Sunday, August 10, 2008

How do I pay my income tax online?

You can now pay your income tax online. Here are few steps to follow for making online tax payments.

Q. What is the procedure for paying taxes online?
A. Follow these steps to pay tax online:-

Step 1
a) Click here to open online tax payment page of NSDL
b) Click on Please Click Here link located towards bottom of the page (you need to have an account with any of the listed Banks on this page, to avail online tax payment facility)
c) Select the required challan (For payment of income tax, select challan no. ITNS 280)

Step 2
After selecting the required challan, you will be directed to the screen for entering the following data:-
a)Select box "0021 Income-tax" if you are an individual or box "0020 Corporation-tax" if you are paying taxes for a company
b) PAN of the taxpayer
c) Name and address of the taxpayer
d) Assessment Year
e) Type of payment (e.g. "100 for advance tax payments" , "300 for self assessment tax payments")
f) Select the bank name from the drop down provided

Please ensure that you enter PAN correctly, as this is extremely important for further processing. The system will check the validity of PAN. In case PAN is not available in the database of the Income Tax Department then you cannot proceed with the payment of tax.

Step 3
After entering all the above detail, click on PROCEED button. The system will display the contents you have entered along with the “Name” appearing in the Income Tax Department database with respect to the PAN entered by you.

Step 4
You can now verify the details entered by you. In case you wish to modify any details, click on EDIT. To move further, click on SUBMIT button. You will be directed to the net-banking site provided by your bank.

Q. What is the procedure after being directed to the net banking site of the bank?
A. You will have to log on to the net banking site of your bank using your login ID and password/PIN provided by the bank. The details entered by you while filling up the challan will be displayed again.

You will now be required to enter the amount of tax you intend to pay and also select your bank account number from where you intend to pay the tax. After verifying the correctness, you can proceed with confirming the payment.

Q. What will happen after I confirm the payment of tax at my bank’s site?
A.Your bank will process the transaction online by debiting the bank account indicated by you and generate a printable acknowledgment indicating the Challan Identification Number (CIN). You can verify the status of the challan in the Challan Status Inquiry using CIN after a week of making payment.

Q. What is Challan Identification Number (CIN) and what is its relevance?
A. Challan Identification Number (CIN) has three parts
a) Seven digit BSR code of the bank branch where tax is deposited
b) Date of Deposit (DD/MM/YY) of tax
c) Serial Number of Challan

CIN is used to uniquely identify the tax payment. CIN has to be quoted in the return of income as a proof of payment. CIN is also to be quoted in any further enquiry.