people becoming increasingly tech savvy, e-filing of income-tax returns is
gaining in popularity. Additionally, with new forms and under the fresh filing
process notified by Central Board of Direct Taxes, all taxpayers (except super
senior citizens — 80 years and above) need to file returns in the electronic
form to claim refunds.
number of taxpayers tend to skip the step of posting a signed physical copy of
ITR-V to the Central Processing Centre in Bengaluru within 120 days of filing
the returns online, assuming the job was done once the return was e-filed.
However, the income-tax department doesn’t consider the process complete unless
the ITR-V reaches them on time.
all-out efforts of the government to go green, the mandate of physical
submission of ITR-V prevented e-filing from becoming a completely paperless
process. The process was completely paperless only if the person had a digital
To rectify this situation, CBDT has announced that a taxpayer who furnishes his
Aadhaar card number in the return form need not send a physical copy of ITR-V
to CPC. Under the new system of verification, termed as Electronic Verification
Certification (EVC), the process of verification will be as under:
The taxpayer furnishes his Aadhaar card number in the return form while filing
the return online;
Step 2: He
then receives a verification code in form of a one-time password (OTP) on the
mobile phone number associated with the Aadhaar card;
Step 3: He
enters the verification code at the time of e-filing to authenticate and
complete the process.
taxpayer who either verifies his return of income using EVC or digitally signs
the return need not speed-post the signed physical ITR-V to CPC. The above
feature is optional. If one wants to send the physical copy of ITR-V form, he
can still do so.
the benefits of furnishing the Aadhaar number in the return are:
The taxpayer will be free from the hassle of printing, signing and
making time to go to the post office to speed post the ITR-V.
No need to ensure that the signature is proper and the bar code is
clearly visible — ITR-Vs that did not conform to these specifications were
rejected in the past.
No need not worry about postal delays and loss in transit of the
No more waiting for confirmation from income-tax department that
the signed ITR-V has reached the CPC in time.
With e-filing process completed within a day, the processing of
refunds will definitely be faster.