The realm of taxation often presents opportunities for individuals and entities to gain a foothold on their financial management by seeking exemptions from tax deductions at the source. The Certificate of Lower/No TDS Deduction, governed by Form 13, allows taxpayers to explore this avenue. This article serves as your comprehensive guide to understanding when and how to apply for this certificate, the types of income it covers, and the steps involved in obtaining it.
An assessee can apply to the Assessing Officer to issue a nil or lower TDS certificate. Such certificate is issued if the estimated tax liability of the assessee justifies no deduction of tax or deduction of tax at a lower rate.
The application to obtain the Nil or Lower TDS certificate can be filed by any person, i.e., resident, non-resident, individual, firm, domestic company, foreign company, etc.
The assessee can apply to obtain this certificate in respect of the following incomes only:
The application for the issue of a Nil or Lower TDS certificate can be filed in Form No. 13. Such form can be filed online under Digital Signature or through Electronic Verification Code. PAN is mandatory to apply for this certificate. If the assessee doesn’t have PAN, he cannot apply to the Assessing Officer to issue such certificate.
The certificate for lower or nil deduction of tax shall be issued directly to the person responsible for deducting the tax, with advice to the person who made the application for issue of such certificate.
However, if the number of persons responsible for deducting the tax is likely to exceed 100 and the details of such persons are not available with the person making such application, the certificate may be issued to the applicant authorizing him to receive income after deduction of tax at a lower rate.
The certificate shall remain valid for such period as may be mentioned in that unless it is cancelled by the Assessing Officer before the expiry of that period.
Step 1: Visit the traces portal https://contents.tdscpc.gov.in/ and ‘Login’
Step 2: Login as a ‘Taxpayer’
Step 3: On the next page, go to ‘Statement/Forms>Request for Form 13’ from the dropdown menu.
Step 4: On the next screen, select your residential status to proceed.
Step 6: Select the relevant option from the dropdown of ‘Request Type’ and ‘Financial Year’ and click ‘Proceed’
Step 7: The request number will be generated
Step 8: Select the number of entries for which nil or lower TDS certificate is required.
Step 9: Furnish the following details:
Point (i) to (v): Status, Residential Status, PAN, Email ID, and Mobile number shall be auto-filled. You need to select the state and district from the dropdown menu. Jurisdictional AO will be automatically assigned based on the State and District selected by the applicant.
Point (vii) to Point (xi): Enter the estimated total income, total tax, details of income claimed to be exempt, and details of payment of advance tax and tax already deducted/collected.
Point (xii): Select the declaration for exemption under Section 10, Section 11 or Section 12 for certain entities covered under Rule 28AB or not.
Step 10: Click ‘Save and Proceed’
Step 11: Select the type of ‘Annexure’ from the dropdown and click ‘Proceed’
Step 12: Fill the details in the ‘Annexure-I (No/Lower Deduction)’ and click on ‘Save & Proceed’
Step 13: Upload the required document by clicking ‘Browse’. It is also mandatory to fill the template of estimated income.
Step 14: Fill the declaration and click ‘preview and submit’
Step 15: Filled ‘Form 13’ will be displayed. If you want to edit the details, click on the ‘back button’ of the browser to go back to the previous screen. Else, proceed to ‘Submit’ the form.
Step 16: Validate the form using the suitable option and proceed to submit the form.
1. An assessee can apply to the Assessing Officer to issue a nil or lower TDS certificate. Such certificate is issued if the estimated tax liability of the assessee justifies no deduction of tax or deduction of tax at a lower rate.
2. The application to obtain the Nil or Lower TDS certificate can be filed by any person, i.e., resident, non-resident, individual, firm, domestic company, foreign company, etc.
3. The assessee can apply to obtain this certificate in respect of the rental income where tax is deductible under section 194-I and not for rental income where tax is deductible under section 194-IB, lottery income where tax is deductible under section 194B or withdrawal from employee’s provident fund where tax is deductible under section 192A
4. The application for the issue of a Nil or Lower TDS certificate can be filed in Form No. 13
In conclusion, understanding the Certificate of Lower/No TDS Deduction can significantly benefit individuals and entities in managing their tax liabilities. By exploring the types of income eligible for this certificate and following the application steps, you can take control of your tax deductions and enjoy the financial flexibility it provides. This powerful tool offers a means to optimize your financial resources and make tax management more efficient.
1 Inserted by the Finance Act, 2023 with effect from 01.04.2023