What Happens if Income Tax Return is Not Verified

Verifying your income tax return within the prescribed time frame is crucial for it to be considered valid.

Failure to do so can result in various consequences, including rejection of the return, non-processing by the Income Tax Department, loss of refund, and incomplete compliance:

  1. If the Income Tax Department rejects an unverified return, it will be treated as if it was never filed, and a fresh return will need to be filed within the applicable deadline.
  2. Additionally, the unverified return will not be processed, assessed, or acted upon by the tax authorities. If you are entitled to a refund, it will not be processed or issued until the return is verified.
  3. Failing to verify the return means that the entire filing process remains incomplete, which can affect your tax compliance obligations.

To avoid these consequences, it is essential to verify your income tax return after filing. You can do this through various methods, such as electronically verifying using Aadhaar OTP, EVC (Electronic Verification Code), or by sending a signed physical copy of ITR-V to the Centralized Processing Center (CPC) within the specified time frame.

It is advisable to verify your income tax return as soon as possible to ensure that the filing process is completed, and your return is considered valid. If you have missed the deadline for verification, you should take immediate action to rectify the situation by following the verification process outlined by the Income Tax Department.


Hi, I am Nikesh Mehta, owner and writer of this site. I’m an analytics professional and also love writing on finance and related industry. I’ve done online course in Financial Markets and Investment Strategy from Indian School of Business. I can be reached at [email protected].

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