Taxpayers can now file their income tax returns without sending signed acknowledgement to CPC,Bangalore using EVC .i.e Electronic Verification Code. EVC means a code which is generated for the purpose of electronic verification of the person furnishing the return of income. EVC will be a unique number linked to assessee’s PAN. It cannot be used for filing return of income of any other PAN. One EVC can be used to validate one return, irrespective, of assessment year or type of return. Taxpayers can generate EVC by any of the four methods , viz, through Net-Banking, through Adhaar number ,through ATM or through e-filing website of income tax department. Details procedure for the same is as follows:
- Electronic Verification code through Net-Banking-In this case, some specified banks registered with Income-tax Department provide direct access to the efiling website to their accounts holders.By clicking on e-filling option, account holder will be redirected to the e-filing website where he can generate the EVC .EVC generated will be sent to the registered e-mail id and mobile number of taxpayer, which can be used to verify income-tax return.
- Through Aadhaar Number :-Taxpayer can link their Aadhaar Number with their PAN on e-filing website to generate the EVC. Once the Aadhaar Number is linked to PAN, “one time password” (OTP) will be generated and sent to the taxpayer’s registered mobile number .
- Through ATM:-All taxpayers can generate EVC through ATM only if ATM card of taxpayer is linked to PAN validated bank account and bank is also registered with the income-tax department. Taxpayer can access ATM of registered bank using his Debit/Credit card. The bank will communicate the request to e-filing website which will generate EVC and send the EVC to assessee on his registered mobile number.
- Through E-filing Website of Income-tax Department - Assessee can also generate EVC by using e-filing website of Income-tax Dept. (i.e. www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in).
However this facility of EVC is available only to the assessees' having total income of Rs. 5 lacs or below and who are not claiming income tax refund.