Have you filed your ITR and forget to verify it? Not to worry, “it’s never too late”. You still have a time to get it verified and complete your ITR filing.
Filing of Income Tax returns on time is not only a legal and financial obligation but also a way to ensure optimum financial health.
Filing Income Tax return contains two basic components of ITR filing and ITR verification. Filing of the ITR must be done within the time frame as per the prescribed procedure each year.
Normally, for any Assessment Year (AY) , All individuals/assessees whose accounts are not required to be audited (individuals, HUFs, Association of Persons, Body of Individuals etc.)
July 31 of the relevant assessment year
The persons whose accounts are required to be audited namely
A company, An individual or other entities whose accounts are required to be audited (like proprietorship, firm etc.) and for A working partner of a firm September 30 of the relevant assessment year
All filed ITRs must be verified within 120 days of filing, failing which the ITR is considered to be invalid. If you have filed your ITR on time within the stipulated date but have not sent the same for verification, your ITR filing process remains incomplete.
If you have filed your ITR on time but have not been able to verify the same, either through e-verification or by physical mode, it is considered as invalid by the income tax department. But, don’t worry, there is still a hope. You can either choose to submit a belated ITR or request the ITR department for e-verification using “Condonation delay request”.
Condonation delay request will work only if you have genuine reason for not being able to verify your submitted ITR within 120 days post submission.
Another pre-requisite for filing Condonation delay request is that the income for which the ITR is filed must not be assessable in the hands of any another individual.
Steps involved in filing a Condonation delay request:
Step-1: Login to e-filing website of income tax department http://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
Step-2: Under ‘My Account’ tab, select ‘Service Request’ option from the drop down menu.
Step-3: In the ‘Request Type’ tab choose a new request. And in the request category choose ‘Condonation delay request’ from the drop down menu.
Step-4: Choose the relevant ITR and AY and choose the reason for delay from the menu.
Step-5: After submitting the Condonation delay request, you need to check the status of your request periodically. In order to know the acceptance or denial of your service request.
Pay tax, buy peace. Never forget to file your income tax returns within the due date and never forget to verify the returns filed electronically.