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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 deductors stating about the establishment of  processing logic in the system that can accept a Single Challan per month for reporting of Tax Deposited. 

The issued communication has been given below:


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

1. Situation 1: Where Payment of Tax Deducted is required 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 with effect from 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

2. Situation 2: Where Payment of Tax Deducted is required 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.

3. Situation 3: Where different challans have been 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 write to or call our toll-free number 1800 103 0344.

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


Source: TRACES


Deductor’s Survey Questionnaire: Your Feedback Matters!!

CPC(TDS) has released a survey “Deductor’s Survey Questionnaire: Your Feedback Matters” with an objective to understand the satisfaction of the deductors since the time CPC(TDS) and TRACES website came into existence.

In this regard CPC(TDS) has issued a communication to deductors which is given below:

Dear Deductor (TAN XXXXXXXXXX)

Greetings from CPC(TDS) team!

CPC(TDS) feels glad to release a survey “Deductor’s Survey Questionnaire: Your Feedback Matters” with an objective to understand your satisfaction since the time CPC(TDS) and TRACES website came into existence. CPC(TDS) has undertaken transformational initiatives to improve overall service levels for deductors and tax payers by following:-

  • Faster Processing of Quarterly TDS Statements, including Corrections
  • Enablement of Online Correction facility.
  • e-tutorials and FAQs for educating user community.
  • Timely communication for correct reporting of TDS / TCS.
  • Assisting deductors/collectors for rectification of Defaults.

Through this survey, CPC(TDS) would like to collect your valuable opinion in enhancing the services offered. The Link for the survey is provided below and you are requested to fill this survey with your honest and unbiased feedback after logging on TRACES portal.


For any assistance, you can call our toll-free number 1800 103 0344.

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


Source: TRACES


CPC (TDS) mandates closure of Short Payment Defaults in the quarterly TDS statements

The Centralized Processing Cell (TDS), in its endeavour to enforce TDS Compliance, is shortly mandating closure of “Short Payment defaults” in the quarterly TDS statements due to Unmatched Challans, before the Conso files can be downloaded from TRACES for the relevant statements.

Following are key information to be noted in this regard:

  • CPC(TDS) mandates to close the above default by tagging unconsumed challans, if available in CPC(TDS) system, through online correction (without digital signature).
  • In case there is no available challan for consumption, the deductor is required to first deposit the due tax in the bank and then the same challan will be available for tagging in CPC(TDS) system after around 3-4 days of deposit.
  • CPC(TDS) mandates to close the above default by Matching or Payment of challans.
  • The user will not be able to download Conso file for the relevant TDS statement until the above default is closed.
  • The Online Correction facility of TRACES needs to be used for closure of the Short Payment default.
  • User will subsequently be able to download the Conso file for relevant period only after the default is closed.

Why the Short Payment needs to be paid:

  1. CPC (TDS) intends to enforce compliance towards payment of taxes to the Government.
  2. In accordance with provisions of section 201(1) of the Act, where any person, including the principal officer of a company, who is required to deduct any sum in accordance with the provisions of the Act; does not pay, or after so deducting fails to pay, the whole or any part of the tax, as required by or under this Act, then, such person, shall be deemed to be an assessee in default in respect of such tax.
  3. As per the provisions of section 220 of the Act,
    1. Any amount, specified as payable in a notice of demand shall be paid within thirty days of the service of the notice.
    2. If the amount specified in any notice of demand is not paid within the period limited under sub-section (1), the assessee shall be liable to pay simple interest at one per cent for every month or part of a month comprised in the period commencing from the day immediately following the end of the period mentioned in sub-section (1) and ending with the day on which the amount is paid.
  4. If any person fails to deduct or pay the whole or any part of the tax, then, such person shall be liable to pay, by way of penalty, a sum equal to the amount of tax which such person failed to deduct or pay under Section 271C of the Act.
  5. Failure to pay tax to the credit of Central Government is punishable with fine as per the provisions of section 276B/ 276BB.
  6. Section 278A of the Act prescribes for punishment for second and subsequent offences, if any person has been convicted of an offence under section 276B.

What Actions to be taken:

  1. During submission of request for Conso File, a message will be displayed, if there are Short Payment defaults in the TDS statement and instructions will be provided to submit Online Correction.
  2. Details of defaults will be provided during Online Correction process.
  3. In case of insufficient challans, please use Challan ITNS 281 to pay the demand or use any other Challan, which has adequate balance available.
  4. Submit an Online Correction using the functionality on TRACES to tag the challans with deductee rows. Login to TRACES and navigate to “Defaults” tab to locate “Request for Correction” from the drop-down list. 

Online Challan Corrections:

  1. A list of all Matched and Unmatched challans can be viewed by clicking the appropriate tab.
  2. Unmatched challans can be corrected and tagged to Deductee rows in the statement.
  3. The corrections in TDS statements can be raised even without Digital Signature.
  4. Correct KYC information needs to be submitted for the purpose of validation.
  5. All previous corrections pertaining to the statement should have been processed and the processing status can be verified from the Dashboard.

You are requested to take appropriate actions to avoid any inconvenience in absence of Conso files for carrying out any other corrections to your TDS statements.


Invalid / Not Available PANs reported consistently while submitting TDS Statements – CPC(TDS)

CPC(TDS) has issued a reminder communication to all deductors regarding invalid/non available PANs. The issued communication has been given below:

Dear Deductor,

CPC(TDS) has observed from its records that you have consistently reported Invalid / Not Available PANs in the Quarterly TDS Statements submitted during the period from Q4, 2012-13 to Q3,2013-14. Please note that you are amongst deductors, who have reported highest number of above mentioned incorrect PAN records in their TDS Statements.

Please refer to the following details with respect to Invalid PANs reported in your TDS Statements:


Count of PAN Errors 

Count of PAN Errors 

Count of PAN Errors 

Count of PAN Errors 


Implications of reporting Invalid/ Not Available PANs in TDS Statements :

  • The Deductor will not be able to provide TDS certificate to the deductee, if valid PANs are not reported.
  • The correct deductee will not be able to avail the credit of TDS deducted for taxes deducted.
  • Under section 277 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, if a person makes a statement in any verification under this Act or under any rule made there under, or delivers an account or statement which is false, and which he either knows or believes to be false, or does not believe to be true, is punishable.

Actions to be taken :

  • Please note that Correct reporting at the first instance will help in avoiding submitting Correction Statements.
  • In case of any errors observed in reporting, the Corrections must be reported at the earliest to avoid unwarranted delays.
  • The Deductor must ensure that the PANs for deductees reported in TDS Statements are valid and correct. TAN-PAN Master can be downloaded from TRACES and should be used to file statements to avoid quoting of incorrect PANs.Please Login to TRACES and navigate to “Dashboard”to locate “PAN Verification” in the Quick Links menu. The functionality to download Consolidated TAN – PAN File has also been provided that includes all the PANs attached with the respective TANs.
  • You can use the facility of Online Corrections at TRACES with Digital Signature. Please refer to e-tutorials for assistance.

It is advised to avoid submitting TDS Statements with Invalid PANs and take corrective actions at the earliest.

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



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