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Internet is one of the most important inventions of 20th century and it has a profound effect in our everyday life. Internet has been used wisely to do transactions which were painful or time consuming and lacked transparency.
For example booking air or train tickets, shopping, finding life partner, paying utility bills etc. There are many convenience services like online banking, share trading which have been adopted at a large scale and have become the preferred methods.
Income Tax return filing was one such painful experience which has been simplified by the many IT initiatives by the Income Tax department.
Today you can view your tax credit online, pay taxes online, file your return online, track the processing status in real time and also get the refund online directly credited to your bank account. You don't need to stand in queues anymore or or be at the mercy of the bureaucracy.
Lot of these things are completely automated and transparent... thanks to adoption of information technollogy and Internet by the Income Tax department.
How is E-filing different?
E-filing is filing of return online which can be done on a 24X7 basis from anywhere. You just need access to the Internet. There is no need to visit the Income Tax office or contact a CA. It doesn't take more than 20 minutes of time.
Benefits of E-filing
Types of E-filing
There are three ways to file the return electronically. They are as follows:
Option 1: Filing using Digital Signature, in this case no need to submit the return
Option 2: Filing with out Digital Signature, in this case ITR-V form has to be filed with the department
Option 3: Filing through an E-return intermediary, in this case the intermediary will do E-filing on your behalf
File your return at Income Tax site: https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/
Other user-friendly IT initiatives
When you are working or tax on your income is deducted at source by anybody else like a bank, it is deposited with the IT department. There is a penalty if the tax is not deposited on time. Now you can see all the taxes deposited on your behalf anytime for free with many other details.
How to view Form 26AS?
Option 1: Register for viewing Form 26AS by registering for e-filing on https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/. Registration is immediate, without any cost and does not obligate e-filing
Option 2: Through net banking facility of 19 authorised banks. Login to your netbanking account and check if this facility is provided.
Option 3: Through registration with NSDL
Online payment of taxes
In case enough tax has not been deducted on your behalf, you are liable to pay the penalty. You can now pay the tax online in a few minutes using net banking facility. This is the link: https://onlineservices.tin.nsdl.com/etaxnew/Index.html
E-filing processing status
Once you do the e-filing, the online system will keep you updated about the status. You will come to know if the ITR-V has been received or not, whether there is any error, if the return has been processed, refund status etc. You don't need to run from pillar to post anymore. All you need is to sign up with https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/
Income tax refund
When you file the return online, your returns are processed faster and your refund comes much faster. You can opt for online transfer for the refund amount to your bank account or cheque delivery.
In case of the first option, the refund amount will be credited directly to your bank account. The IT department will intimate you about the amount through email via notice u/s143.
If you think that the tax department has done some mistake in its assessment, you file for rectification online and they will reconsider it. You don't need an expensive chartered accountant or a tax consultant to do it for you.
Introduction of the Internet has made a massive difference to the way you connect with the Income tax department. These online services bring immense convenience, value and transparency to common taxpayer. Being paper-less online services also save paper and are environment friendly. More and more of us should adopt them at the earliest.