Income Tax Refund status check is an important process to ascertain whether one has received the refund amount sent by Income Tax Department or not. However, you will only receive this income tax refund after the tax department processes yourITR and confirms the same via an intimation notice.
This year returns have to be filed for FY2020-21 for which the extended last date is currently December 31, 2021.
The income tax refund is processed by the State Bank of India (SBI) and is directly credited to the bank account nominated by the taxpayer in his/her ITR at the time of filing it. Thus, it is important to ensure that you have mentioned the correct bank account number and IFS code.
It is worth noting that the bank account must be pre-validated on the government’s new income tax e-filing portal and PAN must be linked with the bank account.
Income Tax Refund can be claimed when:
You did not furnish all the investment proofs to your organization. As a result, the amount of taxes deducted by your employer exceeded your actual tax liability for the particular FY.
Excess TDS was deducted on your interest income from bank FDs or bonds.
The advance tax paid by you on self-assessment exceeded your tax liability for the applicable FY as per the regular assessment.
In case of double taxation
How to Claim Income Tax Refund?
Earlier, Income Tax Form 30 was required in order to claim an income tax refund. However, with e-transfer of refunds, it can now be claimed by simply filing the ITR, linking PAN with Aadhaar and validating the bank account. The ITR should further be verified, either physically or electronically within 120 days of filing. The excess tax for which a refund is claimed should be reflected in Form 26AS. Moreover, the refund is subject to verification by the Income Tax Department. It is credited only if the refund claim is found to be valid by the department.
Ways to check Income Tax refund status?
1. On the NSDL website
Step 1: Go to the NSDL website to track refund.
Step 2: The following web page will appear. Fill in the details, including PAN and AY and click ‘Proceed’.
Step 3: Your income tax refund status will be displayed, as depicted in the following image.
2. On e-filing portal:
Step 1: Log into the e-filing portal of Income Tax department by clicking here.
Step 2: Select View Returns/ Forms.
Step 3: Go to ‘My Account’ tab and select ‘Income Tax Returns’. Click submit.
Step 4: Click on the acknowledgement number.
Step 5: A page showing your return details along with income tax refund status will appear.
The refund is usually processed within a month’s time of filing the ITR. After the processing of refund is completed by Centralised Processing Centre, the refunds are issued within 20 to 45 days. The refunds for taxpayers who are eligible for refunds up to Rs 5 lakh get direct bank credit within a week of refunds being processed.
However, a delay is also likely to occur if the taxpayer makes a mistake in filling the ITR. Refunds are withheld if a mismatch occurs in the ITR and the details available with the I-T department. In case of a query, the taxpayer must respond to it quickly.
Another possible reason for the delay in issuance of income tax refunds is queries raised or clarifications asked by Centralized Processing Centre (CPC) of income tax department while processing the ITR, mismatch in ITR and Form 26AS, assessment proceedings initiated by tax authorities, certain claims made by the taxpayer in ITR which the CPC wants jurisdictional tax officer to verify etc…Read more>>