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Faster, easier and secure gateway to e-file income tax return

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Step by step instructions for E-payment of income tax

E-payment of Income Tax in India

In an effort to simplify payment of income tax for the taxpayers, the income tax department has initiated several measures including e-payment of income tax. Gone are the days when paying the income tax through bank challan was the only way to pay the taxes. Now the taxpayers can make online payment of income tax from the comforts of their homes from a computer or a mobile.

E-Payment of Direct Taxes in India

With mobiles are reaching to every hand and network connectivity gets better online platforms have become the most convenient way to avail services whether it is buying goods, transferring funds or complying with the government rules and regulations. And paying direct taxes is no exception. Now you can pay direct taxes easily without skipping your work and standing in long queues at banks.

Eligibility to Pay Income Tax Online

As online tax payment is relatively a new mode of payment, most of the taxpayers ponder over whether or not they are eligible for paying taxes. If you have an online banking account with a bank then you can pay your income tax online. The IT department has authorized several banks in public as well as private sector to receive e-payment for income tax.

Note: There are two tax paying entities for which online is the only mode to pay taxes.

These entities are

  • All the corporate assesses
  • All assesses who come under the purview of section 44AB of the Income Tax Act

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Benefits of Paying Income Tax Online

There are several benefits of the e-payment of income tax. Some of these are as follows

  • You can pay your income tax from anywhere irrespective of location. It makes things convenient for the taxpayers.
  • Challan details are directly sent to the Income Tax Department. It saves a lot of resources and working hours for banks.
  • Your tax is transferred instantly.
  • The challan and receipt copies can be downloaded and kept safe for further references.
  • You get an income tax receipt as soon as the income tax amount is deducted from your online bank account.
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It is easy to check whether or not your tax amount has reached the IT Department.

A step by step guide to paying income tax return online

If you are also going to pay your ITR online, then you can do it easily by following some simple steps

Step 1: Login to the NSDL-TIN website.

Step 2: Click the e-payment icon.

Step 3: Select the appropriate challan which is ITNS 280 in the case of income tax payment.

Step 4: After selecting the challan, you will be redirected to the screen for entering the details given below.

  • PAN for non-TDS payments
  • Name and address of taxpayer
  • Year of Assessment
  • Major head code
  • Minor head code
  • Type of payment

After providing such details select the bank from the drop- down list.

Step 5: After furnishing all the required details, click the ‘Proceed’ button and a page with all your entries will be displayed for verification.

Step 6: Verify all the entered details and click “edit” button to make corrections. Once correction is complete click the “Submit” button which will take you to the online banking page of your chosen bank.

Step 7: Once you reach the online banking platform, log into your bank account with login id and password and pay the amount of tax that you are required to pay.

Step 8: Once the payment is successful, the paid amount will be deducted from your bank account and you get a confirmation receipt that can be printed and kept safe as a proof of the payment made. You will receive an acknowledgment with the CIN (Challan Identification Number) which can be used to track the status of your tax payment.

Banks listed for E-Payment facility for Income Tax

Income tax department has listed some banks in private as well as public sector to provide e-payment platform to taxpayers. You can select these banks from the drop-down list available on the NSDL-TIN website.

Here is the list of such banks

  • Allahabad Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Axis Bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Canara Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Corporation Bank
  • Dena Bank
  • HDFC Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • IDBI Bank
  • Indian Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Jammu & Kashmir Bank
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  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Punjab and Sind Bank
  • State Bank of India and its affiliate banks
  • Punjab National Bank
  • State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur
  • State Bank of Hyderabad
  • State Bank of India
  • State Bank of Mysore
  • State Bank of Patiala
  • Syndicate Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • United Bank of India
  • Vijaya Bank

E-payment of Service Tax in India

From 1st January 2014, it has become mandatory for assesses who have paid more than one lakh rupees as service tax in the previous financial year to pay the service tax online. E-payment of service tax is very easy as it can be done easily, like online payment of income tax, through partner banks.

As for online payment of income tax, e-payment of service tax too can be done through online banking partner banks.

A step by step guide to filing Service Tax Online

Those who wish to file service tax should follow the instructions given below

Step 1: Log on to the NSDL-TIN website

Step 2: Click the e-payment icon.

Step 3: Once the page opens, enter your 15-digit Service Tax Registration Number as given by the Income Tax Department.

Step 4: Then enter the captcha code as shown on the NSDL website.

Step 5: Based on the input provided, your entered details will be verified. It will also check the authenticity of the registration number entered. If the verification is successful, your details as entered in the Assesses code master will appear on the screen.

Step 6: In the 6th step, you can select the accounting codes for which you are filing tax, followed by the service for which the tax is being filed.

Step 7: Then select the education cess as applicable.

Step 8: After that submit the above input details.

Step 9: After submission of your details, you will be asked to select the bank through which you want to make the payment.

Step 10: Select the bank name from the drop-down list and you will be taken to the bank’s website wherein you will log into your account using login id and password.

Step 11: Fill in the amount and make payment for service tax. As the payment is made successfully, your confirmation receipt along with Challan Identification Number will appear on the screen. Save a soft copy of it or take a print out for tracking and further reference.

Step 12: You can use the CIN to check the status of the e-payment of the service tax made by you.

Step 13: If you have paid an amount more than required as a service tax, then you can send a request to adjust it against the tax for the next fiscal. Alternatively, you can also make a request for return.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What should I do in case there is an error while making the tax payment?
There is no need to worry as you can contact the TIN call center at 020 – 27218080. Alternatively, you can also write an email to [email protected] to get a solution for payment related issues.
Q. How to avoid multiple deductions of tax from my bank account?
It is a common issue faced by most of the taxpayers. In such a case, always check whether the payment made has been deducted from your account or not. Only if it has not been debited from your account you should make the payment. If the payment has got debited from your account and an error is shown you should ask your bank to provide counterfoil.
While making e-payment for tax, please check whether the tax amount has been debited or not. In case it is not debited, then only you should try to make the payment once again, if the payment gets debited but an error is shown, you are required to contact your bank for furnishing the payment counterfoil.
Q. Is there any security threat to my transaction via e-payment?
No. Your online tax payment transactions are encrypted with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to keep it safe and secure. So there is no need to worry.
Q. In case I misplace the receipt received after e-payment what should I do?
In that case, you should contact your bank that will reissue a duplicate challan counterfoil for submission of tax.
Q. What is the ideal time for making e-payment of tax?
You can see the details on your bank's website and plan to pay accordingly.