In case you have to e-file your taxes on the official Income Tax e-Filing Portal or access the various services available on the e-filing website, you have to register and log into the portal using your user id (PAN) and password. Unfortunately, this is not possible in case you have forgotten your e-filing account password. In such a situation, there are 4 different ways you can reset your income tax e-filing account password. The reset of income tax e-filing account password can be completed as follows:
- Answer secret question
- Upload DSC (Digital Signature Certificate)
- Using e-Filing OTP
- Using Aadhaar OTP
1. “Answer Secret Question”: Income Tax e-filing Password Reset
At the time of registering yourself with the Income Tax e-filing portal, you are required to select two secret questions and provide an answer to each as part of the income tax e-filing account signup process.
If you choose this option to reset income tax e-filing login password, you will have to provide your PAN (user id) along with date of birth/incorporation, secret question (select from list) and applicable secret answer to reset your password. After completing the reset, you will get the option of setting a new password for your account on the Income Tax e-filing portal.
2. Upload DSC to Reset Income Tax e-Filing Password
The following are the key steps to reset your Income Tax e-filing password by uploading a DSC (digital signature certificate):
Step 1: Once you have selected the “Upload DSC” option on the Reset Password page and provided you IT e-filing portal user (PAN), you are redirected to the “Select DSC” page.
Step 2: On this page, you have the option to select either “New DSC” or “Registered DSC”.
Step 3: Once you have selected the applicable option, upload the applicable digital signature certificate to complete the password reset.
Step 4: Provide a new password and use this new password to complete the income tax login on the e-filing portal.
3. Reset e-Filing Portal Password using e-Filing OTP
You have the option of resetting your e-filing portal password by using e-filing OTP sent to your email and mobile number. Both of the OTPs need to be provided in order to reset and set a new Income tax login password.
Step 1: On selecting the option of resetting forgotten income tax login password using “e-Filing OTP” page, you will be directed to the following page:
Step 2: On the above page, you have the option of using either the “Registered Email ID and Mobile Number” or “New email ID and mobile number” to complete the password reset. In case you choose the new email id & mobile number option, additional verification steps will have to be completed.
Step 3: Set a new password and use it to log into your income tax e-filing account going forward.
4. Aadhaar OTP Income Tax e-filing Account Login Password Reset
This is possibly the easiest way to reset your income tax login password but your PAN must be linked with Aadhaar in order to use this facility. Additionally, you need to ensure that your mobile registered with Aadhaar is able to receive messages.
Step 1: Once you have selected the option of completing reset of your Income Tax e-filing and provided your user id (PAN), you will be redirected to the following page where you have the option to verify the last 4 digits of your mobile number registered with Aadhaar and generate Aadhaar OTP.
Step 2: The income tax portal login password reset process is completed once you have provided the Aadhaar OTP received on your phone on the income tax portal. Now you can set a new password to log into the income tax e-filing portal and access the wide range of tax-related services on offer.