Do taxpayers have to re-register DSC / Passwords on new e-filing portal again ?

Do taxpayers have to re-register their DSC and re-generate passwords on the new e-filing portal again from June 7th onwards?

The Income Tax Department is going to launch a new E-filing website i.e. on 7th June 2021. In preparation of the transition to the new system, the existing E-filing portal will not be available from 1st June 2021 to 6th June 2021.

In view of the change in the domain name of the new website, taxpayers have to register their digital signatures certificates (DSC) again in the new income tax e-filing portal.

DSCs are the digital equivalent (electronic format) of physical or paper certificates.  Digital Signatures are legally admissible in a Court of Law, as provided under the provisions of IT Act, 2000.

Under the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, authentication of ITRs/Forms etc. by means of a Digital Signature is mandatory for specified taxpayers/professionals. 

However, migration of the digital signature saved on income tax portal to the new income tax e-filing website is not possible due to security and technical reasons and the users have to re-register their DSC again on the new portal.

In view of the above, the e-filing team of the Income Tax Department is said to be sending emails advising users to re-register their current valid DSC on the new e-filing portal from June 7th onwards.

However, since user account passwords on the hitherto e-filing portal are stored in encrypted mode, whether they can be successfully migrated to the new domain is another question which has not been addressed by the ITD. It can be assumed that the department shall be able to migrate them too. In the event of non migration of the encrypted millions of user passwords, taxpayers might need to regenerate password also.

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