It is generally common to get an error of invalid XML while uploading the same. One can get this error message due of these reasons:
- Old version of ITR: If you are using the old version of the ITR utility and trying to generated the XML file
- Altered or edited the XML: If you have altered or edited the XML file generated from the ITR utility/form before uploading the same to the portal.
- System compatibility: If using the Excel utility to file ITR, the computer used for generating the XML does not have the .Net 3.5 framework installed or enabled.
These are the common reasons of invalid XML. However, you can resolve the ‘invalid XML’ error by following these five simple steps.
In case you are filing ITR using Excel utility:
Step 1: Discard the older version of the XML which is leading to the error. However, do not discard the previous old version of the ITR Excel utility/form. Now, you have to download and open the latest version of the ITR excel utility, which you have used to create the XML, from the e-filing portal. Incom
Step 2: Open the latest version of the ITR excel utility/form and click on ‘Import from Previous Version’ button from the right-side panel.
Step 3: Now, browse and select the saved excel file (previous version of the filled ITR excel utility/form) and click on ‘Open’.
Step 4: All the information filled and saved into the previous version of the ITR excel utility will get imported to the latest version of the ITR excel utility successfully.
It is necessary to check out all the filled details in the latest version of utility to make sure ensure that all the details from the previous version have been imported correctly.
In case any additional details are asked in the latest version, fill that details and complete the ITR. Generate the XML after filling all necessary details and upload the new XML file in the e-filing portal.
Similarly, in case you are filing ITR using JAVA facility, you can follow these five simple steps to fix the error.
Step 1: Download and open the latest version of the ITR Java utility, which you have used to create the XML from the e-filing portal.
Step 2: Open the latest utility and click on the ‘Open’ from the Menu bar.
Step 3: Select the XML file (generated from the previous version of the Java utility).
Step 4: All the information will be imported to the latest version of the ITR Java utility successfully.
Thoroughly check the data in the newer version to ensure that all the data from the previous version has been imported. Generate the XML after filling all necessary details and upload the same on the e-filing portal.