Paying income tax is crucial, but it can be a challenging task. While various online resources and programs are available to help you understand the process, it may be better to turn to a professional.


This is where a Chartered Accountant (CA) comes into play, as you can add a CA for tax filing. This not only simplifies the process but also ensures accuracy. In addition, with a CA on board, you can rest assured that an expert in the field is handling your taxes.

How to Get Registered on the Income Tax Portal

Before you learn how to add CA for tax audit purposes, you must know how to register yourself on the portal. This is because it is a mandatory step to proceed further. Here are the steps to register on the income tax portal:

  1. Visit the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department

  2. Click on the ‘Register’ button

  3. Under the ‘Register as Taxpayer’ tab, enter your PAN and click on the ‘Validate’ option

  4. Enter your personal and contact details 

  5. Generate an OTP and verify your details

  6. Create your login ID and password

Prerequisites to Add a CA to the Portal

To proceed with the CA login on the income tax portal, certain essential conditions need to be met. Here are the important requirements:

  • The CA should be registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)

  • They should have a valid PAN number

  • They should have a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) issued by a Certifying Authority (CA) recognised by the Income Tax Department

  • You should have your login credentials for the income tax portal, and your PAN should be registered on the portal

How to Add a CA to the Income Tax Portal

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to add a CA to the income tax portal:

  1. Log in to the income tax portal using your credentials

  2. Go to the ‘Authorised Partners’ tab and select the ‘My CA’ option from the drop-down menu

  3. Enter the membership number of the CA to search for the Chartered Accountant of your choice

  4. Select the validity period for the CA and click on the ‘Add’ button


A success message will be displayed once you click on the ‘Add’ button

Types of CAs That Can be Added to the Portal

Two types of CAs can be added to the income tax portal as authorised representatives:

  • Individual CA: This is a CA who is an individual and is registered with the ICAI

  • Firm CA: This is a CA firm that is registered with the ICAI

Benefits of Having a CA on the Income Tax Portal

There are multiple benefits that you can enjoy when you add a CA for ITR filling. Having a CA on the income tax portal can help you in filing your income tax returns in several ways.Here are a few of the benefits:

Expert Advice

CAs can advise on tax planning, investment options, and other financial matters

Efficient Tax Filing

They can help you file your income tax returns efficiently and accurately


They can represent you before the Income Tax Department in case of any disputes or audits


CAs can help you comply with tax laws and regulations and ensure that you do not face penalties or legal issues


They can ensure the returns are filed accurately, with all relevant deductions claimed

Timely Filing

A CA can ensure the returns are filed before the due date, saving you the hassle of paying late filing fees or interest

Digital Signature

CAs can provide a digital signature to you, which can be used to e-file the returns, saving you time and effort

Troubleshooting Problems of Adding a CA on the Portal

Adding a Chartered Accountant (CA) to the income tax portal can sometimes present technical difficulties.

  • Incorrect CA Details 

  1. Issue: If the details entered are incorrect, the CA may not be added to your account.

  2. Solution: Double-check the CA details entered and ensure that they are accurate. If there is an error, update the details and try adding the CA again.

  • Error Messages

  1. Issue: When adding a CA on the income tax portal, you may encounter error messages such as ‘Service Unavailable’ or ‘Invalid Credentials’.

  2. Solution: Check your internet connectivity and try again. If the problem persists, try clearing your browser cache and cookies or accessing the portal through a different browser.

  • Technical Difficulties

  1. Issue: Sometimes, technical difficulties may prevent the CA from being added to the income tax portal.

  2. Solution: Contact the Income Tax Department's helpline or technical support team for assistance. They can resolve the issue or guide you on how to proceed.

Adding a CA to your income tax portal helps you enjoy a smooth tax audit experience. If you encounter any issues while adding a CA or filing your returns, remember to contact the income tax department for assistance. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Is CA registration mandatory on the income tax e-filing website?

Yes, CAs must register themselves on the income tax e-filing website to file income tax returns on behalf of their clients. They need to complete a CA login on the Income Tax portal before filing taxes.

What is the maximum number of Tax Audit Reports that a Chartered Accountant (CA) can upload on the Income Tax Department Website in a year?

A Chartered Accountant (CA) can upload a maximum of 60 Tax Audit Reports on the Income Tax Department website in a year. This includes tax audit reports under Section 44AB of the Income Tax Act, 1961, and reports of companies requiring certification under any other law.

How can I activate an inactive Chartered Accountant (CA) assigned to my account on the new income tax portal?

If you find that your assigned CA status is inactive on the new income tax portal, you can extend their validity period to activate them. To do this, log in to your account and activate them from there.

Can I withdraw forms allocated to a Chartered Accountant (CA) on the income tax portal?

Yes, you can withdraw forms allocated to a CA on the income tax portal. The allocated forms are also visible to you, and you can withdraw them if necessary.

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