ITR filing: Return filed before July 31 but not received refund yet? Here are the likely reasons

The deadline for filing income tax returns (ITR) for FY 2021-22 or AY 2022-23 has passed. While many people filed their ITR before the deadline of July 31, 2022, they have yet to receive their refund for various reasons.
If you filed your ITR before or on the deadline but did not receive your refund, here are three likely explanations.

Check to see if the tax department has handled it.

If you haven’t gotten your income tax refund yet, check to see if it has been processed. Individuals receive their refund only after their ITR is completed and confirmed by the tax authority. It should be emphasized that you will only receive a refund if the tax department affirms that you are qualified for one after processing your income tax return.

Check the status of your income tax refund.

If you find that your return has been processed and the refund has been confirmed but is still pending, you should check the refund status. This is available on the NSDL website.



Here’s how to use the NSDL website to check the status of your income tax refund.

The status of an income tax refund can also be verified on the income tax e-filing website. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Use your User ID and password to access your account on the income tax e-filing portal.
  • Next, select ‘e-File’ and then ‘Income Tax Returns.’ Then click on ‘View Filed Returns’ and then ‘View Details.’
    One of the following three alternatives will be displayed on your screen: a) “Refund Issued” with the mode of payment, the refund amount, and the date of refund clearing.
    b) “Refund Failure,” specifying the cause for the failure, the date of communication, and the registered email address.

If your refund request was denied, you must file a request to reissue the income tax refund through the income tax e-filing system. If you notice ‘No Records Found,’ it is possible that the I-T department has yet to release the tax refund details.


Bank account pre-validation

Another reason you haven’t received your return is a mistake in pre-validating your bank account. Check to see if your PAN is linked to your bank account since this could cause the return to be delayed. Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the income tax e-filing system and sign in with your user ID and password.
  • After logging into your account, go to ‘My Profile and select the ‘My Bank Account option.
  • On the screen, you can see the pre-validated bank accounts. It will also display the bank account you have designated to receive your income tax refund for the fiscal year 2021-22.

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Due to High Demand

If you have an outstanding demand from the previous fiscal year, your income tax refund may be delayed as well. If this is the case, your income tax refund will be reduced to account for the demand. This will be communicated to you via an intimation notice issued under Section 143. (1).