Filing ITR Online Made Easy: Step-by-Step Guide for E-filing Income Tax Return, FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25)

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    Taxpayers in India now find e-filing income tax returns online a convenient process. This method involves submitting your Income Tax Return (ITR) electronically over the Internet using the income tax department's e-filing website, overtaking traditional paper filing.

    The income tax department provides an e-filing facility through its online portal. To e-file your returns, you need to register on this portal using your PAN. The e-filing ITR process requires your PAN card, basic details, income proof documents, and internet access.

    E-filing offers taxpayers a quick, paperless way to file their ITR comfortably from home. This article will guide you through the e-filing process.

    “File Now, Pay Later' Option

    Last year (FY 2022-23), the Income Tax Department introduced a new 'File Now, Pay Later' facility. This allows taxpayers to complete the e-filing process without paying taxes at the time of submission. The tax payment can be made later after filing returns.

    This makes filing quicker as you don't have to wait for tax payment processing to complete e-filing. The taxes due can be paid by the specified dates even after return filing.

    Step By Step Guide On How to E-file ITR On Income Tax Portal

    Here is how to file ITR online with these 8 easy steps:

    Step 1: Login

    Visit and click on 'Login.' For user ID, enter your PAN number. Check the 'I Agree' box and enter the captcha code. Click 'Continue'. Enter your password and log in. 

    New users must register by entering details, PAN, and password creation.

    Step 1: Login

    Step 2: Go To ‘File Income Tax Return’

    On the menu bar, click 'e-File.' From the drop-down, select 'Income Tax Return'.

    Step 2: File Income Tax Return


    Step 3: Select the right ‘Assessment Year’

    Select 'Assessment Year' as '2024-25' for FY 2023-24. Choose the filing type 'Original' for first-time filing and 'Revised Return' for corrections.

    Step 3: Selecting Assessment Year

    Step 4: Select Status

    Based on your taxpayer status, choose from ‘Individual,’ ‘Hindu Undivided Family,’ or ‘Company’. Salaried employees and freelancers must choose ‘Individual’ to file the return.

    Step 4: Select Status

    Step 5: Select ITR Type

    Choose the applicable  ITR form number based on your income sources and eligibility. There are 7 ITR forms- ITR 1 to ITR 7. 

    Step 5: Select ITR Type

    You can also read: Which ITR Should I File? Type Of ITR Forms For FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25)

    Step 6: Choose The Reason For Filing ITR

    Select the reasons for filing ITR from options like 'Taxable income above exemption limit,' 'Mandatory filing,' 'Filing for refund,' etc.

    Step 6: Choose The Reason

    Step 7: Add Bank Account Details And Other Information

    On clicking ‘Continue’ on the previous step, the online ITR form will open. Most fields will be auto-filled with your PAN and Aadhaar-linked data. Fill in the remaining mandatory fields accurately and compute tax liabilities.

    Step 7: Add Details

    Step 8: e-Verify ITR

    The final step is to e-verify your ITR within 120 days of filing by Aadhaar OTP, net banking, electronic verification code (EVC), digital signature certificate (DSC), etc. Otherwise, your return will be incomplete.


    We have presented the end-to-end process of e-filing income tax returns online. Efiling ITR is a simple process. You should follow these steps diligently for error-free filing. Keeping all documents handy before you begin also makes the process faster. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions On How To File ITR

    1. What is the last date for filing ITR 2024?

    The deadline for filing income tax returns in India for the financial year 2023-24 (AY 2024-25) is July 31, 2024. However, the deadline for filing an overdue or missed return is December 31, 2024, with applicable late fees.

    2. What is the fine amount for late ITR filing?

    Under the updated regulations in section 234F of the Income Tax Act, if you file your ITR past the deadline, you may face a maximum penalty of INR 5,000. Please mention the complete information about small taxpayers

    3. How do you check if your ITR is filed?

    To check if you have filed your ITR, follow these steps:

    • Log into the e-filing portal with your user ID and password. Navigate to e-File, then to Income Tax Returns, and select View Filed Returns.
    • On the page, you can see all your filed returns. By clicking on "View Details," you can check the status of your ITR, which will display the return's life cycle and any pending actions, such as e-Verification.

    4. What is the tax exemption for senior citizens?

    Senior citizens enjoy significant tax benefits in India, making retirement planning more rewarding. For those aged 60-80 years, the basic exemption is INR 3 lakh, while super senior citizens (80 years and above) enjoy an even higher exemption of INR 5 lakh. 

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