Wednesday, May 5, 2010

All about TDS

THE tax season is here. And if you are an employee you can’t blame your employer for deducting large chunks of money from your salary towards tax deducted at source (TDS), which he is legally obliged to do.

Your bank will also deduct some percentage from your FD interest of Rs 10,000 or more towards TDS! So what is this TDS all about? How is it computed? Are there any changes this year? Read on...

What is TDS?

TDS reduces your taxable income and could even provide tax relief! The TDS collections account for 40 percent of the total taxes collected in the country. As the name suggests TDS is the amount of tax that is deducted at source in certain types of income. The TDS thus collected is deposited in the Government treasury within a specified time.

How is it computed?

Some of the types of income where TDS is applicable include salary, interest, rental fee, interest on securities, insurance commission, dividends from shares and UTI/Mutual Funds, commission and brokerage, prize money won from lotteries, horse races, etc, payments to non-resident sportsmen or sports associations, commission on sale of lottery tickets, fees for professional and technical services and the like, compensation for compulsory acquisition, income from units of an offshore fund and income from foreign currency bonds or shares of Indian Companies (unless specified as tax-free) and others.

The process of calculating the TDS involves these steps:

1. Estimate the gross salary paid to the employee for the whole year;

2. Find out and estimate the exemptions if any from the total salary income;

3. Add other income of the employee as disclosed by him like rental income, capital gains etc.

4. Consult employee to calculate deductions, if any, from the salary income;

5. Arrive at the employee’s net income and calculating the tax on the same;

6. Deduct the tax equally over 12 months of the year;

7. Pay the TDS every month and file e-TDS return every quarter; and finally

8. Ensure the employee is issued with Form 16 (TDS certificate).

How does it benefit salaried people?

Basically the TDS process saves the employee the time and the hassles of going through the cumbersome procedures involved in filing separate tax papers. On the salary part which is made up of many components, some monthly and some yearly there is income tax applicability in each component.

What are the possible deductions for tax under TDS?

The possible deductions on the employee’s gross salary after exemptions are taken into account come under Section 16 of the IT Act. These include dues paid as professional tax, deductions for investing in various tax saving investments like PPF, life insurance premium, pension schemes by life insurers, Mediclaim premium, interest on loans for education, house rent paid and deductions under Section 80U.



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