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DSC Utility: Generate Signature File to Register DSC on Income Tax E-Filing Portal

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DSC Utility: Generate Signature File to Register DSC on Income Tax E-Filing Portal

DSC, or Digital Signature Certificate, serves as an electronic signature used for signing electronic documents and accessing online services securely. It contains vital user information such as name, pin code, country, date of issue, date of expiry, and the name of the certifying authority. To leverage DSC services on the Income Tax E-filing Portal, taxpayers need to generate a signature file using the DSC Management Utility.

The generated signature file can be utilized for various purposes on the Income Tax E-filing Portal, including:

  1. Registering DSC: To register the Digital Signature Certificate in the user profile on the Income Tax E-filing Portal.
  2. Resetting Password using DSC: In case of a forgotten password, users can reset it using the Digital Signature Certificate.
  3. Uploading XML: Taxpayers can upload XML files to file their Income Tax Returns (ITR).
  4. Uploading Tax Audit Report: Chartered Accountants can upload XML files to file Tax Audit Reports for the taxpayer.
  5. Submitting ITR Online: Taxpayers can submit their Income Tax Returns online, including approving Tax Audit Reports filed by Chartered Accountants.
  6. Submitting Form Online: Taxpayers can upload various forms on the Income Tax E-filing Portal.
  7. Uploading Zip File (Bulk Upload): Tax Deductors/Collectors, or ERIs, can bulk upload ITRs or other forms using the generated signature file.

DSC Management Utility – Steps to generate the signature file to Register DSC

Download DSC Management Utility

You have to Download DSC Management Utility from the income tax e-filing portal. A zip folder is downloaded

    Open the Java Utility

    Extract the zip folder. Click on DSC_MGMT_UTILITY.jar to open the utility

    To register or reset the password using a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) on the Income Tax e-filing portal, follow these steps:

    1. Tab Selection: Navigate to the “Register / Reset Password using DSC” tab on the Income Tax e-filing portal.
    2. Enter Details:
      • E-filing User ID: Input the username associated with your account on the income tax e-filing portal. Different types of users may have different User IDs.
      • Enter PAN of the DSC: Provide the PAN (Permanent Account Number) of the holder of the Digital Signature Certificate. Note that for NRI users, this field may not be mandatory.


    If you choose to use a .pfx file for your Digital Signature Certificate (DSC), follow these steps:

    1. Select .pfx File Option: Choose the option labeled “.pfx file” from the provided choices.
    2. Select Certificate File: Locate and select the certificate file (.pfx format) that contains your digital signature.
    3. Enter Password: Input the password associated with the selected .pfx file. This password is used to access and decrypt the digital signature.
    4. Generate Signature File: Once you’ve selected the certificate file and entered the password, click on the “Generate Signature File” button to create the signature file.

    If you select the type of DSC as USB Token, follow these steps:

    1. Select USB Token Option: Choose the option labeled “USB Token” from the provided choices.
    2. Select USB Token Certificate: From the drop-down menu, select the certificate associated with your USB token. This is the certificate that contains your digital signature.
    3. Generate Signature File: After selecting the USB token certificate, click on the “Generate Signature File” button.
    4. Enter USB Token PIN: You will be prompted to enter the PIN associated with your USB token. This PIN is required to access the digital signature stored on the USB token.
    5. Click ‘OK’: Once you’ve entered the USB token PIN, click on the ‘OK’ button to proceed with generating the signature file.

    Success Message

    A success message will appear on the screen and a signature file is generated. Save it in the appropriate folder

    Use DSC Signature File: a. Register DSC:

    • Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
    • Go to Profile Settings
    • Select Register Digital Signature Certificate
    • Attach Signature File

    b. Reset Password:

    • Go to the Login page on incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
    • Click on Forgot Password
    • Select Upload DSC
    • Choose New DSC / Registered DSC
    • Attach Signature File

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    Official Income Tax Return filing website: https://incometaxindia.gov.in/

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