Different matching statuses in Form 16 / Form 16A

Following are different matching statuses in Form 16 / Form 16A:

U – Unmatched (Deductor has not deposited taxes or has furnished incorrect particulars of tax payment. Final credit will be reflected only when payment detail in bank matches with details of deposit in TDS/TCS statement)

P – Provisional (Provisional tax credit is effected only for TDS / TCS statement filed by Government deductor. ‘P’ status will be changed to Final (F) on verification of payment details submitted by Pay and Account Officer (PAO))

F – Final (In case of non-government deductors, payment details of TDS / TCS deposited in bank by deductor have matched with the payment details mentioned in the TDS / TCS statement filed by deductors. In case of government deductors, detail of TDS / TCS booked in Government accounts have been verified by Pay and Account Officer (PAO))

O – Overbooked (Payment details of TDS / TCS deposited in bank by deductor have matched with details mentioned in the TDS / TCS statement but the amount is over claimed in the statement. Final (F) credit will be reflected only when deductor reduces claimed amount in the statement or makes new payment for excess amount claimed in the statement)

Points to remember before filing the quarterly TDS statement

Given below are the points one should remember before quarterly etds filing:

  • Correct Reporting: Cancellation of TDS return and deductee row is no longer permissible. Accordingly, it is very important to report correct and valid particulars (TAN of the deductor, Category (Government / Non-Government) of the deductor, PAN of the deductees and other particulars of deduction of tax) in the quarterly TDS return
  • Quote correct and valid lower rate TDS certificate in TDS return wherever the TDS has been deducted at lower / zero rate on the basis of certificate issued by the Assessing Officer
  • Last provisional receipt number to be quoted in regular TDS / TCS returns: While filing new regular (original) TDS return, it is mandatory to quote the last accepted provisional receipt number of the regular quarterly TDS / TCS return of any form type
  • TDS return cannot be filed without quoting any valid challan and deductee row
  • Late etds filing fee, being statutory in nature, cannot be waived
  • Download PAN Master from TRACES and use the same to file new statement to avoid quoting of incorrect and invalid PAN
  • Validate PAN and name of fresh deductees from TRACES before quoting it in TDS statement
  • Download TDS certificate (Form 16A) from TRACES (http://www.tdscpc.gov.in) bearing unique TDS certificate number and issue to the taxpayers within due date
  • File correction statements promptly in case of incomplete and incorrect reporting
  • Download the justification report to know the details of TDS defaults, if any, on processing of TDS return
  • Do view your Dashboard regularly to know about your TDS performance
  • Government deductors should obtain BIN (Book Identification Number) from their Accounts Officer (AIN holder) in time and quote the same correctly in TDS statement

Payment of taxes – Do’s & Don’t’s

Taxpayers, deductors or collectors can pay direct taxes through Authorised Bank branches either physically, through ATM or through internet.

Type of Challans to be used for tax payments

Challan : ITNS 280
Description : For depositing Advance tax, Self Assessment tax, Tax on Regular Assessment, Surtax, Tax on Distributed Profits of Domestic Company and Tax on Distributed income to unit holders.

Challan : ITNS 281
Description : For depositing TDS/TCS by company or non company deductee.

Challan : ITNS 282
Description : For depositing Securities transaction tax, Estate duty, Wealth-tax, Gift-tax, Interest-tax, Expenditure/other tax and Hotel Receipt tax.

Challan : ITNS 283
Description : For depositing banking cash Transaction Tax and FBT.

Challan : Form 26QB
Description : Payment of TDS on Sale of Property.

Challan : Demand Payment
Description : Payment against CPC (TDS) raised demand (only for TDS on Sale of Property.

Do’s
1. Mandatory details required to be filled in challan
a) PAN/ TAN

b) Name and address of the taxpayer (for physical challans)
c) Assessment Year
d) Major Head, Minor Head
e) Type of payment 

2.  Use challan type 281 for deposit of TDS/TCS payments.
a) Quote the correct TAN, name & address of the deductor on each challan
b) Verify your TAN details from Income Tax Department web-site (www.incometaxindia.gov.in) prior to depositing TDS/TCS.
c)  Use separate challans to deposit tax deducted under each section and indicate the correct nature of payment code in the relevant column in the challan.
d) Use separate challans to deposit tax deducted for different types of deductees. 

3. For Non TDS/TCS payments use challan types 280/282/283 as applicable.
a) Quote the correct PAN, name & address on each challan used for depositing the tax.

4. Mention/verify the correct Financial Year and Assessment Year in the challan before tax payment.

5. Payment confirmation: – Ensure that the Challan Identification Number (CIN) has been provided on the counterfoil issued after successful payment of tax. Challan Identification Number (CIN) comprises of the following
a) Seven digit BSR code of the bank branch where tax is deposited
b) Date of Deposit (DD/MM/YY) of tax
c) Serial Number of Challan 

6. Verify the tax payment information submitted to the bank.
a) Details available on the TIN website http://www.tin-nsdl.com under the link “Challan Status Inquiry”
b) In case the details are not available then you may contact the bank branch where the tax has been deposited. 

7. In case the counterfoil issued by the bank has been misplaced, kindly contact the respective bank/branch for details regarding the same.

8. Rectification/Correction in the Challan:- For rectifying errors in a physical challan, taxpayer may approach the Bank. Prescribed timelines for the same are as per table below

Sr. No.
Type of correction on challan
Period for correction request (in days)
1
PAN/TAN
Within 7 days from challan deposit day
2
Assessment Year
Within 7 days from challan deposit day
3
Total Amount
Within 7 days from challan deposit day
4
Major Head
Within 3 months from challan deposit day
5
Minor Head
Within 3 months from challan deposit day
6
Nature of payment
Within 3 months from challan deposit day
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9. Please visit TIN website www.tin-nsdl.com for details on preparation and furnishing TDS/TCS statements.

Don’t
1. Do not use incorrect type of challan for payment of taxes.
2. Do not make mistake in quoting PAN / TAN.
3. Do not give PAN in place of TAN or vice versa.
4. Do not use a single challan to deposit tax deducted for corporate and non corporate deductees.
5. Do not use same challan for depositing various types of tax like advance tax, self-assessment tax etc.
6. Do not make mistake in the F.Y. and A.Y. to be indicated in the challan.
7. If you have multiple TANs for the same division filing TDS statements, do not use different TANs in different challans. Use one TAN consistently and surrender the others.

Duties of TDS Deductors

Deduct Tax at Correct Rate and deposit in Government Account – Sec 200

Every person responsible for deducting tax at source shall at the time of payment or credit of income, whichever is earlier, verify whether the payment being made is to be subject to deduction of tax at source. If it is so, he must deduct such tax as per the prescribed rates. Further he is required to deposit such tax deducted in the Central Government Account within the prescribed time as specified in Rule 30.

Issue a TDS certificate

Further, such person is required to issue a certificate of tax deduction at source u/s 203 to the person from whose income the TDS has been done, in the prescribed proforma i.e. Form No.16A within prescribed time(as discussed earlier).

File Prescribed Return/Quarterly Statement

A return of TDS is a comprehensive statement containing details of payments made and taxes deducted thereon along with other prescribed details. For deductions made prior to 01.04.2005 earlier every deductor was required as per the provisions of Section 206 (read with Rule 36A and 37) to prepare and deliver an annual return, of tax deducted at source. However w.e.f. 01.04.2005 there is no requirement to file annual returns and instead Quarterly statements of TDS are to be submitted in form 26Q by the deductors.

Procedure for submission of declaration by person claiming receipt of certain incomes without deduction of tax in Form 15G/15H

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Central Board of Direct Taxes

Directorate of Income Tax (Systems)

Notification No 7/2016

New Delhi, 4th May, 2016

Procedure for submission of declaration by person claiming receipt of certain incomes without deduction of tax in Form 15G/15H under sub-section (1) or under sub-section (1A) of section 197A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 read with Rule 29C of Income-tax Rules, 1962.

As per sub-rule (1) of rule 29C (Declaration by person claiming receipt of certain incomes without deduction of tax) of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (hereunder referred as the Rules) a declaration under sub-section (1) or under sub-section (1A) of section 197A shall be in Form No. 15G and declaration under sub-section (1C) of section 197A shall be in Form No. 15H.

2. As per sub-rule (3) of rule 29C, the person responsible for paying any income of the nature referred to in sub-section (1) or sub-section (1A) or sub-section (1C) of section 197A, shall allot a unique identification number to each declaration received by him in Form No.15G and Form No.15H respectively during every quarter of the financial year in accordance with the procedures, formats and standards specified by the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) under sub-rule (7) of rule 29C.

3. As per sub-rule (4) of rule 29C, the person referred to in sub-rule (3) herein shall furnish the particulars of declaration received by him during any quarter of the financial year along with the unique identification number allotted by him under sub-rule (3) in the statement of deduction of tax of the said quarter in accordance with the provisions of clause (vii) of sub-rule (4) of rule 31A. As per sub-rule (7) of rule 29C, the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) shall specify the procedures, formats and standards for the purposes of furnishing and verification of the declaration, allotment of unique identification number and furnishing or making available the declaration to the income tax authority and shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration in relation to the furnishing of the particulars of declaration in accordance with the provisions of sub-rule (4) of rule 29C.

4. In exercise of the powers delegated by Central Board of Direct Taxes (‘Board’) under sub-rule (7) of rule 29C of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) hereby lays down the following procedures:

a. Registration: The deductor/collector is required to register by logging in to the e-filing website (https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/) of the Income Tax Department. To file the “Statement of Form 15G/15H”, deductor should hold a valid TAN. Following path is to be used for the registration process:

Register yourself → Tax Deductor & Collector

b. Preparation: The prescribed schema for Form 15G/15H and utility to prepare XML file can be downloaded from the e-filing website home page under forms (other than ITR) tab. The Form 15G/15H utility can be used to prepare the xml zip file. The declaration is required to be submitted using a Digital Signature Certificate. The signature file for the zipped file can be generated using the DSC Management Utility (available under Downloads in the e-Filing website https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/)

c. Submission: The designated person is required to login to the e-filing website using TAN and go to e-File → Upload Form 15G/15H. The designated person is required to upload the “Zip” file along with the signature file (generated as explained in para (b) above). Once uploaded, the status of the statement shall be shown as “Uploaded”. The uploaded file shall be processed and validated at the e-filing portal (list of validations are given in the user manual). Upon validation, the status shall be either “Accepted” or “Rejected which will reflect within 24 hours from the time of upload. The status of uploaded file will be visible at My account → View Form 15G/15H. In case the submitted file is “Rejected”, the reason for rejection shall be displayed and the corrected statement can be uploaded again.

(Gopal Mukherjee)

Pr. DGIT (System), CBDT

Analysis of File Validation Utility (FVU) Version 5.0

The Income Tax Department has released the new File Validation Utility (FVU) Ver. 5.0 on 13th April 2016 and is applicable for all TDS Returns & Correction Statements filed from the same date onwards.

Highlights and its analysis are summarized below:

Changes is Form 26Q (TDS Returns for Non-Salary)

  • The applicability of value ‘B’ in the ‘Remarks’ (No Deduction / Lower Deduction) has been extended to include Section Code 192A (Payment of accumulated balance due to an employee). This had been a past anomaly which has now been taken care of.
  • Section Code ‘194IA’ for ‘Payment on certain immovable property other than agricultural land’, which was earlier reported in Form 26QB through NSDL website, has now been included in Form 26Q as well.

Validation of Tax Account Number (TAN) and TAN Name

  • The FVU will now validate the TAN as per the Department’s records through the CSI file (Challan Status Inquiry) and that appearing on the TDS / TCS Return Statement. Mismatch in TAN is not acceptable and the FVU will reject it with appropriate message. Similarly, TAN Name will also be validated as in the CSI file with that provided on the TDS / TCS Return Statement. In case of mismatch, the message will be displayed accordingly. It is important to have the same name in TDS Statements as that on records with the Income Tax Department.

Other Changes

  • It is now mandatory to provide an Email ID for Deductor / Collector or the Responsible Person. The FVU will reject, if at least one Email ID is missing.
  • It is now mandatory to provide the Mobile No. of the Responsible Person.

FVU 3.71 : Key Changes Effective May 2013

File validation utility 3.71 has been released on May 7, 2013

Effective Date

  • FVU 3.71 will be mandatory w.e.f  May 26,2013
  • This means on or before May 25, 2013, statements can be filed with either FVU version 3.6 or FVU version 3.71
  • Effective May 26,2013 version 3.71 can only  be used for all statements pertaining to FY 2010-11 onward.

Changes:

Form 24Q : TDS on salaries

  • 80CCG : Investment in Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme. This has been incorporated in Form 24Q , Q4 statement. This is effective FY 2012-13 onward.
  • 80CCF : Investment in approved infrastructure bonds. Quoting deduction under section 80CCF has been restricted to FY 2010-11 and 2011-12, as deduction under this section is not available from FY 2012-13 onward.

Form 27EQ : Tax Collection at Source

  • 206CK : Collection at source on cash case of Bullion and Jewellery
  • Such transactions are to be shown in Form 27EQ
  • PAN compliance validation of 85% pertaining to deductees of section code 206CK has been relaxed.