TDS Returns Due Dates for FY 2019-20 (AY 2020-21) Last Updated : 29 May 2020

Filing TDS Return

Every assessee whose TDS has been deducted will have to file his/her TDS return. These returns should be filed after particular intervals of time, and the information that must be submitted to the income tax authorities include TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number), amount deducted, Permanent Account Number (PAN), TDS payment, kind of payment, etc. There are late filing fees for delayed filing of TDS returns so it is important to keep the due dates in mind as well as correct documents required.

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Due Date for Filing TDS Returns FY 2020-2021

Quarter Quarter Period Quarter Ending Due Date
1st Quarter April – June 30 June 2020 31 July 2020
2nd Quarter July – September 30 September 2020 31 October 2020
3rd Quarter October – December 31 December 2020 31 January 2021
4th Quarter January – March 31 March 2020 31 May 2021

Due Date to File TCS Returns for FY 2020-21

Quarter Quarter Period Quarter Ending Due Date
1st Quarter April – June 30 June 2020 15 July 2020
2nd Quarter July – September 30 September 2020 15 October 2020
3rd Quarter October – December 31 December 2020 15 January 2021
4th Quarter January – March 31 March 2020 15 May 2021

In case there are delays in depositing TDS, or errors while filing TDS returns, the following penalties shall become applicable:

  • Late filing fees
  • Penalty
  • Interest

Late Filing Fees

Failure to file your TDS returns within the due date will mean that you will be subject to a late filing fee of Rs.200 per day. The fee will be charged for every day after the due date, until the date on which your return is filed. However, the maximum fees that you will have to pay will be limited to the TDS amount.

Example

For instance, in case your TDS payable amount is Rs.7,500 on May 14, and the amount is paid on November 19, the total number of days between the aforementioned dates is 190. Therefore, Rs.200 per day for 190 days will be Rs.38,000. However, since your TDS payable amount is Rs.7,500, your late filing fees will be only Rs.7,500 and not Rs.38,000. But, an interest will be charged to you.

Penalty for TDS Return

In case TDS returns are filed after the due date, or there are discrepancies in the return forms, the following penalties shall become applicable:

  • Penalty under Section 234E: Under this section of the Income Tax Act, the deductor will be charged Rs.200 per day until TDS is paid, but the penalty amount cannot be more than the TDS amount.
  • Penalty under Section 271H: A penalty which may range between a minimum of Rs.10,000 and a maximum of Rs.1 lakh shall be applicable in case wrong details have been submitted, such as incorrect PAN, incorrect tax amount, etc.

A penalty will not be charged under Section 271H of the Income Tax Act in case TDS/TCS returns are not filed within the due date, provided that the following conditions are applicable:

  • The TDS/TCS is paid to the government’s credit.
  • The filing of the TDS/TCS return is done prior to the expiry of 1 year from the due date.
  • The interest and late filing fees (if any) have been paid to the government’s credit.

Interest Rate for TDS Payment

Under Section 201(1A) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, if tax is not deducted at source, either partly or fully, an interest rate of 1% per month will be applicable from the date on which tax was supposed to be subtracted to the date on which it is actually subtracted. In case tax has been deducted, and has not been paid either partly or fully, an interest rate of 1.5% per month will be applicable from the date on which tax was deducted to the date on which it was paid.

Example

For instance, in case the TDS payable amount of an individual is Rs.7,500 and the date on which it was deducted is January 14, and TDS was paid on May 18, the interest charged to the individual shall be Rs.7,500 x 1.5% per month x 5 months = Rs.562.5.

TDS Return Forms

The following are the TDS return forms and the purpose for which they are used:

Form Number Purpose
Form 24Q TDS from salaries
Form 26Q TDS on all payments apart from salaries
Form 27Q Subtraction of tax from dividend, interest or any other amount payable to non-residents
Form 27EQ Collection of tax at source

FAQ's On TDS Returns Due Dates

  1. Will I have to pay an upload fee for the correction of e-TDS/TCS returns?
  2. Yes, an upload fee must be paid for the correction of e-TDS/TCS returns. Depending on the number of records, the fee will vary.

  3. What are the various types of challan statuses in the TDS/TCS statement?
  4. The various types of statuses in the TDS/TCS statement are mentioned below:

    • Booked
    • Match Pending
    • Match Failed (Challan)
    • Match Failed (Transfer Voucher)
    • Provisionally Booked
  5. Is there a software available for the preparation of TDS/TCS statement correction?
  6. Various softwares are available to prepare the TDS/TCS statement. The details of the software providers can be found on https://www.tin-nsdl.com/services/etds-etcs/etds-swproviders-etds.html.

  7. What are the various types of forms available for filing TDS/TCS returns?
  8. The various types of forms available for filing TDS/TCS returns are mentioned below:

    • Form 24
    • Form 26
    • Form 27
    • Form 27E
    • Form 24Q
    • Form 26Q
    • Form 27Q
    • Form 27EQ
  9. Who is the Administrator for e-filing?
  10. The Director General of Income Tax (Systems) has been appointed as the e-filing administrator by the CBDT.

News About TDS Returns

  • Government instructs tax officials to remove applications that are related to TCS and TDS

    The government has instructed taxmen to dispose of applications that have been filed by license holders, buyers, or taxpayers for nil or lower deduction of Tax Collected at Source (TCS) and Tax Deducted at Source (TDS).

    The government has told taxmen to dispose of the applications by 27 April 2020. According to a statement made by the Board on 4 April 2020, the coronavirus outbreak has caused huge disruption to normal life and the CBDT has issued various clarifications and directions to reduce the hardship of taxpayers. The rejection and approval of the certificate will be communicated via email. However, an email intimation must be sent by the applicant about the issuance of the pending certificates. According to a statement made by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the email must contain “the required documents and evidences of filing their application in TRACES portal.” The Board issued these directions after several measures were introduced by the Finance Ministry to support businesses and individuals who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The government has extended the last date to file IT Returns for the Financial Year 2018-2019 to 30 June 2020. The interest rate for a delay in the deposit of TDS has also been reduced from 18% to 9%.

    07 April, 2020

  • Government provides the reasons behind TDS-like move on remittances

    The government introduced a Tax Collection at Source (TCS) which is very much similar to TDS on remittances after a survey by the Income Tax Department showed that a large number of those sending out money were not paying taxes for the same.

    The Finance Bill 2020 proposed that the Section 206C be amended and a 5% TCS be levied on overseas remittances and sale of overseas tour package.

    The IT Department found that out of 5,026 cases, 1,807 did not pay taxes. Last year $14 billion was sent out using the liberalised remittance scheme. This figure was less than $1 billion since 2009-10.

    6 March, 2020

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