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Wednesday, 24 February 2016


eTDS Overview

As per the income tax laws, entities (both corporates and non-corporates - deductors) making payments to third parties (deductees) are required to deduct tax at source (Tax Deducted at Source -TDS) from these payments and deposit the same at any of the designated branches of authorised banks. They should also furnish TDS returns containing details of deductee(s) and bank where TDS amount is deposited with the Income Tax Department (ITD).

ITD has prescribed three new forms; Forms 24, 26 and 27.

* see rule 37A of Income Tax Rules, 1962

ITD has made it mandatory (w.e.f. June 1, 2003) for corporate deductors to furnish their TDS returns in electronic form (e-TDS return). Non-corporate deductors can furnish their returns in physical form with their respective Income Tax offices. They can also furnish their returns in electronic form through TIN facilitation centres established by NSDL.

ITD has notified an "Electronic Filing of Returns of Tax Deducted at Source Scheme, 2003". It is applicable to all deductors furnishing their TDS return in electronic form.

Deductors furnishing their TDS return in electronic form (e-TDS return) shall furnish the same to TIN facilitation centres established by NSDL.

Deductors furnishing returns in electronic form (e-TDS return) have to furnish a control chart - Form27A in physical form along with the e-TDS return CD/floppy. Form 27A is a summary of TDS return (Form 24, 26 or 27), which contains control totals of 'Amount Paid' and 'Income tax deducted at source'. The control totals mentioned on Form 27A should match with the corresponding control totals in e-TDS return file. Form 27A is required to be furnished separately for each return (Form 24, 26 or 27).

Procedures and guidelines for preparing and furnishing e-TDS return file are given in the Deductors' Manual.

NSDL has developed a utility "e-TDS File Validation Utility - FVU" to verify whether the e-TDS return file prepared by the deductors conform to the prescribed format. This utility is freely downloadable

List of software providers for preparation of e-TDS returns.

For more information visit : http://www.tin-nsdl.com/default.asp

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