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What is Form 24Q?
Form 24Q is the Quarterly return to be filed by any deductor (Employer) for all tax deductions at source made on behalf of 'Salary' payments.
 What is Form 27A?
Form for furnishing information with the statement of deduction of tax at source.
It is a summary of eTDS return which contains control totals of 'amount paid' and 'income tax deducted at source'.
This has to be mandatory verified using FVU (File Validation Utility).
Name and TAN of deductor and control totals of 'amount paid' and 'income tax deducted at source' mentioned on Form No. 27A should match with the respective totals in the eTDS return.
What is TDS?
Companies making payments (specified under Income Tax Act) to third parties (deductees) are required to deduct tax at source (Tax Deducted at Source -TDS) from these payments and deposit the same at any of the designated branches of banks authorized to collect taxes on behalf of Government of India.
What is eTDS?
Companies making payments should also furnish TDS returns containing details of deductee(s) and challan details relating to deposit of tax to IT Department. It is mandatory to furnish TDS returns in electronic form (eTDS return)
How do I file eTDS?
It is mandatory to submit Form 27A generated by TDS FVU (File Validation Utility) duly signed, along with the TDS statement(s) towards eTDS returns.
This can be achieved through TIN-Facilitation Centers (TIN-FC) established by NSDL or directly upload through NSDL web-site
Can I file eTDS online via NSDL without the help of a TIN Facilitation Center?
1. It is pretty simple to upload a validated FVU to TIN central system
2. The prerequisites are
i.  DSC for the authorized signatory
ii. Registered and activated user in TIN Services Portal
iii. A validated FVU from greytHR
3. We recommend to refer the Step by step procedure to upload validated FVU to NSDL
As an employer, is that mandatory to file eTDS?
Should I include employees those who are not paying tax or having zero tax while generating 24Q?

It is mandatory to include an employee in the Form 24Q of the last quarter, if you would like to generate a Form 16 (Part A) for an employee.
Irrespective of the fact that whether employee come under TDS bracket or not, employee may demand a Form 16 for various purposes.

In greytHR, we made it optional and employer can decide whether exercise this option or not.

Go to Payroll > Admin > Form24Q and click on the settings icon and find Form 24Q Settings

Under Preferences, you will find many options and

  • Leave the check box  "Exclude Employees Without PAN and Zero IT in eTds" and do not select it
  • Select the check box "Include Zero IT in eTds"

Click on save button.

What is the periodicity to file eTDS?
Any due date for eTDS filing?


Due dates from the FY 2017-18 are

Apr - JunJul 31 2017
Jul - SepOct 31 2017
Oct - DecJan 31 2018
Jan - MarchMay 31 2018
What is FVU?
File Validation Utility. This is provided by NSDL to verify the eTDS return format (clean text ASCII format).
In greytHR, need not worry about the FVU version, file format etc. as the software generates the FVU verified file for eTDS return filing
What is Challan Number?
Challan Number is a receipt number given by the bank branch where TDS is deposited.
A separate receipt number is given for each challan deposited.
You are required to mention this challan number while performing the eTDS return.
How to download the CSI file?
  1. Go to the Tax Information Network page of the Income Tax Department.

  2. Click the TAN Based View tab. You are taken to the Challan Status Query for Tax Payer page.

    Figure 1: Downloading the CSI File

    The values displayed in the above image, are just for reference.

  3. In the Tax Deduction/Collection Account Number text box, type your TAN number.

  4. In the Challan Tender Date/Date of Deposit field, choose the From and To dates of the quarter that you are filing the challan for.

  5. In the text box appearing next to Enter text as in above image, type the captcha that appears above. You can refresh the captcha if required.

  6. Once the captcha is analyzed and accepted, the Download Challan file button is enabled. Click the button to download the file.

Can I update Challan Details in greytHR?
Yes. Based on number of times you make payments, a quarter can have multiple challans.
greytHR permits you to allocate employees in the challan whenever prompted so under Overview.
You can also unallocate employees or even delete a challan.
We recommend to refer the step by step explanation of the procedure
What is the procedure to generate a FVU verified file for eTDS return, using greytHR?

1. Lock the payroll
2. Come to Form 24Q overview screen

3. Update the Receipt No ( this is the 15 digit acknowledge number which you have received while filing eTDs for the previous quarter)

4. For the required quarter, if challan details are not updated, please perform that step

5. Click on Generate FVU button and get the FVU verified file for eTDS filing purpose
6. We recommend to refer the step by step explanation of the procedure

What is receipt number shown under Quarter Overview?
This is the acknowledgment number given on successful authentication of the electronic statement uploaded at NSDL e-Gov for the previous Quarter.
This is termed as Token Number and earlier referred as Provisional Receipt Number
What is corrected TDS statement or Revision?
Deductor is required to furnish one regular TDS statement for a particular TAN, Form, Financial year and Quarter.
In case there are any additions/updates to be made to the details of the regular statement accepted at the TIN central system, the same should be done by furnishing a correction statement.
What are the different types of changes / corrections that I can make?

C1 : Update deductor details such as Name, Address of Deductor.

C2 : Update challan details such as challan serial no, BSR code, Challan tender date, Challan amounts etc.

C3 : Update/delete /add deductee details

C4 : Add / Delete salary detail records.

C5 : Update PAN of the deductee or employee in deductee/salary details

C9: Add a new challan and underlying deductees.

Do I need to file separate correction statements for various types of changes?
No. In case you need to update or add different deductees / challans in the same statement, it can be done in a single correction file.
Depending on the type of correction a single correction file may contain multiple correction statements.
What is CTDS File?
CTDS is the Consolidated TDS Statement for a quarter
Why I require CTDS?
Deductor is required to furnish a quarterly TDS statement as per guidelines of the Income Tax Department.
For any update in the quarterly TDS statement, a correction statement is furnished by the deductor / collector. Correction statement is to be prepared on the latest statement details (accepted) at TIN central system. Consolidated TDS statement provided by TIN consists of latest statement details i.e., the updates done vide correction statements (accepted at TIN central system).
We have not used greytHR for generating Form 24Q for the first 3 quarters? Can we use it for the last quarter alone?
Yes. You can do the filing for Q4 to begin with filing using greytHR.
However if you have paid TDS for the previous quarters, recommend to update challan information in greytHR.
How do we receive information on interest rate / penalty charges levied, if any?
Income Tax Department issues intimation to you if there are any applicable interest/penalty charges.
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