Have you paid excess tax and claimed tax refund while filing ITR? If yes, than please note that the process of tax refund would take around 5-6 months after filing of tax return.
The tax refund would be made only if you have filed return with utmost care and have not made any apparent mistakes such as wrong Bank Account number or IFS code, incorrect PAN number etc.
If ITR is filed correctly than tax refund would reflect in your bank account latest by ensuing January. You can also check status of your tax refund online via various methods.
How to check Income Tax Refund Status Online?
Through NSDL site
Easiest and quickest way to check you income tax refund status online is via NSDL site. You just need to enter Permanent Account Number (PAN) and select the Assessment Year for which you are looking for refund. You can check refund status for past 10 years.
As you would hit the submit button, refund status would be displayed on your screen similar to the screenshot below:
Though this is the quickest way to check refund status but anyone can view the refund status of another person with having PAN number which jeopardizes the privacy of the assesse.
Government should use OTP to be sent on mobile number which should be used to view the status.
Through Income-Tax e-filing Portal
Another way to check your refund/demand status is through incometaxefiling.gov.in. You have to login with your login credentials and select “Refund/Demand Status” under My Account Tab as shown below:
You would be required to fill the captcha code to see your refund status.
The last way to check tax refund status is to Submit a Grievance via income tax e-filing website. The link “Submit Grievance” is located at the top right corner under “Helpdesk” tab. You will first have to login to your account than click on the “Submit Grievance” which will open a window asking to mention the Grievance related to as shown in the screenshot below:
You will have select the assessment year, category which should be REFUND and provide the details of Acknowledgement Number (ITR-V) and Refund Sequence Number which can be found in the Intimation order u/s 143(1) sent by CPC. Before hitting on the submit button, you will also have to choose the reason under sub-category.
This should be the last option for checking refund status as it would take weeks to get answer. You can check the status of your grievance through Helpdesk’ –> ‘Grievance Status’.
Mailing to Aaykar Sampark Kendra or SBI
Another resort of help in knowing your tax refund status would be dropping mail to Aaykar Sampark Kendra at email@example.com. Since SBI is refund banker for tax department you can also enquire SBI via firstname.lastname@example.org for refund status.
Offline ways to check income tax refund status
Tax Department has also started a toll free helpline number particularly for income tax refund status related queries. The number is 1800-425-2229.
SBI is the refund banker of tax department and in case you are not able to enquire about refund online than you can at SBI’s toll free number, 1-800-4259760, to check for the refund status.
If you are not able to get through the above toll free numbers, the last resort of help would be contacting Aaykar Sampark Kendra at 0124-2438000.
Visiting nearest tax office
Alternatively, you could always visit your nearest tax office to get the information of your tax refund.
Modes of Refund
There are two modes in which you will get your tax refund:
The refund would be transfer directly into your bank account if you have provided correct bank account number and MICR/IFSC code of the bank branch while filing ITR.
Tax refund takes 10 days to be credited into your account after refund is sent by the assessing officer to the refund banker, which is State Bank of India.
- Paper Cheque
Granting tax refund through Paper Cheque was standard procedure but it is less used by tax department due to various reasons. To get tax refund via cheque you need to provide the correct bank account number and mailing address for communication to receive the cheque.
Types of Incomes Tax Refund Status
Following are the types of status you would see when enquiring about tax refund status online:
- No e-Filing has been done for this assessment year
If you have not e-filed your tax return than be patient and wait for IT department to reconcile their paper work.
- Not Determined
Your refund request is still under processed and IT department is taking time to process your request.
- Refund Paid
Check your bank account to confirm the receipt for tax refund.
- No demand no refund
You would receive notice if you have filed tax return asking for tax refund while department calculation shows nothing is payable.
- ITR processed refund determined and sent out to Refund Banker
You will have to wait for 10 days as it takes 10 days for credit to be reflected into your bank account from the time refund order is sent by officer.
- Refund Unpaid
There could be many reasons for unpaid refund i.e. changes in address, spelling mistake in name, incorrect IFSC/MICR code or bank account number etc. Do contact your jurisdictional assessing office or do request for reissue of refund as stated above.
- Demand determined
You would be served with notice if you had asked for refund but department calculation shows tax payable by you.
- Contact Jurisdictional Assessing Officer
You have to approach jurisdictional assessing officer as department needs additional documents to process your tax refund request.
How to request for Reissue of Refund?
In case you have missed enchasing the cheque or cheque has not been received by you due to change in mailing address or whatever the reason for not getting the tax refund mentioned in the file (https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/eFiling/Portal/StaticPDF/Resolution_FAQ-refund_final.pdf?0.88756287493743), you can request to reissue the refund to tax department.
To apply for refund reissue you have to
- Logon on to www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in with your user ID (PAN) and Password.
- Go to MY Account -> Refund Reissue Request
- Fill in the required details as shown in the image below
- You can obtain CPC Communication Reference and Refund Sequence number from the intimation sent to you as show below:
- You have to then select the type of reissue i.e. paper cheque or ECS.
- You can update the bank account details or mailing address before clicking on the submit button.