What is Challan 280: How to Use and Download Challan 280

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Challan 280: How to Pay Your Income Tax Online with ITNS 280

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What is Challan 280: How to Use and Download Challan 280

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What is Challan 280: How to Use and Download Challan 280

Paying your Income Tax used to be a tedious task. Apart from computing your taxes, most of the time, you would depend on your Chartered Accountant to pay the amount of tax applicable. They would visit the designated bank branch and wait in the queue until the tax amount was paid. Verification of the challan would also take time as most of the process was manual

This is no longer the case as you can now pay your Income Tax with the help of Challan 280.

With Income Tax Challan 280 online payment route, you can use the form that is available on the Income Tax department website to pay taxes online. You also have the option to use Challan 280 offline; as per your preference.

What is Challan 280?

If you are paying your taxes for the first time, it is necessary to know what is Challan 280.

Challan no 280 is a form that can be utilised by anyone to make an Income Tax payment. This tax can be based on self-assessment, distributed income and profit, regular assessment, or advance tax.

Officially, Challan 280 form is referred to as ITNS 280 form. Many refer to Challan 280 as TDS Challan 280 as well.

Be it for online or offline payment, this single form can be used for various purposes. If you use the offline route, you will need to acquire the Challan 280 form from a designated bank branch and then do the payment. You can also download and fill out the form, and then make the payment.

In case you are choosing to do the Income Tax Challan 280 payment online, you will need to visit the Income Tax website to execute the transaction.

How to Pay Income Tax Online with Challan 280?

Let us now understand how Income Tax Challan 280 can be used for online payments.
  • Visit the official website of Income Tax at https://www.incometax.gov.in/iec/foportal/
  • On the homepage, locate the 'Quick Links' section on the left side.
  • Click on the 'e-Pay Tax' option or use the search bar to find 'e-Pay Tax'.
  • Enter PAN and re-enter to confirm it. Provide mobile number and click 'Continue'
  • Enter the 6-digit OTP received on mobile number and click 'Continue'.
  • Select the correct Assessment Year and Payment Type.
  • Under the ‘Type of Payment’, select ‘Self-Assessment Tax (300)’ and click on 'Continue'.
  • Enter the payment amounts accurately under the relevant categories.
  • Select the payment method and bank to make the tax payment and press 'Continue'.
  • Payment can be made using internet banking, debit card, credit card, RTGS/NEFT, UPI or can choose to pay at the bank counter.
  • After clicking 'Continue', preview the challan details.
  • Double-check the payment information for accuracy.
  • Click 'Pay Now' to make the payment or 'Edit' to modify the details.
  • Tick the checkbox to agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Click 'Submit To Bank' to proceed with the payment.
  • A confirmation will be received once the tax payment has been successfully submitted.

Download Challan 280 (Offline)

If you are wondering how to download Income Tax paid challan, you need to know that Challan 280 can be downloaded from the web and used for offline tax payments too.

  • Visit the official website of Income Tax India at https://www.incometax.gov.in/iec/foportal/
  • Click on the 'forms/downloads' option from the top menu on the home page.
  • Click on the 'challans' option under the forms/downloads menu, which will take you to a webpage with a list of all the challans that can be downloaded. From this large list, spot 'ITNS-280' and click on it.
  • Challan 280, like other challans, is available in two different formats: PDF and fillable form. Depending on your preference, choose the option.

Proof of Payment of Tax

After doing a successful payment transaction via the Challan 280 route, a challan counterfoil with many details will be shown. This is an important document for proof of payment of tax. The details displayed will have CIN, payment details, and bank name for processing the e-payment. This document i.e. counterfoil is proof that the transaction was completed.

Verification of Challan Tax Payment

You have to login to the e-filing website of Income Tax with your credentials. Once in, click on My Account and the details would be accurately displayed based on successful payment. Note that the mode of payment is also displayed properly.

Challan 280 for Advance Tax

If you are planning to pay advance tax, you will need to fill in Challan 280… The same is followed whether you choose to fill it out online or offline.

When to pay Advance Tax

If your annual tax dues are Rs 10,000 and above, you can pay the advance tax.

Advance tax can be paid by the following entities/people:
  • If you are a freelancer, consultant, or contractor, then you may be required to pay advance tax.
  • In case you run a business of your own, then you may be required to pay advance tax.
  • If you are a salaried employee, then it is the job of your employer to take care of the payment of advance tax via TDS deductions.
  • Also, do note that if you are a salaried staff but have a higher income from capital or interest gains or rental income, then, too, you may have to pay advance tax.

How to compute and pay Advance Tax

Computing advance tax is somewhat similar to calculating your annual tax payments. To do so:
  • Understand what your annual income from your salary is.
  • Add all the capital and interest gains to that
  • This figure will form the basis of your advance tax calculation.

In case you are a freelancer or consultant, provide the estimate of the income you earn annually and deduct the expenses incurred. Do remember, you can provide the details of the rent you pay, internet bills, mobile bills, travel expenses, etc. under total expenses.

FAQs on Challan 280 Online Payment

What kind of Income Tax payments can Challan 280 be used for?

Income Tax Challan 280 opens itself up to a variety of Income Tax payments such as advance tax, self-assessment tax, surcharge, regular assessment tax, and tax on distributed profits / distributed income.

What are the ways through which I can make Income Tax payments?

As you know by now, Income Tax payments can be made either online or through the offline route. To pay Income Tax online, you will have to go to the Income Tax website. On the other hand, to pay Income Tax offline, you would have to deposit the money/dues into a designated bank branch through demand draft, cheque, or via cash. Offline payments can be done by using Income Tax challan 280.

What do I do if I have any problems with making Income Tax payments?

During such an event, you as a taxpayer should contact your jurisdictional assessing officer or AO, when you need to adjust the challan’s specifics. Each taxpayer has an AO assigned to them who reviews their Income Tax forms and other related documents and hence in the case of Challan 280 problems too, it is best to consult the AO.


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