The Centralized Processing Cell (TDS) has released a new feature on its web-portal TRACES, where a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) can be used for availing various services offered by the portal.

You are advised to take note of the following key information in this regard:

  • Under Information Technology Act, 2000, a “Digital Signature” means authentication of any electronic record by a subscriber by means of an electronic method or procedure in accordance with the provisions of section 3.
    The Digital Signature keeps record of the person who is availing the facility.
  • Please exercise caution in use of Digital Signature and should not be shared in any circumstances. If shared, the person using DSC shall also be liable to consequences.
  • In accordance with the Information Technology Act, 2000, every subscriber shall exercise reasonable care to retain control of the private key corresponding to the public key listed in his Digital Signature Certificate and take all steps to prevent its disclosure to a person not authorised to affix the digital signature of the subscriber
  • TRACES has provided facility for Admin and Sub-users to facilitate authorised Sub-users to carry out activities on TRACES and submit to the Admin user. The Admin user has the rights to approve the activities using the DSC.
  • It is therefore, advised to refrain from using the Digital Signature of any person other than the Authorised Person appointed by the deductor, for carrying out any activity on TRACES.

Please note that the “Authorised Person” is referred to as “Person Responsible” in accordance with Section 204 read with Section 200 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and other relevant provisions for deduction of tax. (Source- Traces)

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7 responses to “CPC (TDS) -Use of Digital Signatures on TRACES – Suggestions”

  1. SCIENTIST-D,CENTRAL SILK BOARD says:

    Error in establishing connection with TRACES Websocket Esigner. Please ensure that WebSigner Setup is installed and service is running on your machine and there are no proxies enabled on the browser while doing DSC activitie

  2. sathishbethri says:

    Error in establishing connection with TRACES Websocket Esigner. Please ensure that WebSigner Setup is installed and service is running on your machine and there are no proxies enabled on the browser while doing DSC activities

  3. bhargav says:

    So what use is it? Everytime I try to do the kyc validation, it shows me an error “digital certificate credentials are invalid due to pan mismatch” No idea what it means. And there is no where in the website to understand this.
    And how else do you get the data for 2007-08 to download justification report?

  4. CA Prashanth Jain says:

    CPC web requires to be made user friendly no doubt about it especially KYC questions relating to providing of 3 number PAN and amount deducted corresponding PAN which is most cumbersome and sometime user do not have the choice to key KYC answers and user has the compulsion to provide the answers asked by TRACES

  5. Shashikant Parasramka says:

    Traces have just got a habit of taking high and doing nothing. Even with registration of DSC, corrections are not possible if a NIL value challan happens to be in place due to payee having NIL TDS certificate of having furnished a certificate u/s 197A.

    Hence taking big can’t make Traces a user friendly site. Further when one has logged into the system by using his proper credentials why challan KYC is required every time for a service requested is not understood by people like me. See the waste of time and the man hours the nations sends as a whole for a unproductive work. And yet there’s no guarantee the results as desired would get produced. There are instances when a challan which is well accepted by the system gives a result “challan details do not match”.
    Do thety have respect for others time or are working merely for their ego.

  6. Sivaraman Viswanathan says:

    All these kya faida, if a deductor can not get refund for tds excess remitted by mistake.

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