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e-TDS/TCS return has to be prepared in the data format issued by e-Filing Administrator. This is available on the Income Tax Department website (www.incometaxindia.gov.in) and NSDL-TIN website (www.tin-nsdl.com). There is a validation software (File Validation Utility) available along with the data structure which should be used to validate the data structure of the e-TDS/TCS return prepared. The e-TDS/TCS return should have following features:

  • e-TDS/TCS return file should be furnished in a CD/Pen Drive. It should not span across multiple computer media.
  • Each e-TDS/TCS return file should be accompanied by a duly filled and signed (by an authorised signatory) Form No. 27A in physical form. With effect from February 1, 2014, it is mandatory to submit Form 27A generated by TDS/TCS FVU (File Validation Utility).
  • If an e-TDS return file is required to be compressed, it should be compressed using Winzip 8.1 or ZipItFast 3.0 compression utility (or higher version thereof) to ensure quick and smooth acceptance of the file.
  • There should not be any overwriting/striking on Form No. 27A.
  • No bank challan or copy of TDS/TCS certificate should be filed along with e-TDS/TCS return file
  • CD/Pen Drive should be virus-free.

In case any of these requirements are not met, the e-TDS/TCS return will not be accepted at TIN-FCs.

How should the e-TDS/TCS return be prepared

What is the current RPU version for preparation of E-TDS/ TCS statement?

Return Preparation Utility (RPU) version 3.3 is to be used for preparation of e-TDS/TCS regular and correction statements pertains to Financial Year 2007-08 onwards.

What is the current file validation utility (FVU) version to validate e-TDS/TCS regular and correction statements?

FVU version 6.8 is to be used to validate e-TDS/TCS statements pertaining to FY 2010-11 onwards.

Is there any software available for preparation of e-TDS/TCS return?

NSDL has made available a freely downloadable return preparation utility for preparation of e-TDS/TCS returns. Additionally, you can develop your own software for this purpose or you may acquire software from various third party vendors. A list of vendors, who have informed NSDL that they have developed software for preparing e-TDS/TCS returns, is available on the NSDL-TIN website.


Are the forms used for e-TDS/TCS return same as for physical returns?

Forms for filing TDS/TCS returns were notified by CBDT. These forms are same for electronic and physical returns. However, e-TDS/TCS return is to be prepared as a clean text ASCII file in accordance with the specified data structure (file format) prescribed by ITD.

What are the forms to be used for filing quarterly TDS/TCS returns?

Following are the forms for TDS/TCS returns and their periodicity:

Form No. Particulars Periodicity
Form No. 24Q Quarterly statement for tax deducted at source from ‘Salaries’ Quarterly
Form No. 26Q Quarterly statement of tax deducted at source in respect of all payments other than ‘Salaries’ Quarterly
Form No. 27Q Quarterly statement of deduction of tax from interest, dividend or any other sum payable to non-residents Quarterly
Form No. 27EQ Quarterly statement of collection of tax at source Quarterly

What is Form No. 27A?

Form No. 27A is a control chart of quarterly e-TDS/TCS statements to be filed in paper form by deductors/collectors alongwith quarterly statements. It is a summary of e-TDS/TCS returns which contains control totals of ‘amount paid’ and ‘income tax deducted at source’. The control totals of ‘amount paid’ and ‘income tax deducted at source’ mentioned on Form No. 27A should match with the corresponding control totals in e-TDS/TCS return. A separate Form No. 27A is to be filed for each e-TDS/TCS return.

What are the precautions to be taken while submitting Form No. 27A?

While submitting Form No. 27A, one should ensure that:

  1. Form 27A is generated by TDS/TCS FVU (File Validation Utility). (With effect from February 1, 2014).
  2. There is no overwriting/striking on Form No. 27A. If there is any, Please make necessary changes in the file, validate and generate new Form 27A from File Validation Utility (FVU).
  3. Name and TAN of deductor and control totals of ‘amount paid’ and ‘income tax deducted at source’ mentioned on Form No. 27A should match with the respective totals in the e-TDS/TCS return.
  4. All the fields of Form No. 27A are duly filled. The Form 27A needs to be signed by the responsible person.

What is the data structure (file format) for preparing e-TDS/TCS return?

e-TDS/TCS return should be prepared in accordance with the data structure (File Format) prescribed by the e-filing administrator.

What is Challan Serial Number given by the Bank?

Bank Challan Number is a receipt number given by the bank branch where TDS is deposited. A separate receipt number is given for each challan deposited. You are required to mention this challan number in the e-TDS/TCS return and not the preprinted numbers on the bank challan form i.e. ITNS 269 or ITNS 271.

What is ‘Bank Branch Code’? Where do I get it from?

Reserve Bank of India has allotted a unique seven-digit code to each bank branch. You are required to mention the code of the bank branch where TDS is deposited in the e-TDS/TCS return. You can get this code from the bank branch where TDS amount is deposited.

Can I file Form No. 26Q separately for contractors, professionals, interest etc.?

No. A single Form No. 26Q with separate annexures corresponding to each challan payment for each type of payment has to be filed for all payments made to residents.

I do not know the Bank Branch Code of the branch in which I deposited tax. Can I leave this field blank?

Bank Branch code or BSR code is a 7-digit code allotted to banks by RBI. This is different from the branch code, which is used for bank drafts etc. This number is given in the OLTAS challan or can be obtained from the bank branch or from the search facility at NSDL e-Gov-TIN website. It is mandatory to quote BSR code both in challan details and deductee details. Hence, this field cannot be left blank.

What should I mention in the field 'paid by book entry or otherwise' in deduction details?

If payment to the parties (on which TDS has been deducted) has been made actually i.e. by cash, cheque, demand draft or any other acceptable mode, then 'otherwise' has to be mentioned in the specified field. But if payment has not been actually made and merely a provision has been made on the last date of the accounting year, then the option 'Paid by Book Entry' has to be selected.

By whom should the control chart Form 27A be signed?

Form 27A is the summary of the TDS/TCS statement. It has to be signed by the respective authorized person who is designated to sign the same.

Is the Challan Identification Number compulsory?

Yes. Challan Identification Number is necessary for all non-Government deductors.

Is PAN mandatory for deductors and employees/deductees?

PAN of the deductors has to be given by non-Government deductors. It is essential to quote PAN of all deductees.

I am a deductor having more than one office/branch, do I file separate e- TDS/TCS returns for each office/branch or can I file a consolidated return for all offices/branches? Can I quote the same TAN for filing e-TDS/TCS returns for each branch?

If you have more than one office/branch you can file a consolidated e-TDS/TCS return for all offices/branches. In this case you should quote the same TAN. You can also file e-TDS/TCS returns office/branch-wise individually. In such cases you need to have separate TAN for every branch. In case you do not have separate TAN for each branch then you should apply for TAN for each of the branches filing separate e-TDS/TCS return.

Should I file copies of certificate for no deduction or concessional deduction of tax along with the e-TDS/TCS return?

No, you need not file certificates for no deduction or concessional deduction of TDS alongwith the e-TDS/TCS return. This is not required in case of any quarterly statements.

What value is to be provided in Annexure ll of 24Q, Q4 statement when the landlord does not have PAN and the Annual rent payment exceeds Rs. 1,00,000?

Deductor is required to select any of the below values under PAN field (in case of non-availability of PAN) and file your statement.

  1. Payment made to Government organization (Central/State only): This is applicable when landlords are Government organizations (i.e. Central or State).
  2. Payment made to Non-resident: This is applicable when the landlords are Non-Residents.
  3. Payment made to Other than Government organization and Non-resident: This is applicable when the landlords are other than Government organization and Non-Residents.

While preparing Form 27Q, getting following error – Invalid value provided for Email ID of Deductee, contact Number of Deductee, Address of deductee in country of residence, Tax Identification Number and Employee/Party PAN. How do I rectify this error?

The newly added fields (i.e. Email ID of deductee, Contact Number of the deductee, Address of deductee in country of residence & Tax identification number / Unique identification number) will be mandatory only when below conditions are satisfied.

  • if rate of deduction is less than 20%
  • remark value as 'C'
  • PAN of the deductee is not available (i.e. 'PANNOTAVBL', 'PANAPPLIED' or 'PANINVALID').
  • Value under field no. 36 (i.e. Nature of remittances) is Interest payment, Royalty, Fees for technical services/ fees for included services, short term capital gains or Long term capital gains.

Source: https://www.tin-nsdl.com/faqs/e-tds/faq-etdspreparation.html


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