What is TDS(Tax Deducted at Source)

TDS is the amount of tax which is deducted by the employer (or deductor) of an assessee and is deposited to the Income Tax Department on behalf of him/her. The TDS rates are set on the basis of the age bracket and income of different individuals.

TDS or Tax Deducted at Source, is a means of indirect tax collection by Indian authorities according to the Income Tax Act, 1961. TDS is managed by the Central Board of Direct taxes (CBDT), which comes under the Indian Revenue Services (IRS).

TDS is collected as a means to keep a stable revenue source for the government throughout the year, while desisting people from avoiding taxes.

What is TDS?

Tax Deducted at Source or TDS is a type of tax that is deducted from an individual’s income on a periodic or occasional basis. TDS can be applicable for income that are regular as well as irregular in nature. Income Tax Act, 1961 regulates TDS in India through Central Board of Direct taxes (CBDT) under the Indian Revenue Services (IRS). TDS rule directs the payee or employer to deduct a certain amount of tax before making full payment to the receiver. TDS is applicable for salary, commission, professional fees, interest, rent, etc.

Since TDS is collected at the source of one’s income, it effectively minimises evasion of tax by getting the income taxed, whether completely or moderately at that point of time.

TDS (Tax Deducted at Source)

Where is TDS applicable?

Tax Deducted at Source or TDS is applicable in the following cases:

  • Income from salary: The TDS is deducted by the employer from the salary and deposited on behalf of the employee. The salary is taken into consideration along with the deductions and exemptions. The rate of TDS varies from employee to employee on the basis of their income, deductions, and exemptions.
  • Income from interest: The TDS is deducted in this case if the total income from interest is more than Rs.10,000 for a year. The tax on fixed deposits (FDs) and recurring deposits (RDs) is deducted and deposited by the banks on behalf of the individual. In this case, the rate of TDS is 10% if the details of Permanent Account Number or PAN is provided. Otherwise, it is 20% of the total income from interest.
  • Income from sale of property: In case of disposal of a property, TDS will be applicable in case the value of the property is more than Rs.50 lakh. The rate of TDS will be 1% of the sale value if the PAN is provided. However, if the PAN is not provided, the TDS rate will be 20% of the sale value.
  • Income from EPF withdrawals: TDS will be applicable to withdrawals from the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) if the withdrawal is made before the end of 5 years of service. However, if the amount of the withdrawal does not exceed the mark of Rs.30,000, TDS is not applicable. The rate of TDS is 10% in case the PAN is provided and it is 20% otherwise.

Advantages of TDS:

TDS is based on the principle of ‘pay as and when you earn’. TDS is a win-win scenario for both the taxpayers and the government. Tax is deducted when making payments through cash, credit or cheque, which is then deposited with the central agencies.

  • Responsibility sharing for deductor and tax collection agencies.
  • Prevents tax evasion.
  • Widens the tax collection base.
  • Steady source of revenue for the government.
  • Easier for a deductee as tax gets automatically collected and deposited to the credit of the central government.

TDS Rate Chart

Whether the taxable income of an assessee is regular or irregular in nature, the Tax Deducted at Source or TDS is calculated on the basis of the TDS Rate Chart . The TDS Rates vary for different types of income and is mainly dependent on the slab under which the taxable income falls.

TDS Calculation

Payments such as salaries, interest payment, commission, fees to lawyers and freelancers etc. are subject to TDS. For salaries, the percentage of TDS will be based on income slabs rates. Similarly, each type of income has its own percentage of tax that is calculated when the amount meets certain limit.

Since TDS is collected at source without the calculation of investment that is eligible for tax deductions, hence, an individual can declare and submit his investment proof in order to file a return and claim for the TDS refund.

TDS Deduction

If an individual has paid excess TDS when compared to the liable tax amount, the deducted or payee can file a claim for a refund of the excess amount. The TDS deductions are calculated based on various factors for individuals from different types of income categories.

How is TDS Deducted?

Income and expenditure such as salary, lotteries, interests from banks, payment of commissions, rent payment, payments to freelancers, etc. fall under the ambit of TDS. When making payments under these segments, a percentage of the overall payment is withheld by the source that is making the payments. This source, which can be a person or an organization, is known as the Deductor. The person whose payment is getting deducted is called the Deductee. For instance, a deductor is the employer paying salary to an employee (the deductee).

Under the law stated by TDS, any kind of payment being made from one party to another will be subject to TDS while complying with the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The tax will be deducted at source and will thereon be deposited to the department of Income Tax.

Union Budget 2019-20 changes on TDS 

For the Union Budget 2019, the Finance Minister proposed to increase the tax deducted at source (TDS) limit on interest income from banks and post offices to Rs.40,000 from an earlier limit of Rs.10,000 per annum. This is a four-fold increase in the TDS limit applicable on income from interests pertaining to bank or post office deposits. The move is likely to benefit small depositors and senior citizens whose primary income is the interest earned from bank deposits.

TDS Return

An individual is required to file TDS return in order to receive TDS refunds and to maintain a healthy financial record. The TDS return can be carried out over the internet by visiting the website - www.incometaxindia.gov.in

The individual will need to sign onto the website by using the existing credential or by registering for the services. There are specific deadlines that an individual will be required to follow to ensure the TDS returns are filed within the due time. Depending on the income category, the individual will need to fill up the necessary form and provide required documents for the refund process to begin.

Once the individual has registered and submitted the return, he/she will need to validate the TDS Return File. The validation can be done by using the free software provided by the Income Tax Department.

If you are wondering about the possibilities of receiving a refund for the excess TDS paid, you will need to file the claim through TDS return to receive a refund for the excess amount.

Challan for TDS Payment

Challan ITNS 281 is the Challan form for payment of TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) and TCS (Tax Collected at Source). Challan No. 281 is applicable for Tax Deducted at Source / Tax Collected at Source (TDS/TCS) from corporates as well as non-corporates. TDS exception is essentially a mechanism developed by the Indian Government where in there is a tax deduction at the source of an income, calculated at a specific rate and thereby becomes payable to the department of Income Tax.

TDS Payment Challan: Filing Dates

  • If the concerned assessee is a Non-Government official: March’s tax by 30 April and the tax for some other month is calculated on the seventh day of the following month.
  • If the concerned assessee is a Government official: If you are depositing the amount without Challan 281, then you have to file the challan on the same day, but, if you are depositing the tax with the challan, you will be required to file for the same on the seventh day of the following month.

Challan TDS 281

The challan no. 281 is used for deposits of TDS/TCS. By using the form, you will need to mention the correct 10-digit Tax Deduction Account Number (TAN), name, and address of the deductor on each challan used for depositing tax. You can verify the TAN details from Income Tax Department website - www.incometaxindia.gov.in prior to depositing TDS/TCS. As a taxpayer, you will require using separate challans to deposit tax deducted under each section and indicate the correct nature of payment code in the relevant column in the challan.

File Challan 281 Offline:

  • Challan 281 has a certain format containing its features. Download the same.
  • Fill up the following information - Assessment Year, TAN number, your full name, then enter the mode of payment and any other additional information that you think might be required. Note: You have to enter the code of payment once you have mentioned your payment mode.
  • Get the information on a paper via print out (of Challan 281).
  • Once you are done filling up all the information, you will need to submit the same to the bank along with your total tax payable.
  • Post all this, the bank will issue a receipt which will have the Challan Identification Number.

e-Filing of TDS Return

  • Follow the instruction below for the e-filing of TDS return:
  • Choose the appropriate file format.
  • The file should be in a clean text ASCII format with 'txt' as the filename extension. You can also download the free software to prepare the return file using the Return Preparation Utility provided by NSDL or any other third party software.
  • Once the file is pe-Payment of TDS repared, validate the file using the File Validation Utility (FVU) provided by NSDL.
  • Rectify the errors, if found by FVU.
  • Generated .fvu file can either be submitted at TIN-FC or uploaded at www.tin-nsdl.com website

e-Payment of TDS

The Income Tax Department provides an online option to Pay Taxes Online. The e-Payment service facilitates payment of direct taxes online. The taxpayer will require having the net-banking services from any of the authorized banks.

Penalty for Late Filing of TDS Return

If an individual fails to file the TDS Return within due time, he/she will need to pay a fine of Rs.200 per day until the return is filed. The fee is applicable for every day until the fine amount is equal to the total liable TDS amount.

If the taxpayer exceeds one-year time limit to file the TDS return or furnishes incorrect details of PAN, TDS amount, he/she will need to pay a penalty of minimum Rs.10,000 to Rs.1 lakh.

Reimbursement of Expenses Related to TDS

  • The following reimbursement of expenses are considered for TDS:
  • Management expenses to parent company are non-taxable
  • Per-Diem expenses are non-taxable
  • Relocation expenses for employees are non-taxable
  • Audit fee is taxable
  • Marketing expenses are taxable
  • Traveling expenses are non-taxable, however, if it is taxable for FTS
  • The reimbursement for visit of a foreign artist is non-taxable
  • Consultant fees are non-taxable
  • Infrastructure expenses are non-taxable, etc.

Salary TDS Calculator

In order to calculate TDS from salary, you will need to calculate the total gross income from salary as well as other sources, then calculate all the investments and exemptions. Once you have calculated the total amount, you can reduce the allowable investment and exemptions from your salary, this will give you your annual income that will be taxed on the various income slabs.

Types and Rates of TDS:

TDS is calculated on the basis of a threshold limit, which is the maximum level of income after which TDS will be deducted from future income/payments. TDS is deducted as a percentage of overall payment, and may range from 1% to 30% of actual payable amount.

Major sections of the Income Tax Act that outline TDS deductions are:

IT Section TDS Rate Threshold limit*
Section 192 According to income slab According to income slab
Section 193 10% of income from interests on securities. NIL
Section 194 10% of income from deemed dividends NIL
Section 194A 10% of income from interests other than those on securities Rs.5,000
Section 194B 30% of lottery or game-related winnings Rs.10,000
Section 194BB 30% of income from horse racing Rs.5,000
Section 194C 1% of earning from contracts or sub contracts for individuals and HUF (Hindu Unified Families) 2% for corporates Rs.30,000
Section 194D 10% of income from insurance commissions Rs.20,000
Section 194EE 20% of payment in NSS deposits Rs.2,500
Section 194F 20% of payment made for repurchase of UTI or MF units NIL
Section 194G 10% of commission earned from selling lottery tickets Rs.1,000
Section 194H 10% of commission or brokerage earnings Rs.5,000
Section 194I 2% of rent of plant and machinery 10% of rent of land, building, fitting, or furniture Rs.1.8 lakhs
Section 194J 10% of fees for technical or professional services NIL
Section 194L 10% of compensation payment made to a resident when acquisitioning some immovable property Rs.1 lakh

*Threshold limit denotes the amount of income/profit up to which TDS will not be deducted. TDS will be calculated on value of income up and over threshold limit only.

TDS on income from salaries. are deducted on an estimation made at the start of the financial year. The employer is responsible for deducting taxes every month in equal instalments. In case the deductee has switched jobs during the fiscal year, the employer will deduct taxes on the basis of all accrued income in the fiscal year. Deductees should be very careful when mentioning their overall income as tax avoidance will be penalised by relevant authorities.

When is TDS not Deducted?

TDS - Tax Deducted at Source

TDs is not collected on payments made to the Reserve Bank of India, the Government of India etc. TDS will not be collected when interest is credited or paid to:

  • Central or State Financial Corporations.
  • Banking companies.
  • Interest paid under Direct Taxes or refund from the IT department.
  • UTI, LIC and other insurance or co-operative societies.
  • Interests earned from recurring deposit or savings account in cooperative societies or banks.
  • Interest in Indira Vikas Party, KVP, or NSC.
  • Interest earned in NRE account.
  • All institutions notified under no-TDS.

Apart from these, there are other avenues also where TDS may not be applicable, such as interest on compensation from MVCT (Motor Vehicles Claims Tribunal). Therefore, taxpayers are advised to check if their interest income is liable for TDS with a particular institution or not.

TDS Exemption:

If your TDS has been deducted under Sections 192, 193, 194, 194A, 194C, 194D, 194G, 194H, 194I, 194J, 194LA and 195, while at the same time if you feel that you are not eligible to pay TDS, then, in order to claim a tax deducted at source exemption, follow the below mentioned procedure:

  • Contact your corresponding Income Tax official or the department through Form 13 to get permission.
  • There has to be a consequent disposal of the applicants within the time frame of a month (30 days).
  • All the taxpayers are advised to fill in authentic and complete information in the first occasion itself. Not doing so might result in your application being rejected by the assessing officer. In any other scenario, if the officer is satisfied with the information provided, he/she will go ahead and issue your exemption certificate under Section 197.
  • Save a copy of this receipt to later attach it with the invoice that you will eventually raise in order to claim your TDS exemption.
  • Your certificate will have total validation, unless the officer cancels it.

TDS Certificate:

As TDS is collected on an ongoing basis, it can be difficult to keep track of deductions by an individual. As per Section 203 of the ITA, the deductor has to furnish a certificate of TDS payment to the deductee/payee. This certificate is also offered by banks making deductions on pension payments etc. The certificate is typically issued at the deductor’s own letterhead. Individuals are advised to request for TDS certificate wherever applicable, and if not already provided.

Refund of Excess TDS Deductions

If a person has been subjected to excess TDS deductions, the deductor can make claims for refund of the excess amount. The difference between the tax deducted and the actual payments made by the deductor, whichever is higher, is accepted as the excess payment, and this amount will be refunded after adjusting against any tax liabilities under Direct Tax Acts.

Quick Takeaways

  • TDS denotes the tax deductions at source of an individual’s income/payments. The deductor (employer/contractor etc) is the person who is making payments to the deductee (employee, stock broker etc.).
  • TDS helps in reducing tax filing burdens for a deductee and ensures stable revenue for the government.
  • In most cases, TDS is collected after a certain threshold limit of earnings has been crossed. The highest TDS of 30% is applicable on winnings from horse races, and lotteries and other games.
  • TDS certificate is issued wherever TDS has been collected, typically by the deductor or a bank.
  • TDS is exempted on some payments made to government, RBI, cooperative societies etc.
  • Refunds can be requested if there are discrepancies in the collected amount and the actual payable amount.

TDS vs Income Tax

TDS is a small amount of tax that can be deducted monthly, annually, periodically or occasionally from the earning of an individual or a business (the earning is not limited to salary but also includes interest, commission, fee etc.). The earning could be regular or irregular in nature. Income tax is levied on the total income (salary) on an annual basis for individuals as well as businesses.

Rates for tax deduction at source 2017-18

Particulars TDS Rates (in %)
Section 192: Payment of salary According to Income Slab as specified above
Section 192A: Payment of accumulated balance of provident fund which is taxable in the hands of an employee (with effect from 01.06.2015). 10
Section 193: Interest on securities
a) any debentures or securities for money issued by or on behalf of any local authority or a corporation established by a Central, State or Provincial Act; 10
b) any debentures issued by a company where such debentures are listed on a recognized stock exchange in accordance with the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 (42 of 1956) and any rules made thereunder; 10
c) any security of the Central or State Government; 10
d) interest on any other security 10
Section 194: Dividend other than the dividend as referred to in Section 115-O 10
Section 194A: Income by way of interest other than "Interest on securities" from banks and other sources 10
Section 194B: Income by way of winnings from lotteries, crossword puzzles, card games and other games of any sort 30
Section 194BB: Income by way of winnings from horse races 30
Section 194C: Payment to contractor/sub-contractor
a) HUF/Individuals 1
b) Others 2
Section 194C: Payments made to transporters (44AE), coupled with its declaration with a PAN number
Section 194D: Insurance commission 5 (10% till Assessment year 2016-17)
Section 194DA: Payment in respect of life insurance policy 1 (2% till 31-5-2016)
Section 194EE: Payment in respect of deposit under National Savings scheme 10 (20% till 31-5-2016)
Section 194F: Payment on account of repurchase of unit by Mutual Fund or Unit Trust of India 20
Section 194G: Commission, etc., on sale of lottery tickets 5 (10% till 31-5-2016)
Section 194H: Commission or brokerage 5 (10% till 31-5-2016)
Section 194-I: Rent
a) Plant & Machinery 2
b) Land or building or furniture or fitting 10
Section 194-IA: Payment on transfer of certain immovable property other than agricultural land 1
Section 194J: Any sum paid by way of a) Fee for professional services, b) Fee for technical services c) Royalty, d) Remuneration/fee/commission to a director or e) For not carrying out any activity in relation to any business f) For not sharing any know-how, patent, copyright etc. 10
Section 194LA: Payment of compensation on acquisition of certain immovable property 10
Section 194LBA(1): Business trust shall deduct tax while distributing, any interest received or receivable by it from an SPV or any income received from renting or leasing or letting out any real estate asset owned directly by it, to its unitholders. 10
Section 194LBB: Investment fund paying an income to a unitholder [other than income which is exempt under Section 10(23FBB)] 10
Section 194LBC: Income in respect of investment made in a securitization trust (specified in Explanation of Section 115TCA) 25% in case of Individual or HUF 30% in case of other individual
Any Other Income 10

Frequently Asked Questions: TDS

  1. What is the minimum salary one should have for TDS to be deducted by the employer?

    A) Salary needs to be subject to TDS only if the employee falls under the Income Tax Slab. This means that an individual earning less than Rs. 2.5 lakh, senior citizens with a salary of less than Rs. 3 lakh and super seniors (above the age of 80) earning less than Rs. 5 lakh, do not need to pay tax and hence no TDS has to be deducted from their remuneration.

  2. Is TDS applicable only on salary?

    A) No. TDS is also applicable on items such as income from interests on savings, fixed and recurring accounts, securities and deemed dividends, income from horse racing and insurance commissions, lottery or game-related prize money, payment in NSS deposits, repurchase of UTI or mutual fund units, etc. The details are available in Income Tax Act, Sections 192 to 194L.

  3. How do I know how much TDS has been deducted and whether it has been credited to me?

    A) The employer/deductor is liable to give you a TDS certificate or Form 16 and 16A confirming the amount of tax deducted. You can also log in to your Income Tax e-filing portal and check either your Form 26AS or ‘View Your Tax Credit’ option on the menu.

  4. Can I request tax deductors to not subtract tax from an amount and pay the whole amount to me?

    A) Non-deduction of tax at source is possible only if your income is going to be below the minimum income tax slab. If that is the case with you, then you can declare your income as being lower than Rs. 2.5 lakh (or others as applicable to various category of citizens) through Form 15G/15H and provide the form to the deductor. Form 15G is for individuals and Form 15H for senior citizens. You can also apply to the Assessing Officer of the Income Tax Department through Form 13 and get a certificate approving deduction of lower taxes or nil deduction of taxes. But if your income is above the minimum tax rate slab, then you cannot seek exemption from TDS.

  5. What will happen if the tax deductor fails to deduct tax or deposit the collected tax with the government?

    A) The deductor will have to pay an interest on the amount due to the government under Section 201 of the Income Tax Act. The interest applicable is: a) 1 percent for every month or part of a month on the tax due, calculated from the date on which the tax had to be deducted to the date when it was actually deducted (ii) at 1 and 1.5 percent for every month or part of a month on the tax pending, calculated from the date when the tax was deducted to the date when it is actually paid. Under section 271C, the deductor may also have to pay penalty of an amount equal to the tax not deducted or not paid.

  6. Is an employee responsible if the deductor fails to collect or deposit the tax?

    A) No. The onus of deduction and deposit of tax collected at source lies with the employer/deductor and not an employee or deductee.

  7. Why is one required to be registered as a taxpayer and not as a deductor while deducting TDS on the purchase of property having consideration above Rs. 500,0000?

    The purpose that Tax Deducted at Source solves is basically keeping a strict check on property deals that are underhand in nature, including keeping a stringent check on under valuation of a certain property or in case a property has been purchased but not reported. A particular property buyer could be from any sector of the society. He/she could be a corporate, a salaried individual, HUF, or a member of a certain association or a trust. In most cases though, properties and houses are bought by single individuals or salaried persons.

    Now, it is critical to understand here that not all of these beings from multiple classifications hold a TAN. Furthermore, you also have to keep in mind that if you are an individual or a member of the HUF, you will be legally not permitted to have possession of a TAN altogether! Unlike the rest of the people, individuals and HUF members are not supposed to deduct TDS in any form, under any head.

    The burden on the department will increase if every deductor of TDS has to hold a TAN (without which you basically cannot deduct TDS). This would mean that every time an individual wants to invest in a property somewhere, he/she would have to apply for a TAN first. This provision however underwent a change and the component of TAN was essentially replaced by PAN. The deduction basis from now on will be solely on the element of PAN. The entire process of registering for TAN, obtaining one and then purchasing a property had become too tiresome for a lot of people. Hence, the Indian government altered the basis of deduction. This provision functions on the assumption ground that any purchaser who holds a property that exceeds the amount of Rs.50 lakh will already have a PAN registered under his name. Hence, all they will be required to do is log in to their respective e-filing accounts, fill up the necessary form (which will be your challan and return form both), and make the said payment.

    The assessee’s assets and income will also be rendered easy to determine as PAN already holds all that information. Providing TAN details while purchasing any property is not a mandatory element anymore.

  8. Is TDS deducted on traveling expenses?

    No, TDS is not deducted for traveling expenses.

  9. Will TDS be deducted on service tax?

    Considering the fact that service tax is not an income for the service provider, TDS is to be deducted at the total amount excluding the service tax, if service tax is separately indicated in the invoice.

News About TDS

  • Documents that Reduce your Tax Outgo from Salary

    If you are a salaried individual working in India, you will know the nitty-gritties surrounding Income Tax and filing of income tax returns. People typically commence filing their tax returns from the month of December as the Tax Deducted at Source of TDS is typically deducted from the salaries of January, February, and March. However, these days multiple organisations and companies have started giving their employees more time so that they can make their investments as they had planned. However, March is the last month in which you can submit all the relevant documents as 31 March marks the end of the previous financial year (in this case 2018).

    Mentioned below are a few sections wherein you can make investments in order to reduce the tax outgo from your salary:

    Section 24B: You can avail a tax deduction up to the amount of Rs.2 lakh on the interest that you are paying towards a home loan that you have taken for acquisition. In order to successfully avail this tax deduction, you will be required to submit the certificate from the bank for interest, and documents proving that the property is under your name or has been acquired by you. Along with this, you will also be required to submit a self-declaration which is Form 12C. Section 80C: There are multiple investments that you can make under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 which will substantially reduce your tax outgo. Some of these instruments are Life Insurance and ULIP, Tax-saving fixed deposit, ELSS, children’s education, and so on. Section 80D: If you own a health insurance policy, you must be paying premiums towards the same. You can avail a tax deduction up to the amount of Rs.25,000 by submitting a xerox copy of the premium certificate that has been provided to you by the insurer.

    13 March 2019

  • TDS limit on interest from deposits to be hiked to Rs.40,000: Budget 2019

    The Budget for 2019 which was announced on 1 February 2019 has proposed to increase the TDS threshold for interests earned on the deposits with post offices and banks to Rs.40,000. The present TDS limit on the interest from deposits stands at Rs.10,000. In case of senior citizens, the limit is set at Rs.50,000. The interests earned on fixed deposits, savings deposits, along with deposit schemes in post offices and banks are covered under the proposal.

    As per the norms for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS), post offices and banks are allowed a deduction of 10% if the interest earned from a savings account is more than Rs.10,000 in a single financial year. However, the depositor does not receive any relief in terms of tax on income from interest. Taxpayers are still required to furnish the details of this income under the ‘Income from other sources’ and pay TDS for it which can be claimed back ass a deduction from the total gross income under Section 80TTA of the Income Tax Act. The interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has also proposed an increase in the TDS threshold for deduction of tax on income from rent to Rs.2.4 lakh from Rs.1.8 lakh. This has been announced for providing relief to small taxpayers. A tax rebate on incomes of up to Rs.5 lakh has been announced along with a raised standard deduction for salaried individuals to Rs.50,000 from Rs.40,000.

    15 February 2019

  • Deepak Kochhar Receives Notice From Income Tax Department

    A notice was issued by the Income Tax Department to NuPower Renewables, the troubled company of Deepak Kochhar, over reported tax evasion with regard to the Videocon loan case. Kochhar received the notice under Section 131 of the Income Tax Act. As such, tax authorities have been conducting enquiries regarding the case. The CEO and founder of NuPower Renewables, Mr Kochhar, has been requested to submit information of his income tax returns along with details of his personal finances for the past few years. Even information regarding his business transactions have been requested by the Income Tax Department. Even individuals associated with Kochhar’s firm have received notices from the Income Tax Department.

    4 April 2018

  • Tax deductions certificate through e-portal

    The Aayakar Bhavan witnessed the inauguration of an e-portal on Wednesday for income tax assessees to get their tax deducted at source (TDS) certificate online.

    Assessees need the TDS certificate in order to file their annual returns. Each assessee will be provided with an online dashboard governed by a unique username and password. He/she can register on the official website to avail the service.

    The Assessee will get alerts via email following the reception of the username and password. The release stated that a help manual has been provided in the dashboard for convenience and ease of usage. Each screen will contain a comprehensive explanation for assistance along with technical support. The assessee will be mailed additional information as requested by the officer or incidents of application approval or rejection status.

    A senior IT official added that many assessees are expected to be queuing up in IT offices seeking their TDS certificates as the deadline for filing of returns approaches, for without this they cannot claim deduction under tax deducted at source.

    12 December 2016

  • Taxpayers who get salaries will be alerted about TDS deductions via SMS

    More than two crore salaried taxpayers will be getting SMS alerts for TDS deductions. The SMS alert service has been launched by Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister of India. Jaitley stated that the salaried individuals cannot pay the taxes two times. They must be aware of their TDS deduction. He requested the CBDT to create a system for grievance redressal for online TDS mismatch.

    25 October 2016

  • New IT Office for TDS in Ferozpur Road, Ludhiana

    The IT department has launched a new office in Ferozpur Road, at a mall to be able to provide services to taxpayers in Ludhiana and surrounding areas. The services include aid for people with cases that are related to Tax deducted at Source (TDS) & appeals.

    This office was opened by Chief commissioner of income tax Ajay Singh, (CCIT), Ludhiana last Thursday. Mr singh also that the office will have designated officers that include Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals), Deputy Commissioners (TDS), Joint Commissioners (TDS), Income Tax Officers(TDS) and along with the valuation & audit officials who will function under their respective jurisdictions. There is also a Bar room to accommodate bar associations for the members.

    27 September 2016

  • Union anticipates INR 46,739 Cr TDS from Delhi this fiscal

    Over 40 percent of tax amassment, which is INR 46,739 Cr, is anticipated by the government to come solely via TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) from Delhi in this financial year (2016-17), according to top executive in the tax department. Ms. Nutan Sharma, the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax-TDS reiterated the importance of TDS and how it rose to be one of the major source of tax for the government in a short span while speaking at a seminar organized in the capital. There are also plans to revise rates where possible.

    8 August 2016

  • CBDT Eases TDS Claims Process for Non-Resident Companies

    In order to relax the rules pertaining to TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) for non-resident companies, the CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) has come out with a new rule that allows the former to claim benefits without quoting PAN.

    The new rule 37BC allows companies to make a claim by providing personal details such as name, tax residency certificate and others. Such companies include companies, body corporates, partnerships operating outside India. Section 206AA has been amended so that treaty benefits are not denied by the authorities in case of non-availability of PAN. The new will bring the much needed clarity in this area of tax.

    29 July 2016

  • Government Exploring Options to Ease TDS Issues

    In the wake of increase in complaints relating to TDS (Tax Deducted at Source), the government is exploring various options which includes tweaking the software to counter issues faced by taxpayers. The common rant of assessees is that the tax deducted by vendors and employers is not remitted to the government resulting in harassment during the refund process.

    It must be noted that commissioner level officers are entrusted with powers to provide relief to taxpayers in this regard for up to Rs.1 lakh if a TDS certificate is available. The government has issued orders to crack down on deductors who do not deposit the taxes. The CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) has issued instructions to the officials to find a solution at the earliest which includes modifying the software to allow certain provisions.

    20 July 2016

  • Taxation norms eased for NRIs, PAN no longer mandatory

    Non-Resident Indians or NRIs have reason to celebrate. The Central Board of Direct Taxes or the CBDT has eased the taxation norms for NRIs. NRIs can now avail lower withholding tax without compulsion of producing their PAN card details. Lower withholding tax can be availed under section 206AA of the Income Tax Act. A new rule, 37BC has been inserted by the CBDT to ensure that NRIs need not produce their PAN card in order to avail withholding rate. CBDT understood that the earlier rule was quite painful for NRIs where they had to go through the formalities of availing a PAN card only for this one transaction of withholding.

    Prior to this change, PAN was mandatory for all Non-Resident Indians and generation of TDS certificate was impossible without one. For this change to take full effect, changes need to be made in the TDS management system of the IT department too.

    30 June 2016

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