January 30, 2023
Swathi v prabhu

Income tax verification - e-verification methods and ways

Verification of income tax returns is as important as filling them. The government does not accept any income tax returns unless it is verified. They shall consider it invalid. The government processes your funds only if your return is verified.

Currently, the best way to verify your Income tax return is online/electronically. E-verification of income tax returns is not only easy but also time-saving. Other than online, there also exists a physical verification wherein you send your ITR via post.

Let us understand a bit more about different ways of income tax verification

Steps to verify your tax return

There are quite a few methods that you can use for income tax verification. Many such portals or methods exist for the benefit of taxpayers. Some of the methods to verify tax returns are as follows:-

Method 1- E-verification through the Swipe app

The swipe app is one of the top-rated apps to file your returns and verify them. If you have already filed your returns through the swipe app, then:-

1. Log in to your swipe account and go to your returns and e-verify the same by opting for complete e-verification

2. You can select your preferred method of income tax verification. Either via Aadhar card OTP, bank EVC or demat

3. You can select either of the above and enter your OTP and proceed

Method 2: E-verification through Aadhar OTP

To e-verify via Aadhar card, you need to fulfill the following steps:-

1. Firstly, log in to your e-filing account at Under the e-file tab select Income Tax Returns > e-Verify Return.

2. On the ‘e-Verify Return’ page, select the method of e-verification.

For e-verification through an Aadhar card, it is important to make sure that your phone number is linked to your Aadhar card. It is also important to make sure that your PAN card is also linked to your Aadhar card.

3. Under the e-verify return page, select ‘I would like to e-verify using OTP on a mobile number registered with Aadhaar.

4. A pop-up will appear on your screen. You will be required to select the tick box saying ‘I agree to validate my Aadhaar details’ and click on the ‘Generate Aadhaar OTP’ button.

5. A 6-digit OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number

6. Enter the OTP received in the box where it is required and click on the ‘Submit’ button. On successful submission, your ITR will be verified. OTP is valid only for 15 minutes.

Most taxpayers prefer income tax verification through Aadhar OTP as it is the safest and most convenient option available.

E-verification through Electronic verification code (EVC)

Another convenient way for e-verification is via electronic verification code. Some of the methods to obtain an electronic verification code are as follows:-

1. Net banking

2. Bank account

3. Demat account

Method 3: E-verification through net-banking

Another easy method for income tax verification is through net banking. For this, you need to have a net banking option in your bank account.

1. On the ‘e-Verify’ page, you can select ‘Through Net Banking’ and click on the ‘Continue’ button.

2. In the next step, you can select the bank through which you want to verify your ITR and click on the ‘Continue’ button.

3. Read the disclaimer and click on the ‘Continue’ button.

4. Next, it will redirect you to log in to Net Banking of your bank account. Click the link related to logging in to an e-filing account from your bank’s net banking website.

5. You will be again redirected to the e-filing portal. Go to the respective ITR form and click on ‘e-verify’, and your tax return will be e-verified successfully.

Method 4: E-verification through bank account

For this method of income tax verification, you need to have a prevalidated bank account to verify and generate EVC.

1. EVC will be generated through this method and sent to your mobile number and email ID registered with your prevalidated and EVC-enabled bank account.

2. Enter the EVC received and click on the ‘e-verify’ button.

Method 5: E-verification through Demat account

1. This method of income tax verification is similar to the one through the bank account.

2. The only difference is that the EVC will be generated and sent to your mobile number and email ID registered with your prevalidated and EVC-enabled Demat account. Enter EVC and click on the ‘e-Verify’ button.


1. My registered mobile number is not updated with Aadhaar, can I still e-Verify my return using Aadhaar OTP? 

You need to update your mobile number with your Aadhaar to e-Verify your return using Aadhaar OTP.

2. What to do in case ITR-V is rejected?

You can see the reason for rejection on your e-Filing Dashboard. You may send another ITR-V or choose to e-Verify the ITR online.

3. What is EVC?

An Electronic Verification Code (EVC) is a 10-digit alpha-numeric code that is sent to your mobile number and email ID registered with the e-Filing portal/bank account / Demat account (as the case may be) during the process of e-Verification. It has a 72-hour validity from the time of its generation.


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