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How to File ITR-1 For Assessment Year 2020-2021 | Online

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The main reason for filing ITR is to get a refund if TDS is deducted. Also, there are many reasons to file ITR. Income Tax Return can be filed using software created by a third party or you can use excel/java utility form available on the “e-Filing” portal. Here we will see how to file ITR-1 online on the “e-Filing” portal.

Who Should File ITR-1?

  • Only Residents can file ITR-1
  • ITR-1 form should only be filed by individuals having an income of up to Rs. 50 lakhs
  • Not for an individual who is either Director in a company or has invested in Unlisted Equity Shares
  • Income can be from:
    • Salary/ Pension; or
    • One House Property (excluding cases where there is brought forward loss or loss to be carried forward from the previous year); or
    • Other Sources such as interest from Bank Account (excluding winning from lottery and income from Race Horses, Income taxable under section 115BBDA or Income of nature referred to in section 115BBE) and
    • Agriculture Income Upto Rs. 5 thousand

Note 1: Further, in a case where the income of another person like spouse, minor child, etc. is to be clubbed with the income of the assessee, this Return Form can be used only if the income being clubbed falls into the above income categories


What are the details required to File ITR-1 Online?

Mandatory Requirement:

  • PAN
  • Form-16 issued by your employer
  • Form 26AS from Traces
  • Aadhar Number/Aadhar Enrolment ID

Steps to file ITR-1

Step 1: Visit to https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home


Step 2: on the Home Page

  • If you are a registered user, click on “Login Here”
  • If you have not registered, click on “Registered Yourself” —- Complete the registration and then “Login”

Step 3: You will be taken to login page

  • Enter “User ID” (PAN)
  • Enter “Password”
  • Enter “Captcha” (captcha is case sensitive)
  • You can also request OTP instead of captcha, if you are visually challenged
  • Click on “Login”

Note 2: If you have forgotten your password, click on “Forgot Password” –> Reset your password and then “Login”


Step 4: After login your “Dashboard” window will open

Click on “Filing of Income Tax Return”


STEP 5: On Income Tax Return Page:

  • Your PAN will be auto-populated
  • Select “Assessment Year” as 2020-21 or as per your applicable case
  • Select “ITR form Number” as ITR-1
  • Select “Submission Mode” as prepare and submit online. (You can also submit using the Upload XML option. XML can be generated using the offline Excel or Java utilities. Utilities can be downloaded in the e-Filing portal under Downloads Offline Utilities Income Tax Return preparation utilities)
  • In the case of Prepare and submit online mode below the pre-fill option will be shown additionally
    • Your Personal details (such as PAN, Name, and Date of birth) will be prefilled as per the PAN database. Contact details (such as Address, Mobile Number, and email ID) will be prefilled from the e-Filing profile and the Tax Details will be prefilled from Form 26AS
  • Click on “Continue” (In case of Upload XML option, you can select the XML generated using the browse option and submit along with the e-Verification option selected such as DSC/Aadhaar OTP/EVC as selected and complete the filing process)
  • After clicking on “Continue” new pop will open “Prefill Consent” tick the checkbox and click on “Continue”
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