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How to Use Electronic Verification Code (EVC) Instead of ITR-V Sign for Income Tax Return e-filing

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If you are filing your income tax return, you have to verify it in the final step. If you don’t verify your return, it will not be considered valid as per laws. You get 120 days to verify your return, once you have uploaded your ITR on the e-filing website.

There are 2 types of verification of tax return –

  1. Electronic Verification Code
  2. ITR-V (Offline)

What is Electronic Verification Code (EVC)?

Electronic Verification Code (EVC) is a 10 digits alphanumeric code to verify your income tax return sent to your registered mobile number while verifying return online. EVC can be generated via various methods.

Important things to know about EVC-

  • EVC is a 10 digit alphanumeric code that verifies the identity of the person filing the income tax return.
  • You can use EVC to verify ITR 1 (Sahaj) / ITR 2 / ITR 2A / ITR 3 / ITR 4 /ITR 4S (Sugam).
  • EVC would be unique and can be used only with the PAN of the person furnishing the income tax return.
  • You can use one EVC to validate only one ITR whether it is an original or revised return.
  • The EVC remains valid for 72 hours but you can generate multiple times.

Let’s discuss different ways to do EVC to verify your ITR return.

How to Generate Electronic Verification Code (EVC)?

You can generate EVC in four ways. Before proceeding to generate EVC please ensure that the mobile number and email address registered with the CBDT (Tax department) is accessible by you.

#1.  Generate EVC through e-filing website

This is the simplest method because you just need to click a few buttons and you will get EVC on your mobile and registered email.

Step 1: Log in to your account on the income tax efiling portal.

Step 2: Click on the e-file tab and select Generate EVC as shown in the image below:


You would receive EVC on your registered mobile number and email address. Put the code in the box on the screen to complete the process of e-filing.

#2. Generate EVC through Aadhaar Card

Step 1: Log in to your account on the income tax efiling portal.

Step 2: Go to  ‘Profile Settings’ on the top bar and click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ button.

You will see an image as shown below:


Step 3: Fill in the required details and click on ‘Link Now’ to complete the process.

You can select option ‘I would like to generate Aadhaar OTP to e-Verify my return’ at the time of e-verifying your tax return.

#3. Generate EVC through Bank ATM

To generate EVC via ATM

  1. Visit your bank’s ATM and swipe your ATM card.
  2. Click on the ‘Pin for Income Tax filing’. An EVC will be sent to your registered mobile number.

This EVC is valid for 72 hours. Log-in to your e-filing account on the income tax website.

Go to the ‘e-verify returns’ option. Select the ITR to verify it and select the option ‘Already generated EVC through bank ATM.’

Enter the EVC to verify your tax return.

#4. Generate EVC through Net Banking

To verify your ITR using Net banking facility-

  1. Log in to your bank account on the bank’s website.
  2. Select the e-verify option under the ‘Tax’ tab.
  3. You will be redirected to the e-filing website of the income tax department. Click on the ‘My Account’ tab and select the ‘Generate EVC’ option.

An EVC will be sent to your registered mobile number and email.

#5. Generate EVC through Demat Account

You can generate EVC for your ITR through Demat Account from the income tax efiling portal.

  1. Log in to the e-filing portal.
  2. Profile Settings adn click on Prevalidate your Demat Account.
  3. Select Depository Type.
  4. Enter Mobile and email address.
  5. Click on Prevalidate.

Click on the ‘My Account’ tab and select the ‘Generate EVC’ option. You will get multiple options here and select “Generate EVC through Demat Account Number”.

An EVC will be sent to your registered mobile number and email.

How to use Electronic Verification Code (EVC) to verify Income Tax Return?

Step 1: Visit income tax e-filing website. Login to your account.

Step 2: Select View Returns/Forms .

Step 3: Select“Click here to view your returns pending for e-verification” (as shown below). Then click on e-verify button.

You will get following details on the Generate EVC page-

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Step 4: Select any of the 4 options as shown above.

Step 5: Once EVC is generated, you will see following box. Fill EVC code and click on Submit.

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You will see a success message “Return successfully e-verified” on the screen. You have successfully e-filed and e-verified your income tax return.

Let me know in the comments if you have any queries related to the e-verification of ITR.


126 thoughts on “How to Use Electronic Verification Code (EVC) Instead of ITR-V Sign for Income Tax Return e-filing”

  1. Hi,

    I followed all the steps and was able to download the acknowledgement. But i am not able to do e-verify. Though i entered correct evc which i received through email. The error says ‘Invalid EVC. Please valid evc genereated through net banking.’ Is it known problem? What do i have to do now?


    • The system of Electronic Verification Code is very new and none of the errors or solutions are provided by CBDT. You should resolve the error by following the method of EVC through Net Banking.

      Please keep us posted your progress.


  2. ITR 1 has been uploaded by logging into registered PAN account through IT web site and acknowledgement obtained. EVC was generated through IT web site itself but the same was not accepted with comment “invalid EVC”. Please confirm if the verification system by signing the paper ITR-V and sending to IT Department Bengaluru will simultaneously continue.

  3. Hi Sanyam,

    Can you explain me how to generate EVC through net banking because I am not able to e-verify my returns from the generated EVC through efiling website.

    • You will have to simply login to your net banking account and seek the pay tax or somethine like income tax link which will redirect you to the incometaxefiling site.

      For example: FOr Generating EVC through SBI bank, you need to click on e-tax tab and than select “login to efiling site as shown in figure”. You will be redirected to the income tax efiling website, where you can select the already uploaded tax return to verify.

      • Tried to generate EVC through SBI, on clicking e-filling, after seeking otp it moves to traces
        but no option for generate EVC, kindly Advice

  4. I tried using efiling website for generating EVC and from citibank. But there is no option to generate EVC as citibank is not listed on net banking. Please let me what to do next?

  5. I filled itr-1 on efilling website. but unable to everify. I have refund to receive from it dept. so I tried to everify through icici bank. but after signing in to icici bank site I don’t know how to proceed. I clicked on efile your income tax but it led to another page which displayed error. kindly suggest how to e-verify through icici bank netbanking. Thanking you. siba sankar

    • my total income is below 5 lakh. I have refund from it dept. so e-verification through netbanking is required or through email or mobile is required? kindly suggest. Thank you. siba sankar

    • Once u login to ICICI bank, jus go to PAYMENTS and TRANSFER –> MANAGE YOUR TAXES –> once u click this u ll get INCOME TAX EFILING option in the left side panel.Click on the link to get redirected to Income Tax filing site.

      • Thanks for guiding. If nothing works than you will have to follow the old method of taking printout of ITR-V, sign it and send it to CPC Bangalore within 120 days of filing of return.

  6. My adhar card is not linked with mob no. But i linked my adhar card no with itr. So after filling itr-1 , i can not generate evc (which is send adhar linked mob. No.) Pls know me the process of of e-verification, or how to dwn load itr-V for sending manualy.

    • Simple go to my account dashboard after login to incometaxefiling website. There you will see my pending actions, you will find your ITR-V there which is required to be downloaded.

  7. I have tried using efiling website for generating EVC and from Allahabad Bank. But i can not find any option to generate EVC using Allahabad Bank net banking. Allahabad bank is listed in the efiling site. how do i get EVC using netbanking of Allahabad bank???

    I have also visited the a ATM of Allahabad Bank but could not find the option of generating EVC.

    please guide me.

  8. I have filled my ITR, while e-verifying it facing below problems:
    1) I have KVB account which is not registered with IT department, hence cannot e-verify with this method.
    2) I have linked my Aadhar card no. but lost the mobile no. hence OTP generation to that mobile is not being possible.
    3) I have a refund so cannot use mail EVC.

    Please guide me how to e-verify my ITR, I will be grateful.

  9. There is no option anywhere in SBI ATM to generate EVC. I have account in SBI and my PAN is linked with my SBI account. I checked SBI ATM on dated 01/08/2015 but unable to find any option to get EVC.

  10. Dear Sir
    I am not agree with your post, posted on 01/08/2015 9:40pm. One can use EVC generated through Aadhaar or netbanking even if he has refund. If mobile no. is not linked with Aadhaar or not accessible, then mob no can be linked with Aadhaar via post. Mob no will be linked within two weeks after sending the post.

    • Dear Narendra,

      Thanks for updating me.

      I have gone through the notification once again and found that ?If the Taxpayers Total Income is greater than 5 lakhs or if there is refund, Taxpayers are provided with only one option ?EVC ? Through Net Banking” and “EVC ? to Registered Email Id and Mobile Number option would be available for taxpayer whose Total income is Less than 5 Lakhs and there is no Refund”.


  11. I e-filled very first time ITR 1 by myself. I submitted via eVerification code.
    please let me know , do I need to send anything to banglore? or my process is completed?

  12. If i have not availed netbanking facility in my respective bank and have a refund to be received in the same bank.. How should i proceed with the same…

  13. my income is less than 5 lakhs and tax is refundable.
    but i had e verified it through aadhaar OTP.
    Will I be able to get refund?

  14. Dear sir if i have already paid all the claimed tax which show in forn 16A and shows tax payable in form 16B then what is the tax status in respective box in itr1 thanks

  15. I am holding account in two bank (Indian bank & Citi ). My salary account is CITI BANK, So i dont have option for EVC through net banking. Is it possible to verify my ITR (EVC) through Indian bank ???

  16. i have successfully e-verify d return n got the acknowledgement also. so now no need to send itr v to bangalore, is it? also please tell me how to open d downloaded acknowledgement (pdf file, its password protected)

  17. password to open e-verified acknowledgement is your PAN(in small letters) followed by your dob.. if your dob is 10-Nov-1984, and your pan is aaaaa1111a, then your pwd would be aaaaa1111a10111984. let me know for any doubts. hope this helps.

  18. I have filled revised return as per guided by help line no,
    it was successfully filled & varified as well on 3 august,

    probably when will get refund, any idea.

  19. I filed my return in July. Status on incometax india website is showing as “EVC accepted”. Any idea what does this mean? I have to get refund, so curious to know.. Thanks for any help…

  20. Hi. I have salary account in citi bank. but i am unable to get the name of the bank in the list provided at the ITR site. Please suggest the complete eay to evrify it. Thanks

  21. I tried to e verify my ITR1 return through SBI net banking. After confirming the PAN no. it returned to the efiling portal and it showed an error stating ” you are not authorised to view this page because either your bank details, or your PAN or profile details are incorrect or these details have not been passed on to efiling. Please contact owner of the information for details. ”
    What should i do ? I tried thro AAdhar no. But unfortunately i have lost the mobile registered with aadhar.
    Then I generated EVC thro my current mobile connected to bank. i found that it can be used only if there is no refund. I have to get refund although my income is less than 5.00 lacs.

      • Hi, I got the same message too. “You are not authorised to view this page because either your bank details, or your PAN or profile details are incorrect or these details have not been passed on to efiling. Please contact owner of the information for details. ? when I tried to e-verify using EVC on SBI. What does this message mean?

        Since I have a refund and don’t have an Aadhar card, what should I do?

        • If you have a refund please use old method of sending ITR-V to CPC bangalore because EVC can be used only if your gross total income less deduction is less than Rs.5 lakhs and no refund is claimed.

        • When you login from netbanking to income tax efiling website, If you are getting this error “you are not authorised to view this page because either your bank details or PAN……” then it is because you have not entered this bank account details in your efiling website login. So, firstly directly go to and Login. Then go to Profile settings -> pre validate your bank account. Here, enter your Bank account details (Account number, IFSC code etc, of the same bank account, from which netbanking you would like to login. After this, you should be able to login to netbanking. If you still have problem then in efiling login, just check the settings in Profile Settings -> efiling Vault Settings Higher Security and make sure login from netbanking is enabled.

          • Hey Sunil,

            I modified the Higher Security settings to login from netbanking but now it is allowing me to login to incometaxindiaefiling web site ONLY through netbanking and that is failing for me. So I am stuck now, not able to login at all.
            Could you please help?

  22. Hi,

    I have applicable refund, I used the e-Verify method to verify but I verified by Aadhar card no. On Income Tax site its showing successfully verified, will I get the refund amount? I am confused because in many answer above you mentioned that refund will come only when you e-verify with Bank Account.

    If its correct that Aadhar method e-verify is not good, please suggest path forward.



  23. Hi,
    I have accounts in 2 different banks – one salary a/c in ICICI and another savings a/c in IDBI bank. I have registered with IT dept. the IDBI savings bank account. Somehow my login credentials with IDBI are locked and wont be generated before 31st August which is last date for tax filing.
    I have two questions-
    1. Can I use the other salary account ICICI bank net banking login to e-verify my tax return ? OR does it have to be the IDBI bank that have registered with IT dept. ?
    2. Is e-verification’s last date same as e-filing date of 31st August ? Do I have an option to e-verify only before 31st August 2015 or can I do that later as well ?
    Thanks and looking forward to get inputs.

    • In my opinion EVC is just to cross verify the identity of the person with PAN card mentioned in the ITR. So you can use any bank account having your aadhar card and PAN linked to everify your tax return.

      No, EVC is just like sending ITR-V to CPC Bangalore, thus the time limit is same for verify tax return through EVC i.e. 120 days from the date of filing of ITR.

  24. For First Option ”’I do not have an EVC and I would like to generate EVC to e-Verify
    my return.? There is a condition of Total income should be less than 5 Lacs. If it is greater than 5 Lacs the will it give any error? Moreover what is meaning of Total Income. I read somewhere that it is equivalent to Gross Income minus Total Deductions. It it Correct?

  25. Dear Sir
    I have received my refund after very short time of one month. I have everified my IT return using Aadhaar OTP. Thus it is cleared that if you have refund, you can everify your IT return using Aadhaar OTP and netbanking login.

  26. I just filed a ITR with some spelling mistake and then filed a revised one. Do I have to e-verify both original and revised or revise only.

  27. I e filed my returns, generated ITR -V, sent to CPC and it reached IT Office CPC on 18th. Till today it shows ITR V is not received. Now can i also e verify using code which i may get through net banking. Will it be OK or will it cause any problems later. Please advise me. Thanking you

  28. Sir, Once ITR V sent after e filing, if the status shows it has not received at CPC, can we also e verify with code from net banking process. Will it be OK and if done will there be a problem later. Pls advise me. Thanks a lot.

  29. Thanks & Kudos for enlightening the readers with all possible methods & steps for e-verification of IT Return in a single source.

  30. When I try to generate Aadhaar OTP to e-verify my return it saying MOBILE NO NOT VERIFIED WITH UIDAI.
    How do I get my mobile number verified?

  31. Hi Sir…I have e verified by returns today and the status is showing as e-verification successful, can you please confirm how long will it take to get the refund (tax)

  32. Hi,

    I have filled my Return in ITR-1 for the A.Y.2015-16 with Refund. I don’t have a Net Banking Facility & in my Aadhar mobile no. is not linked. I want to send ITR-V to CPC Bengaluru. while doing e-verify i am not getting the option4 – I would like to send ITR-V / I would like to e-verify later.

    Pl tell me from where i can get this option.

    Thanks in Advance


  33. I have generated EVC and got it in my mobile number but after putting the code in box it says invalid EVC. tell me what to do

  34. I have sent my ITR-V acknowledgment to CPC bangalore last week. But in efiling website, the status is still shown as pending verification. How much time does it take and how will I know if my ITR-V is received by them or not?

    • 1. Time depends upon the mode of sending the letter, obviously it would reach early if sent by speed post.
      2. You will get to know when it would reach there through email/sms. You can also check status on the site. Under status head, it would show “?TR V received “.
      3. in general it would take 20- 25 days .

  35. I have generated EVC and got it in my mobile number but after putting the code in box it says invalid EVC. tell me what to do

  36. Hi,

    I had filed my returns in Aug 2015. Since then it shows “EVC Accepted”. I have to get some refund as well, which online shows “Not Determined”. I tried calling CPC, but says no record. Although I understand that my ITR is successfully submitted, it is not processed. Any thoughts/ideas will help.


  37. My understanding is after E-verifying the Income return file, we do not need to send to Bangalore. Now it’s their duty sending the return. Am I ri8?

  38. Hi

    I have filed the ITR for AY 2016-17. However by mistake, the spelling of my name has a minor error.. my name rohit mehta is spelled as “rohiti mehta” in ITR. Rest all details in the return are good. Should I file a revised return or its okay to carry on like this. What do you suggest in this case.


  39. i am not able to login through net banking and also through e file website.i opt for high secruity option .after that not able to login. efile web take me too net banking after that redirect to net banking portal after that not able to login.

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