Steps to File Income Tax Returns:

Step 1:

Go to e-filing portal at https://www.incometax.gov.in/

Log in to the e-Filing portal using user ID and password.

Step 2:

  • On Dashboard, click e-File > Income Tax Returns > File Income Tax Return.
  • Select Assessment Year, Select Mode of Filing as Online and and click Continue.

Note: In case Income Tax Return is already filled and it is pending for submission, click Resume Filing. In case, to discard the saved return and start preparing the fresh return click Start New Filing.


Step 3:

  • Select Status as applicable and click Continue to proceed further.
  • Select the type of Income Tax Return and Select the reason of filing ITR.

Select ITR 1 from the dropdown and click Proceed with ITR.

Step 4:

Verify the data, Review pre-filled data and edit if it is necessary. Enter the remaining / additional data (if required). Click Confirm at the end of each section.


Note: Prefilled data will be shown only if the employer has filed their TDS returns on time. Form 16 would have been issued to the Employee.


Verify Personal Information:

  1. Verify Profile details
  2. Verify Contact details
  3. Select nature of employment as applicable
  4. Ensure the filing section is selected as applicable
  5. Select yes if opting for new tax regime u/s 115BAC

Step 5:

Enter Gross Total Income

  • Edit Income from Salary
  • Edit Income from House property
  • Edit Income from Other sources

Akhil Sharma is a CEO of a private company named "PABLO" and earns salary of Rs.36,00,000 per annum. He has a house at Mumbai which is rented out at Rs.1,20,000 per month and received an interest income from Fixed deposit of Rs.6,00,000 during the year.

Step 6:

Enter Deductions under chapter VI-A as applicable

Verify deductions one to one and edit the amount if the prefilled data(when Form 16 is available) is not correct. Depending upon the deductions made by an individual make appropriate changes as necessary

Step 7:

Verify taxes paid in the last financial year and proceed further

Step 8:

Verify Tax liability details and confirm. After confirming all the sections of the form, click Proceed.


(a): In case there is a tax liability:

Summary of tax computation based on the details provided will be shown. If there is tax liability payable based on the computation, Pay Now and Pay Later options at the bottom of the page will be displayed.

  • It is recommended to use the Pay Now option. Carefully note the BSR Code and Challan Serial Number and enter them in the details of payment.
  • If Pay Later is opted, make the payment after filing Income Tax Return, but there is a risk of being considered as an assessee in default, and liability to pay interest on tax payable may arise.

(b): In case of Refund:

In case there is no tax liability (No Demand / No Refund) or if eligible for a Refund.

After paying tax, click Preview Return. If there is no tax liability payable, or if there is a refund based on tax computation, system will take to the Preview and Submit Return page.

Step 9:

On the Preview and Submit Return page, enter Place, select the declaration checkbox, and click Proceed to Validation.


Note: If no Tax Return Preparer is involved or TRP in preparing return, leave the textboxes related to TRP blank.

Step 10:

Once validated, on Preview and Submit Return page, click Proceed to Verification.

Note: If list of errors is shown in return, go back to the form to correct the errors. If there are no errors, proceed to E-Verify return by clicking Proceed to Verification.

Step 11:

On the Verification page, select preferred option and click Continue.

It is mandatory to verify return, and e-Verification (recommended option - e-Verify Now) is the easiest way to verify your ITR – it is quick, paperless, and safer than sending a signed physical ITR-V to CPC by post.


Note: In case E-Verify Later is selected, submit return. However, it will be required to verify return within 30 days of filing ITR.


On the e-Verify page, select the option through which to E-Verify the return and click Continue.

Generate OTP and enter the 6-digit OTP and click on Validate.

Step 12:

Once the return is e-Verified, a success message is displayed along with the Transaction ID and Acknowledgment Number. View filed returns from the e-file > Income Tax Returns > View file Returns.