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Due Dates for e-filing TDS Return

TDS, which stands for Tax Deducted at Source, is the amount deducted as tax from different kinds of payments like salary, contract payment, commission, etc., if the payment exceeds certain threshold limits (at prescribed by the government). TDS is deducted prior to making the payment and deposited with the government. TDS returns have to be filed by the assessee for deducting the TDS. They are filed on a quarterly basis, indicating the TAN of the assessee as well as all the details concerning the TDS collected during the period. Payment amount, PAN of deductee, TDS amount and type of payment are among the details included.

TDS Return Forms

Form 24QQuarterly statement for tax deducted at source from “Salaries”
Form 26QQuarterly statement of tax deducted at source in respect of all payments other than “Salaries”
Form 27QQuarterly statement of deduction of tax from interest, dividend or any other sum payable to non-residents
Form 27EQQuarterly statement of collection of tax at source

Source: Income Tax Department

TDS Payment Due Date for Every Quarter

TDS returns are due every quarter. The due dates for all the TDS returns i.e. Form 24Q, Form 26Q, Form 27Q and Form 27EQ are the same and as follows: Due dates for filing TDS returns:

QuarterPeriodLast Date of Filing
1st Quarter1st April to 30th June31st July 2018
2nd Quarter1st July to 30th September31st October 2018
3rd Quarter1st October to 31st December31st January 2019
4th Quarter1st January to 31st March31st May 2019

Due dates for filing TCS returns:

QuarterPeriodLast Date of Filing
1st Quarter1st April to 30th June15th July 2018
2nd Quarter1st July to 30th September15th October 2018
3rd Quarter1st October to 31st December15th January 2019
4th Quarter1st January to 31st March15th May 2019

Should there be any delay in depositing TDS, or mistakes when filing TDS returns, then late filing fees, penalty and interest shall apply.

Late Filing Fee

Section 234E of the Income Tax Act deals with the fee for default in producing statements. It states “where a person fails to deliver or cause to be delivered a statement within the time prescribed in sub-section (3) of section 200 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 206C, he shall be liable to pay, by way of fee, a sum of two hundred rupees for every day during which the failure continues.”

To understand this, consider the following example:

Mr. X’s TDS amount payable is Rs. 4,000 on 15th May. However, he pays it only after 10 days. Then the calculation comes out to Rs. 200 x 10 days = Rs. 2,000. Mr. X will therefore have to pay Rs. 2,000 as the late filing fee. Along with this, he will have to pay interest (covered below).


Interest under Section 201(1A) of the Income Tax Act becomes applicable on failure to deduct tax at source or delay in payment of TDS and interest under Section 206C(7) for failure to collect tax at source or delay in payment of TCS.

Section Type of Default Interest that is subject to TDS or TCS amountPeriod for which interest has to be paid
201ANon-deduction of tax at source in part or entirely.1% per monthFrom the date on which tax becomes deductible until the date it is actually deducted.
Following deduction of tax, non-payment of tax in part or entirely.1.5% per monthFrom the date of deduction until the payment date

According to Section 201(1A), interest for delay in payment of TDS will need to be paid prior to filing the TDS return. To understand how interest payment works, consider this example - Mr. X’s TDS payable amount is Rs. 4,000 and the date of deduction is 15th January. However, TDS is paid on 15th March. Then the interest he owes is Rs. 4000 x 1.5% x 2 months = Rs. 120.

Penalty for Late Filing of TDS Return

In the event that TDS returns are filed post the due date or any discrepancies are found in the return forms, then the below penalties shall become applicable:

Failure to deduct and pay tax (Section 276A)

Section 276A of the Income Tax Act reads "If a person, without reasonable cause or excuse, fails to deduct or after deducting fails to pay the tax as required by or under the provisions of sub-section (9) of section 80E or Chapter XVII-B, he shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, and shall also be liable to fine which shall be not less than a sum calculated at the rate of fifteen per cent per annum on the amount of such tax from the date on which such tax was deductible to the date on which such tax is actually paid."

Penalty for Late Filing

If an individual does not file the TDS/TCS return or fails to do so by the prescribed due dates, he or she will have to pay late filing fees, as provided under Section 234E, along with the late filing fees that the individual will be liable to pay as penalty under Section 271H. • Section 234E, as seen above, states that a deductor will be required to pay a fee of Rs. 200 per day as long as the TDS payment is pending. It must, however, be noted that the penalty shall not surpass the amount of TDS for which statement had to be filed. • Section 271H of the Income Tax Act deals with penalty for failure to furnish statements. Under this, an assessing officer can direct an individual who fails to file the statement of TDS by the due date to pay “a sum which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees.” This penalty will be in addition to the penalty under Section 234E.

No penalty shall be levied under Section 271H for the failure to file TDS/TCS return if the following conditions are met:

  • The tax deducted or collected is paid to the credit of the central government.
  • Late filing fees and interest (if any) are paid to the credit of the central government.
  • TDS/TCS return is filed prior to the expiry of a period of one year from the time prescribed for delivering or causing to be delivered such statement. (Source: Income Tax Department)


What would happen if a deductor fails to deduct TDS or after deducting the same does not deposit it to the government’s account?

In such a case, the deductor would have to face the following consequences like disallowance of expenditure, levy of interest and levy of penalty.

What should be done if the tax is deducted, but the payee’s final tax liability is nil or less than the TDS amount?

Here, the payee can claim the refund of the whole or excess TDS amount by filing the return of income.

What are the duties and responsibilities of the individual who deducts tax at source?

Below are few of the basic duties of the person liable to deduct tax at source:

  • He or she has to obtain Tax Deduction Account Number and mention the same in all documents concerning TDS.
  • He or she has to deduct tax at source at the rate applicable.
  • He or she has to pay the tax deducted at source to the credit of the government.
  • He or she has to file the periodic TDS statements.
  • He or she has to issue TDS certificate to the payee with regards to the tax deducted.

What should be done if the TDS credit is not reflected in Form 26AS?

TDS credit may not be reflected in Form 26AS due to a number of reasons such as non-filing of TDS statement by the payer, quoting wrong PAN of the deductee in the TDS statement, etc. In case of non-reflection of TDS credit in Form 26AS, the payee will need to contact the payor for determining the reasons for non-reflecting the TDS credit in Form 26AS.

What will be the TDS deducted for payment of remuneration to company's director?

Section 194J of the Income Tax Act levies TDS on technical and professional services. Under this section, payments made to director in the form of sitting fees, remuneration or any other sum besides those on which tax deductible under Section 192 are to be regarded for deduction of tax at source at the rate of 10%.

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