e-verification of ITR - Electronic Verification Code (EVC) generation

Welcome. In this post, we will be seeing the process of e-verification of ITR or Income Tax Returns i.e., how verify your e-filing without sending the ITR-V to Income Tax Department.

Generally ITR verification was done by downloading the ITR-V, signing and sending in to the CPC. But in an effort towards paperless e-filing, the Govt has come up with these new e-verification processes.

Once you successfully complete e-filing at Income Tax Department account, you can verify your ITR using different methods such as:

Using any of these processes, you can generate an Electronic Verification Code (EVC).

Electronic Verification Code

The EVC is a 10-digit alphanumeric number which you can use to e-verify your ITR. EVC unique for each PAN and is valid for only 72 hours from the time of generation. Important points to note about the electronic verification code are:

  1. The purpose of EVC is to identity of the person filing the income tax return.
  2. You can use EVC for verification of ITR-1, ITR-2, ITR-3, ITR-4.
  3. If you are e-verifying via your mobile number & email ID, then eligibility criteria is:
    • your total income is less than 5 lakhs
    • you have no refund request
  4. EVC is unique to the PAN of the person furnishing the ITR. This means one EVC per PAN.
  5. Continuing the above point, you can use one EVC to validate only one ITR whether it is original or revised return.

Procedure for e-verification of ITR

Step-1: Login to Income Tax Department e-filing Account

Step-2: Select “e-filed Returns/Forms” from “My Account” drop-down

Step-3: Click on “Click here to view your returns pending for e-verification”

Step-4: For whichever ITR you want to verify, click on “e-verify”

Step-5: Choose any one option listed on the displayed screen

1. E-verification of ITR using Mobile number and email ID

  1. Enter your mobile number and email ID
  2. EVC will be sent to your registered Mobile Number and Email Id
  3. Enter the EVC and Submit

Please note: This verification is applicable only if your Income is below Rs. 5 Lakh and you do not have any refund in your return.

2. E-verification of ITR through Aadhar OTP

You can generate an EVC using Aadhar details. You can use this EVC for e-verification. But for this, you must have linked your Aadhar number with e-filing account. If you have not linked Aadhar, you can link the same under profile settings in e-Filing account. On linking Aadhar to e-filing account, an EVC will be sent to the Aadhar registered mobile number. You can use this for e-verification.

3. E-verification of ITR through Net-banking login

Login to the bank account from the e-filing portal. Submit any of the items shown and e-verification will be automatically complete.

Note: For e-verification with netbanking login, PAN has to be linked with the bank account and PAN has to be registered in the e-filing portal.

4. E-verification of ITR with ATM

You can also generate an EVC through ATM.  You can use “PIN FOR INCOME TAX FILING” in the ATM to generate the EVC. For this, you must have linked your PAN with the respective bank account and the PAN should be registered with e-Filing. Upon using the option, you will get the EVC on the registered mobile number (Primary mobile number registered with specific Bank). Currently this option is available for specific banks only. The banks are:

  1. Axis Bank Ltd
  2. Canara Bank
  3. Central Bank of India
  4. ICICI Bank
  5. IDBI Bank
  6. SBI

5. E-verification of ITR through pre-validated bank account

You can generate an EVC using Pre-validated bank account details. You must have linked your bank account with e-Filing account. Option to link the same is available under Profile Settings -> Pre-validate bank account after login to e-Filing portal. Currently this option is available for specific banks only.  The banks are:

  1. Andhra Bank
  2. Bank of Baroda
  3. Canara Bank
  4. Central Bank of India
  5. HDFC Bank
  6. ICICI Bank
  7. IDBI Bank
  8. Karur Vysya Bank
  9. Kotak Mahindra Bank
  10. Oriental Bank of Commerce
  11. Punjab National Bank
  12. SARASWAT Bank
  13. State Bank of India
  14. Syndicate Bank
  15. Union Bank of India
  16. United Bank of India

6. E-verification of ITR through pre-validated DEMAT account

You can generate an EVC using Pre-validated DEMAT account details. You must have linked your DEMAT account with e-Filing account. Option to link the same is available under Profile Settings -> Prevalidate DEMAT account after login to e-filing portal. [Note: National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) and Central Depository Services (India) Ltd (CDSL) provided the option to pre-validate the DEMAT account].

This completes our post on e-verification and EVC generation. If you have any question, please comment below.

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