Income-Tax-Refund-Status

Income Tax Refund Status

Income Tax Refund Status

Income tax refunds are initiated when the taxpayer has deposited payments which exceed the actual tax liability. A refund is calculated by considering the total income of the taxpayer, the deductions and exemptions at the time of filing of income tax returns. To claim an income tax refund, the concerned taxpayer must file an income tax return. Based on the income tax return filed, if the taxpayer is eligible for a refund, the income tax department automatically processes the same. In this article, we look at the procedure for checking income tax refund status online.

Income Tax Return Filing

All individual having a total income of more than Rs.2.5 lakhs per annum is required to file an income tax return each year. Most individual, salaried taxpayers would have to file Form ITR 1. After the taxpayer files the income tax return, e-assessment procedures are initiated by the Income Tax Department.

For most cases, there will be no query and if a refund is claimed by the taxpayer, the person will be intimated of the same through SMS and e-mail. The intimation will convey the sum of money that is refundable along with a refund sequence number.

In case there is a discrepancy in the income tax return filed, the taxpayer will receive an income tax notice and/or a scrutiny assessment notice.

If you have received confirmation for the return filed and an intimation has been sent by the Income Tax Department about a refund, you can check the status by following the steps below. Presently, income tax refund status can be verified through any of the following websites:

  • Income Tax E-Filing website
  • TIN NSDL website

Income Tax E-Filing Website

You can easily check the income tax refund status through the income tax e-filing website. Follow the steps below to check status of income tax refund:

Step 1:- Login to the e-filing page of the official website of income tax by entering the required details.

Step 2:- Choose the option ‘View Returns/Forms’.

Step 3:- From the drop-down menu, choose ‘Income Tax Returns’.

Step 4:- Choose the relevant assessment year for which the status of refund needs to be checked.

Step 5:- Click on the hyperlinked acknowledgement number. The status of the refund, if any will be provided here.

TIN NSDL Website

Refund status will be available on the TIN NSDL website 10 days after the refund has been sent to the bank. You can check the status of income tax refund in the following manner:

  • Visit the website of TIN NSDL for Income Tax Refund.
  • Enter the details of the PAN.
  • Choose the relevant assessment year for which the status of refund must be checked.
  • Enter the captcha code and click ‘submit’.
  • The following images will be helpful in understanding the procedure to be followed by a taxpayer for claiming an income tax refund:
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Income Tax Refund Procedure A
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Income Tax Refund Procedure B

Request for Re-issue of Refunds

A request for re-issue of refunds must be submitted on the event of a failure in the transaction of refund. You can do it by following the steps below:

  1. Visit the e-filing section of the official income-tax website.
  2. Go to ‘My Account’ tab and select the ‘Service Request’ option.
  3. Under the type of request, select the option ‘New Request’ and request category as ‘Refund Reissue’.
  4. A screen showing details of PAN, type of return, assessment year, acknowledgement number, communication reference number and response will be displayed. Click on ‘Submit’.
  5. Submit banking and address details.
  6. You will be taken to a verification process using an Electronic Verification Code (EVC) or Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) to complete the process.

Processing of Refund

The refund is processed by the State Bank of India. The refund amount will be paid to the taxpayer either by remittance to his/her account or by issuing a cheque or demand draft. Normally all income tax refunds are processed within 20 – 30 days of filing the income tax return. Refunds for an amount of less than Rs 50,000 will be directly credited to the assessee’s bank account, whereas refund amounts above the same limit will be addressed to the taxpayer through cheque.

Interest on Delayed Payment of Refunds

The Income-tax departments will be held liable to pay additional interest on refunds if the payment has not been remitted to the assessee within the stipulated time. Interest for delay in the refund of additional taxes will be calculated at the rate of 1.5% per month or part of the month.

Refund Status Check

While checking the income tax refund status, the refund status page will display the following information:

  • Mode of payment.
  • Reference number (for internal use of the CPC).
  • Income-tax refund status.
  • Date of the refund, if any.

After going through all the relevant procedures to check the status, the individual may receive any of the following income tax refund statuses.

  1. No e-filing for this assessment year – ITR returns has either not been filed or has been filed manually.
  2. Not Determined – The Income-tax department has not yet initiated the process of return as the refundable amount has not been determined.
  3. Refund Paid – Refund has already been transferred.
  4. No demand No Refund – The assessee is not eligible for refunds.
  5. ITR Proceeds and refunds determined, sent out to Refund Banker – Refund is under process.
  6. Refund unpaid – The transaction has not been successful.
  7. Contact Jurisdictional Assessing Officer – The return details filed by the taxpayer needs further clarifications.
  8. Demand Determined – Demand rejected as the assessee is indebted to pay more than what has already been remitted.
  9. Rectification Proceeds, refund determined, sent out to refund banker – The corrected version of ITR request has been accepted by the department and is being processed.
  10. Rectification proceeded on. Demand determined – The corrected version of ITR request has been accepted, but the assessee is indebted to pay more tax within 30 days of the receipt of the notice.
  11. Rectification Proceeded on a specified date. No Demand No refund – The rectification request has been accepted but the refund has not been processed as it wasn’t claimed for in the first hand.

Refund Re-Issue Request

A change in address will be required in the event of a failure in the transaction of the refund due to a faulty address. The process of modifying the address can be pursued in the manner which is specified below:

Step 1:- Visit the e-filing website of the Income-tax department.

Step 2:- Click on the user account, and select refund re-issue request.

Step 3:- On the particular re-linked page, select the option of entering a new address.

Step 4:- Make the necessary modifications.

Step 5:- Submit the request for changing the address.

This concludes the process of modifying the address in the refund portal. The refund process would now be re-initiated.

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