e-Filing “Lite” Version Launched for Tax Payers

Find out more about the newly launched “Lite” version of the e-filing application in the Income Tax Department’s e-filing web portal

e-Filing “Lite” Version Launched for Tax Payers

A 'Lite' version of the e-filing facility was launched by the Income Tax department on 1 August 2019, for the benefit of the ITR filing citizens. The launch is expected to make the return filing exercise easier and quick for the taxpayers. This version is available in the ITR e-filing web portal.

In order to access e-Filing Lite, the lighter version of the e-Filing portal, the taxpayer has to click on the 'e-Filing Lite' button on the home page of the ITR e-filing web page. In the Lite version, the taxpayers will be provided only essential links like the ITR form links and 26AS. Features like e-proceeding, e-nivaran, compliance, worklist and profile setting, which can be accessed in the regular page will not be visible in the lite version, as these have been taken off from this version. The taxpayers will find this version less cluttered compared to the regular one.

Notably, the due date for filing of the income tax return by individuals was extended by the government from 31 July 2019 to 31 August 2019.

Related: How to File your Income Tax Returns (ITR) Online  

What are the contents of the “Lite” version?

The taxpayer gets the option to file and view the income tax returns in the dashboard of his or her profile. In the 'My Account' section, the taxpayer can view 26AS, e-filed returns and forms and also download pre-filled XML.  And, of course, there is the e-file dropdown where one can file the Income-tax return. 

Which are the contents that have been done away with, in the Lite version?

The dropdowns e-proceeding, e-nivaran, compliance, worklist and profile settings have been completely done away with, along with its contents. Even in the 'My Account' dropdown, 10 out the 13 features have been done away with. The e-file dropdown of the Lite version doesn’t have features like response to Notice, Rectification, Response to Outstanding Demand etc.

Related: Income Tax Returns: Who should file them and when? 

How to file a return on the e-filing page?

Step 1: You have to log in to the lite version of the e-filing website using your user ID, your password and the captcha.

Step 2: Inside your profile, you will have to select the Filing of Income Tax Return link on the Dashboard. Alternately, it is also available in the e-File dropdown, by clicking on Income Tax Return.

Step 3: You will have to select the Assessment Year and the ITR Form number and confirm your filing type, which is Original/Revised Return, by default.

Step 4: In the submission mode, you can select 'Prepare and Submit Online' or 'Upload XML'.

Step 5: Once selected, you have to confirm your bank account for refund credit purposes. Thereafter, the ITR appears on your screen which you can fill, review and submit.

Here are some of the types of ITR Forms that every taxpayer should know about. Have a look at these to develop a comprehensive understanding of the different types of ITR forms available.


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