Understanding Electronic Verification Code(EVC)

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First way is to generate it when you login to the e-filing website through your net banking account with specified banks. If you being the primary account holder have submitted your PAN to your bank under the KYC norms then your PAN card would be mapped to your bank account. You can generate an EVC by logging in to your net banking account with the bank and then selecting an option of re-direction to the Income Tax department's e-filing website. On the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department, you can generate an EVC which will be sent to your mobile number registered in your account on the e-filing portal and would be valid for 72 hours. If your mobile number is not already registered on the e-filing portal then you will have to first update your mobile number and then only submit a request to generate the EVC.

Second way to generate an EVC is using Aadhar one time password. You can provide your Aadhar number by logging into the e-filing website and once this link is successful you will receive an EVC on your registered mobile number with UIDAI. This EVC is valid only for 10 minutes.

Third way to generate EVC is using your bank ATM card. If you have an ATM card and a PAN validated bank account then just swipe your ATM card in your bank’s ATM machine and choose ‘Generate EVC for Income tax Return Filing’ option on the screen. The bank will then forward this request to the Income Tax department e-filing website and you will receive your EVC on your mobile number registered in your account on the Income Tax department’s e-filing portal and it is valid for 72 hours.

The fourth way is to receive the EVC on your registered email id and mobile number. If your income is less than Rs. 500,000 and there is no refund to be claimed then you may generate an EVC on the Income Tax e-filing website and receive it on your email id and mobile number registered in your account on the Income Tax department’s e-filing portal and it is valid for 72 hours. This option however may be restricted to only certain tax filers based on the risk criterion associated with their tax returns. The EVC so generated by any of the four methods above shall be entered on the Income Tax department’s e-filing portal by logging into your account on the portal. If an EVC is expired then a new one can be generated.

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