How to eVerify Income Tax Returns (ITR) of Previous Assessment Years?

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has issued a notification during last year (2015) regarding the usage of Electronic Verification code for verifying the Income Tax Returns (ITRs) that are filed electronically.  If you everify Income Tax Returns using EVC, there is no need to mail (by post) the physical copy of ITR V to CPC Bangalore.

But, is it possible to electronically verify previous years Income Tax Return? Let’s say, you have electronically filed your ITR for Assessment Year 2009-10, but failed to send ITR-V in time (or) your post has not been delivered at CPC. In such a scenario, your ITR is treated as invalid.

Your tax return is considered as valid only if the Income Tax Department receives your ITR-V. So, the status of your 2009-10 ITR should have been shown as ‘Return uploaded’ on e-Filing website.

Good news! The Income Tax Department has extended the time limit to everify income tax returns for the past 6 years, which is from AY 2009-10 to AY 2014-15. The last date to verify your old ITRs is 31st August, 2016.

If you have any ITR (2009 to 2015) which has been pending for verification, you may receive an SMS like the one below from the ITD-CPC;

” ITRV of Ack No 123456789 for PAN*******, AY 2009-10 not received at CPC Bengaluru. Please validate your e-return through EVC or submit ITRV on or before 31-08-2016.”

If you have filed your previous years’ Tax returns electronically, your ITR can be verified by generating EVC or through your Aadhar OTP. Else, you have to submit a signed ITR-V (hard-copy) to CPC, Bengaluru.

How to eVerify Income Tax Returns for past 6 years?

Below is the procedure to electronically verify your ITR of previous assessment years;

  • Visit Income Tax Department’s (ITD) e-Filing Website and click on ‘Login Here‘.
  • Under ‘Dashboard’, click on ‘View Returns / Forms’.View ITR Returns or Forms pic
  • You can view the list of all ITRs that have been uploaded by you. In the below image, you can find that the status of ITR 2009-2010 (AY) is shown as ‘Return uploaded’ where-as other ITRs have been processed. This means that the ITRV of 2009-10 has not reached the CPC and the tax return is yet to be processed. To verify income tax returns of previous assessment years, click on ‘Click here to view your Returns pending for e-Verification‘.eVerify Income Tax Returns old ITRs Past Previous Assessment Years
  • Select the respective previous AY ITR which has to be verified. ITR verfification evc options
  • You can select option 2 or option 3 to generate EVC. If you select Option 2, EVC can be generated through net banking, Bank Account number, Demat Account number or registered email-id & mobile number. (Read : Detailed guide on ‘How to generate Electronic Verification Code (EVC) through various modes?‘)generate evc code various modes netbanking bank account number demat number mobile number email id
  • You may select option 3 to verify ITR through Aadhaar OTP (one time password). You will receive OTP to your mobile number which is linked to your Aadhar. Kindly enter that OTP to verify your ITR.eVC aadhar otp pic
  • If you click on option 1 or Option 2, you have to enter EVC code to everify Income Tax Returns.already have evc ITR verification pics
  • Once your ITR is verified, you will get the below message. The same is sent to your email-id too.ITR tax return successfully everified pic
  • You may now go back to Dashboard and check if your ITR is ‘successfully e-verified’ or not.ITR successfuly everified
  • You may kindly wait for few weeks and then check the status of your ITR. Ideally it should show as ‘ITR Processed‘.

Read : Detailed guide on ‘How to generate Electronic Verification Code (EVC) through various modes?

(Image courtesy of Mister GC at FreeDigitalPhotos.net) (Post Published on : 16-June-2016)

  • How to file Condonation Request in income tax in Hindi says:

    Very Helpful for me Thanks I really like it-Check also

  • Seetha says:

    Hi, I have complete ITR-1 and my returns uploaded for the year 2014-2015 (AY 2015-2016) but did not do EVC. It has crossed 120 days. Can you please let me know what needs to be done. I tried to reach out CPC Bangalore office. Please guide me

  • Ashok Yadav says:

    Hi Sreekanth
    This year was my first experience with filing ITR. I had uploaded two returns back in Aug ’16, from which I had e-verified the older one and didn’t verify(by any means) the later uploaded ITR as I realized that the first ITR (which was e-verified by me) had no errors.
    However since the second ITR was not verified, I have received an email from the Income tax department asking me to verify the same as 120 day deadline is about to get over.
    But I don’t want to do that since the older ITR (which was e-verified by me and has also been processed by the Income tax department) was indeed the correct return.
    Should I not take any action since my older return (for the same assessment year) has been processed.?

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Ashok,
      If the ITR for the said Assessment year has been successfully processed then you may ignore the request.

  • Sandeep says:

    Dear Sreekanth
    I had filed the income tax return online for AY 2008-09 in March 2009. I had subsequently also sent the return to CPC. On the website, it shows as return uploaded. The ITR has not been processed and I have also not received the refund as yet though all my subsequent ITRs are processed and refund where applicable has been received by me. Could you please advice what i should do to get the ITR for AY2008-09 processed and receive the refund? many thanks

  • V.R.SHARMA says:

    Dear srikanth Reddy garu,
    Good evening.. we are paying the housing loan interest of Rs 3.81 Lakhs / year now., my son and and myself as it is a combined property acquired and registered on both.
    Actually our flat at chennai we booked in oct’2010 and it was got ready in oct’2015, and we occupied it., as it was delayed construction.

    Now is there any possibility of claiming past interestof 5 years paid also, as dividing in to 5 parts etc., along with the present interest.
    Please let us know the rule and limitation if any please, for myself and my son as we both are paying icome tax.
    V.R.SHARMA

    • V.R.SHARMA says:

      dear sreekanth Reddy garu,
      Read the article of “Under Construction property & income tax implications”., it is very much informative.

      However in my understanding ” my flat is self occupied and so maximum my son & myself each can claim Rs 2.0 Lakhs each as Housing loan interest ., totalling to Rs 4.00 Lakhs against my present interest in FY 2015-16 is Rs 3.81 Lakhs., and so PPI could be claimed against the balance of balance 0.19 lakhs .

      so please confirm my understanding is correct or wrong.
      Regards,
      VR.Sharma.

      I have taken possession of a house on March 27, 2016. I started paying home loan EMI from October 2012. My interest on home loan for FY 2015-2016 was more than Rs. 2.00 lakhs. My PPI upto March 2015 is Rs. 6,70,000. Now I understand that I can claim 2 lakh deduction for FY 2015-2016. In order to claim the PPI also for tax deduction, can I list my house property as Let Out instead of Self Occupied?

      • V.R.SHARMA says:

        dear sreekanth Reddy garu,
        Read the article of “Under Construction property & income tax implications”., it is very much informative.

        However in my understanding ” my flat is self occupied and so maximum my son & myself each can claim Rs 2.0 Lakhs each as Housing loan interest ., totalling to Rs 4.00 Lakhs against my present interest in FY 2015-16 is Rs 3.81 Lakhs., and so PPI could be claimed against the balance of balance 0.19 lakhs .

        so please confirm my understanding is correct or wrong.
        Regards,
        VR.Sharma.

  • V.R.SHARMA says:

    Dear Srkanth reddy garu,
    Good evening..
    I have a house at Hyderabad and like to sell now ( July,2016, we are in process), and borrowed 1st housing loan from bank.

    Also i have a flat at chennai, bought with 2nd loan started in Oct’2010 an construction taken 5 years and physical possession given to us in Oct’2015,after paying last installment of loan.

    Now can i show the capital gains as investment to the chennai flat, after selling the Hyd house, as it is prior to one year.

    Regards,
    VRSharma

  • Sean Palanna says:

    Hi Sreekanth,

    Very informative article. Great to see people contributing to help people with ITR issues.

    I have a small query of my own and was hoping that you could help me find a solution. The article says that we can everify returns for previous years uptil August 2016. However, i would like to know if this deadline is still valid.

    I ask as I have yet to process by returns for year 2015. My status on the dashboard says, Return uploaded. However, as instructed by you, when I click on the link to everify for previous years, it says ” no returns left to everify”. And my ITR for the same year is not yet processed.

    So can I ask, is there a solution to this. How can I go ahead and process my returns for the saisd year. Will I have to go trhough the whole process again. Or will it help to simply send the ITR V by post.

    Hoping you can help me out.

  • Deepak says:

    Hi, This is very useful information. In my case, I had e-filed my returns for AY 2008-09 but it looks like I may not have sent the ITR-V yet. There is no refund or tax payable for that AY. This notification covers only up to AY 2009-10. How do I do it in my case?

  • Srini says:

    Hi Sreekanth,

    Thank you very much for sharing very informative articles and you are best. Can you please let me know if you have shared any article on FATCA and FBAR reporting to IRS by any NRI.?

  • GGangadhara says:

    Hello srikanth,
    Thanks for the very informative article.

    I have e filled tax return of 2008-09 assessment year butsemt ITR ACK tp CPC after 3 years..now its showing the status ITR recived after due date..actually iy jas refund of 4k.

    Also i field mybtax returns of 2010-11 assessment year in locally and o jave acknowledgment with signed from hyderabad range 12 imcometax department.. which has 5k refund still i didnt receve.

    Please suggest how get my refunds.
    Cheers
    Gangadhara

  • Subramanian Iyer says:

    Hello Srikanth, your articles are very informative and useful.. keep up…

    I left India in 2009 june and continue to work overseas. My last IT filing was for fy 2005-06 or 2006-2007. I do not remember. How do i proceed to fill the retursn from the said fys. Request your advise please.

    • Dear Subramanian,
      Do you have taxable income in India since 2007?
      Belated Return. Belated Return can be filed at any time before the expiry of 1 year from the end of the relevant assessment year or before the completion of assessment whichever is earlier.
      The due date of filing for some of your previous Years is already completed. The Return cannot be filed in the normal course. However, if you get any Tax notice from the Assessing Officer, you can respond to it and then file ITR.

      You try filing ‘return with Condonation of Delay’. Suggest you to take help of a CA.

  • Parth says:

    thanks for the step by step guidance. I did it for the FY 2015-2016 rather than sending it via post. It saves my time & money both.

    Thanks a lot..!!

  • D C AHUJA says:

    I am waiting for reply on high value items.Limit of 50000 for cash deposit /withdrawals in current account will run singly or jointly ie total 50 for both or 100 for both

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