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Friday, July 11, 2008

How to easily file IT returns online in India :: Simple steps for E-Filing your Income Tax

It's that time of the year again when you need to tell the Tax Man about the taxes you have paid! The last date for filing your IT returns being July - I thought it'll be useful if I listed out the simple steps on how you can file your tax returns online very easily.

You can submit your Income Tax Return on-line by following process - without submitting your Form 16.
1. Go to http://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/portal/index.jsp
2. Register and create user (username will need to be your Pan Number)
3. Go to https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/portal/individual_huf.do
4. Download the ITR-1 form
5. Fill the form
6. Cross Check the form for correctness.
7. Generate barcode
8. Next generate .xls(the excel file) and save on your system
9. Then go to https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/portal/login.do and login again
10. Click on submit return.
11. Upload xls file.
12. Click on upload.

Once you have submitted your return, you're done.
The best thing is that you can also check your refund status if any.


  1. Anonymous said,


    You need to get a print of ITR-V form which is generated after uploading your ITR-I and should be acknowledged by IT dept with in 15 days of filing ITR online. (if you don't have Digital signature).

    on 7/13/2008 10:41 AM

  2. Jason S said,

    Thanks Sudhir for adding in the last part which I possibly missed.

    In Bangalore, you can get the acknowledgment Sealed by the IT Department at it's office near Indian Express.


    on 7/14/2008 9:17 AM

  3. Anonymous said,

    If i am not wrong, it is XML file that needs to be uploaded not xls file.

    on 8/12/2008 11:28 AM

  4. Unknown said,

    What about the form 16? Where do I have to mention about that? If I have paid (TDS) more than what I'm supposed to pay?

    Also, could you clarify the XLS/XML issue? I think the excel (XLS) should work.

    on 3/15/2009 1:54 PM