Messages from Income Tax Department – A fellow not so friendly!!

Have you ever experienced your phone buzzing at 3:38 am on 13Feb ?

Excited! You check your phone .

What you see next is totally unexpected …


Sacred and panicky you don’t know whom to call at this ungodly hour.

So, are these messages really ghost or just a wrong timing host?? Well, These sms alerts are from our very dear friend Income Tax Department. You may feel, the Income Tax Department has started stalking you://

If you are one of those who have encountered such a message, then first calm down.

In this blog (being part 1 of 3 consecutive blogs series), we will help you decode these messages and explain you what to do next 🙂

Let’s begin with the latest one…

What does this SMS from tax department mean?

The income tax department wants to remind you to file your income tax return, incase you forgot to do so for AY 2016-17 and AY 2017-18.

Next question is

What is AY 2016-17 and AY 2017-18?

Assessment year is the year in which you evaluate your income and file income tax return. You will be able to disclose your income for the year only after completion of the year. Hence, assessment year is always the year next to financial year.

For example :-

If you are disclosing income earned between FY 2015-16 and 2016-17 i.e. from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 and 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 you are filing your income tax return for AY 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively.

What Should I do next after receiving this Income Tax  Message ?

Stop!! Don’t start making calculations for the monetary consequences. Just pick your phone and call your financial friend..your CA…

If you filed your return yourself…..then also feel relaxed!! You need not panic even now.

Follow the simple steps to check whether you filed the income tax return properly or missed it.

How do I check if I have filed my Income Tax Return?

For checking whether you filed your income tax return for the concerned period or not, you need to log in to the portal.


Click on view returns to see details of all the returns you have filed till today.

If you encounter any problem while login into the Income Tax India E-filing portal, we have a guide at your rescue

Forgot income tax log-in password!!

Oh No 🙁 You Don’t remember the last password while logging in to the website, sweat not!!

The passwords can be reset through your registered mail id and mobile number. It can also be done with acknowledgement number of your last ITR filed. And guess what, your primary bank account number also helps you to do the same. For detailed steps and options we are providing the steps for your easy reference through our guide

I have not filed my Income Tax Return, how do I file for AY 2016-17 and AY 2017-18?

After searching, you found that you missed to file Income Tax Return timely. A return which is not filed till the due date of filing Income tax return, which in normal cases is 31st July for individuals becomes the belated return.

In this case your return has now become a Belated Return. There are certain conditions which you will require to take care of while filing a belated return

Eg: Will there be any interest applicable? What will be the amount you would require to pay as interest?? Are any fines or penalties leviable??? And so on

There may be many more ques you would be heading to find answers of. We try to solve all your queries by means of a blog, dealing specially with the belated returns.

I’m new to Income Tax Return filing, what should I do?

It’s never too late to start something and Tax2win supports you in making this welcoming move. For filing your income tax return (ITR) on your own ,first you need to understand some basic things related to it. Like What is ITR and develop your basic understanding on who needs to file it, manners of filing, time limits etc etc.

If you know about ITR but you never tried your hands filing the same. Don’t worry, you know you can file ITR in just 7 simple steps!! Yes.. truly. For this you need to develop a knowledge on how ITR can be filed in some simple steps

There are certain documents necessarily required to file ITR. How good about pre arranging the things which you will require while filing ITR. It leads to a lot of trouble in terms of last minute rush to find your PAN card, income details and the session being timed out. The chaos increases your time and efforts involved also it leads to increased chances of error in filing ITR.So we wish to safeguard you and provide a list of the documents required for filing ITR

What’s the cause of worry while filing ITR yourself??

When you decide to file ITR yourself there are lot of factors to be adhered like interest on FD is disclosed, Interest earned on Saving bank account is reported, 26 AS is cross checked and so on. To help you overcome from escaping these important factors while filing taxes we have this recommended read for you General mistakes you may make while filing ITR

I have filed my ITR, why am I still getting this message?

If you have filed the return for the said period and cross checked it too, then, quite possible that the department might be sending these messages to everyone. Or might be the database is not updated but to our satisfaction the message always has this last line –  “Please ignore if already filed”. So, just sit and ignore the text next time you witness the same.

How to check if its an original SMS from Income Tax Department?

The authentication of messages received from Income Tax Department can be cross checked if you pay a little attention. Presently the messages sent by IT department has following characteristics:-

  • Sender of the message end with ITDEFL in which first 3 letter referring to “IDT” – Income Tax Department and next 3 with “EFL” Efiling. The starting part of sender can be some 2 letter code like  AM – ITDEFL, VK – ITDEFL. VM –  ITDEFL etc.
  • Income Tax department never seeks your passwords so beware that you are not being cheated upon.

Hope you found the information shared valuable. To find solutions to your tax related queries, please post your queries in comment section.



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