Basic principles of TDS Compliance

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The following are the basic principles of TDS compliance:

  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 return within the due dates
  5. Verification and Issuance of TDS Certificates within a time
  6. CPC (TDS) is now sending “Intermediate Default Communication” for PAN Errors, Challan Mismatch and Short Payments, which can be corrected during the interim period of a week of etds filing, 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 with all the 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.
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Fees for Late Filing of TDS Returns

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Fees for Late Filing of TDS Returns are as follows:

Section 234E-Levy of Fees 

  • Failure to submit TDS return on time will result in fees on the deductor.
  • If you delay or forget to file your TDS return, fees of Rs. 200 per day will be levied on the deductor, as long as TDS return is not filed.
  • The levied amount of fee is not supposed to exceed the TDS deductibles.
  • Prior to TDS filing, such fee should be paid and it should be reflected in the TDS return.
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Tips to avoid Defaults in TDS Returns

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  • Make sure taxes are deducted on time and at correct deduction rates /amount. The applicable section under which the deduction falls should be correctly applied.
  • Tax needs to be deducted either when payment is made or when the amount is credited, whichever is earlier. It implies that the tax needs to be deducted on the same day when advance payments are made. The late deduction is a default and will attract interest.
  • Taxes deducted during the course of the month should be deposited on time. Typically it is by 7th of the following month. The only exception is that for deductions in March, it needs to be deposited by 30th April.
  • TDS Returns needs to be filed on completion of each quarter. Returns for Salary & Non-Salary TDS is to be filed separately in Form 24Q & Form 26Q respectively.
  • Use a proper TDS Return preparing software/tool that helps in predicting possible errors/defaults. This would prevent unnecessary hassles later.
  • Make sure TDS Returns are filed on time to avoid penalty on the delayed filing. Typically, TDS Returns are to be filed by the end of the month following the quarter. Returns for March quarter is to be filed by 31st May.
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What is rebate under section 87A and who can claim it?

An individual who is resident in India and whose total income does not exceed Rs. 3,50,000 is entitled to claim rebate under section 87A. Rebate under section 87A is available in the form of the deduction from the tax liability. Rebate under section 87A will be lower of 100% of income-tax liability or Rs. 2,500. In other words, if the tax liability exceeds Rs. 2,500, the rebate will be available to the extent of Rs. 2,500 only and no rebate will be available if the total income (i.e. taxable income) exceeds Rs. 3,50,000.

Source: Income Tax Website

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