How to file ITR on the e-filing lite portal

​​E-filing Lite is a lighter version of the e-filing portal of the tax department, which enables quick access to the portal and faster filing of ITR.

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Since it is a lighter version of the e-filing portal, it only displays tabs relevant to filing of income tax returns.
To overcome bandwith issues faced by some taxpayers while accessing the income tax e-filing website, the income tax department has launched a new utility called e-filing Lite.

E-filing Lite is a lighter version of the e-filing portal of the department, which enables quicker access to the portal and faster filing of the tax return.

Access

To access the Lite version, visit https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home. Under ‘Quick Links’, there is a ‘Quick ITR Filing’ tab. Clicking on this allows access to the Lite version. One can click on the e-fi ling Lite tab above the portal login button under the Registered Users tab.

Utilities
Since it is a lighter version of the e-filing portal, it only displays tabs relevant to filing of income tax returns. These are Dashboard, My account and E-file. Other utilities such as e-proceedings, e-nivaran, compliance, worklist or profi le settings are not available on the Lite version.

Prerequisites
To use the Lite version, the user needs to be registered on the e-fi ling portal. All categories of assessees can fi le return using the e-filing Lite version.

Preparing return
The user can download Form 26AS to check TDS, compute taxable income and tax liability. Further, if any tax is payable, the same can be paid either online or physically via cheque as self-assessment tax.

Filing of return
Once the tax is paid, the user can proceed to return fi ling. The process is identical to the standard e-filing one. The ITR form must be filled either online or using Excel or Java. Once the return is uploaded and fi led, the same needs to be e-verified.

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Points to note
  • Penalty of up to Rs 10,000 is payable if there is a delay in filing income tax return beyond the stipulated date.
  • It is important to keep all information and documents relevant to filing returns handy while filing the ITR.

(The content on this page is courtesy Centre for Investment Education and Learning (CIEL). Contributions by Girija Gadre, Arti Bhargava and Labdhi Mehta.)


(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column are that of the writer. The facts and opinions expressed here do not reflect the views of www.economictimes.com.)
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