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Online Income Tax Payment Through Challan 280

Last Update Date : July 10, 2019
Estimated Read Time: 5 min

You can easily pay your income tax by making an online income tax payment using challan 280 on the TIN NSDL website. Read this guide by H&R Block to know how you can pay your self-assessment tax or any instalment of your advance tax online.

What is Challan 280?

Challan 280 is a form used to make income tax payment of advance tax, self-assessment tax, tax on regular assessment, tax on distributed profits and income, and surtax. It is also called as “ITNS 280”.

You can choose to make your income tax payment online on the TIN NSDL website, or offline through a designated bank branch. However, in both cases you must use Challan No./ITNS 280 to make the payment.

How to Pay Income Tax Online?

Making an e-payment of your income tax is faster and more convenient than paying it offline.

Read the below steps to pay your income tax online:

  • Step 1: Visit the official TIN-NSDL website (1).
  • Step 2: Select “e-payment: Pay Taxes Online” under “Services”.
  • Step 3: Click on “Proceed” underCHALLAN NO./ITNS 280”. You will be redirected to the form, which you must finish filling under 30 minutes.
  • Step 4: Select “(0021) Income Tax (Other than Companies)”.
  • Step 5: Select the type of tax you are paying against “Type of Payment”.
  • Step 6: Select your preferred mode of payment between net banking and debit card.
  • Step 7: Enter your PAN number and the relevant assessment year.
  • Step 8: Enter your complete address, registered email ID and mobile number.
  • Step 9: Enter the captcha code and click on “Proceed”. You will be redirected to a page which shows your tax payment details.
  • Step 10: Verify that all your details are accurate and tick on the “I agree” checkbox under the “Consent is provided to NSDL e-Gov” section to give your consent.
  • Step 11: Verify that your name which is displayed matches with the name on your PAN card, and click on “Submit to the Bank”. You will be redirected to the payment gateway of your bank.
  • Step 12: Login to your net banking account.
  • Step 13: Enter the details of your tax such as the tax amount, interest amount (if applicable), and make the payment. After successful payment, your “tax challan receipt/counterfoil” will be displayed, which is your proof of payment.

SIDENOTE: Save the payment receipt/counterfoil, or take a screenshot, to quote the tax payment details like BSR code, challan serial number, date of payment, tax amount, etc. in your income tax return.

Format of Challan 280 used for Income Tax Payment

Sample Filled Challan 280

How to check Income Tax payment status?

If you paid your income tax offline using challan 280, you can check the status of your challan after a week from depositing your challan with the bank. You must check this status to verify if your tax payment has been accurately accounted for against your PAN number.

Follow the below steps to check your challan status:

  • Step 1: Visit the OLTAS Challan Status Enquiry page (2).
  • Step 2: Select “CIN Based View”.
  • Step 3: Enter the BSR code of the branch you made your payment at, the date on which you deposited the cheque/cash and the challan serial number.
  • Step 4: Enter the captcha code and click on “VIEW”. Your challan status will be displayed.

SIDENOTE: In case you see the status message “no records found for the above query”, or there is any mismatch in the data, you must contact your bank immediately. In case your bank is not able to resolve the issue you can contact TIN-NSDL directly.

People also ask

Q. Is it mandatory to pay income tax online?

A. It is mandatory only for corporate taxpayers, and taxpayers to who section 44AB is applicable, to pay income tax online. Others have the option to make an offline payment as well through cash/ cheque/ demand draft at a designated bank branch.

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Q. What happens if we pay income tax in India and do not file a return?

A. It is mandatory to file your income tax return if your income is above Rs 2.5 Lakh. You may have to pay penalty fees with interest if you do not file your return, even if you have paid your income tax.

Q. Who will pay Income Tax manually?

A. Generally, salaried people do not need to worry about paying taxes as their employers deduct taxes from their salary in the form of TDS. However, people with professional or business income need to pay their tax themselves in the form of Advance Tax. A person whether salaried or not also needs to pay Income Tax himself if a demand is raised from the tax department due to the insufficient payment of tax.

Q. What should I do if I have lost my counterfoil?

A. If you made an online payment, you can reprint your counterfoil from your net banking account. In case you made an offline payment, contact your bank and request them for a duplicate counterfoil.

Q. What are the advantages of paying income tax online?

A. There are several advantages of paying your income tax online such as:

  • You can make the payment from anywhere without having to visit a bank.
  • As the funds are transferred immediately, you will not be penalised even if you make the payment at the last minute.
  • Your information in the challan is completely secure.
  • You can keep a copy of your receipt online as well as download a hard copy.

Q. What should I do if my bank is not one of the authorised branches for e-payment of tax?

A. In case your bank is not one of the authorised banks, you can make your tax payment from the account of another person who has an account with any of the authorised banks. However, the challan must clearly indicate your PAN number.

Q. How should I pay the fees u/s 234F?

A. You can pay the fees u/s 234F by choosing the field “Others” in your challan 280.

You must always make timely payments of your self-assessment tax and advance tax to avoid penal interest u/s 234A, 234B and 234C. Also, report the information given in your challan counterfoil while filing ITR so that your tax payments are duly verified by the tax department.

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Chetan Chandak (B.Com, LLB)
Chetan is the Head of Tax Research at H&R Block (India) with an experience of more than a decade in tax advising. He is also a regular contributor for some of the leading news publications in India such as Economic Times, Financial Express and Money Control. Professionally, Chetan is fascinated by international taxation and expat-related tax research.

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