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CPC (TDS) communication: TDS Defaults exist in all Six preceding Quarters, “No Correction TDS Statement filed as yet”

As per the records of the Centralized Processing Cell (TDS), there exist outstanding Defaults in “all six preceeding Quarters” with respect to the TDS Statements filed by deductors, relevant to the Financial Years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

CPC (TDS) has issued a communication to deductors in this regards which has been given below:


As per the records of the Centralized Processing Cell (TDS), there exist outstanding Defaults in “all six preceeding Quarters” with respect to the TDS Statements filed by you, relevant to the Financial Years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Please note that you have “not filed” any Correction Statements as of December 31, 2014 for closure of the TDS Defaults.

Immediate Attention:

  • CPC (TDS) facilitates downloading of TDS Certificates (Forms 16/16A) in accordance with section 203 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 read with Rule 31(1) of the Income Tax Rules, 1962 for issuance of the same to the deductees. The deductor duly verifies to the effect that the amount due has been deducted and deposited to the credit of the Government and the information provided in the said certificate is true, correct and complete
  • However, as per the records of CPC (TDS), it is observed that the amount of tax deposited / remitted mentioned by you in the TDS Statements is not correct due to insufficient or unmatched challans (owing to possible data entry errors).
  • To take care of the above and to facilitate non-intrusive TDS Compliance, Online Correction facility has been made available at TRACES for closure of Short Payment defaults due to challan errors. CPC (TDS) processes such statements within 24 hours of submission of such corrections.
  • In view of the above, Short Payment Defaults ought to be closed at the earliest , failing which you may not be able to submit requests to download TDS Certificates from the web portal TRACES

Consequences of failure to pay the demand:

  • As per the provisions of section 220 of the Act, Any amount, specified as payable in a notice of demand shall be paid within thirty days of the service of the notice.

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.

  • 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.
  • Failure to pay tax to the credit of Central Government is punishable with fine as per the provisions of section 276B/ 276BB.
  • 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.

Actions to be taken:

  • Use Challan ITNS 281 to pay the above demand with your relevant Banker, if there are no challans available for consumption
  • Please download the Justification Report from our portal TRACES to view your latest outstanding demand. Please click here for assistance on downloading the Justification Report.
  • Please use the Online Corrections facility on TRACES to submit corrections, to payoff/ close the demand.
    • To avail the facility, please Login to TRACES and navigate to Defaults tab to locate Request for Correction from the drop-down list. You can refer to our e-tutorials for necessary help.
    • In case of Short Payment Defaults due to Unmatched Challans, please use Tag Unmatched Challan facility using Online Corrections.
    • In case of Short Payment Defaults due to Insufficient Challans, please use Move Deductee facility using Online Corrections
  • Alternatively, you may also download the Conso File from our portal provided there are no Short Payment Defaults.
    • Prepare a Correction Statement using the latest Return Preparation Utility (RPU) and File Validation Utility (FVU).
    • Submit the Correction Statement at TIN Facilitation Centre.

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.




Basic principles of TDS Compliance

Given below 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 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.
Source: TRACES

CPC (TDS) communication : Intimation regarding Outstanding TDS demand from FY 2007-08 onwards-Reg

Dear Deductor, (TAN: ___________), 

  • Please refer the subject above.
  • As per the records of the Centralized Processing Cell (TDS), there is an outstanding demand in different years from 2007-08 onwards on account of defaults identified in TDS statements. Table below shows year wise outstanding demand on account TDS defaults as on October 23rd 2014. Intimation u/s 154 read with section 200A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 intimating the outstanding demand for different years have already been sent by Income Tax Department on Registered email address and by post, at the address, as mentioned in the relevant TDS Statement.

  • Justification report for default can be downloaded TDS statement wise from TRACES.
  • Short payment default may be on account of mismatch in challan particulars as quoted by you in TDS statement with the challan particulars as per OLTAS. You are requested to close the short payment default through “tagging” of correct challan using “online correction” facility at TRACES portal In case of any clarification, you may contact your assessing officer and can also send e-mail at
  • It is to inform that while downloading TDS certificate (Form 16/16A), you would be prompted to first close the ‘short payment’ default if any. As the next due date for download of form 16A is 31st January, you are requested to close your defaults well in advance to avoid any issue in downloading of TDS certificates for third quarter of 2014-15.
  • You are requested to file correction statement after making tax payments, if required, TRACES has provided online correction facility in this regard.

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. 



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 statement 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 statement
  • Quote correct and valid lower rate TDS certificate in TDS statement 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 statements: While filing new regular (original) TDS statement, it is mandatory to quote the last accepted provisional receipt number of the regular quarterly TDS / TCS statement of any form type
  • TDS statement cannot be filed without quoting any valid challan and deductee row
  • Late 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 (Form16A) from TRACES ( 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 statement
  • 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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