According to a rule enforced by the Income Tax Department, an ITR filing process is not complete until the assessee verifies their returns through one of the many avenues created specifically for the purpose. However, a frustrating scenario for a majority of taxpayers, until recently, was that they could only do their ITR-V physically or with the use of digital signatures.
But as technology has improved, the government has enabled taxpayers to verify their income tax returns through a number of ways.
All of the procedures, though, require what is known as an Electronic Verification Code (EVC) to complete the process. In simpler terms, an EVC is a 10-digit alphanumeric code generated within the government’s e-filing portal, which the taxpayer can use to e-verify their ITR.
In this article, you will learn about four of the most popular ways you probably didn’t know about.
EVC Through Netbanking
Usually, most of the banks are authorised by the IT department to provide direct access to the government’s e-filing site. If you are looking to verify your ITR through netbanking, make sure to first check whether your bank offers the service or not.
If it does, you can login with your net banking credentials, request access to the incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in site and generate an EVC, which will subsequently be available to you on the screen and as an SMS on your registered mobile number. You can use this code to e-verify your returns.
EVC Through ATM
Like in the case with net banking, you can generate an EVC through an ATM machine. To do that, you will need to access your account through an ATM and go with the “Generate EVC for Income Tax Returns Filing” option to get the code directly on your registered number and email id.
This option comes in handy particularly when you aren’t able to log onto your online banking account. However, you should note that the service is only available if the Income Tax Department has provided prior authorisation to the bank.
EVC Through Aadhar OTP
The verification of your filing through Aadhaar is again done with the assistance of the official income tax website. Provided that you have linked your UID (Aadhaar) credentials with the site and your PAN number, you will receive an OTP on your specified mobile number.
If you are going the Aadhaar OTP way, you should not that the generated EVC is only valid for a period of 10 minutes.
EVC Through Bank Account-Linked System
Bank Account-linked System is a recent introduction by the Income Tax Department in their bid to diversify and simplify the e-verification process. Under this, individuals can e-verify their ITRs by providing their bank account details such as their account number and IFSC code. Once the details are gathered, the taxpayer will receive the EVC on their registered mobile number and email, which can be used to confirm their filing.
These are some of the most easiest and safest avenues validated by the government to streamline the ITR process and to make it easier for the layperson to file their returns.