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Efiling of Income Tax Returns is Mandatory for Income Over Rs. 10 Lakhs

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a notification making e-filing of your income tax return (ITR) mandatory subject to certain conditions.

Here is all you need to know about it – who needs to file the ITR electronically, what needs to be done, and the things you should keep in mind.


Do You Need to E-File Your Income Tax Return (ITR)?

You can always file your income tax returns electronically – it is fast, easy and ensures quick refunds.

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However, you must efile your ITR if you meet the following conditions (in other words, it is mandatory for your to e-file your income tax return if you meet the following conditions):

  • You are an individual income tax assessee or a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF)
  • Your total income is more than Rs. 10 Lakhs in FY 2011-2012

(To understand terms like FY, AY and PY, please read “Income Tax (IT) Jargon – Financial Year (FY), Assessment Year (AY) and Previous Year (PY)“)


Total Income

Please note that the “total income” here is the income before any of the popular deductions – like Section 80C deductions.


Other Things to Keep in Mind

  • Although efiling of the return is mandatory, using a digital signature is not. This means that you can efile your ITR, take a printout of the receipt, and send it to the income tax department after physically signing it.
  • Efiling is compulsory from this assessment year (AY 2012-13)


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