How to verify Income Tax Return (ITR) via Aadhaar-based OTP

The last date to file Income Tax Return (ITR) varies for different categories of taxpayers. For individuals, Hindu Undivided Families (HUF) and taxpayers whose accounts are not required to be audited, the last date of filing ITR is usually, July 31.

For the financial year (FY) 2018-19, the government has extended the deadline by a month to August 31, 2019.

List of Income Tax Return (ITR):

ITR 1: For individuals having income from salaries, one house property, other sources (interest etc.) and having total income upto Rs 50 lakh

ITR 2: For individuals and HUFs not carrying out business or profession under any proprietorship

ITR 3: For individuals and HUFs having income from a proprietary business or profession

ITR 4: For presumptive income from business & profession

ITR 5: For persons other than, (i) individual, (ii) HUF, (iii) company and (iv) person filing form ITR-7

ITR 6: For companies other than companies claiming exemption under section 11

ITR 7: For persons including companies required to furnish return under sections 139(4A) or 139(4B) or 139(4C) or 139(4D) or 139(4E) or 139(4F)

How to verify ITR?

A person can choose either way to verify his/her ITR. One can instantly e-verify the ITR – say, via Aadhaar on the same portal – or paper verify it by sending a signed copy of the ITR-V to the Department’s Centralized Processing Centre (CPC) by post within 120 days from the date of e-filing.

Here’s how to verify ITR via Aadhaar based OTP:

In order to verify ITR using the Aadhaar-based one-time password (OTP), the candidate’s mobile number should be linked to Aadhaar card and registered in the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) database. Apart from this, the PAN card must be linked with Aadhaar.

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of Income Tax Department of India and go to ‘My Account’
  • Step 2: Click on ‘e-verify return’ and select the option, ‘I would like to generate Aadhaar OTP to e-verify my return.’
  • Step 3: An SMS with the 6 digit OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number. Enter the OTP received in the box where it is required and click on submit.
  • Step 4: Click on ‘Submit’. On successful submission, your ITR will be verified.

Note: One must remember that the Aadhaar based OTP is valid only for 30 minutes.

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