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How to E-verify Your Returns Using a Demat Account?

Introduction

The Indian Income Tax department has set a basic income exemption limit for tax filing. Once your annual income crosses this limit, you need to file your income tax return every financial year. This 2-step Income Tax Return (ITR) filing process is complete only after successful e-verification of your Income Tax Return.

Additional Read: All about Income Tax in India: Basics, tax slabs, and e-filing process

Verification of Income Tax Return

Once your ITR is uploaded on the e-filing website, the IT department gives you 120 days to get your ITR verified. If you do not complete this step within the said period, your tax filing will be invalid as per the IT laws. You can get your ITR verified online as well as offline. There is only one offline route to get the verification done, requiring you to post a copy of your ITR verification. This physical process is time-consuming and bureaucratic. So, the best option to get this verification done in a hassle-free and quick manner is the online route.

Quick Guide to e-Verify your ITR

  1. Click on the ‘e-Verify Return’ quick link on the e-filing portal to commence the e-verification process.
  2. Enter the required details like PAN, assessment year, etc.
  3. Click on ‘e-Verify’.
  4. You have to generate your e-Verification Code (EVC) then. You can develop it by using either of these,
  • Bank Account
  • Net-Banking
  • Aadhar Card
  • Demat Account

E-Verification of ITR using your Demat Account

This is one of the popular choices for ITR verification. The prerequisite here is to have a Demat Account. If you don’t have a Demat Account, you can click here to understand the Demat Account Opening Process. Only a registered broker can open a Demat Account.

Additional Read: Which Demat Account is best

With your functional Demat Account in place, you can easily e-verify your ITR through a short and straightforward process that can be clubbed into two significant steps.

Pre-validation of your Demat Account

The first step of ITR e-verification through Demat Account is prevalidating your Demat Account. It can be done as under,

  • Login to your IT e-filing account.
  • Click on ‘Prevalidate your Demat Account’.
  • Click on ‘Profile settings’.
  • Enter your depository name - NSDL or CDSL.
  • Submit the required details such as DP ID, Demat Account Number, and Client ID. The Mobile Number and Email ID you enter in this step must be linked to your Demat Account.

This pre-validation process is approximately an hour or two long. Kindly note that you cannot change your email ID or mobile number stated in your Demat Account throughout this process. A mismatch in your Demat Records and your e-filing submission can lead to errors. If there are any errors in it, you will receive an intimation via email to rectify them.

Generating EVC

Generating an Electronic Verification Code (EVC) is the final step in the process of e-filing an ITR. An EVC is a 10-digit alphanumeric code that serves as a verification tool to identify the taxpayer. It is sent to your registered mobile number. Hence, it is essential to not change your mobile number or email ID during this step too.

Once your depository validates your Demat Account, you can generate EVC using your Demat Account by following the process below,

  • Click on ‘Generate EVC' option.
  • Select 'Generate EVC through Demat Account number'.
  • You will receive an EVC on your registered mobile number. Enter it in the required field to verify your ITR.

You will be intimated about the success of your ITR e-verification through ‘Return successfully e-verified’ displayed on your device screen. You must download the acknowledgement for future requirements, if any. The acknowledgement will also be emailed to you. This marks the successful completion of the e-filing and e-verification of your ITR.

Conclusion

ITR filing and its verification may all seem to be a complicated and exhaustive process. But the new-age technologies such as the e-filing website, Demat Account, etc, have simplified it all significantly so that anyone can do it with ease. Make the most of these beneficial tools and file your returns conveniently.

Additional Read: What are the Benefits of Filing Income Tax Return on Time?

Additional Read: How to file an income tax return for last year?

Disclaimer

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