What is e-filing ? Is it Mandatory ?

The process of electronically filing Income tax returns through the internet is known as e-Filing.   e-Filing of Returns/Forms is mandatory for :

  • Any assessee having total income of 5 Lakhs and above for from AY 2013-14 and subsequent Assessment Years.
  • Individual/ HUF, being resident, having assets located outside India from AY 2012-13 and subsequent Assessment Years.
  • An assessee required to furnish a report of audit specified under sections 10(23C)(iv), 10(23C)(v),10(23C)(vi) ,10(23C)(via) , 10A, 12A(1)(b), 44AB, 80-IA, 80-IB, 80-IC, 80-ID, 80JJAA, 80LA, 92E or 115JB of the Act, shall furnish the said report of audit and the return of Income electronically from AY 2013-14 and subsequent Assessment Years.
  • An assessee required to give a notice under Section 11(2)(a) to the Assessing Officer from AY 2014-15 and subsequent Assessment Years.
  • All companies.
  • Firm (to whom provisions of section 44AB is not applicable), AOP, BOI, Artificial Juridical Person , Co-operative Society and Local Authority required to file ITR 5 from AY 2014-15 and subsequent Assessment Years.
  • An assessee required to furnish return u/s 139 (4B) in ITR 7.
  • A resident who has signing authority in any account located outside India.
  • A person who claims relief under sections 90 or 90A or deduction under section 91.

Types of E-filing

There are three ways to file Income Tax Returns electronically:

Option 1 : Use Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) to e-File. There is no further action needed, if filed with a DSC.

Option 2 : e-File without Digital Signature Certificate. In this case an ITR-V Form is generated. The Form should be printed, signed and submitted to CPC, Bangalore using Ordinary Post or Speed Post ONLY within 120 days from the date of e-Filing. There is no further action needed, if ITR-V Form is submitted.

Option 3 : e-File the Income Tax Return through an e-Return Intermediary (ERI) with or without Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).

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