After e-filing ITR: ITR-V,Receipt Status,Intimation u/s 143(1)

We often consider filing of the tax return is the end of the whole story. But picture abhi baki hai mere dost. There is misconception that once the tax return has been filed electronically, work is over until the next tax return filing deadline. One has to send ITR-V if income tax returns are filed online without digitial signature, get acknowledgement of Reciept of ITR-V from Central Processing Centre (CPC) Bangalore, then wait for intimation from Income Tax Department under section 143(1). This article covers these in detail.

Sending ITR-V

On-line filing can be done with or without digital signature. But, for those filing it without using the digital signature, it is mandatory to submit the ITR-V form generated on-line, to the income tax officials at Bangalore, within 120 days of filing of the return. The process of return filing is complete then.
ITR-V stands for Income Tax Return–Verification , sample form is shown below.
  •  ITR-V is generated when you file your I-T return online—without using a digital signature.It is a one page document, pdf file.
  • You also receive it as an acknowledgement email from the Income Tax Department in your inbox, after you file your return electronically. 
  • They can also download the ITR-V from the https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in website from My account ->My Return after login into it
  • This ITR-V also contains the acknowledgement number of electronic transmission and the date of the transmission as an evidence of filing for the benefit of the assessee.
  • The password of ITR V is your PAN number in lower case, followed by your date of birth in DDMMYYYY format , for example for Mr Sharma with PAN number AJSPD8693E and date of birth as 20-Mar-1976 the password would be ajspd9693ed20031976
  • ITR-V should be printed in dark black ink and clear to read.
  • You have to sign the copy of the ITR-V in blue ink .Your signature should not be on bar code of the Form. Bar code and numbers below the bar code should be clearly seen.
  •  In case the return was prepared by a Tax Return Preparer (TRP), the particulars of TRP be also filled and this verification form be countersigned by the TRP.
  • You do not need to send any supporting documents along with the ITR-V. Just the one page signed ITR-V.
  • Do not use stapler on the Form ITR-V. Do not fold this signed ITR-V.
  • Enclose the same in an A-4 size white envelope. Send the envelope to the CPC through speed post or ordinary post within 120 days from the date of filing. You cannot courier the ITR-V.
  • Inside a single envelope, you can send several ITR-V forms.
  • The envelope should be send to Income Tax Department CPC Post Box No.1, Electronic City Post Office, Bangalore-560100, Karnataka. You cannot submit ITR-V  anywhere else in India

Picture below shows empty ITR-V form. (Click on image to enlarge)

ITR-V

ITR-V (Click to enlarge)

Remember, if you miss submitting your ITR-V within 120 days, your e-filing will be considered invalid. It will be considered that you have not yet filed your return. You then have to file a revised return, get a new ITR-V and submit the same within 120 days.  So far Income Tax Department has been extending the last  date for submission of ITRV but don’t procrastinate or postpone sending your return.

Recently Ministry of Finance has proposed a new way of submitting income tax e-returns for those who file on-line income tax returns without any digital signature.Please note that this is just a proposal till now and it would not be applicable for this assessment year 2013-14 in any way. SUBMISSION OF ITR V IS MANDATORY FOR E-FILING IT RETURN FY 2012-13 (AY 2013-14)

Acknowledgement from CPC

Upon receipt of ITR-V, Central Processing Centre (CPC) Bangalore dispatches an email acknowledgement. It should reach within a month of sending ITR-V to Bangalore. You can check the status of whether ITR-V is received by CPC or not in following ways:
  • The e-mail from CPC is sent to the email ID mentioned in the ITR.  If you don’t get the acknowledgement, check you SPAM folder.
  • By filling details of your PAN and assessment year or by filling the e-filing acknowledgement number on the ITR-V Receipt Status tab under Services section on the e-fling website as shown in picture below.
  • It is also available on the income-tax web site,  https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in, you can login in your account and check Views and Forms under the tab My Account
  • You can also call the CPC call centre number 1800-4250-0025 (from 9am to 8pm) to enquire about the status of e-filing.
ITR-V Reciept status

ITR-V Reciept status

 Processing of Income Tax Return

After the income tax return is processed another mail is sent to the assessee, which is called Intimation under section (u/s) 143(1). The intimation under section 143(1) is sent by the IT Department in response to tax return filed by the tax payers. The intimation as the name suggests intimates the tax payer about, any tax and interest payable or if the assessee is eligible for refunds after providing all the necessary adjustments relating to tax deducted at source, advance tax paid, any tax paid on self – assessment or any other amount in the nature of tax or interest.

  • These intimations will be received through email to the Email address provided in filing income tax returns online and would also be sent by Post
  • The intimation shall be sent before the expiry of one year from the end of the assessment year in which the income was assessable. So Intimation for FY 2012-13 or AY 2013-14 will be sent by
  • Intimation letter is protected with password. To open document, enter your PAN No (In small letters) and Date of Birth/ Date of Incorporation in ddmmyyyy format.

It states any difference between the amount of Income, Deductions and Income Tax Payable, and TDS or Income Tax paid as stated by you in your return with respect to that computed by your Income Tax Officer u/s 143(1).If you look at the notice you will see that there are two columns: 
a) As provided by taxpayer in return of Income and 
b) As computed under section 143(1).

If there is no difference in both columns i.e details provided by the taxpayer and as verified by the Income Tax department match, then this notice will serve as final assessment of the return with nothing to be done on part of the taxpayer.

If tax paid is less than what is computed by Income tax department then this intimation becomes Notice of Demand u/s 156. For example, if Income as disclosed by taxpayer is Rs 6,00,000 but the department computes his income as Rs. 6,50,000, then there will be shortfall of tax paid. If he feel that computations by Income Tax Department are correct then he will have to pay such tax If he thinks that the demand is wrong then he must prove his case with necessary procedures.

If the tax paid is more than the income computed by the department then such intimation will have a refund and such refund will be granted to the taxpayer. Refund will either be sent by cheque or credited into the bank account mentioned in Income Tax Return.

This Intimation u/s 143(1) should be treated as completion of assessment income tax returns for the year unless there is tax due from the tax payer.

Keeping Income Tax Records

Even if your income tax returns are processed successfully you need to keep all the paper work. Since legal proceedings under the income tax act can be initiated up to six years prior to the current financial year, you must maintain Income tax related documents at least seven years. Our article Paper Work A Necessary Headache discuses it in detail. The records that you need to keep are

  • Form 16, Form 12 B
  • Filed returns
  • Tax paid
  • Tax deducted at Source (TDS),Form 16A, 
  • Tax exemption documents,
  • Bank account statements
  • Gift deed
  • Intimations from Income Tax Department (Soft copy email etc) and hardcopy.
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Be watchful of emails, letters and notices received from the Income tax Department and respond to them within the requisite time. Mails from Income Tax Department comes from email id intimations@cpc.gov.in 

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