How to File Income Tax Return Online for A.Y. 2018-19

Assessee who are required to file income tax return online must e-file their return. Otherwise it is your choice to file income tax return online or offline. In previous article we have given detail guidelines about how to file income tax return online, offline or TRP schemes. You can file income tax return online for A.Y.2018-19by following only 13 step and without any professional help.

Must Read: e-Payment of Income Tax

There are three ways to file income tax return for A.Y.2017-18 online as follow:

  • Without Digital Signature
  • With Digital Signature
  • Through e-Return Intermediary (ERI) with or without Digital Signature

Procedure to File Income Tax Return Online 2018-19

Step 1: Log on to and click on icon to e-file Income Tax Return or to

Step 2: Select applicable form for your income.

Step 3: Download e-filing utility from the official website of Income Tax Department. We will cover all detail how to use income tax department’s utility to file return later.

Step 4: Enter all the detail information in given form. It must be validated after putting required information. It will generate XML file which you have to save in your computer for upload. Keep all supporting/related document with you while filling the ITR form.

Step 5: Create your account with user ID and password on the website It is require to upload your income tax return.

Step 6: Now login with your user ID and password

Step 7: Select Assessment year for which year you want to file the return. After selected it will show your PAN and assessment year selected bu you.

Step 8: You must verify your PAN and assessment year to avoid late refund or other issues.

Step 9: Now select your ITR form no. i.e. ITR-1/ITR-2/ITR-3/ITR-4. See: Which income tax return form to file?

Step 10: Select yes if you have digital signature or no if you have not. (Digital Signature is mandatory for all audit cases and companies).

Step 11: Now click on Browse to select XML file which you have saved in your computer. Now, click to “Upload” button.

Step 12: After completing upload process the pop will be shown to download your acknowledgment receipt in PDF format. The PDF file will be password protected. The password will be your PAN followed by the date of birth in small letters.

Step 13: In case of return is digital signed, on generation of Acknowledgement, the return filing process gets completed. See more about digitally signed income tax return.

Step 14: In case the return is not digitally signed, on successful uploading of e-Return, Form ITR-V would be generated which needs to be printed. This is an acknowledgement cum verification form. You need to sign this form.

It should be mailed to “Income Tax Department – CPC, Post Bag No.1, Electronic City Post Office, Banglore-560100, Karnataka, “BY ORDINARY POST ONLY with in 120 days after the date of filing income tax return online.

If you miss the 120 days period then It is deemed by the department that you have not filed your income tax return. So you shall be required to re-submit the income tax return followed by submitting new form ITR-V within 120 day. It will complete the return filing process.

You can also use the following methods to e-verify income tax return, if you don’t want to send ITR-V.

If you choose any one from above you are not required to do any further action. You efiling of income tax return process ends here.

Must Read: How to view or download 26AS form


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9 thoughts on “How to File Income Tax Return Online for A.Y. 2018-19”

  1. how to file rectfication of mistake apparent from records?All documents r ready any specific format. (paid full tax liability but notice received does has omitted entry for tax paid thru challan.

  2. Sir,
    My salary is 2.4L p.a.(Within the Slab limit) even though i am filing income tax from last three years.
    Below are my questions:
    1. how this Income Tax return filing will help me apart from Taking any loans from banks?
    2. As my salary(Assume) within the slab if i forget to file any future IT return filing the what are the consequences will take place?

  3. Good information for first time income tax filing persons.
    Thank u for sharing such information.

    Pls mail to nitin123.karekar @ if any such information availed or send me the link copy.

  4. श्रीमान जी
    कितनी आय तक रिटर्न दाखिल करना अनिवार्य है।

  5. Plwase tell how much time is required to get the e-tax credit appear in 26 AS. without this I am unable to file return

  6. Will you please clarify whether e’filing of tax return , of income of a deceased by his ‘LR’- that is, other than the one who is a “LH’ within its strict legal meaning, has since been made hassle-free, with no problem whatsoever !

    Doubt is raised because of the cumbersome procedure laid down by CPC (i.e. for registration of ‘LH’ online, so as to enabling e’filing ); which is known to have created problems. For more, please refer the several Posts on the website of Taxguru, Facebook, etc.

  7. Part A of Form 26AS of TRACES contains columns for Deductor’s name, TAN of Dedfuctor, Amount paid and Amount deducted as TDS but NO column at all for Unique TDS Certificate number (Form 16/Form 16-A) issuable by the Deductor to the Deductee. But the ITR forms to be filled by taxpayers contain a column for the Unique TDS Certificate number under TDS 1 and TDS 2. There are some employers and financial institutions who make tDS and also remit to the iT depatt. in the respective quarters in any F.Y., but do not care to issue Form 16/Form 16-A to the deductees promptly. Some issue after much persuasion and some others just do not respond.

    If a taxpayer, while e-filing, leaves the TDS Certificate column blank because of its non-availability, will such an incomplete return accepted by the IT deptt.?

    What is the remedy for this harassment to taxpayers? Why can’t the IT department include a column for the unique TDS Certificate number in Form 26As itself, to eliminate the need for the Deductees to be at the mercy of the Deductors to get the TDS certificate? After all, it is only from the TRACES website a deductor can generate and issue it to the deductee and so IT deptt. can directly show it in Form 26 AS itself to simplify the matters and eliminate the dependence of the deductee on the deductor?

  8. Bank account number of the income tax payer if he is first holder only or even if hef the second holder has to be given on the income tax return form

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