There has been no compromise of the security of the e-filing website of Income Tax Deptt. However, users are advised to use strong passwords or difficult-to-guess answer to secret question & to lock their e-filing account using Aadhaar OTP or Net banking for higher security.
With the end of the financial year approaching and a large number of people filing their income tax returns, the I-T Department has issued do’s and don’ts of securing one’s e-filing account. The Income Tax department has asked taxpayers to begin with a strong password and follow secure steps to manage their ITR account.
The department laid down steps to lock the account to prevent any unauthorised use. They said that the password should be strong containing at least one uppercase, one special character and one numeral. The IT department also asked taxpayers not to share their password with anyone.
For resetting the password, once can follow these options only:
- Digital Signature Certificate
- NetBanking redirection
- Aadhaar OTP
- Bank Account Validation
- Demat Account Validation
Besides, for a secure login into the e-filing account, the I-T Department also asked taxpayers to use above mentioned option only. No other person will be able to login to your account using your user id or password even if you had shared with some else in the past, the IT Department said.
“As the financial year is coming to an end, we are sending these advisories for citizens to be careful and to advise citizens on ITR filing as a routine exercise,” the IT Department said.
The IT Department also urged taxpayers to avoid the last minute rush. It also said that belated or revised returns for the assessment year 2016-17 and 2017-18 can still be filed before March 31, 2018. It said that if anyone has deposited large amounts of cash in the bank account or made high-value transactions, then it should be considered while filing the ITR.