Tips for Filing an Income Tax Return (ITR) After a Gap

Filing an income tax return (ITR) is not only a legal requirement for specific individuals but also highly recommended for others, even if it is not mandated by law. If you have not filed your ITR for previous years and are preparing to file your income tax return for the current year, here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

Password Recovery Options

If you have forgotten your password for the e-Filing portal, don’t worry. The Forgot Password service is available to all registered users. You can reset your password using various options such as e-Filing OTP, Aadhaar OTP, Bank Account EVC, Demat Account EVC, Digital Signature Certificate (DSC), or Net Banking. However, to recover your password, you need to meet certain prerequisites, which are as follows:

  • OTP on the mobile number registered with Aadhaar
  • PAN linked with Aadhaar (for individual taxpayers)
  • PAN of the Principal Contact linked with Aadhaar (for non-individual taxpayers except for companies and HUF)
  • E-Filing OTP on the registered mobile number and email ID
  • Access to the primary email ID and mobile number registered with e-Filing
  • Bank account EVC
    • Access to the mobile number and email ID registered with your bank account
    • Validated bank account
  • Demat account EVC
    • Access to the mobile number and email ID registered with your demat account
    • Validated demat account
  • Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
    • Valid and active DSC
    • The DSC USB token should be procured from a Certifying Authority provider
    • The DSC USB token should be Class 2 or Class 3 certificate
  • Net Banking
    • PAN linked with the bank account
    • Valid and active Net Banking account
    • Net Banking option enabled using e-Filing Vault Higher Security service

If you haven’t linked your PAN with Aadhaar, it is important to do so as your PAN could have become inoperative. Such taxpayers will not be able to prepare their ITR until they have linked their PAN with Aadhaar. You can link your PAN with Aadhaar through the e-Filing portal, but note that a late fee

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