How to File Income Tax Return Online Step by Step [Full] Guide

How to File Income Tax Return Online Step by Step

Here you can learn how to file your own Income Tax Return online step by step. Let's start.

How to File Income Tax Return Online Step by Step

Steps to follow:

  1. Registration
  2. Log in to e-filing portal and Submit your return
  3. E-verify your Income Tax Return
  4. Download the acknowledgement

Last minute checkup:

Before you proceed further, you need the following things readily available with you.

  • Pan card
  • Aadhar no. (link your Aadhar with your pan).
  • Form 16 or annual salary statement or pay slips.
  • Other income details ( interest from savings and FDs).
  • Bank details: Account no & IFS Code ( If any refund has been processed it will be credited on this bank account).
  • Mobile no.
  • Email address


If it is your first time that you are going to file your ITR online, you need, at first, to get yourself registered on e-filing official portal.
Here, you are asked to provide your basic details like name, PAN no., Date of birth, resident or NRI.  The details should match your PAN database. Most importantly, you need to create here your password for the e-filing portal to login.

Log in to e-filing portal and Submit the Return

Now visit the e-filing portal. Enter your user id (PAN), password and captcha code to log in. Then press the 'Login' button.

Choose your ITR form, assessment year etc

After login to the portal, you will find the dashboard section. Here you have to click 'filing of income tax return' link. It will open 'e-File' section. Now, you have to choose the assessment year, ITR form Number, filing type and submission mode one by one from the drop-down menu. Then submit your choice.

Update your personal details

By following the previous step, you will reach to the instruction page. At the bottom of the page, you will find a forward arrow. Click the arrow symbol to go to the next page. The next page is for personal details. Fill the page accordingly. Here, some data will be automatically fetched from your PAN database. Special attention is required to fill the filing status from entries no. A19 to A23. Again press the forward arrow at the bottom of the page to go to the next.

Fill income details

Now, in this section, you have to provide all the income details such as income from salary/ pension, from house property, from other sources etc. You need to provide the details of your savings also to claim your tax rebate under section 80C to 80U. Next, you will notice at the lower part of the page, an auto-generated Tax calculation section.

Check your tax details

Here, you can verify all the taxes paid by you in different fields like from salary, from bank savings etc.

Put your bank details

After that, fill the section of bank details properly. You can add more than one bank details. If you claim for any refund, the money will be credited in this bank account. Now, click save & preview button.

Overview and proceed

This is the section for recap all the entries from the beginning to end in a single page. Review the Page thoroughly. If you find any error then you can modify the data and save again. When you find everything is ok then go ahead and press the submit button.

Everify your return

Lastly, you have been prompted to verify your return. After filing your income tax return successfully, you need to verify your return. Until or unless you do so your return will not be treated as valid. Moreover, you will find three options regarding the e-verification of the return.

  1. "Option 1: I already have an EVC to E-Verify my return."
  2. "Option 2: I do not have an EVC and I would like to generate EVC to E-Verify my return."
  3. "Option 3: I would like to generate Aadhaar OTP to E-Verify my return."
If you have a mobile number registered with Aadhar, go for option 3. When you click the Aadhar OTP option, a new window will appear. There you have to enter the Aadhar OTP received on your registered mobile no. After entering the OTP properly, hit the submit button placed below. Thus you can file your income tax return online and e-verify the same successfully.

If you still feel any problem regarding e-verification of your return and need more details on it, you can read this guide on how to verify your return online.

Download ITR V (Acknowledgement of your income tax return)

At last, you should download the ITR V and take a print out to keep a physical record with you. To download the ITR V go to "My Account" tab. Here also you will find a drop-down list. Select the "View e-Filed Return/Forms" from the list. Now, you have to choose "Income tax returns" and press submit button. In the next window, click on the respective acknowledgement number. After that click on ITR -V in the download column.
Have a look at the bottom of the acknowledgement, it says "DO NOT SEND THIS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO CPC, BENGALURU". If it is not in your case, it means that you have not e-verified your return properly.


If you need more help, feel free to write your queries in the comment section. You can expect your reply as soon as possible. Thanks for reading. You can also visit itrguide for your every query regarding income tax return.

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