Filed your ITR? Check 5 types of ITR filing status

It is tax season, and once you have filed your income tax return (ITR), you can check to see if the Income Tax Department has accepted and processed your ITR. In specific cases where differences are detected, you may be required to react to the ITD notification.

It is the season to file your income tax return (ITR), and once you have done so, you can check to see if the Income Tax Department has accepted and processed your ITR. You might need to respond to the message from the ITD in specific circumstances where some discrepancies are discovered.

Note that ITR status can be checked both before and after logging in. If you check your ITR status after logging in, you can obtain further information such as downloading the return / notification. You can also see all of your previous ITR filings as well as your current one.

What are the different types of ITR statuses?

These are the different types of ITR statuses, according to the Income Tax Department’s website.

Submitted and pending for e-Verification / Verification: This is the status when you have filed your ITR but have not e-Verified it, or your duly signed ITR-V has not been received at CPC yet.

Successfully e-Verified / Verified: This is the status when you have submitted and duly e-Verified / Verified your return, but the return has not been processed yet.

Processed: This is the status when your return is successfully processed.

Defective: This is the status where the department notices some defect in the filed return due to lack of certain essential information as required under law, or some inconsistencies. In such a case, you will receive a notice under section 139(9) asking you to rectify the defect within a specified time limit from the date of receiving notice. If you don’t respond to a defective return status, your ITR will be treated as invalid, and is not taken up for processing.

Case transferred to Assessing Officer: This is the status when the CPC has transferred your ITR to your jurisdictional AO. If your case is transferred to your AO, you will be contacted by the officer to provide necessary details.

How to check Income tax return status online

The income tax refund status can be tracked on the government’s new income tax portal by following the steps below:

1. Visit and log in to your account by entering PAN/Aadhaar number as user ID, and your password.
2. After logging in click on ‘e-file’ option. Under the ‘e-file’ option, select ‘Income tax returns’ and then select ‘View Filed returns’.
Step 3: Check the latest ITR filed.
Step 4: Select ‘View Details’ option.
Once selected, it will show the status of ITR filed. It will also show you the date of issue of tax refund, the amount refunded and date of clearance for any refund due for this AY.

Important FAQs
1. Do I need my mobile number registered with the e-Filing portal to view my ITR status without logging in?
No, you can use any valid mobile number to view your ITR status without logging in. However, you need to enter the valid ITR acknowledgement number if you are using this service without logging in.

2. I want to view the ITR status of my spouse. Can I do so?
You can view the ITR status of your spouse in the following ways:
Pre-Login: On the e-Filing homepage, click View ITR Status. You will need his/her ITR acknowledgement number and a valid mobile number.

If you filed your spouse’s ITR as an Authorized Representative/Authorized Signatory, both you and your spouse can view the ITR status.
If your spouse filed his/her own ITR, he/she will be able to view the status on his/her own e-Filing account.

3. Where can I find my acknowledgment number to enter when checking my ITR status?
You can check your acknowledgement number from your ITR-V received on your registered email after e-Filing your return. Your ITR-V is also downloadable from the e-Filing portal post login: e-File > Income Tax Returns > View Filed Returns > Download Receipt option.
You can also check your acknowledgement number (post login) for a filed ITR on the e-Filing portal using the View Filed Forms service.