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When should you verify your Income Tax return as per the new rules effective from 1st April 2024?

This article explains the new rules regarding income tax return verification which are now in place for tax returns to be filed 1st April 2024 onwards.

When should you verify your Income Tax return as per the new rules effective from 1st April 2024?


Posted on 16 Apr 2024
Author: Sayan Sircar
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This article explains the new rules regarding income tax return verification which are now in place for tax returns to be filed 1st April 2024 onwards.

When should you verify your Income Tax return as per the new rules effective from 1st April 2024?

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What is the news on tax return verification?

As per Notification No. 2 of 2024, there are slight tweaks to the timelines applicable for income tax return verification.

As you know, the standard deadline for filing income tax returns for AY204-25 i.e. FY2023024 is 31st July 2024. Once the return is filed, there is a verification process that is required to be completed for the return to be processed. If this verification is not done typically within 30 days, the return will be rejected.

The new notification, dated 31-Mar-2024, tweaks these rules slightly regarding by when the verification must be done but created some confusion that we address below.

What is the confusion?

In the original notification, this text caused a bit of confusion:

Paragraph 2 Notification 2Of2024

since the following paragraph 5 said:

It is further clarified that where the return of income is not verified after uploading within the specified time lime as per paragraph 2 of this notification, such return shall be treated as invalid.

A corrigendum was later issued on 4-Apr-2024 to clarify this in simpler language which we breakdown further below.

Corrigendum to Notification 2 Of 2024

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Breakdown: What are the new verification deadlines?

If you submit before 31st July

You must verify within 30 days of filing or by 31st July whichever is later. Since you are filing within due date, the IT department gives you the grace period for verification.

To understand when to file your income tax return and then verify them correctly:

If you submit on or after 31st July

However, if you are filing at the last moment, or miss the deadline of 31st July, then you must verify within 30 days of filing.

This table will make this clear:

Filing date Verify by
on or before 29-Jun-24 31-Jul-24
30-Jun-24 31-Jul-24
01-Jul-24 31-Jul-24
02-Jul-24 01-Aug-24
03-Jul-24 02-Aug-24
04-Jul-24 03-Aug-24
05-Jul-24 04-Aug-24
06-Jul-24 05-Aug-24
07-Jul-24 06-Aug-24
08-Jul-24 07-Aug-24
09-Jul-24 08-Aug-24
10-Jul-24 09-Aug-24
11-Jul-24 10-Aug-24
12-Jul-24 11-Aug-24
13-Jul-24 12-Aug-24
14-Jul-24 13-Aug-24
15-Jul-24 14-Aug-24
16-Jul-24 15-Aug-24
17-Jul-24 16-Aug-24
18-Jul-24 17-Aug-24
19-Jul-24 18-Aug-24
20-Jul-24 19-Aug-24
21-Jul-24 20-Aug-24
22-Jul-24 21-Aug-24
23-Jul-24 22-Aug-24
24-Jul-24 23-Aug-24
25-Jul-24 24-Aug-24
26-Jul-24 25-Aug-24
27-Jul-24 26-Aug-24
28-Jul-24 27-Aug-24
29-Jul-24 28-Aug-24
30-Jul-24 29-Aug-24
31-Jul-24 30-Aug-24
01-Aug-24 31-Aug-24
02-Aug-24 01-Sep-24
03-Aug-24 02-Sep-24
and so on

Should you wait until the last moment for verification?

You can always e-verify using Aadhaar OTP or automatically if you login via bank account into the IT site before filing your return. Or you can take the physical route of sending the ITRV to CPC Bangalore via post. For the CPC route, the date they receive the letter, not the date you posted it, is considered for verification.

You should always e-verify since it is easy and fast unless there is a valid reason not to.

Therefore you must verify, use the online route as soon as you complete the filing to complete the task in seconds. If you are sending the letter to CPC, do it immediately since CPC will get more and more letters for processing as 31st July comes close.

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