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How to do KYC Validation using DSC on TRACES?

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Sakshi Shah

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TRACES means TDS Reconciliation Analysis and Correction Enabling System. It is the online portal for administration and implementation of TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) and TCS (Tax Collected at Source). To use the services like submit an online correction, update the profile and to access all downloads, KYC Validation is mandatory. KYC Validation can be done using DSC and without using DSC. If the Deductor does not want to apply for a DSC, he/she can opt for Normal KYC Validation without DSC. However, if the Deductor opts for a KYC validation using DSC, he/she can avoid multiple KYCs in the same session. For DSC KYC Validation, following are the mandatory requirements:

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KYC Validation is required for the following services:

Step by Step Process for KYC Validation using DSC on TRACES

  1. Log in to TRACES

    Log in to TRACES – Enter User Id, Password, TAN or PAN and captchaTRACES - Login Page for Taxpayers

  2. Navigate to the Profile option

    Select ‘Profile’ or any download request or correction request under the tab ‘Defaults

  3. Select “DSC Support KYC validation”

    For KYC Validation, select the option ‘Digital Signature Support KYC validation’

  4. Validate DSC

    Select a Financial Year, Quarter, and Form Type. You need to complete the KYC verification for the same. Click on ‘Validate DSC’TRACES - Select Financial Year, Quarter, Form Type for DSC KYC Validation

  5. Enter the DSC password

    Enter the password of DSC set at the time of installing the certificate and click on ‘ok’. Select the DSC certificate and click on ‘Sign’. To use DSC on TRACES, it is mandatory to download and install WebSocket emSigner

  6. Enter the token number

    Select a Financial Year, Quarter, and Form Type. You need to complete the KYC verification for the same. Enter the Token Number of a Regular (Original) TDS Return.
    Note: Enter the Token Number manually. Do not Copy/Paste. Enter Token Number of an original TDS return and not corrected return

  7. Enter CIN details

    Under Part 1, enter Challan Identification Number (CIN) details of a challan used in the TDS return:
    1. BSR Code or Receipt Number
    2. The date on which tax is deposited – enter in dd-mm-yyyy format eg: 10-Jan-2019
    3. Challan serial number or DDO serial number – 5 digit number eg: 00025
    4. Challan amount or Transfer voucher amount – enter the amount with decimal places eg: 1569.00
    5. CD Record Number – It is not mandatory to enter this. It should be filled when the same challan is mentioned more than once in the statement (TDS Return)TRACES - Registration_Enter Challan details

  8. Enter unique PAN amount combination

    Under Part 2, enter unique PAN-Amount Combination for Challan:
    1. If there is no valid PAN in the challan details, select the checkbox
    2. PAN as in Statement – Enter the valid PAN reported in TDS Return. You can enter details of a maximum of 3 valid PANs. If there are less than three combinations, enter all combinations (one or two)
    3. Total Amount Deposited – Enter the TDS deposited for the PAN. Enter the amount with decimal places eg: 1569.00TRACES - Registration_Enter PAN-Amount details

  9. Success page

    The success page will appear on the screen once the KYC details are validated. You can now access the following services:
    1. Access all downloads for any financial year, quarter or form type
    2. Submit requests for online correction
    3. Update the profile details

FAQs

I logged out of my TRACES Account. Do I need to do KYC validation again?

Yes. The KYC validation is valid for one session only. If you log out from the account or the session expires, you have to login once again and complete the KYC validation to access the services.

During KYC Validation on TRACES, I am getting an error, ‘More than one PAN in the challan’. What should I do?

You need to enter the data of atleast 3 unique combinations of PAN and Amount. If there are more than one PAN, enter data of atleast 3 unique PANs. Further, CIN of that challan should be entered which has been claimed for at least two, three or more PANs.

I have less than three Deductees. How should I fill three unique PAN-Amount combinations?

Enter the valid PAN reported in TDS Return. You can enter details of maximum 3 valid PANs. If there are less than three combinations, enter all combinations (one or two). Each combination entered should be unique. View Step 8 of the Article to refer an example.

How to resolve “Error in establishing connection with TRACES Websocket Esigner” on TRACES?

This is a technical error. Please ensure that WebSigner Setup is installed and service is running on your machine. Also, ensure that there are no proxies enabled on the browser while doing DSC activities. Here are the steps to resolve the error:
1. Uninstall the Java Utility and EmSigner
2. Install JAVA 8 Update 162 32-bit version only
3. Download TRACES Web Signer Setup V 2.0 setup file from TRACES
4. Install DSC drivers on your computer
5. Update your Chrome (if it is of Older version)
6. Clear cache & cookies from your browser
7. Restart your computer
8. Run EmSigner as administrator

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hey @HarishMehta

    Taxpayers or deductee cannot directly download form 16/form16A, the option to download Form 16/ 16A has been given to the Deductor. So, if you need Form 16 / 16A for TDS deducted by your current or previous employer or deductor you will have to contact them for the same. There is no option available on TRACES whereby you can download it yourself.

    Hope this helps!

  2. Hey @Dia_malhotra

    Yes, individuals can still register as a taxpayer on TRACES even if they do not have TAN of the deductor by providing:

    • Assessment Year
    • Challan Serial Number and
    • Amount of tax you have paid

    Hope this helps!

  3. Hi @saad,

    According to regulations, interest payment default/errors may arise due to error in challan details , short deduction, short payment, late deposit of TDS amount. Here, you can file correction statement and revise the return.

    Hope this helps!

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