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Important steps/procedures with respect to payment of taxes

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 Description
ITNS 280 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.
ITNS 281 For depositing TDS/TCS by company or non company deductee
ITNS 282 For depositing Securities transaction tax, Estate duty, Wealth-tax, Gift-tax, Interest-tax, Expenditure/other tax and Hotel Receipt tax
ITNS 283 For depositing banking cash Transaction Tax and FBT

 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 281/282/283 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 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.

Source: Tin-nsdl

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FAQ about Conso File

1. What is a conso file?

It is the consolidated data of the statements processed (regular & correction) for the relevant Financial Year, Quarter and Form Type.

2. Why is a conso file required?

While filing correction for a particular Financial Year, Quarter and Form Type, conso file provides details about all the previous corrections made in the relevant statement. This file gets updated each time a correction is filed for the particular Financial Year, Quarter and Form Type. Hence, each time a correction statement is to be filed for the given combination, a fresh conso file is required.

3. From which year is conso file available on TRACES?

Conso file is available on TRACES from FY 2007-08.

4. What would be the file extension for the consolidated file?

The file extension would be in “.tds” format.

5. How can I download conso file?

Login to TRACES as deductor and submit download request for the conso file under ‘Request for Conso File’ in ‘Statements / Payments’ tab. File will be available under ‘Requested Downloads’ in ‘Downloads’ tab.

6. Is it mandatory to download a conso file while filing correction statement?

Yes. It is mandatory, as it enables accuracy during correction filing.

7. What is the password for opening Conso file?

The password for opening Conso file will be your TAN_Request Number in capital letters.

8. I want to submit request to download the conso file, will system allow me to pass through validation screen without any challan and deductee detail?

Yes, you can download the conso file even if you have zero challan detail and no deductee record for the statement.

9. I have filed a paper return, and want to download the consolidated file for the same on TRACES. How should I proceed?

Conso file will not be available in case of paper return. Refer e–Tutorials for more details.

10. While entering validation details for submitting request to download conso file, I have entered details correctly in Part 1 and Part 2 of the validation screen, yet it shows error as ‘Invalid Details’ in Part 1 or Part 2. What should I do?

Details to be filled in validation screen should be exactly the same as reported in the TDS statement. If you have filed any correction statement, Token Number and other details should be as per the latest correction statement.

11. While entering validation details for submitting request to download conso file, I am getting an error, ‘More than one PAN in the challan’. What should I do?

In such case, CIN of that challan should be entered which has been claimed for at least two, three or more PANs.

12. While entering validation details for submitting request to download conso file, I am getting an error, ‘Invalid Token Number’. How do I rectify the error?

Enter Token Number for latest accepted statement (regular or correction) for the statement for which conso file is being requested.

13. While submitting request to download conso file, I am getting an error message that request has failed. What should I do?

In such cases, request for downloading conso file needs to be resubmitted.

Source: TRACES

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CPC (TDS) Advisory to deductors making TDS payment through multiple challans in a month

CPC (TDS) has issued an advisory communication to all deductors who have used multiple challans in a month for payment of TDS. In its advisory, CPC (TDS) has discussed about three main points:

  • Payment of Tax Deducted under different sections of the Income Tax Act, 1961
  • Payment of Tax Deducted for different Assessment Years
  • Different challans used for the purpose of reporting multiple Deductees associated with different branches with same TAN

Based on the these information, deductors can use a single challan in a month towards TDS payment.

The issued communication has been given below:

Dear Deductor,

As per the records of the Centralized Processing Cell (TDS), it has been observed that you have used multiple challans in a month, for payment of Tax Deducted.

For Deductor’s convenience, CPC(TDS) has established processing logic in the system that can accept a Single Challan for reporting of Tax Deposited in following circumstances:

  • Payment of Tax Deducted under different sections of the Income Tax Act, 1961:
    • The CPC (TDS) system gives credit of TDS against different sections of the Act, even though a specific section has been quoted in the challan.
    • Example: The challan used for payment of TDS relevant to Section 192 of the Act can also be used for the purpose of reporting tax deposited under Section 194 of the Act also.
Situation prior to Financial Year 2012-13 Consumption of Challan in TDS Statement on the basis of Section quoted in the Challan details
Situation after Financial Year 2012-13 Section quoted in Challan, at the time of depositing Tax deducted/ collected is irrelevant for the purpose of consumption in TDS Statement.
  • Payment of Tax Deducted for different Assessment Years:
    • In case tax has been deposited more than the required tax deducted at source for a particular Assessment Year, the excess amount of tax can be claimed in the following quarters of the relevant year. The balance amount if any, can be carried forward to the next year for claim in the TDS statement.
    • Example: If excess payment of Tax has been made in Quarter 1 of financial year 2013-14, the same can be used for Quarter 2, 3 &4 of F.Y. 2013-14 as well as for Q1 to Q4 of F.Y.2014-15. The excess amount of tax paid in Q1 of F.Y.2013-14 can also be used for payment of tax default of Q1 to Q4 of F.Y.2012-13.
  • Different challans used for the purpose of reporting multiple Deductees associated with different branches with same TAN:
    • The deductor may have used multiple challans for reporting multiple deductees associated with different branches, in the TDS Statement.
    • A single challan can be used for the purpose of reporting Tax Deducted for such deductees.
    • Example: If a Bank has multiple branches with same TAN, payment of Tax Deducted can be made by a single challan and all the deductees can be tagged using the same.

Based on the above information, you may use a single challan in a month towards payment of Tax Deposited. For any 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

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Duties of person deducting tax at source and rights of tax payers

The duties of person deducting tax at source and the rights of the tax payers has been given below:

Duties of person deducting tax at source

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.

Rights of Tax Payers

Credit of TDS – If tax has been deducted at source u/s 192 to 194 A/B/BB/C/ D/E/EE/F/G/H/I/J/K, 195, 196A/B/C and D, the person from whose income (payment) the tax has been deducted i.e. Payee or assessee shall not be asked upon to pay the tax himself to the extent tax has been deducted (Sec.205). Moreover u/s 199 such tax deducted at source shall be treated as payment of tax on behalf of the payee (assessee).

TDS Certificate – U/s 203 payee (tax payer) is entitled to obtain a certificate from the payer (tax deductor) in Form 16-A specifying the amount of tax deducted and other prescribed particulars.

Form 26AS – As per section 203AA the prescribed income tax authority or the person authorized by such authority (as referred in section 200(3))will be required to deliver to the person from whose income the tax has been deducted/paid, a statement of deduction of tax in the prescribed form. Such statement as per rule 31AB will be required to be furnished in Form no.26AS by the 31st July following the financial year during which the taxes were deducted/paid (also refer Notification no. 928 E dt. 30.6.2005 of CBDT).

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