TDS is basically a part of income tax. It has to be deducted by a person for certain payments made by them. In this article, we will discuss in detail the TDS provisions under the Income Tax Act.

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What is TDS? – TDS Meaning and Full Form

TDS or Tax Deducted at Source is income tax reduced from the money paid at the time of making specified payments such as rent, commission, professional fees, salary, interest etc. by the persons making such payments. Usually, the person receiving income is liable to pay income tax. But the government with the help of Tax Deducted at Source provisions makes sure that income tax is deducted in advance from the payments being made by you. The recipient of income receives the net amount (after reducing TDS). The recipient will add the gross amount to his income and the amount of TDS is adjusted against his final tax liability. The recipient takes credit for the amount already deducted and paid on his behalf.

Example of TDS

Shine Pvt Ltd makes a payment for office rent of Rs 80,000 per month to the owner of the property. TDS is required to be deducted at 10%. Shine Pvt ltd must deduct TDS of Rs 8000 and pay the balance of Rs 72,000 to the owner of the property. Thus, the recipient of income i.e. the owner of the property in the above case receives the net amount of Rs 72,000 after deduction of tax at the source. He will add the gross amount i.e. Rs 80,000 to his income and can take credit of the amount already deducted i.e. Rs 8,000 by shine Pvt ltd against his final tax liability.

When should TDS be deducted and by whom?

Any person making specified payments mentioned under the Income Tax Act is required to deduct TDS at the time of making such specified payment. But no TDS has to be deducted if the person making the payment is an individual or HUF whose books are not required to be audited

However, in case of rent payments made by individuals and HUF exceeding Rs 50,000 per month, are required to deduct TDS @ 5% even if the individual or HUF is not liable for a tax audit. Also, such Individuals and HUF liable to deduct TDS @ 5% need not apply for TAN. Your employer deducts TDS at the income tax slab rates applicable. Banks deduct TDS @10%. Or they may deduct @ 20% if they do not have your PAN information.

For most payments rates of TDS are set in the income tax act and TDS is deducted by the payer basis of these specified rates. If you submit investment proofs (for claiming deductions) to your employer and your total taxable income is below the taxable limit – you do not have to pay any tax. And therefore no TDS should be deducted from your income.

Similarly, you can submit Form 15G and Form 15H to the bank if your total income is below the taxable limit so that they don’t deduct TDS on your interest income. In case you have not been able to submit proofs to your employer or if your employer or bank has already deducted TDS and your total income is below the taxable limit) – you can file a return and claim a refund of this TDS. The complete list of Specified Payments eligible for TDS deduction along with the rate of TDS.

What is the due date for depositing the TDS to the government?

The Tax Deducted at Source must be deposited to the government by the 7th of the subsequent month.

For instance: TDS deducted in the month of June must be paid to the government by the 7th of July. However, the TDS deducted in the month of March can be deposited till 30th April. For TDS deducted on rent and purchase of property, the TDS payment due date is 30 days from the end of the month in which TDS is deducted.

How to deposit TDS?

Tax Deducted at Source has to be deposited using Challan ITNS-281 on the government portal. Read our article for a step by step guide for depositing TDS payment online.

How and when to file TDS returns?

Filing Tax Deducted at Source returns is mandatory for all the persons who have deducted TDS. TDS return is to be submitted quarterly and various details need to be furnished like TAN, amount of TDS deducted, type of payment, PAN of deductee, etc. Also, different forms are prescribed for filing returns depending upon the purpose of the deduction of TDS. Various types of return forms are as follows: Form 26QTDS on all payments except salaries Q1 – 31st July Q2 – 31st October Q3 – 31st January Q4 – 31st May

Form No Transactions reported in the return Due date
Form 24Q TDS on Salary Q1 – 31st July 
Q2 – 31st October 
Q3 – 31st January 
Q4 – 31st May
Form 27Q TDS on all payments made to non-residents except salaries Q1 – 31st July 
Q2 – 31st October 
Q3 – 31st January 
Q4 – 31st May
Form 26QB TDS on sale of property 30 days from the end of the month in which TDS is deducted
Form 26QC TDS on rent 30 days from the end of the month in which TDS is deducted

What is a TDS certificate?

Form 16, Form 16A, Form 16 B and Form 16 C  are all TDS certificates. TDS certificates have to be issued by a person deducting TDS to the assessee from whose income TDS was deducted while making payment. For instance, banks issue Form 16A to the depositor when TDS is deducted on interest from fixed deposits. Form 16 is issued by the employer to the employee.

Form Certificate of Frequency Due date
Form 16 TDS on salary payment Yearly 31st May
Form 16A TDS on non-salary payments Quarterly 15 days from due date of filing return
Form 16B TDS on sale of property Every transaction 15 days from due date of filing return
Form 16C TDS on rent Every transaction 15 days from due date of filing return

TDS credits in Form 26AS

It is important to understand how TDS is linked to your PAN. TDS deductions are linked to PAN numbers for both the deductor and deductee. If TDS has been deducted from any of your income you must go through the Tax Credit Form 26AS. This form is a consolidated tax statement that is available to all PAN holders.

Since all TDS is linked to your PAN, this form lists out the details of TDS deducted on your income by each deductor for all kinds of payments made to you – whether those are salaries or interest income – all TDS linked to your PAN is reported here. This form also has income tax directly paid by you – as advance tax or self-assessment tax. Therefore, it becomes important for you to mention your PAN correctly, wherever TDS may be applicable to your income.

You can easily file your TDS returns through ClearTax software i.e. ClearTDS. It is an online TDS software that requires no download or desktop installation or software update. It helps you to prepare regular & correct e-TDS statements online easily with just a few clicks on your computer. It is also compatible with TDS returns of previous financial years for easy import. Also, you can generate your TDS certificates using ClearTDS.          

How to upload TDS statements

Follow the below guide for uploading TDS statements on the Income Tax Department website:

  1. Visit Income Tax website. Login with your TAN.
  2. Select e-File > Income Tax Forms > File Income Tax Forms on the dashboard
  3. Select the relevant form and fill in the details
  4. Validate the return using either DSC or EVC.

Types of TDS

Here are some of the income sources that qualify for TDS:

  • Salary
  • Payments to Contractor 
  • Commission payments
  • Sale of House
  • Insurance Commission
  • Interest on securities
  • Interest other than interest on securities
  • Rent Payment 
  • Professional fees
  • Online Gaming
  • Winning from games like a lottery, crossword puzzle, card, etc.
     

SMS Alerts for Higher Transparency

The income tax department has been sending SMS to the taxpayers from VK-ITDEFL that mentions the amount of tax deducted at source (TDS) against the PAN (Permanent Account Number) of the taxpayer. The SMS alert will let you know the TDS credited in respect of your income from salary, interest etc., every quarter. The amount of TDS would stand accumulated in your Form 26AS for the respective financial year.

This initiative was implemented by the Finance Ministry to increase transparency and reduce the cases of TDS mismatches at the time of income tax filing. Taxpayers can cross-check the information provided in the SMS with the information on the payslips to make sure that there is no mismatch. TDS mismatch could be a common reason for incorrect income tax return filing.

Tax liability in a case where TDS is already deducted from Income

On salary, TDS is deducted based on the income tax slab applicable to you. In the case of other income types, the TDS rates are fixed and vary between 10% and 20%. The tax rates are not based on your total income. Hence, you would suffer a TDS on your receipts in certain cases. Separately, you would be required to calculate your annual income by aggregating income from all sources.

Your actual tax liability would be calculated on the total taxable income. From the taxes calculated, you can claim credit for TDS deducted on your various receipts. Reduce the tax deducted at source from your actual tax liability to know the balance to be paid to the income tax department. You may have a refund too. In both cases, you have to file an income tax return and pay the tax due or claim a refund.

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