Validation of tax returns through an Electronic Verification Code


Taxpayers who are not mandated to use a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) for uploading their India Tax Returns   (ITR) are eligible to e-verify the same instead of sending the signed physical copy to the Central Processing Centre, Bangalore to complete the ITR filing process.

E-verification of the ITR could be made in one of the following ways from the Assessment Year (AY) 2015-16:

  • The Electronic Verification Code (EVC) received on the registered mobile number and email is a 10-digit alphanumeric code which can be generated by placing a request through the e-filing portal which is valid for 72 hours. The ITR can be e-verified at the e-filing portal by entering the EVC so received.
  • Aadhar One Time Password (OTP): Under this option, e-filing portal generates an OTP which is sent to the mobile number registered under Aadhar. This OTP needs to be entered in the e-filing portal to verify the ITR.
  • Net banking: The ITR could also be e-verified by logging into the net banking facility (from the list of prescribed banks).

The CBDT had further permitted the e-verification for the ITRs filed for the AYs 2013-14 and 2014-15. This Order is also applicable to ITRs whose ITR-V submission deadline was extended up to 31 October 2015.

CBDT Order

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has now issued an Order permitting an e-Verification through EVC for the following categories of ITR:

  • Filed electronically on or after 1 April 2015 pertaining to AY 2014-15; or
  • Filed in response to notices issued; or
  • Filed as a consequence to condonation of delay.

This Order extends the facility of an EVC mode of verification from being available only to ITRs of AYs 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 to a host of categories as specified.

2 thoughts on “Validation of tax returns through an Electronic Verification Code


    “Aadhar One Time Password (OTP)” there is a problem. my name is full name in income tax retrn. but in aadhaar card it is initialised with father’sname. IT does not accept the aadhaar card. I do not want to change A.card because initialized name is there in LPG as well as in voter list. One way of solving this is adding PAN (if available) to A card so that IT can check the pan card and E-verify


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