Under Section 206C of the Income Tax Act, individuals are liable to pay indirect taxes for availing of services or purchasing goods. Indirect taxes include TCS (Tax Collected at Source), TDS (Tax Deduction at Source) and GST (Goods and Service Tax). Tax under Section 206C is collected by the seller and submitted to the Government.
Here is a detailed guide on everything you want to know about Section 206C of the income tax act. Read on!
Section 206C of the Income Tax Act deals with collecting a certain percentage of tax from the buyers on gains and profits made on products such as alcohol, scrap, forest goods, etc. This tax is collected at the time of payment and then the seller deposits the Tax Collected at Source to the government.
Section 206C mandates tax collection by the sellers from buyers. Here is a list of goods along with the rate of TCS under section 206C that you need to collect from buyers under Section 206C of the income tax act.
|Type of Goods||TCS Rate|
|Timber from a forest that is under lease||2.50%|
|Alcohol meant for consumption||1%|
|Timber from sources other than forest leased||2.50%|
|Forest products other than tendu leaves or timber||2.50%|
|Minerals such as lignite, iron ore or coal||1%|
|Vehicles costing more than Rs. 10 lakh||1%|
|Toll plaza, mining, parking lot, quarrying||2%|
However, there is an exemption. If a resident purchases certain goods for producing some other items, the buyer is not liable to pay tax under Section 206C of the Income Tax Act. The transaction has to be trading in nature.
As per the provisions of Section 206C of the Income Tax Act, sellers who have a turnover of over Rs. 10 crore in the previous year needs to collect taxes for certain payments. The seller must collect TCS when receiving payments over Rs. 50 lakh in a financial year at the time of receiving receipts.
Section 206C also applies to companies, firms, local authorities, cooperative societies and local authorities. Sellers do not need to deduct TCS if the buyer is a representative of the Central/State Government, Consulate, Embassy, High Commission or Trade Representative.
The seller can be individuals/HUFs with turnover above limits specified by Section 44AB. Under this Section, anyone receiving income above Rs. 50 lakh from a profession or more than Rs. 5 crore from a business needs to get their books of accounts audited. These limits are applicable based on certain conditions:
For receiving consideration above Rs. 50 lakh in a fiscal year, the seller needs to deduct TCS at a 0.075% rate from the buyer. He/she has to deposit this amount to the government by the 7th of the month following the tax collection.
These are some of the regulations related to the payment and return of tax collected at source as mentioned under Section 206C:
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Taxpayers will need to file different forms for different situations under Section 206C:
As per Income Tax Act provisions, there are certain individuals and organisations who are qualified to collect TCS. Only the following sellers can collect TCS from their buyers:
A buyer, on the other hand, is an individual who purchases goods or acquires rights to obtain certain goods through auction, tender or through other modes. However, here are some of the buyers who are not required to pay TCS under section 206C:
The Finance Act 2020 added a new rate of tax and a new subsection (1H) to Section 206C. The following are the key points of this amendment.
Collection of tax under Section 206C is not applicable under the following circumstances:
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If you collect TCS on goods from your buyers, you need to file TCS returns on a quarterly basis. You are also required to provide a certificate of TCS to buyers of goods. The certificate that you get after a successful filing of TCS returns is Form 27D.
A TCS certificate consists of the following details:
The TCS certificate is issued within 15 days of filing quarterly TCS returns. Here are the due dates:
|Quarter Ending||Due Date to Generate Form 27D|
|For the quarter ending June 30||July 30|
|For the quarter ending September 30||October 30|
|For the quarter ending December 31||January 30|
|For the quarter ending March 31||May 30|
If you are a trader or a dealer selling items online, then the online platform is liable to deduct a tax at 1% under IGST Act. This 1% tax would comprise 0.5% CGST and 0.5% SGST. You would get your payments accordingly after this deduction. Tax collectors have to submit the tax to the government within the 10th of the following month.
The government has made these provisions effective from October 1 2018. Let’s take an example to have a clear understanding.
Mr Sharma is a trader selling electronic goods on an e-commerce platform. He has received an order of Rs. 20,000 including commissions. The e-commerce platform would be deducting Rs. 200 before payments (1% of Rs. 20,000).
If you are a buyer or a seller dealing with alcohol, forest goods, scraps or other goods and services that require deduction of TCS, make sure to refer to the detailed guide on Section 206C of the Income Tax Act.
Ans: According to provisions of the IT Act, any individual not filing a TCS return before the last date is liable to pay Rs. 200 per day till the date of filing. However, the late filing fee amount shall not exceed the TCS amount. You need to submit this fee before you file your TCS return.
Ans: You can easily check the details of TCS on Form 26AS. Form 26AS lists details about tax collected at source by a seller on specific goods. This form includes details about the seller, TCS amount, and the date of a particular transaction.
Ans: If you have incorrectly filed TCS returns, you are liable to pay a penalty under Section 271H. You might have to pay a minimum penalty of Rs. 10,000 and a maximum of Rs. 1 lakh if you file an erroneous TCS return.
Ans: Yes, a seller deducting a TCS from a buyer for selling specific goods as mentioned under Section 206C should be inclusive of GST. The amount debited from the buyer’s account or payment amount that a seller receives from a buyer should include all applicable taxes.
Ans: Sometimes a contract might be cancelled after payment of advance and TCS deduction. In such scenarios, the seller will refund only the amount received as primary sale consideration. TCS deducted will not be refunded as buyers will get it back while filing IT returns.
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