TRACES : NRI Taxpayer Registration

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Maharshi Shah

NRI Taxpayers
TRACES Registration
Last updated on July 14th, 2021

The Non-Resident Indian – NRI taxpayer can complete their registration process on to the TDS Reconciliation Analysis And Correction Enabling System (TRACES) portal, however, the link to access the TRACES portal for the NRI Taxpayers is different from that of the normal taxpayers. The NRI Taxpayers can perform the following activities through the portal:

  1. Registration
  2. View or Download Form 26AS
  3. Download / Correction Form 16B
  4. Manage profile
  5. Change password
The NRI Taxpayers have to access the portal from outside India. Likewise, the NRI taxpayers need to visit the portal in order to access the TRACES portal from within India
The NRI Taxpayers have to access the portal from outside India. Likewise, the NRI taxpayers need to visit the portal in order to access the TRACES portal from within India

Steps to Complete NRI Taxpayer Registration process on TRACES

Time needed: 5 minutes

  1. Visit the TRACES portal

    Visit the NRI Taxpayer TRACES page to register yourself as a user. ( TRACES Homepage

  2. Register as New User

    Thereafter, click on the “Register as New User” option.Register Taxpayer Option

  3. Select Taxpayer option

    Select the “Taxpayer” option from the drop-down list and click on the “Proceed” option.NRI Taxpayer Option

  4. Enter the required details

    Fill in these details in the respective fields:
    1. PAN number
    2. Date of Birth/Date of Incorporation
    3. Surname
    4. First Name
    5. Middle NameTRACES - Validation Details

  5. Hence, moving forward, enter details in either option 1 or option 2.
    In Case of Option 1 – Details of TDS Deducted/Collected

    Hence, enter the following details in their respective fields:
    1. TAN of Deductor
    2. Type of Deduction
    3. Month-Year
    4. TDS/TCS Amount (Amount should be entered in two decimal places such as 123.45)TRACES - Option 1 - Details of TDS Deductor or Collector

  6. In case of Option 2- Challan detail of tax deposited by taxpayer

    Therefore, enter the following details in the respective fields:
    1. Assessment Year
    2. Challan Serial Number
    3. Amount (It should be entered in two decimal places such as 123.45)TRACES - Option 2 - Challan Details of Tax Deposited by Taxpayer

  7. Enter the Captcha code

    Hence, enter the captcha code from the image given and click on the “Proceed” option.Enter Captcha Image

  8. Enter the following details in the Address and Communication Details section:

    1. Flat/Door/Block Number
    2. Town/City/District
    3. State/Union Territory
    4. Country
    5. PIN Code
    6. Country Code – Mobile Number
    7. e-Mail IDComplete NRI Taxpayer Registration Process by entering Required details

  9. Enter the following login details to complete the registration:

    1. Password
    2. Confirm Password
    3. Security Question
    4. Answer
    The user ID of the taxpayer account is the same as their PAN number.
    TRACES - Login Details

  10. Click on the “Create Account” option to move forward.

    Hence, we move to a confirmation page. Verify the details and click on the “Confirm” option to move forward or “Edit” option in case you would like to make some changes to the details filled in.TRACES - Confirmation Page

Thus, an activation link is sent to the registered e-Mail ID and mobile number. Click on the activation link received to complete the registration process.

Additionally, a success message will be shown to the users after the successful completion of the registration process.

TRACES - Success Message


What are the activities that an NRI Taxpayer can perform through the TRACES portal?

The following activities can be performed by the NRI Taxpayer:
1. Registration and Login
2. Request and Download Form 26AS
3. View and edit profile
4. Request and Download Form 16B (Buyer)
5. Change Password
6. Request and Download JR
7. Form 26QB Correction

How can the NRI Taxpayers activate their TRACES account after registration?

Once validation will be approved by TRACES (internally), e-mail for activation of account along with activation code will be sent to the user. To activate an account in TRACES, users have to click on the activation link sent to registered e-Mail ID and submit the activation code within 48 hours.

How do I register as a taxpayer on the TRACES website?

The following are the key steps for registration on TRACES:

1. Go to the TRACES website and click on the “Register as new” link to access the option to register as Deductor, Tax Payer or PAO
2. Enter the details such as PAN, Date of Incorporation/D.o.B and the Surname of the user in the respective fields

Thus, you will have to choose one out of the three options given to you to enter your information:

1. Details of TDS deducted/collected
2. Challan details of tax deposited by a taxpayer
3. Details of 26QB statement details filed by the buyer before a correction 

Hence, by moving forward with one of the 3 options given above, you will be able to complete the registration process.

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. Avatar for saad saad says:

    In my Justification Report it shows an interest payable error whereas I’ve already paid the interest for that particular month According to the regulations what could be the reason for this?

  4. 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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  6. hello, i want to cancel the TDS on sale of property (26QB) which i created in hurry. i have made login and tried the TRACES refund option. But the total amount of TDS is “Consumed” and Max refund amount is zero.
    What is my option now? TDS was paid on 16th Oct ( 6 days back). Hoping for a solution on this.

  7. Hi @nisshant

    26QB is the challan cum return statement. As soon as you file the form, TDS amount paid by you gets utilized. There are few corrections that are allowed in form 26QB. You can refer to the article below. You cannot get the refund of the taxes paid through an online method. You can contact concerned Assessing Officer (AO) of the Income Tax Department (ITD).

    You can also contact Aaykar Sampark Kendra (ASK) on Toll Free No. 1800-180-1961 to ask for help.

    Hope this helps!

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