The new e-filing system, that has been brought in by the Income Tax Department, has confused a lot of tax filers around India. It can be explained this way, Submission of tax returns can be done in three simple steps, one with the digital signature that one has been registered in advance, second without the digital signature, by filing the ITR with the verification by the IT department, and the third way is to personally do it or mandatory.
Now the first step to file an e-return is a person needs to register his user name and password by the IT department, for the person needs to approach the IT office personally. Then a file containing instructions needs to be downloaded from the income tax website, along with the software that will generate the e-filing process.
Once the download has been completed, the software would direct you how to fill the form, once filled the form will come up in an XML format,which will indicate the form would be submitted electronically.
If there was a usage of a digital signature then an acknowledgement receipt is needed to be printed and if signature is not used then the form has to be filled and printed out and then submitted to the IT Office.