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10 Things about SMS alerts on Salary TDS Deduction

Here are 10 things to know about sms alerts on Salary TDS Deduction:

1) As many as 2.5 crore salaried taxpayers will now receive SMS alerts from the Income Tax Department regarding their quarterly TDS deductions. The tax department plans to offer this facility on a monthly basis and extend the service to 4.4 crore non-salaried tax payers. 

2) The tax department has asked taxpayers to update their mobile numbers in their tax e-filing accounts so that they can receive this service.

3) Tax experts have welcomed this initiative, saying that it will help increase transparency. “A common case is when TDS is deducted from your salary but deposited with an incorrect PAN. Or employer fails to deposit TDS and hence the employee cannot take credit of it. Many a times when people switch jobs, TDS deducted by two employers falls short of their actual tax liability,” said Preeti Khurana, chief editor of portal ClearTax.

4) TDS mismatch is one of the most common reasons for incorrect tax returns being filed, say tax experts.

5) “The new service will benefit the employees as any such inconsistency can be traced well in advance and the employee can approach the employer to rectify those. Earlier, the employee would have to wait till the year end to get the Form 16 and check if all the TDS credits are duly recorded particularly when the employees are not aware that they could view the Form 26AS on a real time basis,” said Sandeep Sehgal, director tax and regulatory at Ashok Maheshwary & Associates LLP.

6) TDS deducted on your salary as well as other payments can also be viewed by downloading Form 26AS from the tax department’s website.

7) Under TDS, tax is deducted at the origin of income. For the salaried class, the tax is deducted by the employer and is remitted to the government on behalf of the employee.

8) The provisions of deduction of tax at source are applicable to several payments such as salary, interest, commission, brokerage, professional fees, royalty, contract payments, etc.

9) The employer is required to compute at the beginning of the financial year, the total salary income payable to an employee during the financial year. After considering the exempted incomes, deductions and relief, the tax liability of the employee is determined on the basis of tax rates in force for the financial year. Every month, 1/12th of this net tax liability as computed above is required to be deducted as part of TDS.

10) The responsibility to deduct tax from salaries arises only at the time of payment. Thus, when advance salary and arrears of salary are paid, the employer has to take the same into account while computing the tax deductible. Similarly, if the employee makes certain investments which qualify for deduction or rebate and furnishes the required proof which reduces the tax liability, the employer can accordingly reduce the quantum of TDS. From this year, the tax department has introduced a new form – Form 12BB – which will be used by employees to declare their investments and claim tax deductions.

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Due date of TDS payment for October 2016 is 7th November 2016

Due Date for payment of TDS is 7th November 2016 for tax deducted during October 2016

Please Note:

In case the assessee deposits the TDS Payment after the due date of payment of the tax deducted at source, he shall be liable to pay interest @1.5% for every month or every part of the month during which the amount is not deposited with the government.

Earlier, the Interest liable to be paid was 1% but this has been increased to 1.5% pm with a view to discourage the practice of delaying the deposit of tax after deduction.

Interest @ 1.5% is liable to be paid from the date on which the TDS was deducted and not from the date the TDS was due. 

For example: TDS was deducted on 25th June and the due date for TDS Payment was 7th July. The assessee fails to deposit the TDS by 7th July. In such a case, the Interest would be calculated from 25th June and not from 7th June.

The interest is to be calculated as per illustrations below: 

Case 1:

Tax Deducted on 26th June, TDS deposited on 9th July (due date was 7th July)

The period of 26th June to 30th June will be calculated as one month (being part of a month) & from 1st July to 9th July will also be treated as one month. As such in this case, the interest payable is for two months. Total interest would be 3%. Sounds odd, but it is true –  for a delay of 2 days, one has to pay interest for two months. 

Case 2:

Tax Deducted on 20th March, TDS deposited on 5th May  (due date was 30th April)

The period of 20th March to 31st March will be calculated as one month, 1st April to 30th April will be another month & from 1st May to 5th May will be treated as another one month. As such in this case, the interest payable is for three months. Total interest would be 4.5%. For a 5 day delay, the interest payable is for 3 months. 

Logic behind this calculation is that, if dues are not paid on time, the interest for each month (or part thereof) is to be paid right from the date of deduction till date of deposit of the TDS. Each month is treated based on the ‘Calendar Month’ instead of counting the number of days.

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Healthy Practices for Error-Free TDS Returns

Healthy practices for 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.
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Salaried tax payers to get SMS alerts on TDS deductions

As many as 2.5 crore salaried tax payers will now receive SMS alerts from the Income Tax department regarding their quarterly TDS deductions.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today launched the SMS alert service for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) for salaried class and the CBDT will soon offer this facility on a monthly basis.

Briefing reporters about the facility, Jaitley said salaried class cannot afford to pay tax twice or indulge in litigations and hence they should be kept updated about their TDS deductions.

“Hence tax payers will benefit if they receive information through use of technology. So they can match the office salary slip and the SMS and at the end of the fiscal he will be clear about any possible tax dues,” Jaitley said.

He asked the CBDT to work towards making the grievance redressal system for TDS mismatch online so that there is no interface between the tax payer and the tax department.

Jaitley said e-Nivaran is working well for tax payers and the CBDT is taking several tax payer friendly initiatiave.

The CBDT will soon extend this SMS facility to another 4.4 crore non-salaried tax payers.

“The frequency of SMS alerts will be increased, once the process for filing TDS returns is stremlined to receive such information on a real time basis,” the CBDT said.

CBDT Chairperson Rani Singh Nair said the tax department is encouraging people to register their mobile number on the e-filing website.

She said tax payer will initially receive a welcome message from the CBDT informing him about the facility and after that each assessee would be sent messages informing them about their respective TDS deductions.

The new step is an effort by the I-T department to directly communicate deposit of tax deducted through SMS alerts to salaried tax payers. In case of a mismatch, they can contact their deductor for necessary correction.

Besides, SMS alerts will also be sent to deductors who have either failed to deposit taxes deducted ot to e-file their TDS returns by the due date.

Source: The Economic Times

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