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How can I make PAN Correction in TDS Return on TRACES ?

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Sakshi Shah

Last updated on April 27th, 2021

A Deductor can make PAN correction for TDS Return filed FY 2007-08 onwards. For corrections in PAN master, personal information, deductee details, and challan details, there is no need to request for Conso file. Deductor can make a correction using the service ‘Request for Correction’ on TRACES. In the case of a paper return, you cannot opt for online correction.

The Deductor can make online PAN Correction in the TDS return if he/she meets the following criteria:

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Steps to make Online PAN Correction in TDS Return 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 request for correction

    Go to Defaults > Request for CorrectionTRACES - Request for Correction - Navigation

  3. Enter the required details

    Enter the required details – Financial Year, Quarter, Form Type, correction category, and latest accepted Token Number. Click on ‘Submit Request’
    1. If the regular statement was a paper return, you cannot request for correction
    2. Form Type – 24Q, 26Q, 27Q, 27EQ
    3. The token number should be of the latest processed statement
    4. Correction category should be ‘Online’TRACES - Request for PAN Correction - Financial Year, Quarter, Form Type, Token Number

  4. Request number

    The system generates a Request Number. To track the request status, go to Defaults > Track Correction RequestTRACES - Request for Correction - Request Number

  5. Search the request

    Search the request using Request Number, Date or View All:
    1. Available – The correction request is accepted. The statement is now available for correction. Click on the hyperlink to go to the validation screen to proceed with the correction
    2. In Progress – The correction request is accepted and you are already working on a statement. Click on the hyperlink to go to the validation screen to proceed with the correction
    3. Rejected – The correction request is rejected. Click on ‘View Rejection Reason’ to check the reason for the rejection
    Note: If the status is ‘Submitted’, please wait for 24 to 48 hours for the status to change to ‘AvailableTRACES - Request for Correction - Request Status

  6. KYC Validation

    Complete the KYC Validation using either of the below options:
    Option 1: KYC Validation using DSC
    Option 2: Normal KYC Validation without using DSC

  7. Type of correction

    Once the system validates the KYC details, the File Correction screen will appear. Select the Type of Correction as the ‘PAN Correction’ from the drop-down list.TRACES - Request for PAN Correction - Navigation

  8. Required corrections

    Make the required corrections in the selected file. Click on ‘Submit Correction Statement
    PAN Correction – Invalid PAN Annexure 1
    1. Enter the PAN as per the statement
    2. Search the PAN using CD (Challan Detail) Record Number or DD (Deductee Detail) Record Number
    3. A list of invalid PANs in the statement will appear
    4. Select the row and enter a valid PAN in the filed of ‘Changed PAN’
    5. Name as per PAN master will be populated in column ‘Name as per changed PAN’
    6. If the PAN is invalid, an error message appears
    7. If the PAN is valid, the Action Status changes to ‘Saved’TRACES - Request for PAN Correction - Invalid PAN Annexure 1

  9. Action summary

    Action Summary with the summary of all corrections will be displayed. Click on the hyperlink to view the edited details. Once you verify the details, click on ‘Confirm’TRACES - Request for Correction - Action Summary

  10. Submit for processing

    Click on ‘Submit for Processing‘ to submit your correction. This feature is available to an Admin User only

  11. Attach DSC

    Attach DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate of the Authorised Person. The system generates a 15 digit token number. You can check the status under the Statements / Payments tab. To use DSC on TRACES, it is mandatory to download and install WebSocket emSigner.


How many times can a Deductor update PAN of a Deductee on TRACES?

1. Deductor can update a valid PAN of a Deductee with another valid PAN only once
2. Deductor can update an invalid PAN in the regular statement with a valid PAN but not with another invalid PAN

Is DSC required to do PAN Correction on TRACES?

Yes. For correction in Personal Information on TRACES, DSC is mandatory. For Challan Correction i.e. correction in challan details, you do not require a DSC. In the case of Personal Information Correction or PAN Correction, you require a DSC. You can apply for DSC of Class II with 2 years validity

I am not able to see the tab for ‘PAN Correction’ in the online correction functionality on TRACES. What should I do?

PAN correction category will not be visible if:
1. You have not registered the DSC in the Profile. Register DSC of the Authorised Person to resolve this issue
2. You have registered the DSC after initiating an online correction, please Logout and Login again. Cancel the existing online correction request and resubmit the request again

When is a PAN Correction required on TRACES?

Deductor should do PAN Correction when the following PAN errors occur:
1. PAN is structurally invalid
2. PAN not available with CPC(TDS)
3. Valid PAN is not mentioned in the Statement at all. E.g. in case of PANNOTAVBL

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!

  5. The USB e-pass 2003 token device is particular type of a DSC.

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