Tax Deducted at Source is an indirect method of collecting Income Tax. TDS is based on the principle of “Pay as you earn” which is beneficial for both Government as well as taxpayers.
What is TDS (Tax Deducted At Source)?
The concept of TDS or Tax Deducted at Source was introduced with the aim to collect tax from the very source of income. As per this concept, a person (deductor) who is liable to make a payment of specified nature to any other person (deductee) shall deduct tax at source and remit the same into the account of the Central Government. The deductee from whose income tax has been deducted at source would be entitled to get the credit of the amount so deducted on the basis of Form 26AS or the certificate issued by the deductor.
How is TDS deducted?
The Payer making a payment of specific nature withholds a percentage of the total amount payable. The payer is also known as the “Deductor”. The payee whose tax is deducted is known as a “Deductee”. It needs to be deducted from the following type of payment:
- Commission or Brokerage
- Professional Fees
- Sale of Property
- NRI Payments
ABC Pvt Ltd needs to make a payment of INR 50,000 to Jay for his professional services. Then, in this case, ABC Pvt Ltd (Payer/ Deductor) needs to deduct TDS at 10% on INR 50,000 i.e, INR 5,000. And make a payment of INR 45,000 (INR 50,000 – INR 5,000) to Jay (Payee/ Deductee).
Who needs to deduct TDS?
The Payer/ Deductor has to deduct TDS before making payment to a payee. The payer needs to obtain a TAN for depositing and filing the Return. The following persons are required to deduct:
- Corporate/ Company
- Government Offices
- Individuals if covered under section 44AB (mandatory audit)
Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) on Salary
Every employer needs to deduct tax on salary payments made to employees. The TDS on Salary comes under Section 192. An employer needs to file a TDS Return in Form 24Q quarterly.
Here is a brief overview of how the total amount of tax to be deducted from Salary is decided.
As mentioned in the table, if you have any investments (which fall under Section 80) or life events that call for official allowances (Such as your child’s school fees or your wife’s medical treatment), then you can claim deductions. To claim the same you need to provide the relevant documents to your employer. It will also be mentioned in your Form 16. Form 16 issued by the employer is Proof of TDS Deduction and Salary Payments. It is used to file ITRs by employees.
|Particulars||Amount (in INR)|
|1. Income from Salary||8,00,000|
|2. Tax Deductible Investments and Payments|
|3. Total taxable income (1-2)||5,22,500|
|4. Tax liability as per slab rates||17,680|
|5. Monthly tax to be deducted by the employer (17680 / 12 months)||1473|
Tax Deducted at Source on Income other than Salary
There are various payments other than salary for which tax is deducted such as professional fees, contract payments, commission or brokerage, property transactions, etc. TDS rates vary by the nature of the payment.
In the case of TDS payments other than salary, details of tax deducted can be found in Form 16A. It should be furnished by the deductor within fifteen days from the due date for furnishing the ‘statement of Return’ under rule 31A. You will read about it in the next section.
Due Date to Deposit TDS
The following table displays the due date to deposit TDS:
|Month||End of Quarter||TDS Payment Due date: Government||Payment Due Date: Non-Government|
|January||31st March||7th February||7th February|
|February||31st March||7th March||7th March|
|March||31st March||7th April||7th April|
|April||30th June||7th May||7th May|
|May||30th June||7th June||7th June|
|June||30th June||7th July||7th July|
|July||30th September||7th August||7th August|
|August||30th September||7th September||7th September|
|September||30th September||7th October||7th October|
|October||31st December||7th November||7th November|
|November||31st December||7th December||7th December|
|December||31st December||7th January||7th January|
Due Date to File TDS Return
What is TDS Certificate?
These certificates are to be issued by a person who is deducting the tax of the assessee while making payment. For instance, banks issue Form 16A to the depositor when tax is deducted on interest from fixed deposits. Form 16 is issued by the employer to the employee and it can be downloaded from the TRACES account.
What are the different types of TDS Returns?
The Income Tax Department has notified different TDS Returns/ Statements to be filed by the payer/ deductor within prescribed due dates. The quarterly returns/statements should be submitted in the following forms:
|Type of Payment||Return Type|
|Salary Payments||Form 24Q|
|Payments other than Salary to a Resident||Form 26Q|
|Payments other than salary to NRI||Form 27Q|
|Tax Collected at Source||Form 27EQ|
|Payment on Sale of Property (by Individuals)||Form 26QB|
|Payment of Rent on Property (by Individuals)||Form 26QC|
|Payment to Contractor or Professional (by Individuals)||Form 26QD|
Yes. It is very common for salaried individuals to have all their taxes deducted by their employer in form of TDS. Still, you should file an income tax return to claim any refund and/or carry forward any losses.
– Go to TIN-NSDL, select Challan No./ ITNS 281 and enter TAN, Assessment Year, and Personal Information.
– Select the Type Of Payment and Nature Of Payment
– Select Bank Name and you will be redirected to the net banking site, make payment, and Save Challan 281 for your records.
The deductor/employer is liable to give you a TDS Certificate i.e; Form 16, Form 16A confirming the amount of tax deducted. You can also check your TDS credit from your Form 26AS by login into your income tax e-filing account.
ITD has been sending SMS to the taxpayers from VK-ITDEFL that mentions the amount of TDS against the PAN of the taxpayer. It lets 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.