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  • Due Dates for E-Filing Of TDS Returns

    Tax Deducted at Source (TDS): Due Dates for E-Filing Of Returns

    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 Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN), amount deducted, Permanent Account Number (PAN), TDS payment, kind of payment, etc. 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

    Last Date to File TDS Returns for FY 2017-18

    Months Quarter Ending Last Date To File Returns
    April, May, June June 30 July 31, 2017
    July, August, September September 30 October 31, 2017
    October, November, December December 31 January 31, 2018
    January, February, March March 31 May 31, 2018

    Last Date to File TCS Returns for FY 2017-18

    Months Quarter Ending Last Date To File Returns
    April, May, June June 30 July 15, 2017
    July, August, September September 30 October 15, 2017
    October, November, December December 30 January 15, 2018
    January, February, March March 31 May 15, 2018

    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 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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

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