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How to E-Verify

Taxpayers who are not yet registered on the e-filing portal (https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in) should register by clicking on the ‘Register Yourself’ link.

Step 1: Go to the e-Filing portal of the Income Tax Department (https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in)

Step 2: Click on the "Register yourself" Button available on the home page. The registration page will open.

Step 3: Select the User Type (such as Individual, Firm etc) and Click on "Continue" button.

Step 4: Enter Basic Details and click on "Continue" button. After verification, the Registration Form will open.

Step 5: Enter the details in the Registration Form and click on "Submit" button. On successful validation, Taxpayer will get the message "Registration successful".

Step 6: A confirmation e-mail with an activation link for account will be sent to the Email provided . An SMS along with OTP (One time Password) will also be sent to the Mobile number provided. In order to activate the account, the taxpayer should click on the activation link and enter the OTP received by SMS on Mobile. On successful authentication, the account will be activatived.

Which internet browser should I use to view and file response on e-filing portal?

The e-filing portal and other utilities can be best viewed on Internet Explorer 9 or above and latest version of browsers like Mozilla and Chrome.

How to register on e-filing website?

Please click on “Register Yourself” on the e-filing portal and select your user type. Once user type is selected, all the mandatory fields are to be filled. Upon successful registration, user can login anytime.

What information do I need to register myself on e-filing portal?

The basic information required is: PAN, Full Name, Date of birth/incorporation, communication address, valid e-mail id, mobile number and digital signature certificate (if applicable). For persons other than individuals, in addition to the above mentioned information, PAN details and contact details of the principal contact are required.

Is it necessary to register on e-filing website? What happens if I don’t register?

The registration is required only once and without registration, income tax return cannot be filed by user. Also, additional services like viewing Form 26AS , status of income tax return, rectifications, request for issue of refunds etc. can’t be availed. Additionally, e-filing portal is one of the most convenient mediums to communicate with income tax department. Further, you will be able to view your cash transactions/cash deposits made during demonetization period (9th November, 2016 to 30th December, 2016), if any, only after registration. Response can be submitted online without the requirement of physical contact or visit to Income Tax Office.

Registered taxpayers should verify and update their email address and mobile number on the e-filing portal (https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in) to receive electronic communication.

Step 1: Login to e-filing portal at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

Step 2: Click on “My Profile” link under “Profile Settings” section and you will be directed to the “My Profile” page.

Step 3: The contact details of the taxpayer will be displayed.

Step 4: The user should update their personal Mobile number and Email ID so that the updated contact particulars are registered with the Department and taxpayer will be able to directly receive communication from the Department about status of processing and issue of refunds etc. Upon submitting the details, Department would immediately send OTPs (PIN1 & PIN2) to new mobile number and Email ID.

Step 5: The PINs (PIN1 and PIN2) received through Mobile number and E-mail ID should be entered in the respective input fields to authenticate that the email ID and mobile are correct. Upon successful validation the Mobile number and Email ID would be updated in the taxpayer’s profile and the process would be complete.

Note:
  • One mobile number or email ID can be used by a maximum of 10 user accounts as the their primary contact details of e-filing account. This is to ensure that family members (not exceeding 10 separate users) not having personal email or mobile number can be covered under a common set of personal contact details, but in general taxpayers should have their own unique email ID and Mobile number registered with the Department.
  • Taxpayers should verify and update their email address and mobile number on the e-filing portal (at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in) to receive electronic communication.
  • Taxpayer should include the emails and SMS from the Income tax Department in the ‘safe list’ or ‘white list’ to prevent the communications from the Department from being blocked or rejected or sent to Spam folder.
The information relating to cash deposits will be displayed to the PAN holder in the e-filing portal (after log in).

Step 1: Login to e-filing portal at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

Step 2: Click on “Cash Transactions 2016” link under “Compliance” section.

Step 3: The details of transactions related to cash deposits during 9th Nov to 30th Dec 2016 will be displayed.

I am not able to view any information in my e-filing account. What should Ido?

The information on the online portal is dynamic and will be updated on receipt of new information, response and data analytics. You should verify and update the email address and mobile number on the e-filing portal to receive electronic communication. Also, cash transaction data is only shown in cases where it does not appear to be in line with the taxpayer profile.

If amount of transaction is more than 20000 and the other PAN holder is in the target segment, then Link shall be provided to submit or view the response under response column for the other PAN holder. Refer “Information from other PAN holder” in the below screenshot.

When User clicks on Submit the below screen shall be displayed to the user.

If the other PAN holder selects “The account relates to this PAN” then below screen shall be displayed to the User. The User needs to fill the relevant details and submit the response.

The taxpayer response is in two steps.In the first step the taxpayer needs to confirm that the bank account relates to the PAN of the taxpayer. Further details are required to be provided in the second step only if the taxpayer confirms that the account relates to the taxpayer.

The user is provided with two options i.e. “The account relates to this PAN” and “The account does not relate to this PAN”.

If the user selects the response option “The account relates to this PAN”, the screen for capturing details will be displayed to the user. If the user selects the response option “The Account does not relate to this PAN” then message “Your feedback will be sent to the information source for confirmation.” will be displayed to the user.

Upon clicking the submit button, a success message with Transaction ID is displayed.

If the information displayed under “cash transactions 2016” does not belong to me, what should I do?

In that case, you can select the response “The account does not relate to this PAN” and click on the submit button. Your feedback will be sent to the information source for confirmation.

If the account displayed does not belong to me, but it belongs to either my spouse or dependent person/relative, what should I do?

In such a case, you can select the response “The account does not relate to this PAN” and click on the submit button. Your feedback will be sent to the information source for confirmation.

If the account displayed does not belong to me, but it belongs to another entity of which I am authorized signatory, what should I do?

In such case, you can select the response “The account does not relate to this PAN” and click on submit button. Your feedback will be sent to the information source for confirmation.

I am getting error message “invalid field response bank transaction confirmed” while submitting response, what should I do?

This problem is generally faced while using older version of Internet browser(s).Kindly use Internet Explorer 9 or above or latest version of browsers like Mozilla and Chrome.

If the user selects the response option “The account relates to this PAN” the screen for capturing details will be displayed to the user. At this stage, the user will be able to modify the value of cash deposit (if it is different than the displayed value). The user will also be able to provide the explanation of transaction (source of cash deposit) digitally without visiting the Income tax office. The various categories for providing the explanation are:

Explanation of Transaction (Cash Deposit)

A Account Details
A.1 Bank/Institution XXXXX XXXXXX Bank
A.2 Branch/IFSC Code XXXXXXXXX
A.3 Account Number NNNNNNNNNNNNNN
A.4 Cash Deposit in the account between 9th Nov 2016 and 30th Dec 2016 (as reported) 23,00,000
A.5 Cash Deposit in the account between 9th Nov 2016 and 30th Dec 2016 (as confirmed) <Amount> + Remarks
B Source of Cash Deposit
B.1 Cash out of earlier income or savings <Amount> + Remarks
B.2 Cash out of receipts exempt from tax <Amount> + Remarks
B.3 Cash withdrawn out of bank account <Account wise list>
B.4 Cash received from identifiable persons (with PAN) <PAN wise list>
B.5 Cash received from identifiable persons (without PAN) <Person wise list>
B.6 Cash received from un-identifiable persons <Nature of transaction wise list>
B.7 Cash Disclosed/To be disclosed under PMGKY <Amount> + Remarks
B.8 Balance (A.5 - B.1 - B.2 - B.3 - B.4 – B.5 – B.6 - B.7) [Computed]

Some aspects to be considered while you provide your response -

  • If the cash deposit amount displayed under A.4 is not correct, please mention the correct amount under A.5. ITD intends to refer such cases to the information source for confirmation.
  • If cash is claimed to be from more than one category (or out of cash in hand), the source of cash may be assigned under various categories in the following sequence (Adopting other sequence may result in case being selected for verification based on risk criteria)
    • Cash withdrawn out of bank account (B.3)
    • Cash received from identifiable persons (with PAN) (B.4)
    • Cash received from identifiable persons (without PAN) (B.5)
    • Cash received from un-identifiable persons (B.6)
    • Cash out of receipts exempt from tax (B.2)
    • Cash out of earlier income or savings (B.1)
    • Cash Disclosed/To be disclosed under PMGKY (B.7)
  • In case there are multiple entries under B.3 to B.6, facility has been provided for online submission as well as upload of CSV (Comma Separate Values).
  • In case cash is claimed to be withdrawn out of bank account, the account wise details are required to be provided (B.3).
  • In case cash is received from other persons (on account of cash sales, loan, gift, donation etc.), it should be mentioned under B.4, B.5 or B.6 as the case may be. The nature of cash transaction can be mentioned while providing the details.
  • If cash is claimed to be out of receipts exempt from tax (agricultural income etc. but excluding cases of gift, donation etc. which have been covered earlier), further details can be provided under remarks. In case the amount is received as donation, gift, loan, the details may be provided under B.4, B.5 or B.6 as the case may be. If receipts exempt from tax (B.2) is not in line with the taxpayer profile or other available information, the case may be selected for verification based on risk criteria.
  • If cash is claimed to be out of earlier income or savings, further details can be provided under remarks. If this information (B.1) is not in line with the taxpayer profile or other available information, the case may be selected for verification based on risk criteria.
  • The sum of all sources of cash deposits (B.1 to B.7) should match with the confirmed cash deposit amount (A.5) such that balance (B.8) is computed as 0.

Modification of Cash Deposit Amount

If the cash deposit amount displayed is not correct, how do I mention the correct amount?

If the cash deposit amount displayed is not correct, please mention the correct amount under A.5. Such cases may be sent to the information source for confirmation.

Whether the cash deposits consist of specified bank notes only or other currency including new currency notes?

The cash deposit amount includes both specified bank notes as well as other currency including new currency notes irrespective of the denomination.

If one bank account pertaining to me is reported more than once on e-filing portal, how should I submit my response?

If one bank account is reported more than once, the details for one account may be submitted and an amount of zero can be mentioned in the amount column of the repeated account and the remarks “duplicate bank account” may be entered in the remark column.

Explanation of Source of Cash Deposits

If the cash deposited is from more than one category, how should it be segregated?

If cash is from more than one category, the source of cash may be assigned under various categories in the following sequence:

  • Cash withdrawn out of bank account (B.3)
  • Cash received from identifiable persons (with PAN) (B.4)
  • Cash received from identifiable persons (without PAN) (B.5)
  • Cash received from un-identifiable persons
  • Cash out of receipts exempt from tax (B.2)
  • Cash out of earlier income or savings (B.1)
  • Cash Disclosed/To be disclosed under PMGKY

Adopting other sequence may result in case being selected for verification based on risk criteria.

If the cash deposit is out of cash in hand as on 8th November 2016, where do I enter that?

If cash is claimed to be out of cash in hand, the source of cash may be assigned under various categories in the following sequence:

  • Cash withdrawn out of bank account
  • Cash received from identifiable persons (with PAN)
  • Cash received from identifiable persons (without PAN)
  • Cash received from un-identifiable persons
  • Cash out of receipts exempt from tax
  • Cash out of earlier income or savings
  • Cash Disclosed/To be disclosed under PMGKY

Adopting other sequence may result in case being selected for verification based on risk criteria.

What am I expected to show under cash out of earlier income or savings?

In case of an individual having no business income, cash out of earlier income or savings means cash out of savings as on 8th November 2016. In case of business, the cash in hand as on 31st March 2016 can be taken as cash out of earlier income or savings.

If the deposited cash amount pertains to the withdrawals made from different bank accounts, do I need to mention the date(s) of such withdrawal(s)?

The dates and other details with respect to withdrawal(s) from other bank accounts can be mentioned in the remarks column.

What am I expected to show under cash out of receipts exempt from tax?

Cash out of receipts exempt from tax is expected to be used for taxpayers not involved in business who have received cash out of exempt income , for example agricultural income etc.

I am an entity whose income is exempt under income-tax Act, 1961 e.g. charitable trust etc., how do I assign it under the various categories?

If the cash pertains to receipts/donations, the source of cash may be assigned under various categories in the following sequence.

  • Cash withdrawn out of bank account
  • Cash received from identifiable persons (with PAN)
  • Cash received from identifiable persons (without PAN)
  • Cash received from un-identifiable persons
  • Cash out of earlier income or savings - closing cash balance as on 31st March 2016

The taxpayer is advised to provide the details of identifiable person (with PAN) to reduce the chances of the case being selected for verification. Adopting other sequence may result in case being selected for verification based on risk criteria.

If the cash is out of cash sales of business, how do I assign it under the various categories?

If the cash is out of cash sales of business, the cash may be assigned under various categories in the following sequence:

  • Cash received from identifiable persons (with PAN)
  • Cash received from identifiable persons (without PAN)
  • Cash received from un-identifiable persons
  • Cash out of earlier income or savings - closing cash balance as on 31st March 2016

The taxpayer is advised to provide the details of identifiable person (with PAN) to reduce the chances of the case being selected for verification. Adopting other sequence may result in case being selected for verification based on risk criteria.

I am an entity like Petrol pumps/Toll Plaza/Hospital etc. which was allowed to accept specified bank notes. How should I show the cash deposited in the response option?

The details of cash sales of business may be provided as mentioned above. The nature of business will be considered while assessing the response.

I am a professional having cash receipts on daily basis in the ordinary course of the business. How should I show the cash deposited in the response option?

If the cash is out of professional receipt in cash, the cash may be assigned under various categories in the following sequence:

  • Cash received from identifiable persons (with PAN)
  • Cash received from identifiable persons (without PAN)
  • Cash received from un-identifiable persons

The taxpayer is advised to provide the details of identifiable person (with PAN) to reduce the chances of the case being selected for verification. In case of cash receipts of Rs. 20,000/- or more from a single person, it is expected that the details are provided either in B.4 or B.5, as the case may be.

If income is received from tuition fees, tailoring etc. where should I show the same?

If the income or cash receipts pertain to the business/profession of the tax payer, the same is to be reported as ‘cash sales’ under ‘Nature of Transaction’. The cash may be assigned under various categories in the sequence of B.4, B.5 or B.6, as the case may be.

If I have received cash vide gift/donation, where should I show the same?

Cash receipts from gifts/donations should necessarily be filled in row B.4, B.5 or B.6 accordingly in the response option form. The taxpayer is advised to provide the details of identifiable person (with PAN) to reduce the chances of the case being selected for verification. In case of cash receipts of Rs. 20,000/- or more from a single person, it is expected that the details are provided either in B.4 or B.5 as the case may be.

If I have received salary/ advance salary from my employer in cash and deposited the same in my bank account, where should I show the same in the response form?

In this case, the name and respective details of the employer from whom salary/advance salary in cash has been received may be provided in B.4 or B.5 of the response form on e-filing portal.

If I have deposited someone else’s cash in my bank account, where should I disclose such cash amount in the response form?

In this case, the name and respective details of the person to whom cash belongs must be provided in row B.4 or B.5 of the response form on e-filing portal.

The account number against my PAN on e-fling portal belongs to me, but the cash amount shown was not deposited by me and I have no idea who deposited the cash in my bank account. What should I do?

In this case, the cash may be mentioned under B.6 i.e. cash received from un-identifiable persons and the facts may be provided in the remarks column.

If the cash deposited has already been declared under Income Declaration Scheme, 2016, what should I do?

The cash deposited should be shown under “Cash out of earlier income or savings” (B.1). In remarks column, the details regarding the declaration should be mentioned.

If certain amount has been declared or is to be declared under PMGKY and same has been provided in the response, how should I proceed?

You need to enter the amount which either has been declared or is to be declared under PMGKY, 2016 in row B.7 of the response form. Please refer to guidelines and procedures provided on e-filing portal regarding PMGKY 2016 for further clarifications.

Note: The PAN holder is also required to submit details of other bank accounts (other than the one displayed in the e-filing portal) in which specified bank notes (SBN) has been deposited.

A facility has been provided to enable upload of CSV (Comma Separate Values):

Important Aspects

Following aspects may be considered while uploading lists using CSV:

  • Download the CSV template from link (“Download CSV”).
  • Click on the “Template” and provide a file name to save the CSV file.
  • Update data as per the headings provided in CSV template.
  • Ensure that the filled template is saved in .CSV format. The same can be done by going to File Save As Provide File name to save the Template Select Save as type as “CSV (Comma delimited) (*.csv)” Save.
  • Click on “Choose File” button to browse and select the updated CSV file, then click on “Upload CSV” to update the data.

Categories for CSV Upload

The format for capturing information is as under:

Account wise list (Refer B.3)

Bank/Institution IFSC Code Account Number Amount Withdrawn Remarks
         
         

In “CSV Template”, the data provided should comply with the below requirements:

  • “Bank/Institution” is a Mandatory field.
  • “IFS Code” should be exactly 11 characters. First 4 characters should be ALPHABETS, 5th character must be zero (0) and remaining 6 characters should be either numbers or alphabets. This is a Mandatory field. The same shall be validated with RBI list.
  • “Account Number” can be alphanumeric, with two specific Special characters (Forward slash ‘/’ and Hyphen ‘-‘) not exceeding 20 characters. This is a Mandatory field.
  • “Amount Withdrawn” field should only be “Numeric, Non-negative and No decimals”. This is a Mandatory field.

The format for capturing information is as under:

PAN of Person Name of Person Nature of transaction* Amount Received Remarks
         
         

In “CSV Template”, the data provided should comply with the below requirements:

  • “PAN of Person” field should be 10 Characters. First 5 Alphabets, next 4 numbers and at the end 1 Alphabet.
  • Name of Person” is a Mandatory field.
  • The drop down values of “Nature of Transaction” should be entered as per the codes mentioned below:
    Drop down Code to be specified in CSV(case sensitive)
    Cash Sales RS
    Loan received in Cash RL
    Loan repayment in Cash RR
    Gift Received in Cash RG
    Donation Received in Cash RD
    Other Cash Receipt RO
  • “Amount Received” field should be “Numeric, Non-negative and No decimals”. This is a Mandatory field.

The format for capturing information is as under:

Person wise list (Refer B.5)

Name of Person Address of Person Pincode Nature of transaction* Amount Received Remarks
           
           

In “CSV Template”, the data provided should comply with the below requirements:

  • Name of Person” is a Mandatory field.
  • “Address of Person” is a Mandatory field.
  • “Pin Code” field must be 6 digits and should not start with zero. This is a Mandatory field.
  • The drop down values of “Nature of Transaction” should be entered as per the codes mentioned below:
    Drop down Code to be specified in CSV(case sensitive)
    Cash Sales RS
    Loan received in Cash RL
    Loan repayment in Cash RR
    Gift Received in Cash RG
    Donation Received in Cash RD
    Other Cash Receipt RO
  • “Amount Received” field should be “Numeric, Non-negative and No decimals”. This is a Mandatory field.

The format for capturing information is as under:

Nature of transaction wise list (Refer B.6)

Nature of transaction* Amount Received Remarks
     
     

In “CSV Template”, the data provided should comply with the below requirements:

  • The drop down values of “Nature of Transaction” should be entered as per the codes mentioned below:
    Drop down Code to be specified in CSV(case sensitive)
    Cash Sales RS
    Loan received in Cash RL
    Loan repayment in Cash RR
    Gift Received in Cash RG
    Donation Received in Cash RD
    Other Cash Receipt RO
  • “Amount Received” field should be “Numeric, Non-negative and No decimals”. This is a Mandatory field.

How can I provide details of identifiable persons (with or without PAN) from whom cash has been received?

The details of identifiable persons (with or without PAN) from whom cash has been received can be provided on the online portal. A facility has also been provided to enable upload of the details in a CSV (Comma Separate Values) file.

I am getting error while uploading the CSV file in the e-filing portal, what should I do?

Please make sure that you have saved the details in .csv format only before uploading the same. Also, please make sure that you have filled all the mandatory details as provided in the user guide and there are no blank rows in the CSV file. Kindly refer to Para 5.4 of User Guide for Online Verification of Cash deposits during 9th November to 30th December, 2016.

The sum of all sources of cash deposits (B.1 to B.7) should match with the confirmed cash deposit amount (A.5) such that balance (refer B.8) is computed as 0. On successful validation, the success message along with Transaction ID is displayed.

Step 1: Click on “View” button against the respective Bank Account under “Cash Transactions 2016”.

Step 2: Click on “Transaction No” to view /download the response submitted.

After submission, if I want to modify or change my response or explanation provided, how can I do so?

You can re-submit your response.

The user is required to submit details of other bank accounts (other than the one displayed) in which specified bank notes (SBN) has been deposited.

Step 1: Click on the hyperlink as shown in image below under list of bank accounts

Step 2: Provide explanation of cash deposits. User can also revise the submitted response by clicking on the “Submit” button.

Step 3: On successful validation, a success message along with Transaction ID is displayed on the screen.

If I have another account in a bank not being displayed in which I have deposited specified bank notes (SBN), how do I provide information aboutsuch account?

Once you click on cash transaction 2016, details of account(s) with cash deposit are displayed. There is an option provided to submit details of other bank accounts in which specified bank notes (SBN) have been deposited.

Some cases will be selected for verification based on risk criteria. If the case is selected for verification, request for additional information and its response will also be communicated digitally. The information request will be communicated to the PAN holder with a hyperlink for uploading information. An e-mail concerning the additional information will be sent to the e-mail id of the taxpayer.

The response of taxpayer will be assessed against available information and in case explanation of source of cash is found to be justified, the verification will be closed without any need to visit Income Tax Office. If cash deposit is declared under PMGKY, the verification will be closed.

Whether all cases will be selected for verification?

No. Data analytics will be used to select cases for verification, based on approved risk criteria.

Is response provided by me final or do I need to file additional information to support the claim?

You may need to provide additional information if your case is selected for further verification.

If any additional information is required, how shall I be intimated?

If the case is selected for verification, the request for additional information will be displayed on your e-filing portal and a communication will be sent to your e-mail id, as provided on e-filing portal.

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