing 2.0 portal are mentioned in the table below:

Features Details
One-Stop Solution Portal You can see all the interactions, credentials, documents, and pending activities in a single user-friendly dashboard
Simplified Registration Process
  • Offers a simplified and user-friendly registration process
  • Enables you to create an account fast and easily on the Income Tax Department portal
  • Allows you to file Income Tax Returns (ITR) without any hassles
Enhanced Security Features The portal offers the following security features to ensure the privacy and security of taxpayer data:
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Digital signatures
  • Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption
Pre-Filled Forms The portal auto-populates various details with the required information:
  • PAN 
  • Bank Account details
  • Salary
  • Interest income
  • Capital gains
  • TDS information
Quick Processing Time
  • E Filing 2.0 has a faster processing time compared to the traditional paper-based method
  • Enables you to file your ITR returns quickly and efficiently
E-Verification of Returns The portal offers e-verification of returns Eliminates the need for you to physically sign and mail your ITR returns
Online Payment Options
  • The portal offers various online payment options to make it easier for you to pay your taxes. 
  • These digital payment options are as follows:
  • Net Banking
  • Debit Cards
  • Credit Cards
  • NEFT/RTGS/IMPS
  • UPI
Mobile Compatibility
  • Compatible with mobile operating systems
  • Allows you to file your ITR from your smartphones or tablets
Cost-Free eFiling of ITR The ease to file ITR online makes it redundant to take the help of professionals to help in eFiling
Dedicated Contact Centre
  • A specific call centre is established for taxpayer-support 
  • Provides timely responses to income tax e filing return related queries

Registration Process on E Filing 2.0 Portal (Individual Taxpayers)

Here are the steps for registration on the E Filing 2.0 portal:

Step 1: Visit the Income Tax eFiling website - https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/.

Step 2: Press the “Register” tab available on the right-hand side of the screen

Step 3: Select your user type as applicable among the following:

  • Individual

  • Other than Individual'

Click on the “Continue” button to proceed.

Step 4: Fill in the required details such as:

  • PAN

  • Name

  • Date of Birth

  • Contact Information: Phone Number and Email ID

Click 'Continue'

Step 5: An OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number and email ID. Enter the OTP to verify your contact information.

Step 6: Set a password for your account and select a security question and answer

Step 7: Fill in your profile information such as your address, bank account details, and Aadhaar number (if applicable)

Step 8: Complete the registration process by clicking the 'Submit' button.

Procedure for Income Tax E Filing Online 2023-24

Keep these points in mind for eFiling ITR for FY 2022-23:

  • Individual taxpayers must calculate their tax from the income from all the sources as per their income tax slab rates.

  • Consider your Tax Deduction at Source (TDS Online Payment) or Form 26AS and tax deductions under the sections like Section 80C, Section 10(10D), and Section 80EE of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

  • Select the right ITR form for Salaried Individual Taxpayer

  • Only ITR 1 and ITR 2 forms are available to file online; other forms are uploaded from offline XML file

  • If you are a new user, register yourself on the website by following the registration process mentioned in the next section

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Filing Income Tax Returns Online Using E Filing 2.0 Portal

Step 1: Go to the Income Tax e-filing website at https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/

Step 2: If you are an existing user, log in to your account using your user ID (PAN) and password

Step 3: Select the 'e-File' option and click on 'Income Tax Return' from the drop-down menu

Step 4: Select the following relevant details: 

  • Assessment Year 2023-24 (for the Financial Year 22-23)

  • ITR form name

  • ITR Form Submission Mode (Online/ Upload XML)

Step 5: Fill in the following required information in the relevant sections of the form:

  • Personal details

  • Income details

  • Deductions

  • Income Tax Payments

Step 6: Verify the information and make sure there are no errors or discrepancies

Step 7: Click on the 'Preview and Submit' button to review

Step 8: If everything is in order, click on the 'Submit' button to file your Income Tax Return

Step 9: Once the return is submitted, an acknowledgement number will be generated, which can be used for future reference

Step 10: You can also verify your return using any of the following available e-verification options to complete the filing process: 

  • Aadhaar OTP

  • Net banking

  • Bank account

  • Demat account

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for eFiling on Income Tax Department online ITR portal are listed below:

Particulars Eligibility Criteria Details
Eligibility
  • Individual Taxpayers
  • Senior Citizens
  • Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs)
  • Firms, Companies, Trusts
  • Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)
Individual Taxpayers As per the tax regime selected by the individual taxpayer:
  • Old Tax Regime: File ITR if annual income is above Rs. 2.5 lakhs
  • New Tax Regime: File ITR if annual income is above Rs. 3 lakhs
Age <60 Years and Income < Rs. 60 Lakhs Individuals who have received any income on which TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) has been deducted  Can file ITR through the website of the Income Tax Department
Senior Citizens  E Filing is to be done if the taxpayer
  • If the age of the taxpayer is 60 years and above and
  • Selected Old Tax Regime
Income from Foreign Investments E Filing is also applicable for individuals who have:
  • Invested in foreign assets
  • Earned income from a foreign source
  • Received money from a foreign source
  • Received income from a property that is located outside of India

Documents Required for ITR Filing Online

Here are the documents that are typically required for filing income tax returns:

Particulars Details of Required Documents
Mandatory Documents
  • PAN (Permanent Account Number) card
  • Aadhaar Card (mandatory to link Aadhar with PAN)
  • Bank account details (through which you wish to receive any due refund to you)
Documents for Salaried Income
  • Form 16: Issued by your employer that contains details of your salary, TDS deducted, and other relevant information
  • Rental income documents
  • Salary Slips for the financial year
TDS Documents Documents for Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) Form 26AS (statement of tax deducted from your income)
Investment Statements To avail of deductions from your income tax, the documents from the following investments:
  • Mutual Funds
  • Fixed Deposits
  • ULIPs
  • Child Plans
  • Pension Plans
  • Life Insurance Plans
  • National Pension Scheme
Capital Gains Documents Capital gains from the sale and tax paid on the assets such as:
  • Stocks
  • Mutual funds
  • Property
Home Loan Documents Provide details of the loan and the interest paid

Important Dates for E Filing 2023-24 (AY 2023-24)

The important dates for E Filing Income Tax for the Assessment Year 2023-24 are listed in the table below:

Important Dates Details
April 1, 2023 Start date for the Assessment Year 2023-24
June 30, 2023
  • Deadline for employers to issue Form 16 to their employees
  • For the Financial Year 2022-23
July 31, 2023 The due date for eFiling ITR (If Audit Not Required) for:
  • Individuals
  • HUFs
  • Association of Persons (AOP)
September 30, 2023 Deadline for filing ITR for individuals and HUFs who need to get their accounts audited
October 31, 2023 eFiling due date:
  • Individuals (If not filed ITR earlier)
  • Companies (If Require Audit)
  • For International/ Specific Domestic Transaction Businesses
December 31, 2023
  • Revision of ITR
  • Late ITR eFiling

How to Check ITR Filing Status Online?

You can check your Income Tax Return (ITR) filing status online through the Income Tax Department's official website:

  • Go to the Income Tax e-Filing website and register yourself: https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home

  • Login using your user ID (PAN) and password

  • Once logged in, click the 'View Returns/ Forms' option under the 'Dashboard' menu.

  • Select the relevant Assessment Year and ITR form number.

  • Click on the 'Submit' button.

  • The ITR status of your ITR filing will be displayed on the screen. 

If your income tax returns have been processed, you can see your ITR refund status, if any.

Benefits of Using E Filing 2.0 Portal

Some benefits of using E Filing 2.0 Portal are listed as follows:

  1. User-friendly interface: The new portal has a modern and easy-to-use interface that makes it easier for taxpayers to file their returns.

  2. Mobile-responsive design: The portal is mobile-friendly, meaning taxpayers can access and file their returns from their smartphones and tablets.

  3. Faster ITR processing: The new portal is expected to process returns much faster than the previous portal, meaning taxpayers can expect quicker refunds.

  4. Pre-filled tax forms: The portal will now pre-fill the tax forms with details such as PAN, Aadhaar, and bank account information, making it faster and easier for taxpayers to file their returns.

  5. 24x7 Chabot assistance: The portal has a Chabot available 24x7 to assist taxpayers with any queries they may have while filing their returns.

  6. Single dashboard for all services: The portal provides a single dashboard for all services related to Income Tax, including ITR filing, e-verification, and rectification.

In Brief

The E Filing 2.0 Portal is a significant upgrade over the previous version. It offers faster processing, pre-filled tax forms, 24x7 Chabot assistance, and a single dashboard for all Income Tax-related services. 

The portal's mobile-responsive design and online tax payment facility make it easier for taxpayers to file their returns, leading to a more streamlined and efficient tax-filing process.

FAQ's

  • How can I link my Aadhaar card with my PAN online for free?

    You can link your Aadhaar card (UIDAI) with your PAN online for free by following these simple steps:
    • Visit the Income Tax e-Filing website.

    • Under the 'Quick Links' section, click on the 'Link Aadhaar' option.

    • Enter your PAN and Aadhaar number in the respective fields.

    • Enter your name as per Aadhaar.

    • If only your birth year is mentioned on your Aadhaar card, tick the box indicating the same.

    • Enter the captcha code and click on 'Link Aadhaar.’

    • Your Aadhaar will be successfully linked with your PAN once the verification process is complete.

  • How can I check my PAN link with Aadhar?

    You can check whether your PAN is linked to Aadhaar or not by following these simple steps:
    • Visit the Income Tax e-Filing website at https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home.

    • Under the 'Quick Links' section, click on the 'Link Aadhaar' option.

    • Click the 'Click Here' option under the 'Check Status of Link Aadhaar' section.

    • Enter your PAN and Aadhaar number in the respective fields.

    • Enter the captcha code and click on 'View Link Aadhaar Status.’

    • The status of your Aadhaar-PAN linking will be displayed on the screen.

  • How much time does it take to link Aadhaar with PAN?

    The process of linking Aadhaar with PAN is usually completed immediately if the details entered by the taxpayer match the details available in the Aadhaar database. However, in some cases, the linking process may take 5-7 working days.

    After linking Aadhaar with PAN, the linkage status can be checked online on the Income Tax e-Filing website or through SMS. 

    If there are any discrepancies in the details provided or the linking process fails, the taxpayer will be notified via SMS and email.

  • Is it required to link Aadhaar with PAN?

    Yes, it is mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN as per Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act. This means all taxpayers possessing both Aadhaar and PAN must link the two.

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