Search Your Income Tax AO Code, Ward No, Range & Circle

From 1th Feb,2017 the procedure of locating AO / Tax Ward/ Circle/ Range has been changed. Earlier these could be located with PAN only. Below is the new method which could be used to locate tax ward/ Range/ AO/ Circle.

Do your always confuse about these terms like AO code, My area ward number, my area income tax range and circle.

You find difficulty to search these code and doubted to fill in your income tax return forms?

Here we will tell you that how you can find easily your Area code, AO Type, Range Code, AO Number, Jurisdiction.

These codes are very helpful to fill income tax returns, reply to any income tax notice and more.

Why do we need Income Tax Ward No./ Circle/ Range/ AO Code ?

Before we tell you how to locate these information on your IT Profile, you should first be knowing about the importance of these data. Tax Ward No./ Circle/ Range/ AO Code, etc., helps you to locate your Income Tax Assessing Officer.

The concerned officer is responsible for assessing your income tax. The jurisdiction of the Assessing Officer which is his Income tax ward/ Range/ AO Code/ Circle is optional to state in income tax return. These details are also required in case of filing an application for new PAN.

Moreover, to assess the returns of the tax payers, there are many tax authorities designated by the income tax department. All these officers are given specified area and a specified category of tax payers which will fall in the jurisdiction of that officer. These officers have powers of scrutinize the tax returns and demand for the payment of tax.

Designations of officers may vary based on the volume of income etc. These may be Assistant Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, Additional Commissioner etc.

From 1th Feb,2017 the procedure of locating AO / Tax Ward/ Circle/ Range has been changed. Earlier these could be located with PAN only. Below is the new method which could be used to locate tax ward/ Range/ AO/ Circle.

How to locate your Income Tax Ward No./ Circle/ Range/ AO Code, etc.

Locating your Income Tax Ward No./ Circle/ Range/ AO Code, etc., is very easy. All that you need is your IT account. Here is a step-by-step process.

Step 1- Login to e-filing portal

The first step is to login to the Income Tax Account. For this purpose, you need to visit: www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. Once you see the homepage, click on the ‘Sign In’ option and insert your respective User ID and Password.

Step 2 – Navigate to Profile Setting

After logging in, look at the top blue bar that has a list of options. Select the 5th option from the header menu named as ‘Profile Settings’. This will allow you to access a list of options. From the dropdown box, select the first option – ‘My profile’.

Step 3 – Click on ‘PAN’ tab

After the new page loads, click on the ‘PAN Details’. Upon clicking you will get a list of options that will include information such as Income Tax Ward No./ Circle/ Range/ AO Code, etc.

Thus, we find that finding Income Tax Ward No./ Circle/ Range/ AO Code, etc., is simple, provided you have the right knowledge. However, you must have an existing ID with the IT Department before you start exploring this information.

Have questions? Feel free to place them in the comment section. We would be glad to assist you and help you understand the purview of Income Tax and its related procedure.


About the Author

Arpit Goyal is pursuing CA and B.com & also working as an article assistant in Gurgaon. He has an immense interest in Taxation. He loves to use technology to spread knowledge about taxation & accounts.

2 thoughts on “Search Your Income Tax AO Code, Ward No, Range & Circle”

  1. Could you help me? I had a tax refund of 2014 – 2015 returned by post office as I was out of station. However, the I.T.O. is yet to send the refund order again. Please help.

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