Friday, June 21, 2024

Guidance Note on Form 26QC: Procedure, Due Dates, Penalties, and Correction

Introduction Form 26QC is mandated by Section 194IB of the Income Tax Act, requiring tenants to deduct TDS on rent payments exceeding Rs. 50,000 per month to resident landlords. This note provides a comprehensive overview of the filing procedure, due dates, penalties for defaults, and the process for correcting errors in Form 26QC.

Procedure for Filing Form 26QC

  1. Applicability and TDS Deduction:

    • Tenants (Individuals, HUFs, etc.) making rent payments exceeding Rs. 50,000 per month are required to deduct TDS at 5% before remitting the rent to the landlord.
  2. Filing Timeline:

    • Form 26QC must be submitted within 30 days from the end of the month in which TDS is deducted.
    • Alternatively, file within 30 days from the end of the financial year or upon vacation of the property or termination of the rent agreement.
  3. Online Submission Process:

    • Accessing the TIN-NSDL Website:

      • Visit the TIN-NSDL (Tax Information Network - National Securities Depository Limited) website.
      • Navigate to the 'TDS on rent of property' section under the services menu.
    • Filling Form 26QC:

      • Select the option for online submission of TDS on property rent.
      • Fill in all mandatory fields accurately. Required details include PANs of tenant and landlord, property address, rent amounts, TDS deducted, etc.
      • Ensure all details are correctly entered to avoid discrepancies.
    • Submission:

      • Submit the completed Form 26QC electronically through the website.
      • Upon successful submission, an acknowledgment with a unique number will be generated.

Penalties for Defaults

  • Late Filing:

    • A late fee of Rs. 200 per day is levied for each day of delay beyond the due date until the form is submitted.
  • Delayed TDS Deduction or Deposit:

    • Interest of 1% per month is applicable on the TDS amount from the due date of deduction till the actual date of deduction.
  • Fixed Penalties:

    • For delays exceeding one year in filing Form 26QC, penalties range from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1,00,000, depending on the duration of the delay and the discretion of the tax authorities.

Correction of Errors

  • Errors in Form 26QC can be rectified through the TRACES (TDS Reconciliation Analysis and Correction Enabling System) platform.

  • Correction Request:

    • After the initial submission, log in to TRACES.
    • Navigate to 'Statements / Forms' > 'Request for Correction'.
    • Select Form 26QC and proceed with the correction request.
  • Verification and Approval:

    • Depending on the availability of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) or jurisdictional Assessing Officer's approval, choose the appropriate verification method.
    • Submit the correction request and track its status on TRACES.


Form 26QC ensures compliance with TDS regulations on rental income, ensuring transparency and accountability in financial transactions between tenants and landlords. Timely filing, accurate reporting, and prompt correction of errors are crucial to avoid penalties and maintain tax compliance. By following these procedures diligently, taxpayers can fulfill their legal obligations effectively and contribute to a compliant tax environment.