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Track the status of your income tax refund

During FY 2018-19, if you have paid a higher tax to the government, then you are eligible to claim the refund amount. Once your income tax return (ITR) is processed, the tax department determines a refund payable to you
after which an intimation is sent to you through SMS and email.

It may be noted that the possibility of income tax refund arises when an individual has filed an advance income tax return and the employer has deducted tax at source after which the total income tax paid exceeds the applicable income tax liability in the respective period.

The intimation received reflects the amount of refund that will be credited into your account along with a refund sequence number. This intimation is sent under section 143 (1) of the income tax Act.

Worth noting here is that from this year onwards, the tax department will issue e-refunds to those bank accounts where PAN is linked and pre-validated on the e-filing website.

It may be noted that the refund is processed by the State Bank of India (SBI). It is either sent to the taxpayer by directly crediting it into his or her account through RTGS or NEFT, or by issuing a cheque or demand draft (DD) and sending it to the registered address of the taxpayer. It is important to make sure that the bank account details are filled correctly. 

Track the status of your tax refund :-

Go to income tax website

Visit income tax website, Log in to your account by entering details such as PAN, password and captcha code.

Click 'View returns'

In the next step, click on the 'View Returns/Forms'. Select 'Income Tax Returns' from the drop down menu and choose the relevant assessment year for which you wish to check the income tax refund status.

Click on acknowledgement number

Now click on your acknowledgment number. A pop-up will appear on your screen that will show the timeline of filing of returns such as when was your ITR filed and verified, date of completion of processing, date of issue of refund, etc.

Check details

Along with these, it will also reflect the details such as assessment year, status, the reason for failure, if any, and mode of payment.

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