If your company hasn’t given your Form 16, which gives details of your tax deducted at source (TDS), don’t fret yet. Now, taxpayers can check online if the tax deducted from the salary has actually gone to the department on a new facility set up by the income tax (I-T) department. Also, in the absence of Form 16, a taxpayer can use this new facility to get details of TDS and file returns accordingly.
The facility is available to all taxpayers, including those who file returns manually. “One only needs to have a Permanent Account Number (PAN),” said a senior I-T official.
A taxpayer has to just register himself by providing personal details on the department’s online system. Once registered, a person can see his TDS details from the financial year 2005-06.
The new facility will not only benefit the salary class, but also businessmen and people who take on contract work and receive payments from different people. Payments in such cases are made after deducting tax.
“Sometimes the person making the payment avoids giving the TDS certificate. In such cases, it could be checked if the TDS has actually gone to the department,” the official said.
He added that in some cases while making the payment, people deduct the tax and give certificate, but do not deposit the same (tax) with the department. “It not only happens with small businessmen, but also with big groups,” the official said, adding that now an employee or payment receiver can find out the details and inform the department in case he or she finds any discrepancy.
The new facility is taxpayer friendly. Now all assesses, whether salaried or non-salaried, can view their tax credit statements by registering free.
Online view of Tax Credit Statement (Form 26AS) of taxpayer is also available to net banking account holders of registered banks for the benefits of the tax payer. The Tax credit Statement (Form 26AS) helps to taxpayers in following:-
The Tax Credit Statement (Form 26AS) are generated wherein valid PAN has been reported in the TDS returns as well as in the OLTAS challans.
One of the modes through which tax payer can avail view of Tax Credit Statement (Form 26AS) is through net banking facility provided by banks. To avail this facility, the PAN holder is required to have net banking account with any of authorized bank, where in view of Tax Credit Statement (Form 26AS) can be made available to PAN holder which is mapped to that particular account. To provide this facility to net banking account holder, bank should get registered them self with National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL).
List of banks registered with NSDL for providing view of Tax Credit Statement (Form 26AS) are as below
(First Published on 09.07.2010 – Republished with modifications on 17.09.2011)