Income Tax Login
Any individual who receives an income in India above the stipulated limit is liable to pay income tax. The individual can be a resident or a non-resident. The income sources can be salary, interest from investment, pension, and other similar sources. Taxpayers in India can be individuals, Hindu Undivided Family, Association of Persons, Body of Individuals, companies, and firms.
Every taxpayer of India must register on the official website of the Income Tax department. Once a taxpayer becomes a registered user, he can file their income tax returns online, e-verify income tax returns, access previous year's returns, check the status of the income tax refund, and so on.
Requirements for Registration and Income Tax login
To register on the income tax portal of India, the following conditions must be satisfied:
- The user must be a citizen of India
- The income source of the user must be within the taxable slab to make him/her a taxpayer
- The user must have a valid PAN Card number
- The user must have a current valid address
- The user must have a valid email address
Minors and those barred by the Indian Contract Act 1872 are not eligible to register on the Income Tax portal.
Steps for Registration on the Income Tax Portal
Given below are the steps for the user to register on the Income Tax Department website.
For Individual/HUF users:
- The user must visit the website of Income Tax Department
- Click on the “Register Yourself” link on the right-hand corner
- To continue with the registration, the user must select the user type. Individual/HUF is the user type for the individual taxpayer
- In the next step, the taxpayer must enter all the details, such as Name, Date of Birth, PAN number, and Residential status. The PAN number will become the user ID for the income tax department
- After that the user will be asked to set up his password and security question in case the user forgets the password. The password must be a combination of lower, upper case letters, and special characters
- The user must enter his mobile number and email id. The taxpayer must enter the email ID and phone number. The user must ensure that he/she provides only personal and not company email ID as this will be used by the Income Tax Department for all future correspondence
- In the final screen, the user must enter the current and permanent complete residential address
- Once the user fills the form and clicks on “submit," then he/she will receive a six-digit one-time password (OTP) to the mobile number and the email id. This One time password should be entered correctly to complete the verification. In case of non-residents, the OTP is mailed to the email id. This OTP will be valid only for 24 hours. If the user does not completes process of registration with the given time, it gets cancelled
- The website will then verify the PAN number of the user with their database and display the generated transaction ID and contact details on the final screen
The user account is now set up, and he can view his income tax returns and tax credit statements.
For users other than Individual/HUF:
- The user must visit the Income Tax homepage
- The user should click on the "Register Yourself" link
- Then the user should select “Other than HUF/Individual” in User type
- After this the user has to choose one of the sub-choices from Company, Firm, Artificial Judicial Person, Body of Individuals, Local Authority, and so on
- Then the user should click on Continue the button
- The individual should provide the PAN of the entity/organization, Name of the organization, Date of Incorporation and Type of Company
- After this step, the user should click on Continue button
- The user must then provide the Password details, Address of the entity/organization, Personal/Contact details of the Principal Contact
- The user click on Submit
Steps for Income Tax Login and Access
Once the user is registered on the Income Tax portal, he/she can log in to the site to perform various activities like file returns, update information, and view Form 26 AS, and so on. Given below are the steps to log in to the portal after registration:
- Visit the Income Tax home page
- The individual will see a button that says “Login here” on the top right corner of the page for registered users
- Once the user clicks on the button, he/she is redirected to a page where he/she can enter the income tax login details.
- For Income Tax login, the username will be the PAN number of the user
- The user can View/Download Form 26AS on the portal that contains all details about the tax deducted of the users by the deductor. It also contains the details of tax collected by the collectors on behalf of the taxpayer and also the tax refund
- Through Income tax login, the taxpayer can also view his tax credit statement to find out the TDS deducted and submitted by the deductors and collectors on his behalf
- To log in and file returns, the user will need his password given by the IT department. If the password is lost, he can reset it through the "Forgot Password" link
Benefits of e-Filing Returns through Income Tax Login
The benefits of e-filing your income tax returns are as follows:
Through e-filing returns, refunds are processed much quicker than when paper-filed. The acknowledgment from the ITR department and the process of claiming funds is also prompt.
Software used for E-filing returns has seamless electronic connectivity and built-in validations. This dramatically minimizes errors in filing and processing. Paper filing can have manual errors in data entry or calculation. Migration from paper filing to electronic systems may also leave room for errors in data entry or manipulation.
There are absolutely no constraints on time and place for e-filing income tax returns through income tax login. E-filing can be availed 24X7, and taxpayers can file anytime, from anywhere at a convenient time. E-filing can be done digitally from a mobile device or a gadget while on the move.
Secure and Confidential
E-filing ensures data confidentiality. The data of the taxpayer is secure and not accessible to anyone other than the concerned authorities. But with manual filing, there are chances that personal information might fall into the wrong hands either in the CA’s office or the IT department.
Easy Access to Past Data
E-filing systems have a secure database having all old tax files and data of their users. They are available for access to individuals anytime while filling out the form details for subsequent returns.
Proof of Receipt
The user gets a receipt immediately after e-filing as a pop-up and later as well on the registered email Id.
Easy to use
E-filing returns are user friendly and easy to manoeuvre. The user interface is simple, with clear instructions that can help non-internet savvy users as well.
E-filing portal gives the users the option to link their bank account for direct debit, credit, payment of indirect taxes as well as a deposit of tax refunds. The users may choose to file returns now, pay later as well. They can debit their account for a tax right away or save it for a future date.
Manual filing of returns is dependent on the availability of a Chartered Accountant or a tax agent. This may cause unwanted delays and penalty charges. E-filing returns ensure that tax returns are filed on time and accurately.
Cost and Time saving
Manual filing of tax returns involves the cost of printing, transportation, photocopying, and posting of documents. Digital filing of returns can prevent these overhead costs and physical work. It also can save on payment of fees to the CA for documenting, filing, and claiming.
Taxpayer’s time is also saved as he/she doesn’t have to stand in queues to wait for the turn or spend time to look for a reliable agent. Since all calculations are automated in e-filing, there is no time wasted in writing or fixing calculation errors.
Ans: Any individual, HUF, or other entity must file their return if their income exceeds Rs. 2.5 lakhs. A company or firm must file their income returns.
Ans: There are no specific documents to be attached with a return of income, but one must retain the documents if needed to be produced before any authority in the future.
Ans: A non-resident user can provide an alternate contact number along with email id during registration. But all verifications such as OTPs and PINs will be shared only via email
Ans: Yes. An individual can file his return of income even if it is below the taxable limit if he wishes to do so.
Ans: Income from all sources must be disclosed while e-filing one's returns.