If you are trying to generate Form 16 for your employees, here is a step-by-step guide that will answer most of your questions and help your employees file their taxes in no time.
New! According to a recent Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) ruling, both -Form 16 Part A and Form 16 Part B will now be available on TRACES.
The deadline for filing taxes is approaching, and most employees are still running after their HRs asking that one crucial question - Where is my Form 16?
Form 16 is an important tax document for an employer mainly because of two reasons:
The tax-filing process is complex and can get even the most seasoned experts looking for answers. As an employer, if you have deducted TDS for your employees, it is your legal duty to procure and publish Form 16. Your employees need this document because this is where they get the information required for filling their income tax returns (ITR). It also serves as a valid proof of TDS.
Did you know? According to section 272A(2)(g) of the I-T Act, you may even be penalized if you fail to comply with the norms.
If you are on your way towards generating Form 16 for your employees, here's everything you will need to tackle this problem head-on.
Form 16 is a certificate that reflects the total salary paid and the amount of tax deducted (TDS) during the year. It also contains the details of salary and tax benefits availed by your employees in the last financial year.
There are several layers to Form 16 - each unique and at the same time, vital to the tax filing journey. It mainly consists of four parts:
Until recently, ‘Part A’ was being generated through TRACES, and it was up to the employers to create ‘Part B’ along with the other three annexures (Part-B, Form-12BA, and Annexure) from their payroll system.
According to the new Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) ruling, both - Form 16 Part A and Form 16 Part B will now be available through a government portal called TRACES (Tax deducted at source (TDS) Reconciliation Analysis and Correction Enabling System).
The fundamentals remain the same. However, unlike before, you can now download both Part A and Part B from TRACES.
The Form 16 universe is vast - and without the right instruments, you may end up in a blind spot. Before you begin, there are a couple of things that you will need to keep in mind.
Create a list of items you would need to generate and distribute Form 16
All set? You are almost there. In the following steps, we will explore the four big tasks that can be accomplished with Form 16.
Step By Step Guide To Generating And Distributing Form 16
Log in to the TRACES website using your user ID, password, and TAN number.
Enter the PAN numbers for which Form 16 will be generated.
Verify Form 16 - The next important step is to verify the documents. The verification process can turn out to be a long and tedious one because there are multiple components within Form 16 that you need to look out for.
💡 Tip: Make sure all the employee data are as per the IT deduction statements
Once you have verified the documents, you will need to sign them. You can either opt for a digital signature or choose to do it manually. If you are doing it digitally, use a digital signer to speed up the process.
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In the next step, validate the signature. Without validation, you would see the following image on your Form 16.
Press the right-click button while you are hovering over the image and select the ‘Validate signature’ option. Once it is done, you will see a green tick beside your digital signature.
Finally, it is time to distribute the respective Form 16 to their correct recipients. Remember to check whether you are sending them to the right email-ids because these are crucial legal documents that contain detailed tax information of individuals. If you make an error here, you may inadvertently put someone’s data at risk.
Most of Form 16’s complexity is easily solved with a clear roadmap
If you have issued Form 16 before May 12, 2019, you need not worry about the recent amendments. But, those releasing Form 16 after the effective date will have to adhere to the new format.
No, you cannot. You will have to be registered as a ‘deductor’ to be able to download Form 16.
If no tax is deducted for an employee, Form 16 will not be applicable for him/her.
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