Haven’t received income tax refund yet? Here’s how to check status

You can check income tax refund status on the National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) website, as well as on the Income-tax department’s e-filing portal.

New Delhi: Till January 11, income tax refunds worth Rs 1.73 lakh crore have been issued to more than 1.57 crore taxpayers in the ongoing fiscal by the income tax department. Out of this, personal income tax refunds are worth Rs 57,139 crore and corporate tax refunds are worth Rs 1.15 lakh crore.

Income tax department tweeted, “CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) issues refunds of over Rs 1,73,139 crore to more than 1.57 crore taxpayers between 1 April 2020 to 11 January 2021. Income tax refunds of Rs 57,139 crore have been issued in 1,54,55,577 cases & corporate tax refunds of Rs 1,15,999 crore have been issued in 2,10,150 cases.

Income Tax Refund can be claimed when:

  • You did not furnish all the investment proofs to your organization. As a result, the amount of taxes deducted by your employer exceeded your actual tax liability for the particular FY. 
  • Excess TDS was deducted on your interest income from bank FDs or bonds.
  • The advance tax paid by you on self-assessment exceeded your tax liability for the applicable FY as per the regular assessment.
  • In case of double taxation

Ways to check Income Tax refund status:

You can check income tax refund status on the National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) website, as well as on the Income-tax department’s e-filing portal.

1. On the NSDL website

  • Step 1: Go to the NSDL website to track refund.
  • Step 2: The following web page will appear. Fill in the details, including PAN and AY and click ‘Proceed’.
  • Step 3: Your income tax refund status will be displayed, as depicted in the following image.

2. On e-filing portal:

  • Step 1: Log into the e-filing portal of Income Tax department by clicking here.
  • Step 2: Select View Returns/ Forms.
  • Step 3: Go to ‘My Account’ tab and select ‘Income Tax Returns’. Click submit.
  • Step 4: Click on the acknowledgement number.
  • Step 5: A page showing your return details along with income tax refund status will appear.

Haven’t received refund yet? Reasons for delay 

From the day of completion of processing of ITR by the Centralized Processing Centre (CPC), tax refunds are received within 20-45 days normally. In case there is a mismatch between the tax return filed and the details available with the tax department, refund can be delayed. However, another reason for delay could be if the bank account details mentioned are incorrect.

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