Useful guidelines to avoid common mistakes while submitting TDS Statements

Following are some useful guidelines to avoid common mistakes, while submitting TDS Statements and you are requested to go through the following in detail.

Incorrect reporting of 197 Certificates:

Please refer to the following guidelines for correct reporting of 197 Certificates:

  • The Certificate Number should be of 10 digits with Alpha-numeric structure. Please refer to the following examples:
      • Correct Format 1111AA111A;
      • Incorrect Format: 1111AA111A/194C
    • Certificate Number should be valid during the period for which it is quoted.
    • The Certificate Number should be for the same PAN, Section Code and Section Rate for which it has been mentioned in the statement
    • Threshold limit Amount of the Certificate should not be exceeded.
    • Please ensure that the Certificate is not expired. Please refer to the following illustration:
      • Lower deduction Certificate under section 197, issued in April 2013 (e.g. Certificate Number-1) stands cancelled by Assessing Officer on 10/11/2013.
      • A fresh certificate Under Section 197 (e.g. Certificate Number-2) is issued with effect from 11/11/2013.
      • Deductor quotes Certificate Number-2 against the transactions recorded during the period from 01/11/2013 to 10/11/2013 in Q3 TDS statement.
      • Deductor should have quoted Certificate Number-1 for the transactions conducted till 10/11/2013.

Common errors resulting in Short Payment Defaults:

  • Typographical errors committed by deductor, in reporting the date 20032014    in the Tax Deducted column.
  • Total of Amount Paid / Credited reported in the Tax Deducted column of the statement. This results in short payment and Deductors need to ensure that the TDS/TCS Deducted/Collected amount should be equal to TDS/TCS Deposited Amount.

The above mistakes are illustrated below:

Amount Paid/ Credited

TDS Deducted

TDS Deposited

Remarks

1,55,000.00 1,55,000.00 15,500.00 Wrong TDS Deducted Amount
2,20,420.00 20032014.00 22042.00 Date mentioned in the TDS Deducted Column

 Actions to be taken:

  • CIN Particulars (BSR Code, Date of Deposit and Challan Serial Number) mentioned in the TDS statement should exactly match with the CIN Particulars as available on Challan Status at www.tdscpc.gov. in or Challan Status Enquiry at www.tin-nsdl.com
  • For BIN (Book Identification Number), the particulars (24G receipt number, Date of transfer voucher and DDO Serial Number) mentioned in the TDS statement by the Govt. Deductors should exactly match with the BIN Particulars as available on Challan Status at www.tdscpc.gov. in or BIN View at www.tin-nsdl.com
  • Amount of Tax deposited pertaining to different BINs/ CINs should not be clubbed together while reporting in the TDS statements.
  • Few other common mistakes in reporting dates are as follows:

Actual Date of Deposit 
(As per Challan)

Date of Deposit mentioned in TDS Statement

Observations

07/01/2014 (07th Jan 2014) 07/01/2013 (07th Jan 2013) Wrong Year (2013 instead of 2014)
07/01/2014 (07th Jan 2014) 01/07/2014 (01st July 2014) Wrong Date Format (MM/DD/YYYY)

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Advantages of preparing TDS Returns In-house

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  • All relevant data i.e. tax deductions and its payments are readily available
  • It is simple to record this data and prepare the TDS Return for filing
  • Convenient to double check for any data entry / careless errors
  • Use software features like PAN Verification and Default Prediction to avoid potential Notices
  • The complete grip on what is being filed – no external dependence
  • Chances of delayed filing reduce
  • Default Notices, if at all received, can be rectified swiftly

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Points to remember before filing the quarterly TDS statement

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

  • 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 tds 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
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