Check Your Form 26AS before filing Income tax return for Assessment Year 2015-16

                                   Form 26AS

Form 26AS is the important document issued by the
IT department to the taxpayers. I have noticed that the majority of taxpayers
are not aware of Form 26AS and its importance. In order to spread awareness
about Form 26AS I am here with detail information about Form 26AS and its
importance.

What is Form 26AS?

Form 26S is consolidated annual tax statement
issued to the income tax payer by the IT department every year. You can
download Form 26AS from Income tax filing website. Form 26AS shows how much tax
is credited on your account from various sources like salary, pension, interest
income etc. Apart from this Form 26AS contains following information.

Part A:    Details of Tax Deducted at Source (TDS)
Part A1:  Details of TDS for 15G/15H
Part A2:  Details of TDS on sale of immovable property
Part B:    Details of Tax Collected at Source (TCS)
Part C:    Details of  Advance tax, self-assessment tax or
regular assessment
Part D:    Details of paid Refunds
Part E:    Details of AIR transactions

Why it is Important to check form 26AS
before filing Income Tax return?

You should cross check detail mentioned in form
26AS against TDS certificate. i.e Form 16 or Form 16AS before filing income tax
return. This is to ensure that the TDS deducted on behalf of the taxpayer by
deductor is actually deposited with the income tax department.
E.g If you are a salaried person and your
employer has deducted Rs 50,000 and you have also paid the advance tax of Rs
10,000, form 26AS should reflect these details. If your 26AS is not showing
this detail and you are filing a income tax return without checking 26AS it
will be misleading information in Income tax return and you
may receive demand notice.
How 26AS form is useful to you?
  • This form
    serves as an authentic reference document for TDS, TCS, Advance tax and
    refund details.
  • You can
    confirm your income/earning using this form.
  • This form
    can be used to know exact refund details.
  • This form
    contains detail information like BSR code, amount deposited, date of
    deposit, TAN number etc. You can use this form to file your return in case
    your form 16 is misplaced or lost.
  • To verify
    that the bank has credited tax deposited by you to the government.
  • It is
    because of form 26AS only that we need not to attach form 16 or TDS
    certificate with income tax return form.
What is the reason of mismatch in Form
26AS?
Sometimes Form 26AS contain information that is
not matching with TDS certificate. The reason of mismatch in form 26AS is given
below.
Non Filing of TDS Return
Dedcutor has not filed TDS return which will result in non mapping of TDS
deducted with form 26AS.
Wrong Information in TDS Return
– Deductor have punched wrong information in TDS written like PAN number,
Amount of TDS deducted, Amount of TDS deposited or Assessment Year.
Omission of Information in TDS Return – Mismatch
Due to clerical mistake done by theWhat is to be done in case of
mismatch in TDS and Form 26AS?
In case you find a mismatch in TDS and form 26AS,
you don’t have any option but to chase deductor of TDS (employer or bank) to
correct the mistake. If the return is not filed you need to ask them to file
TDS return. If the return is already filed you need to ask them to locate and
correct the mistake.
How to view/download Tax Credit Statement
Form 26AS?
You can view/download this form in 2 different
ways.
On Income tax site –
 view 26 AS
  • Login using your user ID and Password
  • In Quick Link, you will find View Form 26 AS (Tax Credit) click on link
  • You will be redirected to TDS-CPC website.
  • On TDS-CPC website click on view Tax Credit (Form 26 AS)
  • Select Assessment Year and view or download option and Form 26 AS will be shown to you.

view form 26 AS
On Bank site using Net banking –

You
can use Net banking facility of the bank to view your Form 26 AS. This
facility is available if PAN number is mapped with the respective
account. This facility is available for free. Only authorized banks like
SBI, ICICI, Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, UCO Bank etc. are providing this
facility.
Conclusion –
Check
your form 26 AS before filing your income tax return. I have seen that
many taxpayers are receiving demand notice asking them to pay tax
although they have already paid taxes. So please verify your form 26AS
against your TDS statement.

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