TRACES Advice to Download Form 16/16A for Q4, 2015-16

As per the records of Centralized Processing Cell (TDS), TDS Statements have been filed by you for Quarter 4 of Financial Year 2015-16; however, TDS Certificates in Form 16/16A have not yet been downloaded in respect of this quarter, from the web-portal TRACES.

Immediate Attention: With reference to the above subject, you are requested to download the TDS Certificates, without any further loss of time.

Please also refer to the following provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961 in this regard:

Downloading of TDS Certificates from TRACES made mandatory:

In this regard, your attention is invited to the CBDT circulars no. 03/2011 dated 13.05.2011, no. 01/2012 dated 09.04.2012 and 04/2013 dated 17.04.2013, on the Issuance of certificate for Tax Deducted at Source in Form 16/16A as per IT Rules 1962. It is now mandatory for all deductors to issue TDS certificates after generating and downloading the same from "TDS Reconciliation Analysis and Correction Enabling System" or http://www.tdscpc.gov.in (herein after called TRACES Portal).

TDS Certificates downloaded only from TRACES hold valid:

In view of above circulars, it may kindly be noted that the TDS Certificates downloaded only from TRACES Portal will be valid. Certificates issued in any other form or manner will not comply to the requirements referred in the Income-tax Act 1961 read with relevant Rules and Circulars issued in this behalf from time to time.


Due Date for downloading and Penalty for non-compliance:

Please be advised that under the provisions of section 203 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 read with rule 31A, Certificate of tax deducted at source is to be furnished within fifteen (15) days from the due date for furnishing the statement of tax deducted at source. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Act will attract penalty under the provisions of section 272A of the Act, a sum of one hundred rupees for every day during which the failure continues.

Assistance for downloading TDS Certificates from TRACES :

You can logon to our portal http://www.tdscpc.gov.in and refer to our e-Tutorial to download TDS Certificates. For any assistance, you can write to ContactUs@tdscpc.gov.in or call our toll-free number 1800 103 0344.
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