CBDT has issued Circular 03/2011 on May 13, 2011 detailing new procedure of Issuance of TDS Certificates in Form No. 16A downloaded from TIN Website and option to authenticate the same by way of digital signature
|Download Form 16A from TIN Web Site||Optional||Mandatory for Companies and Banks. Optional for others|
|Digitally Sign Form 16A||Optional but only if downloaded from TIN Web site||Optional but only if downloaded from TIN Web site|
|Manually Issue TDS Certificate||All deductors can manually issue TDS Certificate||Companies and Banks cannot manually issue TDS Certificate|
TDS Certificates Form 16A for Financial Year 2011-12
- For the following categories of deductors, it is mandatory to download Form 16A from TIN Web Site and issue such downloaded certificates to deductees
- Co-operative society engaged in banking business
- For other deductors, it is optional to download Form 16A from TIN Web site
- Such downloaded TDS certificate will have a unique TDS Certificate Number
- This procedure is applicable for all deductions made on or after 01-04-2011
TDS Certificate Form 16A for Financial Year 2010-11
- Any deductor has option to download Form 16A from TIN Web site.
- It is not mandatory for any one
Digitally Signing Form 16A
- A deductor has option to digitally sign Form 16A .
- However this option is available only in respect of Form 16A downloaded from TIN Website.
- TDS Certificates not downloaded from TIN web site will have to be manually signed
Procedure and Format
- Director General of income-tax (Systems) shall specify the standards , procedure and format for issuing of TDS Certificates by way of downloading from TIN Web Site
|CBDT CIRCULAR NO-03/2011, Dated: May 13, 2011|
CBDT CIRCULAR NO-03/2011, Dated: May 13, 2011
Issuance of TDS Certificates in Form No. 16A downloaded from TIN Website and option to authenticate the same by way of digital signature – Circular under section 119 of the Income-tax Act 1961.
Section 203 of the Income-tax Act 1961 (“the Act”) read with the Rule 31 of the Income-tax Rules 1962 (“the IT Rules”) provides for furnishing of certificate of tax deduction at source (TDS) by the deductor to the deductee specifying therein the prescribed particulars like amount of TDS, permanent account number (PAN), tax deduction and collection account number (TAN), etc. The relevant form for such TDS certificate is Form No.16 in case of deduction under section 192 and Form No.16A for deduction under any other provisions of Chapter XVII-B of the Act. TDS certificate in Form No.16 is to be issued annually whereas TDS certificate in Form No.16A is to be issued quarterly.
2. Currently, a deduction has an option to authenticate TDS certificate in Form No.16 by using a digital signature. However, no such option of using a digital signature is available to a deductor for issuing TDS certificate in Form No.16A and it, therefore, needs to be authenticated by a manual signature. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (the Board) has received representations to allow the option of using digital signature for authentication of TDS certificate in Form No.16A as issuance of TDS certificate in Form No.16A by manual signature is very time consuming, specially for deductors who are required to issue a large number of TDS certificates.
3. The Department has already enabled the online viewing of Form No.26AS by deductees which contains TDS details of the deductee based on the TDS statement (e-TDS statement) filed electronically by the deductor. Ideally, there should not be any mismatch between the figures reported in TDS certificate in Form No. 16A issued by the deductor and figures contained in Form No.26AS which has been generated on the basis of e-TDS statement filed by the deductor. However, it has been found that in some cases the figures contained in Form No.26AS are different from the figures reported in Form No.16A. The gaps in Form No.26AS and TDS certificate in Form No. 16A arise mainly on account of wrong data entry by the deductor or non-filing of e-TDS statement by the deductor. As at present, the activity of issuance of Form No.16A is distinct and independent of filing of e- TDS statement, the chances of mismatch between TDS certificate in Form No.16A and Form No, 26AS cannot be completely ruled out. To overcome the challenge of mismatch a common link has now been created between the TDS certificate in Form No.16A and Form No.26AS through a facility in the Tax Information Network website (TIN Website) which will enable a deductor to download TDS certificate in Form No.16A from the TIN Website based on the figures reported in e-TDS statement filed by him. As both Form No.16A and Form No.26AS will be generated on the basis of figures reported by the deductor in the e-TDS statement filed, the likelihood of mismatch between Form No.16A and Form No.26AS will be completely eliminated,
4. In view of the above, for proper administration of the Act, the Board have, in exercise of powers under section 119 of the Act, decided the following:-
4.1 ISSUE OF TDS CERTIFICATE IN FORM NO. 16A
(i) For deduction of tax at source made on or after 01/04/2011:
(ii) For deduction of tax at source made during financial year 2010-11:
4.2 AUTHENTICATION OF TDS CERTIFICATE IN FORM NO.16A
5. The Director General of Income-tax (Systems) shall specify the procedure, formats and standards for the purpose of issuance of TDS certificate in Form No.16A which is downloaded from the TIN Website and shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration in relation to the procedure, formats and standards for issuance of TDS certificate in Form No.16A in electronic form.
6. It is further clarified that TDS certificate issued in Form No. 16A by the deductors covered by para 4 1(1)(a) in accordance with this circular and procedure, format and standards specified by the Director General of Income-tax (Systems) shall only be treated as a valid TDS certificate in Form No. 16A for the purpose of section 203 of the Act read with Rule 31 of the IT Rules, 1962.
7. Hindi version shall follow.