Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TDS PROVISIONS & COMPLIANCES




[A] Mandatory Filing of TDS Statements

Every person responsible for deduction of tax under Chapter XVII-B shall, in accordance with the provisions of Section 200(3), submit the following Quarterly Statements to the Director General of Income Tax (Systems) or the person authorized by the Director General of Income Tax (Systems), namely-

1. Statement of tax deduction u/s 192 in Form No. 24Q.
2. Statement of tax deduction u/s 193 to 196D in -

A. Form No. 27Q in respect of the deductee who is a non-resident not being a company or a foreign company or resident but not ordinarily resident ; and

B. Form No. 26Q in respect of all other deductees.

It is, therefore advised to file the applicable TDS Statements at the earliest to comply with the above provisions.

[B] Implications of Non or late filing of TDS statements

1. For Tax payers:  Non/Late filing of TDS Statements results into the TDS Credit not being available to the deductees(employees/vendors) for claiming the amount of tax already deducted from the payments made to them besides generating correct TDS Certificates for them.

2. For Deductors : In case of default on account of Non/late filing of TDS Statements, a fee shall also be levied on the deductor u/s 234E of IT Act which reads as under:

Where a person fails to deliver or cause to be delivered a statement within the time prescribed in section 200(3) or section 206C(3), he shall be liable to pay, by way of fee, a sum of Rs.200/- for every day during which the failure continues.

[c] Issuance of TDS Certificates downloaded from TRACES

CBDT circulars 04/2013 dated 17.04.2013, CBDT Circular No. 03/2011 dated 13-5-2011 and CBDT Circular No. 01/2012 dated 9-4-2012 refer to Issuance of certificate for Tax Deducted at Source in Form 16/16A as per IT Rules 1962. It is now mandatory for all deductors to issue TDS certificates after generating and downloading the same from “TDS Reconciliation Analysis and Correction Enabling System” or (http://www.tdscpc.gov.in)(hereinafter called TRACES Portal).

In view of above circulars, it may kindly be noted that the TDS Certificates downloaded only from TRACES Portal will be valid.

You are accordingly advised to file TDS Statements and also get Registered on TRACES Portal, if not done already.

For any assistance, you can write to ContactUs@tdscpc.gov.in or call  toll-free number 1800 103 0344.

Non filing or Late filing of TDS returns or TDS statement shall invite 2 penal consequence:

1.Fee for late filing U/s 234E (Rs.200/- per day till the date of default) &
2. Penalty for late filing or Non filing of TDS statement U/s 271H.( Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh ).

Section 234E :

(1) Without prejudice to the provisions of the Act, where a person fails to deliver or cause to be delivered a statement within the time prescribed in sub-section (3) of section 200 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 206C, he shall be liable to pay, by way of fee, a sum of two hundred rupees for every day during which the failure continues.

(2) The amount of fee referred to in sub-section (1) shall not exceed the amount of tax deductible or collectible, as the case may be.

(3) The provisions of this section shall apply on or after the 1st day of July, 2012.

Section 271H:

(1) Without prejudice to the provisions of the Act, a person shall be liable to pay penalty, if, he—

(a)  fails to deliver or cause to be delivered a statement within the time prescribed in sub-section (3) of section 200 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 206C; or
(b)  furnishes incorrect information in the statement which is required to be delivered or caused to be delivered under sub-section (3) of section 200 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 206C.

(2) The penalty referred to in sub-section (1) shall be a sum which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in the foregoing provisions of this section, no penalty shall be levied for the failure referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (1), if the person proves that after paying tax deducted or collected along with the fee and interest, if any, to the credit of the Central Government, he had delivered or cause to be delivered the statements before the expiry of a period of one year from the time prescribed for delivering or causing to be delivered such statement.

A new penalty provision has been inserted as section 271H which provides that a deductor shall pay penalty of minimum Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh for not filing the TDS statement within one year from the specified date within which he was supposed to file the statement. This amendment is also effective from 1st July 2012.

Thus, if the present due time for filing TDS statement is taken, the time up to which the penalty u/s 271H cannot be imposed are explained for any tax deduction for FY 2012-13

Sl. No
TDS Statement
Due date
Date up to which no penalty u/s 271H can
be imposed
1
30th June
15th July 2012
15th July 2013
2
30th September
15th October 2012
15th October 2013
3
31st December
15th January 2013
15th January 2014
4
31st March
15th May 2013.
15th May 2014

At the time of preparing statements of tax deducted, the deductor is required to mandatorily quote:

(i)  his tax deduction and collection account number (TAN) in the statement;

(ii) his permanent account number (PAN) in the statement except in the case where the deductor is an office of the Government( including State Government). In case of Government deductors “PANNOTREQD” to be quoted in the e-TDS statement;

(iii) the permanent account number PAN of all deductees;

(iv) furnish particulars of the tax paid to the Central Government including book identification number or challan identification number, as the case may be.

(v) furnish particular of amounts paid or credited on which tax was not deducted in view of the issue of certificate of no deduction of tax u/s 197 by the assessing officer of the payee.

File TDS return on time to avoid Penalty / Late Payment Fees

The due date for Filing TDS returns for the quarter Oct-Dec 2013 is 15th Jan, 2014. We request all the deductors to file there TDS returns in time to avoid penalty / Fees for late filing of return. Income Tax Department has WEF 1st of July 2012 imposed a late filing fees of Rs. 200 per day Under section 234E of the Income Tax Act, 1961 for late filing of TDS return which can be up to TDS amount.

Section 272B Penalty is Rs. 10000 per deductor and not per wrong PAN:

HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
ITA 314/2013 -COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX-TDS versus DHTC LOGISTICS LTD.

The assessing officer had imposed penalty of Rs. 10,000/- in each case where PAN Number was not provided by the deductee. There were in all 30706 cases in which the PAN Number was missing or was incorrectly stated. The assessing officer, accordingly, imposed penalty of Rs. 10,000/- in each case. Thus, penalty of Rs.30,70,60,000/- was imposed.

Board  in the letter dated 5.8.2008 vide No.275/24/2007-IT(B) has clarified that penalty of Rs. 10,000/- under Section 272B is linked to the person, i.e., the deductor who is responsible to deduct TDS, and not to the number of defaults regarding the PAN quoted in the TDS return. Therefore, regardless of the number of defaults in each return, maximum penalty of Rs. 10,000/- can be imposed on the deductor per default/per return.

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