Download Form No. 16 and 16A (TDS Certificate) from TRACES is mandatory TRACES Advice to Deductor.

On 11th December, 2014 TRACES has is issued advisory notice to TDS Deductor, download TDSCertificate (Form 16.16A) is mandatory from TRACES.  Therefore, TDS Deductor register with TRACES.

Deductors registered on TIN and having a TAN Account need not register again on TRACES. For first time login to TRACES, login with existing User Idand Password as in TIN (for your TAN Account) and update your details in ‘Profile’ section. You will be able to view allfunctionalities after activating your account.Click here to view e-Tutorial.

The advisory note of TRACES to downloading of TDS Certificates fromTRACES made mandatory is as under :

As per the records of Centralized Processing Cell (TDS), the TDS Statements have been filed by you for different quarters, however, you have not yet registered on the web portalTRACES.

You will not be able to download TDS Certificates (Form 16/ 16A) and avail several other facilities offered by TRACES unless you are registered on the web portal.

Please refer to the following provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961 :

Downloading of TDS Certificates from TRACES made mandatory:
In this regard, your attention is invited to the CBDT circulars 04/2013 dated 17.04.2013, No. 03/2011 dated 13.05.2011 and No. 01/2012 dated 09.04.2012 on the Issuance ofcertificate for Tax Deducted at Source in Form 16/16A as per IT Rules 1962. It is now mandatory for all deductors to issue TDS certificates after generating and downloading the same from “TDS Reconciliation Analysis and Correction Enabling System” or (hereinafter called TRACES Portal).

TDS Certificates downloaded only from TRACES hold valid :

In view of above circulars, it may kindly be noted that the TDS Certificates downloaded only from TRACES Portal will be valid. Certificates issued in any other form or manner will not comply to the requirements referred in the Income-tax Act 1961 read with relevant Rules and Circulars issued in this behalf from time to time.

Due Date for downloading and Penalty for non-compliance:

Please be advised that under the provisions of section 203 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 read with rule 31A, Certificate of tax deducted at source is to be furnished within fifteen (15) days from the due date for furnishing the statement of tax deducted at source. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Act will attract penalty under the provisions of section 272A of the Act, a sum of one hundred rupees for every day during which the failure continues.

Assistance for Registration on TRACES :

You can access our web portal TRACES and refer to our e-Tutorial for assistance on Registration and Login. For any further assistance, you can also write to or call our toll-free number 1800 103 0344.

CPC (TDS) is committed to provide best possible services to you.


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