The Tamil Nadu Value Added Added Tax or TNVAT (as is popularly known) was in establishment a few years back, until the Goods and Services Tax or GST came into existence. Earlier, there were two ways of making TNVAT payment!
Before we get into the payment for the TNVAT ta it is essential to know what TNVAT is all about. TNVAT, also known as the Tamil Nadu Value Added Tax was originally in effect from January 1 , 2007. There are two modes of payment for the TNVAT. This includes online and offline payment modes.
Online Payment For TNVAT
In short, the e-payment facility for TNVAT allows dealers to make payments through the Internet, via the bank who passes on the payment to the Government, after which the bank returns a receipt of acknowledgement to the dealer through the website online.
Here are the following steps to make TNVAT payments online:
- Open your browser and log on to www.tnvat.gov.in.
- Click on the ‘epayment’ button which is mauve in color and generally located at the bottom left corner of the homepage.
- You need to then enter your login details, as a dealer.
- Click on the ‘e-payment’ option on the screen, again.
- On the next screen, you need to select the bank that you will use to make your payment. Use the drop-down button to select the bank of your choice, from the list and submit.
- The Challan page will open on your screen. Fill up the details as required and click on the Submit button once done.
- Check the details entered on the next page, and click on ‘Pay’.
- You would need to then login to your bank online account which you will be directed to automatically.
- Login with the required details including the payment information.
- Once you have made the payment, you will be given the e-acknowledgement for the successful payment of TNVAT.
Offline Payment For TNVAT
Dealers who have not yet availed the internet banking account for paying taxes or their organization yet and make the TNVAT payments through branches of 3 banks all over Tamil Nadu. The added benefit of simply using the e-pay-in-slip (Challan) based system is the fact that then the dealer does not have to visit circle offices for making the payments. Cash, cheques and demand drafts are accepted as mode of payments the banks. Also the risk of interest or penalty, caused by cheques dishonored or being lost or remitted late will no longer be an issue.
There are 9 branches of the following three banks who accept the TNVAT payments including:
- Indian Overseas Bank
- Indian Bank
- Vijaya Bank
The activation process for counter (Bank) payment of TNVAT is as follows:
- Log on to www.tnvat.gov.in
- Select the ‘Payment Mode Selection’ button.
- Click on the, ‘Counter Payment (Bank)’ option to activate it.
- Choose the bank of your preference, which is recorded for activation only. Hence, you can later choose a different bank to make the payments.
Steps for Counter Payment of TN VAT
This is how you make the TNVAT payments offline or at the bank branches:
- As a Dealer you need to first file and confirm e-Return for the month just as you would do otherwise.
- Payment details entry screen will be naturally disabled in the efiling part for the dealers who activated Counter Payment (Bank). Hence, you need to generate e-Pay-in-Slip (Challan) for counter Payments at the Banks.
- In order to get the challan login by clicking ‘e-Payment’ Button. The dealer has the following options:-
- If the payment of tax is by cash, needs to enter the amount & confirm and an e-Pay-in-slip (Challan) will be generated.
- If the payment of tax is by Cheque/DD, the dealer needs to select the Banks (from the above list of 3 Banks) and enter the details of Cheque & confirm and an e-Pay-inslip (Challan) will be generated.
- You can pay multiple taxes for eg. Form I and Form 1 in this screen.
- Print the generated e-pay-in-slip (Challan) and visit the nearest bank branch counters (From the list of above 3 Banks) for remittance of taxes during business hours of the Banks.
- Note, that the validity of the Challan generated is only for 14 days through the online portal. If delayed over 14 days the challan has to be re-generated for making the payment.
- Bank will accept the payment and give the endorsement with Bank seal on the e-pay-in-slip (Challan) instantly, in case of payment mode is in cash or Cheque from the same bank in which customer has account and remits the payment.
- In case the cheque payment instrument belongs to another bank, payment acknowledgement will be given only after realization.
- After getting acknowledgement from the bank, dealer needs to login into TNVAT portal and verify the e-Payment transaction under e-Payment verification link.
- You will also get an acknowledgement from the TNVAT portal in case if the status of the transaction is ‘Success’. Submit the copy of the Returns at the circle office , including the along with the acknowledgement given by the Bank e-Pay-in-Slip and the acknowledgement received from TNVAT portal.
- There is a provision for re-Print of e-pay-in-slip available for the dealers.
- Note that the Date of presentation of the Cheque in the Bank Counter will be treated as receipt date.
Generally it is advisable to have the payments done online because it has lesser hassles and you would anyway have to use the internet for the printing of challans, so it saves time and energy for the dealer. You can also call at these no.s:044-28290960, 28290962 (help line) or send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to get help or address any problem or suggestion.