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What documents do you need while filing your Income Tax Returns?


With the tax season round the corner, it’s important to have a good understanding of the process and gather all the necessary documents for filing your income tax returns.

At MProfit, we’re here to help you navigate the process of filing your tax returns.

Filing your income tax returns accurately and on time helps avoid penalties and make the process smooth and hassle-free.

In this blog, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of documents you’ll need to file your income tax returns. Let’s dive right in!

Primary Documents

PAN Card

A Permanent Account Number (PAN) card is the primary requirement for filing an income tax return. PAN is crucial for Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) and must be linked to your bank account to facilitate direct credit of income tax refunds. It plays a vital role in ensuring accurate tax compliance.

Aadhaar Card

As per Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, individuals need to provide their Aadhaar card details while filing returns. Ensure you have your Aadhaar card readily available.

Bank Account Details

Disclosing all active bank accounts is mandatory when filing your Income Tax Return (ITR). You must select one account as the primary account to facilitate the electronic transfer of your tax refund by the Income Tax Department.

Income Documents

List of All Sources of Income

Compile a comprehensive list of all sources of income you received during the year. This includes income from salaries, business or profession, rental properties, capital gains, and any other relevant sources.

Supporting Documents for Deductions

If you have utilized tax-saving instruments like House Rent Allowance (HRA) or other deductions, ensure you have the necessary documents to support these claims. This may include rent receipts, investment receipts, or other relevant proofs.

Form 16

Form 16 is a crucial document for salaried individuals. It is provided by the employer and contains details of your salary and the amount of TDS deducted. It also includes other tax-saving deductions mentioned in the form.

Documents for Exemptions and Deductions

If you have invested in tax-saving schemes such as tax-saving fixed deposits, Equity-Linked Saving Schemes (ELSS), or other eligible investments, gather the relevant documents related to these investments.

Additionally, if you claim House Rent Allowance (HRA), make sure to have the necessary rent receipts available.

Capital Gains Tax

If you have generated capital gains from investments in mutual funds, shares, gold, or real estate, you will need to provide a complete list of these gains while filing your tax returns.

Ensure you have the relevant documents to support these capital gains calculations.

Tax Payment Details

Form 26AS

Form 26AS is an important document that provides details of tax deducted at source on various transactions, including the sale of immovable property, wages, and debt. It also includes information on advance tax paid by an individual and self-assessment tax.

Form 16A (TDS Details from Bank, etc.)

If you have received any income on which Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) is applicable, ensure you have Form 16A, which contains the TDS details from banks or other sources.

Challan 280

Challan 280 is used to remit self-assessment tax or advance tax. Gather all relevant details such as Challan number, Bank-State-Branch (BSR) code, and other necessary information related to tax payments.

Choosing the Right ITR Form

Once you have gathered all the necessary documents, you need to determine which Income Tax Return (ITR) form you should fill out.

In upcoming blog posts, we will provide detailed explanations of each ITR form to help you make an informed decision.


With the tax filing season in full swing, it’s crucial to be well-prepared and organized. By ensuring you have all the required documents and understanding the process, you can file your income tax returns with confidence.

Stay tuned for our upcoming posts, where we will delve into the details of different ITR forms and guide you through the selection process.

Wishing you a happy tax filing season!