As we all are aware that the due date of TDS return filing is coming closer for 3rd Quarter i.e. 31st January, 2020 for FY 2019-20. Hence this article is kind of reminder for all taxpayers to be compliant this time towards filing of return within due date to avoid unnecessary interest and late fees. This article covers the due date of filing alongwith procedure for online filing of return and how to download TDS certificate from TRACES website.

1. Time Limit to File TDS Statement

Due date of filing TDS return (Whether electronically or in physical form) for quarter ending 31st December, 2019 will be 31st January, 2020. Due date chart for filing of QUarterly TDS Statement is as follows:-

Quarter ending Due date for filing of TDS return (Both for Government and other Deductor)
30th June 31st July
30th September 31st October
31st December 31st January
31st March 31st May

2. How to file TDS Return?

  • First of all choose relevant Form applicable in your case (E.g. Form 24Q, Form 26Q, Form 27Q, etc.)
  • You must hold a valid TAN and it should be registered for e-filing
  • Your TDS statements should be prepared using Return Preparation Utility (RPU) and validated using File Validation Utility (FVU)
  • If you want to file return in physical form, then each e-TDS return saved in a CD/Pen Drive has to be submitted along with a signed copy of Form 27A to TIN-Facilitation Centres (TIN-FC) established by NSDL
  • You should have a valid DSC registered for e-filing if you wish to upload using DSC

3. How to upload TDS statements on income tax portal

  • Go to click on ‘Login Here’.
  • Enter your login credentials and click on ‘Login’. Your user ID will be your TAN.
  • Once you’ve logged in, click on the ‘Upload TDS’ option under the TDS tab
  • You will be provided with a form where you will need to select the correct details. Once the details are selected, click on Validate.
  • The returns can be validated through DSC or Digital Signature Certificate.
  • To upload using DSC, first upload the TDS zip file and also attach the digital signature file. Then, click on Upload.
    • Once the TDS statement is uploaded, a success message will appear on the screen and a confirmation mail will be sent to your registered email ID.

4. How to Download TDS Certificates:

  • TDS certificate in Form 16A, containing 7 character TDS certificate number, has to be mandatorily downloaded from
  • TDS certificate cannot be downloaded from TRACES Portal in case of non/ incorrect quoting of PAN
  • Transaction based report (TBR) can be downloaded in case of non-residents who do not have PAN in India reported in Form 27Q
  • Delay in issue of IDS certificate shall result in penalty of Rs. 100/- for each day of default not exceeding the amount of tax deductible

5. Some Important Points to keep in mind regarding TDS Return filing:

  • Deductors who have deducted tax and have not deposited the same by the due date must do so immediately
  • All deduotors must register themselves at (TRACES Portal)
  • Quote correctly PAN of the deductee so that they get their due tax credit.
  • Quote correctly CIN of the Challan to avoid any short payment default.
  • Nan-quoting of PAN or TAN in TDS statement may lead to levy of Penalty.
  • Deductors may avoid defaults about PAN and challan errors in preliminary screening, by responding to email/ SMS from CPC(TDS) within 7 days of receipt of email/ SMS.
  • TDS certificate downloaded from TRACES Portal is the only valid Certificate.
  • Download PAN-TAN master available at TRACES Portal for avoiding PAN errors.
  • If there is no transaction liable to TDS / TCS to report for the quarter, do intimate the same at TRACES Portal using “Declaration for Non filing” functionality to avoid notice for non-filing of TDS statement.

6. Consequences of non filing of tds return or non deduction or non payment of TDS:

In case you have not deposited TDS or not filed TDS return by the correct date, the following penalties are applicable:

i. Late filing fee (if you do not file by the deadline) [Section 243E]:

Deductor will be liable to pay the way of fee Rs.200 per day till the failure to pay TDS continues. However, the penalty should not exceed the amount of TDS for which statement was required to be filed.

ii. Interest (if you do not deposit the TDS amount in time)

Non deduction of tax at source, either in whole or in part – 1% per month from the date on which tax deductable to the date on which tax is actually deducted

Non payment of tax either in whole or in part – 1.5% per month from the date of deduction to the date of payment


1) The above interest should be paid before filing of TDS return.

2) Please note that the part of a month is considered as a full month at the time of calculation of interest.

(Republished with Amendments)


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  1. Pradipkumar m upadhyay says:

    Flat purchased for51lac and registration done on 31/8/15. Builder taken full amount of 51 lac including service tax. I had paid 21 lac before tds law came in to force. Builder never informed me about tds and 6 instalment each of 5 lac taken.neither builder nor me deducted tds.builder should credit tds to govt and he was entitle to get refund.i have complaint in consumet court also. Please guide me.

  2. Anil Vaity says:

    Very Good Afternoon My Dear Gentleman,

    Still I have not done Quarterly File, so How
    to do that, let me send the Format or Portal, at least I can file the TDS Retrun File-

    With Warm Regards,

  3. A Roy says:

    (1) Tried to ascertain what an assesse can do, if return is not filed by establishment paying Interest Income, but could not get the guidance. Please guide. Form 26AS is the only source for an assesse to get the actual figures.
    (2) Can an individual assesse go by the figure of Interest paid, as reflected in form 26AS, dependant on the return submitted by the establishment paying such interest ? That is irrespective of whether any TDS has been made or not, as per provisions in this regard.
    (3) What is the latest date for Assessment Y 2017-18, upto which an individual assesse should wait to include figures of interest income as shown through 26AS. That is for filing his / her return by showing right figures of ‘other income’ ?

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