It is the season for filing my IT returns. "I am already busy with a lot of work schedules and deadlines. How can I look into this. Now I need to search and get hold of an IT consultant; Pay him whatever he demands and follow up with him everyday till he submits the returns and brings me back the Acknowledgment. Oh God, Please help me?"  this was a real head ache for me in the last year. Fortunately this year He managed to give me amurtanjan which help me to finish the entire process online without any hassles.

Please go through the steps below completely.

You can submit your IT return on-line by following process.

1. GO TO http://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/portal/index.jsp

2. REGISTER AND CREATE USER (USERNAME AS YOUR PAN #)

3. GO TO https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/portal/downloads.do

4. DOWNLOAD ITR-1 (or the latest, is ITR-8)...

5. FILL THE FORM WITH THE DATA FROM YOUR FORM-16

6. CHECK/VALIDATE THE FORM

7. GENERATE BARCODE

8. GENERATE XML AND SAVE ON YOUR SYSTEM

9. GO TO http://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/portal/login.jsp AND LOGIN AGAIN 

10. CLICK ON 'SUBMIT RETURN'.

11. UPLOAD XML FILE.

12. CLICK ON UPLOAD. (You have the option to submit with or without the digital signature)

Congratulations ! YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR RETURN. If you didn't use your digital signature while uploading, you will get the verification of acknowledgment via email. Print the form , sign it and courier it to the IT office / go to the nearest IT office to get the acknowledgment done. That's it. You have filed the IT returns.

YOU CAN ALSO CHECK YOUR refund STATUS IF ANY.

Meanwhile let us see how to get the digital certificate for yourself. There are many websites like emudhra.com which offers you various packages.

Pre requisites for getting a Digital certificate:

You need to have an attested copy of identity proof which may be anyone of the following viz. Passport, driving license, Voter's id, PAN card

Also an attested copy of address proof which may be anything like telephone bill, electricity bill, passport, driving license or a PF statement

Once you got them attested by a gazetted officer or a Nationalised Bank Manager courier the application form along with a recent passport size photograph to the address mentioned in emudhra.com. 

You will be getting around 3 mails from emudhra once your application is approved with all the instructions to download the digital certificate on your laptop. While applying, you may choose the soft token instead of a hard token to reduce the cost of this certificate.

Once you have these settings, you feel that your job of filing IT returns is getting done with the speed of an electron :-) since the data transfer is made electronically. Btw do you remember the speed of an electron. It is equiavalent to the speed of light i.e, 3 X 10^8 metres per second. WOW!