Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Guide to TDS and TCS Compliance for FY 2024-25

Understanding and adhering to the due dates for TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) and TCS (Tax Collected at Source) is crucial for tax compliance. This guidance note aims to provide a clear and concise explanation of the due dates, penalties, and key considerations to help you manage your tax responsibilities effectively.

What is TDS?

  • TDS (Tax Deducted at Source): A tax collection mechanism where a specified percentage is deducted from payments made to individuals or businesses and subsequently remitted to the government.

What is TCS?

  • TCS (Tax Collected at Source): A tax collected by sellers from buyers on the sale of goods, which is then deposited with the tax authorities.

Due Dates for TDS & TCS Payments

Timely payment of TDS and TCS is essential to avoid interest and penalties. Here are the deadlines:

PeriodNon-Government DeductorGovernment Deductor
April to February7th of the following month- Without Challan: Same Day ; With Challan: 7th of the following month
March- TDS: 30th April ; TCS: 7th April- Without Challan: Same Day ; With Challan: 7th of the following month

Due Dates for Filing TDS Returns

Filing TDS returns on time is necessary to avoid late fees and interest. The due dates are as follows:

QuarterPeriodDue Date
1st QuarterApril - June31st July
2nd QuarterJuly - September31st October
3rd QuarterOctober - December31st January
4th QuarterJanuary - March31st May

Due Dates for Filing TCS Returns

Timely filing of TCS returns is equally important. The deadlines are:

QuarterPeriodDue Date
1st QuarterApril - June15th July
2nd QuarterJuly - September15th October
3rd QuarterOctober - December15th January
4th QuarterJanuary - March15th May

Note: If the due date falls on a holiday, the next business day is the due date.

Penalties for Late TDS and TCS

Understanding the consequences of late TDS and TCS actions is crucial for maintaining compliance and avoiding financial penalties.

1. Late Filing

  • Penalty: Rs. 200 per day of delay (Section 234E), up to the amount of TDS/TCS.
  • Interest: 1% per month on unpaid late fee (Section 220(2)).


  • TDS Amount: Rs. 40,000
  • Due Date: 31st October
  • Actual Filing Date: 10th November
  • Delay: 10 days
  • Late Filing Fee: 200 * 10 = Rs. 2,000

2. Late Deduction

  • Interest: 1% per month from the due date of deduction to the actual date of deduction.


  • Amount Paid: Rs. 1,50,000
  • TDS: Rs. 15,000
  • Payment Date: 5th April 2024
  • Due Date: 5th April 2024
  • Actual Deduction Date: 20th April 2024
  • Delay: 1 month
  • Interest: 15,000 * 1 * 1% = Rs. 150

3. Late Payment

  • Interest for TDS: 1.5% per month from the deduction date to the payment date.
  • Interest for TCS: 1% per month from the collection date to the payment date.


  • TDS Amount: Rs. 25,000
  • Deduction Date: 10th June 2024
  • Payment Date: 20th June 2024
  • Delay: 10 days (counted as 1 month)
  • Interest: 25,000 * 1.5% = Rs. 375

Key Points to Remember

  • Check Deadlines Regularly: Always be aware of the due dates for TDS and TCS payments and returns to avoid last-minute rushes and mistakes.
  • Automate Processes: Where possible, automate your tax deduction and filing processes to ensure timely compliance.
  • Maintain Accurate Records: Keep detailed and accurate records of all payments, deductions, and filings to support compliance and facilitate easy reporting.
  • Seek Professional Advice: Consult with tax professionals or advisors to stay updated on any changes in tax laws and to ensure that you are fully compliant.


Meeting the due dates for TDS and TCS payments and returns is crucial to avoid penalties and interest charges. By staying informed, automating processes, and maintaining accurate records, you can ensure smooth and timely compliance with tax regulations. This proactive approach will help you avoid financial penalties and maintain a good standing with tax authorities.