Income Tax Refund Status – Check Income Tax Refund Status Online

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What is Income Tax Refund?

Income Tax refund arises when you pay higher taxes in the form of TDS or advance tax then your actual tax liability. In such cases, taxpayers will get the difference (Advance tax paid – Actual Tax Liability) these amounts are called as Income Tax Refund.

To get Income Tax Refund, first, you need to file an Income Tax Return, after filing Income Tax Return, you can check Income Tax Refund Status, to verify that your ITR is processed by the IT authorities, and for tax refund details too.

Income Tax Refund Status

Income Tax Refund Status shows that your ITR (Income Tax Return) has been processed by the Income Tax Authorities, and the status of the excess amount has been refunded to the taxpayer account. 

How to check Income Tax Refund Status ?

Taxpayer can check the status of refund on these websites:

  • The Income Tax Department e-filing portal
  • The NSDL Portal

To check your tax refund status in the e-filing portal, you can follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Income tax department e-filing portal and enter your details to login to the portal: User ID (PAN Number), password and captcha code.

Income tax department e-filing portal

2. Select the highlighted option ‘View Returns/Forms’.

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3. Select an option ‘Income Tax Returns > select assessment year and click on ‘submit’.

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4. Click on the highlighted option Ack. No. (acknowledgement number).

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5. The refund status with all the details appears as highlighted in the box.

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 NSDL Portal

To check your tax refund status in the NDLS portal, you can follow these steps:

  1. Visit NSDL Portal or click or the link https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/oltas/refundstatuslogin.html.
  2. Enter your details like Pan Number, Assessment Year and Captcha Code after feeding all the details click on ‘Submit’. Enter your details
  3. After submitting, NSDL Portal will show your refund status.your refund status

Meaning of Income Tax Return Status

While checking the income tax refund status taxpayer might come across different messages like these:

  • Expired
  • Refund Returned
  • Processed through direct credit but failed
  • Refund processed through NEFT/NECS but failed
  • Adjusted against outstanding demand of previous year
  • ECS refund advice received but not reflecting in your bank account

Let’s discuss all status in detail.

Expired – Refund Status

It means that the tax refund cheque is not presented for payment within the stipulated time and it got expired. It might happen when you receive a tax refund cheque from the Income Tax Department and you fail to present it to the bank within 90 days. 

In this situation, a taxpayer can submit a ‘refund re-issue request’ under ‘my account’ tab on the e-filing portal.

Refund Returned – Refund Status

It means that the refund is not processed and returned, due to some wrong information provided by you. This happens when tax refund is processed through ECS (electronic clearing service) but you have provided wrong details the transfer will not happen. A cheque or Demand Draft sent to your address but not delivered due to the wrong address, or in case one is available.

In this situation, a taxpayer can correct his/her details and then submit ‘refund re-issue request’ under ‘my account’ tab on the e-filing portal.

Processed through direct credit but failed – Refund Status

Refund claims processed by State Bank of India and while processing the refund claim, due to some technical error taxpayer refund was not credited to the taxpayer account due to any of the following reasons:

  • If the Taxpayer Account is not active due to any reason.
  • Accounting Operations in the Taxpayer account has been on hold or restricted by the bank.
  • The account details you have provided belongs to a fixed deposit (FD), Public Provident Fund (PPF), loan account or It is a non-resident Indian (NRI) account.
  • The account holder may be passed away.
  • The account details you have provided are incorrect.

In this situation, the taxpayer has to update bank details before submitting a ‘refund re-issue request’ on the e-filing portal.

Refund processed through NEFT/NECS but failed – Refund Status

This means that refund issued by the income tax department through NEFT/NECS has been failed and not credited to the taxpayer account. This could be because the account details provided by the taxpayer are not correct or the bank is using wrong account details to transfer the tax refund.

In this situation, a taxpayer must verify the bank details and the taxpayer should contact the bank and enquire about the status of the NEFT/NECS.

Adjusted against outstanding demand of previous year – Refund Status

This status means that your this year tax refund has been adjusted against your previous outstanding demand by the Income Tax Department. Tax department has full authority to adjust against outstanding demand but they have to inform taxpayers through intimation about this action.

ECS refund advice received but not reflecting in your bank account – Refund Status 

This status means that the tax refund issued through NEFT/NECS but not reflecting in your bank account due to some error. In this case, the taxpayer must verify your bank details like; IFSC Number, Account Number and Bank Name etc.

In this situation, a taxpayer must verify the bank details then submit a ‘refund re-issue request’ on the e-filing portal or the taxpayer should contact the bank and enquire about the status of the NEFT/NECS.

How to claim Refund reissue request

In case you receive any of these status mentioned above, you need to submit a refund re-issue request or to update the account details you can do it by following these steps:

Refund Re-issue Request

  1. Visit the Income tax department e-filing portal and enter your details to login to the portal.
  2. Go to ‘My Account’ tab on the Dashboard and select the third last option ‘Service Request’.
  3. Select request type from drop-down menu as ‘New Request’ option and from request category select from drop-down menu as ‘Refund Reissue’ option.
  4. A new screen will display the details like Your PAN Number, your return type, assessment year, acknowledgement number, communication reference number and response. Click on ‘Submit’ under ‘response’ for the tax return you are claiming Refund reissue request.
  5. You need to feed your details and click on the ‘Submit’ option.

Update the Account details

  1. Visit the Income tax department e-filing portal and enter your details to login to the portal.
  2. Go to the ‘Profile Setting’ tab on the Dashboard and select the first option ‘My Profile’.
  3. Update your details.

 

 

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