Form 16A: TDS on Income other than Salary

What is Form 16A?

Form 16A is a certificate of TDS on Income other than Salary. When TDS is deducted from the payments like a commission, contract, professional fees, rent, interest, etc., Form 16A is issued.

It is issued by the deductor to the deductee. Deductor (Payer) is a person who makes a payment and deducts TDS. And Deductee (Payee) is a person whose TDS is deducted. Deductor is responsible to issue Form 16A to the deductee within 15 days from the date of filing the TDS Return.

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Form 16A is different from Form 16. Form 16A is for TDS on income other than salary, unlike the latter which is for TDS on salary.

Details in Form 16A

  • Name, address, PAN & TAN of the Deductor.
  • Name, Address & PAN of the Deductee.
  • Nature of the Payment, Amount Paid, and the Date of Payment.
  • TDS challan details.

It is the deductor’s responsibility to provide the Form 16A to deductee as a proof of tax deduction. If you have not received the Form, you can check your Form 26AS for TDS credit. The deductor can download Form 16A from his account on TRACES.

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FAQs

What if a person deducts TDS from my income and doesn’t provide me with Form 16A?

If a person doesn’t provide you with Form 16A, no need to worry. You can always download Form 26AS (Tax credit statement) from your the income tax e-Filing account. And check credit of TDS deducted by a payer.

Is there a way to download Form 16A online?

Deductor can download Form 16A from his account on TRACES. However, a payee can not download Form 16A from TRACES.

Do I have to keep all the Form 16A on record?

It is always a good practice keeping all TDS Certificates with you. However, Form 26AS contains the same details so even if you have not received all Form 16A, you need not worry.

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hey @TeamQuicko

    Thanks for the blog! Just one quick question - Why do we have to report a quarterly breakdown of Dividend Income under IFOS?

    Thank you!

  2. I had received dividend recently but I had noticed that TDS had been deducted. any idea as to why has it happened and is there a way I can claim this TDS?

  3. Hey @HarshitShah

    After the introduction of Budget 2020, dividend income is now taxable in the hands of the shareholder; and is also subject to TDS at 10% in excess of INR 5000 u/s 194 & 194K. Foreign Dividend is taxable at slab rates. TDS is not applicable to such dividends. The taxpayer should report such income under the head IFOS in the ITR filed on the Income Tax Website.

    Hope this helps!

  4. Hi @Maulik_Padh,

    You need to pay Income tax on the net taxable income, i.e. after subtracting deductions, expenses, etc.
    If the net taxable income is negative i.e. if there is loss, you can carry it forward when filing the ITR

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  5. Hi @ameyj

    The amount of TDS deducted shall reflect in your Form 26AS only and it will also reflect the name of the deductor.
    Using the name of the deductor you can find out on which share you have received the dividend and you can also cross-check the same in your bank statement.

    Yes, you are right, TDS is to be deducted when the dividend paid exceeds 5000 INR in a financial year. However, the 5,000 INR limit pertains to all the dividends an individual gets in a year, or the total dividend per shareholder that a company pays out in a year, is left to interpretation, and hence registrars and share transfer agents (RTA) are not taking any chances and are deducting TDS even on small amounts.

    Hope this helps

  6. Hi @ameyj

    You can submit a grievance on Income Tax Portal mentioning the issue and also attach the 26AS.
    The other option is to leave it as it is and clarify it when the tax department sends the notice.

  7. Hi @TeamQuicko

    Consider that I have 10 shares each of 10 different Indian companies. Each of the 10 companies are declaring a dividend of INR 100 before the FY ends. Now I will be recieving 1000 as dividend from each company, thereby a total of 10,000.

    The 5,000 dividend limit, is it applicable to each company / total dividend recieved by me in a year. If it is applicable to each company, then I would not attract TDS of 10% for dividend.

    Also pl clarify, how would the company B know that I have got shares of Company A,C,D,E so on…

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