Employees need to pay taxes to the Government each year. To make paying taxes easier for the taxpayers, the Indian Government has introduced TDS (Tax Deducted at Source). TDS is deducted by the employer each month and paid to the Government every year within a specified timeline. If you are an employer and want to pay TDS online, here’s a step-by-step guide to do so easily. Keep reading!
TDS aims to collect tax directly from the source of income. The employer/person who is liable to make payments to another person is responsible for deducting the tax at source and submitting the same to the Government of India.
As per income tax rules, the deductee is eligible to get credits for the amount deducted through Form 26AS/TDS certificate.
In India, TDS e-payment is offered by National Securities Depository Limited. All you have to do is follow these nine easy steps to pay TDS online:
Click on NSDL to go to the NSDL e-Gov website
Hover your anchor around the top navigation bar, and from the “Services” dropdown menu, click on “e-payment: Pay Taxes Online.”
From the list of challans, select CHALLAN NO./ITNS 281 and click on ‘Proceed’. Anew page will open up.
1. Select a ‘Tax Applicable’ category: Company Deductees or Non-Company Deductees.
2. Fill out your Tax Deduction Account Number (TAN) and assessment year (AY).
3. It is mandatory to select your PIN code and State from the dropdown menu.
4. Select “Type of payment”: TDS payable by taxpayer or TDS on regular assessment.
5. Lastly, opt for the nature and mode of payment before clicking entering the Captcha and hit “Proceed”
After verifying your TAN, the taxpayer’s name will get displayed on the screen.
Check your data and confirm. You will get redirected to your bank’s net banking site.
Log in to your banking profile and make the requested payment.
After the successful payment, you will see a challan counterfoil containing your CIN, payment details, and bank name. As this challan counterfoil is proof of your payment, it is vital to store it for future reference.
Here are the benefits of online TDS payment:
To check whether the e-filing of TDS payment by the deductor is successful or not, you can follow these steps:
Step 1: Visit the official TRACES (TDS Reconciliation Analysis and Correction Enabling System) website.
Step 2: Enter the verification code and click on “Proceed.”
Step 3: Provide the deductee’s PAN details and the deductor’s TAN details.
Step 4: From the dropdown menu, select financial year, quarter, and type of return.
Step 5: Finally, click on “Go” to view your TDS status.
However, there is another procedure that you can follow to view your TDS status without using your PAN card. For that, you have to follow these steps:
Step 1: Visit the Income Tax Department’s official portal.
Step 2: A new member needs to register themselves. Meanwhile, an existing member can log in with his/her User ID and password.
Step 3: From the “My Accounts” tab, select “View Form 26AS.”
Step 4: Select the relevant “Year” and “PDF Format” to download the file.
Step 5: You can access this file using your date of birth as your password and view your TDS status.
The deadline for completing TDS payments varies for government and non-government assessees.
Due dates for government assessees are as follows:
Due dates for non-government assessees are given below:
Only with the permission of the Joint Commissioner, taxpayers can pay TDS every quarter. The deadlines for these payments are as follows:
Given below are important points related to TDS payment applicability:
Section 234E of ITA states the guidelines in case of delay in TDS payment.
If a taxpayer fails to pay TDS on the stipulated date, then he/she has to pay Rs. 200 as a fine for every day until the amount has been paid.
Given below are the steps to pay TDS outstanding amount with Challan ITNS 281:
Step 1: Visit the official website of NSDL.
Step 2: Select the Pay Taxes Online option under the ‘Services’ tab on the homepage.
Step 3: Choose Challan ITNS 281 for demand payment.
Step 4: Select major head. Provide the TAN, address, assessment year, minor head/type of payment, nature and mode of payment and bank name. Then click on ‘proceed’.
Step 5: The screen will display the information provided. You need to confirm it and then click on the ‘submit to bank’ button.
Step 6: You will be redirected to the bank’s website where you need to provide your user ID and password.
Step 7: Provide the payment details and make the TDS payment.
Given below are the steps to file TDS returns:
Step 1: Visit the official website of NSDL where the data structure of e-TDS/e-TCS is given.
Step 2: You need to prepare your e-TDS/e-TCS as per the format provided in clean ASCII format with ‘.txt’ as file name extension. Keep in mind that the e-TDS return can be filed using Return Preparation Utility provided by NSDL.
Step 3: You need to verify the file using the File Validation Utility.
Step 4: The FVU will provide the error report if the file has an error.
Step 5: You can submit the .fvu file at TIN-FC or upload it on the official website of NSDL
Given below is the list of the forms associated with TDS returns:
Also Read: All PAN Card Services At NSDL
Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number is commonly referred to as TAN. It is a 10-digit alphanumeric number issued by the Income Tax department.
The Government of India has made TAN mandatory for individuals and businesses.
As per Section 203A of the Income Tax Act, one needs to mention the TAN while filing TDS returns.
Given below are the steps to apply for TAN online:
Step 1: Visit the official website of NSDL and choose ‘Online Application for TAN’ (Form 49B).
Step 2: From the drop-down menu, opt for the category of deductors and choose the ‘Select Button’.
Step 3: Fill up the form.
Step 4: If the details submitted do not pass through any format level validation, the screen will display the error.
Step 5: If there is an error, the individual has to rectify it and re-submit it.
Step 6: If the form contains no error, then a confirmation screen will be displayed.
Step 7: Applicant needs to confirm if the information displayed on the screen is correct or not.
Step 8: After the applicant has paid the requisite fees successfully, an acknowledgement form will be generated.
Step 9: Finally, the applicant needs to submit the hard copy of the acknowledgement form along with all the documents at the following address:
NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited,
5th floor, Mantri Sterling,
Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8,
Near Deep Bungalow Chowk,
Pune – 411016
The applicant needs to write ‘APPLICATION FOR TAN – Acknowledgment Number’ (e.g. ‘APPLICATION TAN – 88301020000244’).
Tax Deducted at Source is crucial as it protects the tax system against individuals who indulge in tax evasion. Fortunately, with digitalisation, you can now pay TDS online from anywhere without submitting a physical challan.
Ans: Follow these steps to know your TAN:
Step 1: Visit the official website of Income Tax e-Filing website
Step 2: Select ‘Know your TAN’; go to ‘Name’ under the ‘TAN Search’ option
Step 3: Choose a Category of Deductor
Step 4: Provide state, name, and the registered mobile number and click on ‘continue’
Step 5: Provide the OTP and finally click on ‘Validate’
Ans: When there is a mistake in data entry, mistake in challan and mistake in calculations, people may end up paying less. This is known as short payment. It can be solved through conso file request on Traces and a direct request for correction.
Ans: According to the Income Tax mandate, you need to pay a month’s TDS amount on the 7th of the coming month. In the case of TDS deducted in March, the payment deadline is April 30. However, with the permission of the Joint Commissioner, you can make these payments every quarter.
Ans: Yes, if you pay more tax than what you owe, you will get a refund. This applies to Tax Deducted at Source as well. To obtain refunds, you will have to file the income tax return on time and show the TDS amount.
Ans: No, as per the norm, any individual who earns an annual income above Rs. 2.5 lakh has to pay TDS. Thus, both salaried and self-employed individuals have to pay income tax before the deadline.
Ans: Form 26AS includes all the details about a taxpayer’s tax credit. Thus, it gives you information about the amount deducted as TDS or TCS, any advance tax you pay, the tax refunds you receive in a financial year, etc.
Ans: In FY 2020-21, the Government of India introduced a new tax rate regime. This regime lowered tax rates and removed the major tax exemptions and deductions that were available in the old tax regime. However, this new regime is optional.
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