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Form-16 is essentially a certificate employers issue to their employees. It provides a validation that TDS has been deducted and deposited with the government authorities on behalf of the employee. It gives a detailed summary of the salary paid to the employee and the TDS deducted.
Form 16 contains the information you need to prepare and file your income tax return. Employers must issue it every year on or before 15 June of the next year, immediately after the financial year in which the tax is deducted. Form 16 has two components – Part A and Part B.In case you lose your Form 16, you can request for a duplicate from your employer.
You can get your Form 16 from your employer. Even if you have left your job, your employer will provide you the Form 16. Unfortunately, this income tax form 16, cannot be downloaded from anywhere.
Though this is one of the most important income tax forms, don’t worry if you do not have it. You can still file your income tax return. Click here to learn more.
TDS certificate in Form 16 is issued when TDS has been deducted. In case no TDS has been deducted by the employer, he may not give you a Form 16. Take a look at our Guide on how to e-file without form 16
Any person responsible for paying salaries is required to deduct TDS before making payment. The Income Tax Act lays down that every person who deducts TDS from a payment, must furnish a certificate with details of TDS deducted & deposited. An employer in specific is compulsorily required to furnish a certificate, in the format of Form 16.
While the onus of deducting tax on salaries and providing Form 16 is on the employer, the onus of paying income tax and filing income tax return is on you. If your income from all sources is above the minimum tax slab you are required to pay tax, whether or not your employer deducted TDS. Even when he fails to issue you a Form 16, you must file an income tax return and pay off the taxes that are due.
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