Facilities available through Online Correction

TRACES has provided the functionality of “Online Correction” where deductor can perform correction of TDS/TCS statements online. Deductor is required to Login to TRACES, Go to ‘Default’ Menu, Click on “Request For Correction”.

Following are the various facilities available through Online Correction:

1. Rectifying Challan mismatch cases

2. Addition of new Challan to the Statement.

3. Pay 220/interest/levy.

4. Add or Delete Salary Detail.

5. Rectifying Statement Challan Information.

6. PAN Correction.

7. Correction in Personal Information.

8. Add/Modify deductee detail

9. Movement of deductee rows.

Error-Free TDS Returns

Error – free TDS returns has been given below:
  1. Deduction/ Collection of Tax at Correct Rates.
  2. Timely Deposit of Tax Deducted at Source.
  3. Accurate Reporting of data related to tax deductions/ collections made.
  4. Submission of TDS Statements within the due dates.
  5. Verification and Issuance of TDS Certificates within time.
  6. CPC (TDS) is now sending “Intermediate Default Communication” for PAN Errors and Short Payments, which can be corrected during the interim period of a week of filing TDS Statements, before CPC (TDS) proceeds with computing Defaults for the relevant statement.
  7. User-friendly Online Correction facility can be used for Correction of Deductees, Tagging Unmatched Challans and Payment of Fees/ Interest. (Please navigate to Defaults tab to locate Request for Correction from the drop-down menu. For any assistance, please refer to the e-tutorial available on TRACES).
  8. Aggregated TDS Compliance Report assists the PAN of the Deductor to administer TDS Defaults for associated TANs and to take appropriate action.
  9. The Deductor’s Dashboard provides you all necessary information to assist you in “Compliance Self-Assessment” and to take appropriate action.
  10. Non-filing Self-declaration can be made by navigating to Statements / Payments menu and submit details under Declaration for Non-Filing of Statements.
  11. PAN Verification and Consolidated TAN – PAN File facility on TRACES can be used for verifying the deductees.
  12. The Conso Files and Justification Reports downloaded from TRACES help you to identify errors in submission of revised Quarterly TDS Statements.

New design of PAN card

NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited

PAN Services 

Circular No.: NSDL/TIN/2017/001

January 10, 2017

Subject: New design of PAN card

All TIN-FCs & PAN Centres are hereby informed that the Income Tax Department (ITD) has prescribed certain changes in the existing design of the PAN Card. Accordingly, with effect from January 1, 2017, PAN cards are being printed as per the new design specifications approved by ITD.

Specimen of the PAN card as per new design is as under:

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 New features:

(i) Quick Response (QR) code having details of the PAN applicant is printed on PAN card for enabling verification of the PAN Card;

(ii) Legends have been incorporated for particulars Name, father’s, and date of birth fields.

(iii) Position of PAN & signature has been changed.

All TIN-FCs and PAN Centres are advised to take note of the above and advise applicants in the events of queries received from the applicants.

For and on behalf of

NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure limited

Mantu Prasad

Senior Manager

Date: 2017.01.10 16:02:46. IST

Quoting of PAN in all the existing bank accounts and other measures

The government has asked banks to obtain permanent account number (PAN) or Form-60 if PAN is not available, from all bank account holders by February 28, 2017. It has released press release in this regard which has been given below:

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Direct Taxes

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PRESS RELEASE

New Delhi, 8th January, 2017

Quoting of PAN in all the existing bank accounts and other measures

Income-tax Rules have been amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017, if not already done. In this connection, it may be mentioned that RBI vide circular dated 15.12.2016 has mandated that no withdrawal shall be allowed from theaccounts having substantial credit balance/deposits if PAN or Form No.60 is not provided in respect of such accounts. Therefore, persons who are having bank account but have not submitted PAN or Form No.60 are advised to submit the PAN or Form No. 60 to the bank by 28.2.2017.

2. The banks and post offices have also been mandated to submit information in respect of cash deposits from 1.4.2016 to 8.11.2016 in accounts where the cash deposits during the period 9.11.2016 to 30.12.2016 exceeds the specified limits.

3. It has also been provided that person who is required to obtain PAN or Form No.60 shall record the PAN/Form.No.60 in all the documents and quote the same in all the reports submitted to the Income-tax Department.

4. The notification amending the relevant rules is available on the official website of the Income-tax Department i.e. www.incometaxindia.gov.in

(Dr. Binod K. Sinha)

Commissioner of Income Tax

(Media and Technical Policy)

Official spokesperson, CBDT.

Avail the Benefit of CPC(TDS) Analytics for Correction of PANs in your TDS Statements

Date of Communication: 03/01/2017

Dear Deductor, TAN (XXXXXXXXXX)

Centralized Processing Cell (TDS) has observed from its records that you have reported “Structurally Correct, however Invalid PANs” in your TDS Statement filed for Quarter 2 of Financial Year 2016-17. To correct such errors, CPC (TDS) Analytics provides facility of correct PAN suggestions for the Deductees, while submitting Online PAN Corrections based on your statement filing history.

Action to be taken:

  • “Online Correction” facility of TRACES can be used with Digital Signatures for correction of PANs. To avail the facility, you are requested to “Login to TRACES” and navigate to “Defaults” tab to locate “Request for Correction” from the drop-down menu. For assistance, please refer to the e-tutorial available on TRACES.
  • While submitting PAN Corrections, CPC (TDS) Analytics identifies the above referred errors for you and provides suggestions for Valid PANs. This will reflect as follows while submitting corrections:

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Implications, if Errors are not corrected:

Deductor would not have been able to generate TDS Certificates for deductees with such incorrect PANs. In case, you have issued TDS Certificates outside TRACES, they will not be valid. In view of CBDT circulars 04/2013 dated 17.04.2013, No. 03/2011 dated 13.05.2011 and No. 01/2012 dated 09.04.2012, 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.

  • Correct TDS Credits in 26AS statements to such taxpayers will not be available and they will not be able to avail the same, while filing their Income Tax Returns.
  • As per section 206AA of the Income Tax Act, tax is to be deducted at a higher rate, in case of “Not Available/ Invalid PANs”. Therefore, default of Short Deduction, including Interest is charged on the deductor, if the tax has not been deducted at higher rate, as per the provisions of section 206AA.

Therefore, to avoid generation of defaults against you and to avoid any inconvenience to your deductees, please make full use of the above referred facility.

For any further assistance, you can also write to ContactUs@tdscpc.gov.in or call our toll-free number 1800 103 0344

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

CPC (TDS) TEAM

Submit tax saving proofs to your employer to prevent excess TDS

With your company’s accounts department knocking on your door to submit income-tax saving proofs, it’s time for you to gather all the relevant papers in one place.

Since April 2016, the department would have been computing taxes on your salary based on the proposed investment declaration submitted by you earlier.

The taxes deducted at source (TDS) are covered under Section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 making it the obligation of the employer to withhold taxes at the time of payment of salaries.

Once the actual proof is submitted, the accounts department will compute the taxes based on the proofs of the actual investments made by you. And for that you will have to furnish the documentary evidence of having actually made the investments as per the investment declaration made earlier You can make tax-saving investments different from those declared by you earlier but the deduction from taxable income will be given only on the basis of the actuals submitted and not on the basis of the proposed declaration made earlier.

The last date for such submissions varies, but most organisations would expect you to submit them by March 10, 2017. However, employers start asking for them in January (in this case Jan 2017) itself as they would like to start deducting tax at source on the basis of tax calculations based on actual investments from January.. This will also enable the employee to finalise tax adjustments, if any, in the balance months of the current financial year (2016-17).If taxes have been deducted in excess or less, accordingly, they will get deducted in the last 3 months of the FY. Do not wait till March as then there wont be any scope for finalising and one could see a huge tax burden in that month and less of take-home pay.

The documents need not be attached or sent to Income-tax Department at the time of tax filing. Instead, it’s the employer who has to receive them from employees and deduct tax accordingly.

At times it is found that after taking into account the tax saving investments/expenditures, the tax already deducted by one’s employer is in excess and cannot be adjusted in subsequent months. In such cases the excess TDS will reflect in the Form 16 and the refund will have to be claimed by you from the I-T Department by filing the appropriate income tax return.

The important tax saving investment/expenditure proofs include:

Investments – Under Section 80C

When it comes to investments such as Equity Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS) of mutual funds (MFs), life insurance, submit the ELSS fund statement, premium paid receipts respectively. For Public Provident Fund (PPF), if it is maintained with a bank or a post office, submit photocopies of the passbook showing all the transactions and the account details. In case you are maintaining PPF online, take a printout of the e-receipt showing transactions and the account details. In case of Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme and 5-year tax saving fixed deposit, the deposit receipt or a certificate from the bank has to be submitted to the employer.

Tuition fees

In case of tuition fees, submit photocopies of the school receipt carrying the schools’ seal and signature of the receiver.

First-time home buyers

For the current financial year, Section 80EE allows tax benefits for first-time home buyers under which the benefit can be claimed on home loan interest. This deduction is over and above the Rs 2 lakh limit under Section 24 of the Income-tax Act. Hard copies of all the relevant documents have to be submitted.

House Rent Allowance Exemption

For those who claim HRA relief, the Permanent Account Number (PAN) of the landlord is mandatory. This condition is not applicable for those whose rent payment is less than or equal to Rs 1 lakh per annum, i.e., Rs 8,333 per month.

A copy of the lease rent agreement or declaration by the landlord in a prescribed format is to be submitted. Further, ownership proof of landlord of rented premises, which can be house tax receipt or the latest electricity bill or share certificate in case of co-operative society houses have to be submitted. The original rent receipts for the period April 2016 till date have to be provided.

Housing loan repayment (principal)

The certificate from a financial institution specifying the principal paid during April 2016 to March 2017 needs to be submitted. Ask the institution to mention the provisional amount for the last 2-3 months of the current financial year as equated monthly instalments (EMIs) would still be pending.

Loss from housing property – interest on housing loan – self occupied

The interest certificate from the bank or financial institution, specifying the break-up of interest and the principal amount for FY 2016-17 would be required. Possession/construction completion certificate are a must for availing the relief by some employers. Further, the date of loan taken and the date of possession are mandatory to avail the benefit.

Loss from housing property – interest on housing loan – let out on rent

If the house for which loan has been availed is let out, the same should be submitted with certificate from a financial institution specifying principal and interest paid during April 2016 to March 2017 (FY 2016-17).

New Pension Scheme (NPS)

There is no need to submit proof of actual Investments in case the investments in NPS is through Corporate Model or Employee Model as the same are recovered and deposited by company in your PRAN (Permanent Retirement Account Number) account. However, if you have opted for investment of Rs 50,000 under NPS on your own, i.e., outside salary, then submission of copies of PRAN card, NPS Transaction Statement for Tier 1 Account is necessary.

Mediclaim premium

Call up the insurer and ask him to send the statement for tax purpose under Section 80D. The premium should not be paid by cash and should be paid by cheque or digital transfer from the bank account.

Conclusion

It’s better to get a confirmation on the actual requirement from your accounts department. Not all will be asking for all the above mentioned documents, while few others might have their own set of requirements. The documents, if not submitted within time, may make you end up with excess TDS which would have to be claimed as refund. Also, as a precaution, retain the original copies for personal income-tax assessment.

Source: The Economic Times

Introduction of CAPTCHA under Challan Status Inquiry (CSI)

TIN NSDL has now introduced CAPTCHA (as a mandatory value) which is required to be entered for downloading CSI file from TIN website. This CSI file is used for validation of quarterly e-TDS/TCS Statement(s) while generating the .FVU file through the File validation utility.

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TDSMAN software has the facility for giving its users a seamless experience of generating the .txt file, downloading the CSI file and generating the FVU file through a single click.

Changes are now being incorporated wherein the CAPTCHA code has to be entered at the time of CSI file getting downloaded.