Home > Income Tax > Help Center > FAQs on Tax RefundLast Updated: Nov 25th 2022
Explains various provisions, scenarios related to Income Tax Refund, also covers the time it takes, factors that influence your Income Tax Refund!
Tax refund is the amount, which the government gives back to a taxpayer who has paid excess taxes.
Depends on how you see it! Yes and No.
You need to file an income tax return to claim your tax refund. The amount of refund receivable is computed and shown in the tax return.
Income tax department (ITD) will made refund either through electronic mode i.e. direct credit to account or through Refund Cheque. Taxpayers are required to enter correct Account number and IFSC code along with complete address details including PIN code at the time of filing of Return.
Refunds sent through cheques are dispatched to the address as mentioned by the taxpayers through Speed Post.
To check the refund status PAN and assessment year are mandatory
To check the refund status please refer the link IT Refund Status
If the amount of refund is more than 10% of the total tax payable for that particular year then taxpayer entitled to receive simple interest on tax refund.
Interest is computed @ 0.5 per cent per month on the amount of refund. The interest is computed from the beginning of the next financial year till the date of grant of the refund.
The amount of refund is not taxable.
But interest received on tax refund is taxable. The rate of tax would be as per your applicable slab rate. You may include it in the taxable income of the year in which such refund is received.
It means that Refund for credit to account maintained with bank had failed. Possible reasons could be
While time entirely depends on Income Tax Department internal process, generally it may take anywhere 7 days to 120 days, with an average time of 90 days after you have successfully e-verified your return.
Further, few factors that would dictate your refund time
As on Feb 2021, ITD implemented new Refund Processing System to enable faster Refund processing with an expected turnaround of just few days instead of few months.
Good news is that now you can track your it return, and refund easily, follow below links on this page
The taxpayer may give correct bank details and raise refund reissue at e-filing portal/Assessing Officer.
Paper refund - Taxpayer may give correct details about address and raise refund issue request at e-filing portal/Assessing Officer.
If the refund failed in any other mode, taxpayer can submit the refund reissue request.
To submit the refund reissue request please refer the link IT Refund Reissue
This means that Refund for the current year had been adjusted against outstanding demand of previous Assessment year either in-part or in-full. Taxpayer can check the outstanding demand details in ITD login.
To check the outstanding demands and other notices please refer the link Outstanding Demands
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