E-File ITR Easy Steps By Step Guide / Income Tax Return Online/Offline Step By Step Guide/ Online E-Filing of Income Tax Returns on www. incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in

E-File  ITR  Easy Steps By Step Guide  / Income Tax Return Online/Offline Step By Step Guide/ Online E-Filing of Income Tax Returns  on www. incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in

Before you start the process, keep your bank statements, Form 16 issued by your employer and a copy of last year's return at hand. This form CLICK HERE will help you to make data entry process much easier. Next, log on to www.incometaxindiaefiling .gov.in. Follow these steps:
Option 1 - Fill Return Offline and Upload XML

Steps to file return offline
1.   Download the applicable ITR form from Downloads

Open the Income Tax e-Filing Website and download ITR1 and save it to a location preferably on your C drive. The downloads are below the Register yourself button on the right side.  The file is zip one which you can extract there itself.  

Now you have download it and extracted it, dont open the file as you have to enable Macros and ActiveX components to run and validate the file.  To enable them,  Go to Microsoft Excel, open it and then go to Office button with a MS Office picture on the top left hand.  Click the Office button and you will be present with New, Open, Save and Save as Menu.  At the bottom of the Menu there is a button called Excel Options as per image below

Click on the Excel Options button and go to the 8th button saying Trust Centre and open it. Once you open Trust Centre, go to Trust Centre Setting at the right hand down corner. Open the settings and go to 4th button called ActiveX settings and enable all the ActiveX controls (4th button).  Go back to Trust Centre Setting and click on Macro Settings (5th button), here too, enable all Macros (4th button). click ok and close the Excel Window.

Now go the file which you had extracted earlier (named 2014_ITR1_PR2_02.xls), double click on it and the Excel Workbook will open with 4 sheets in it namely Income Details, TDS, Taxes Paid and Verification and 80G. 

2.Fill it offline
Go to the Sheets one by one and fill the details.  In the Income Details sheet, enter all relevant data correctly like PAN No, your Mobile No. (do not give the STD code, the sheet then gives error),  Date of birth in DD/MM/YYYY format, Employee Category, Income Tax Ward/Circle , click no to are you governed by Portuguese Civil law, Residential Status etc. 

Once you have filled in all the details press Validate at the top right, if you have correctly filled in correctly the file will validate.  If not it will give a error message.  Read the error message, its in some kind of foreign language but you can understand the gist of it.  Go to the column it wants correction and correct it. 

3. Generate XML and save it on the desktop.
Once validated you can print the xls file to be on safer side and for help next year and press Generate Xml button.  A xml file will be saved to the same location where you had save the zip file.  

4. Register on e-Filing website using your PAN

          i. REGISTRATION YOURSELF  click here

Then fill it

then step 3
then Registration successful.

5. LOGIN to the portal.

6. Go to e-File - Income Tax Return - Upload Return

Then you will receive a message saying that your file has been uploaded and download the ITRV file(you will receive the same in your mail also).  You have to download this file, take a printout and send it to the following address. The ITRV is password protected. 

Your ITR-V/ Acknowledgment is protected by a password for your security. Please enter your PAN (in small letters) and Date of Birth or Incorporation (in ddmmyyyy format), in combination, to view your ITR-V/Acknowledgment.

Remember to send it by Speed Post/Ordinary Post only
Address :
Income Tax Department - Centralized Processing Centre,
Post Bag No - 1,
Electronic City Post Office,
Bangalore - 560100,Karnataka - India