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Understanding the online tax payment procedure

Computing and paying income tax can be quite a stressful activity. Thankfully, the Income Tax department has standardised the tax payment process. Taxpayers in India can now utilise the online tax payment facility. You can pay your taxes directly through the net banking portal of your bank. Pay your tax on time, conveniently through your digibank by DBS net banking account. Read on to know all about e-Tax payments – their meaning, eligibility, benefits, process, and documentation.

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What is e-Tax Payment?

e-Tax Payment, also known as online tax payment, is a facility offered to all internet banking users to pay their direct and indirect taxes online. It is an easy and convenient way to ensure that you pay your taxes on time, without hassle.

Pre-requisites for e-Tax Payments

  • You need to have an account with the bank that is authorised to make tax payments.
  • You must activate your internet banking account linked to your bank account.

Eligibility for online Tax Payments

  • All corporate assesses
  • All assesses except companies to whom Section 44 AB provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, are applicable.

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Types of Online Tax Payment

Direct Tax

Direct Tax is the tax you pay to the authority body imposing the tax. In India, the entity responsible for administering taxes is The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).  The common types of direct taxes imposed in India include Income Tax, Tax Deducted at Source (TDS), Tax Collected at Source (TCS), Securities Transaction Tax, Capital Gains Tax etc.

Indirect Tax

Indirect taxes are those that are imposed on goods and services. While you pay direct tax without any middlemen, an intermediary entity collects the indirect tax from the end-consumer and pays it to the government. In India, indirect tax payments are administered by The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). The most common examples of indirect tax payments include Goods and Services Tax (GST), Value Added Tax (VAT) and Customs tax.

Both the CBDT and CBIC come under the Department of Revenue.

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Benefits of e-Tax Payments

Now that you have a better understanding of what is e-Tax payments let us take a look at the benefits it has to offer:


The online payment facility is incredibly beneficial and timesaving. You need not stand in long queues and wait for hours to pay your taxes anymore. With e-Tax payments, you can make payments at your convenience within a few clicks.

Quick updates

When you make online tax payments, the Income Tax department automatically updates your tax data. You do not need to take any extra measures to ensure that your tax payments are updated.

Instant receipt

As soon you make the tax payment, you immediately get a receipt. The receipt helps you efficiently manage and track your payments.

Status verification

With e-Tax payments, you now also check and verify the status of your tax payments online.

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What is the Procedure to Make e-Tax Payments?

Follow the below-mentioned steps thoroughly to go digital with your online tax payments.

  1. Login into the e-Tax Information Network of the Income-tax department portal.
  2. Locate the challan options available for tax payments and choose the challan you wish to make the payment for.
  3. You will now be redirected to the information page.
  4. Fill in all the required details (as below) on the information page to proceed further.
    • PAN number if it is a non-TDS payment
    • Name and address of the taxpayer
    • Year of assessment
    • Major head code
    • Minor head code
    • Type of payment to be made
  5. Next, you will see an option to select a bank. As a digibank account holder, you can choose digibank as your bank and continue the online tax payment procedure.
  6. On confirming digibank as your selected bank, you will be redirected to its net banking page.
  7. Log in to digibank’s net banking service and enter the payment details.
  8. Double-check the details entered and click on confirm to make the payment.
  9. Once you do so, a successful payment message will be displayed on your screen, including all payment details – CIN, payment details, and bank name i.e., digibank.

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Forms and Documents Required for Online Tax Payments?

  • Retail users need not submit any extra documents while making online tax payments.
  • Partnership firms can opt for e-Tax payments by submitting a declaration with an appropriate stamp and duly signed by all authorised partners.
  • Companies can avail of this facility by submitting a company resolution on their letterhead duly signed by all authorised partners.
  • Societies, trusts, HUF, clubs, and institutions can make e-Tax payments by submitting a declaration/resolution on either a stamp paper or letter hand, which is signed duly by all authorised partners.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can easily find the challan for your e-Tax payment by heading to the tax payment menu in your e-banking account window.

After completion of your tax payment online, a CIN gets generated. You can check your bank statement to verify the payment.

Once your CIN is generated, after a week, you can verify the status of the challan in the ‘Challan Status Inquiry’ at National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) – TIN website using your CIN.

You should enter your PAN number for Income Tax New Series (ITNS) 280, 282 and 283, while you must enter your TAN for ITNS 281. It is crucial that you enter the PAN/TAN correctly. If your PAN/TAN is not available in the income tax database, your tax payment procedure will not be completed.

You do not have to visit a bank to pay your taxes personally. You can electronically make payments from the comfort of your home. Your CIN is also generated online and is required when you file your Income Tax Returns.

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