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How to download, import prefilled XML file to fill tax details in ITR?

All the personal and tax details available with tax e-filing portal will be prefilled into the appropriate ITR excel form.

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Updated: Aug 03, 2019, 10.47 AM IST
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It is your responsibility to check all the prefilled details before submitting the form to the I-T department.
When you file income tax return (ITR) using the Excel utility, instead of filling the entire Excel form manually, you can import some of your personal and tax details into the ITR Excel form automatically using the XML file, which can be downloaded from the tax e-filing portal.

Once you have downloaded the XML file, you need to import the file in the appropriate ITR Excel utility/form and the details get pre-filled in the particular ITR Excel form. However, remember only some of the details required to be filled in your ITR will get pre-filled as the income tax department's software will copy these details from your previous ITR and other sources it has access to such as your Form 26AS.

Make sure you have downloaded the appropriate ITR's Excel utility form from 'IT Return Preparation Software' tab on the income tax department's e-filing website before downloading the prefilled XML file.

Hence, you need to first download the appropriate ITR Excel utility and then the prefilled XML file to successfully complete the process of ITR filing.

Here's how you can download the ITR Excel utility via the income tax department's e-filing website. Further, to download the prefilled XML to prefill the personal and tax details in the ITR excel utility, follow steps from 5 to 12.

Step 1: Visit the income tax e-filing portal, that is, website. Go to the 'Download' section and click on the 'IT Return Preparation Software'.


Step 2: After clicking on the 'IT Return Preparation Software', you will be redirected to 'Income Tax Utilities' screen, select the assessment year and click on the appropriate ITR's (i.e., the ITR form number which is applicable to you) Excel utility hyperlink.


Step 3: When you click on the ITR form number you want to download, the ITR Excel utility zip file will automatically get downloaded in the 'Downloads' folder of your system. From the download folder, right click on the downloaded zip file and then click on 'Extract All' option.


Step 4: Open the folder to which the zip file is extracted. Double click on the 'Excel File' to open the ITR Excel utility. Keep the ITR Excel ready before you download and import the personal and tax details from prefilled XML file to the ITR Excel form.


Now, here's how you can download and import the prefilled XML file following steps from 5 to 12:

Step 5: Visit website again, under 'Registered user' option, click on 'Login here' tab.


Step 6: The taxpayer has to enter his/her User ID (their PAN number), password, captcha code and then, click on the 'Login' tab.


Step 7: Once logged in successfully, go to the 'My Account' dropdown menu. Click on 'Download Pre-filled XML'.


Step 8: Now you will be directed to 'Download Pre-filled XML' screen where your PAN will be auto-populated. You will have to select the 'Assessment Year' for which you are filing the income tax return. From the second dropdown, choose the 'ITR Form' which you want to file. After that, click on 'Continue' tab.


Step 9: Choose the bank account for credit refund. You are required to do so irrespective of whether you have any refund or not. After that click on the 'Download XML' button to download the pre-filled XML file (The file will get automatically downloaded in 'Downloads' folder of your system).


Step 10: Now both the ITR form and the prefilled XML file will be downloaded in 'Downloads' folder of your system.


Step 11: Open the downloaded ITR Excel utility (If not downloaded yet, refer to step 1 to step 4 above) and click 'Import Personal and Tax Details from Prefilled XML' button from the right-side panel of the general information schedule of the ITR form.


Step 12: Browse and select the downloaded prefilled XML file and click on 'Open' button and import the details to ITR Excel form.


All the personal and tax details available with tax e-filing portal will be prefilled into the appropriate ITR excel form. Save the information pre-filled in the form. However, remember that it is your responsibility to check all the prefilled details before submitting and correct them if needed.

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