Tax Collected at Source ( TCS ) – Payment, Exemption & Rates of TCS Tax


In the recent amendments in Finance Act 2020, a new provision under Section 206C (1H) was introduced for the TCS Tax (Tax Collected at Source). The new amendment will be effective from 1st October 2020.

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What is TCS Tax?

TCS tax full form Tax Collected at Source is the form of tax payable by the seller, which the seller collects from the Buyer at the time of the sale. All the terms & conditions are governed by the Section 206C of Income-tax act.

New TCS Tax Provision

As per the new TCS tax provision, if any seller has an annual turnover more than Rs. 10 crores in the preceding Financial Year then he from 1st October 2020 he is liable to collect TCS tax at a rate of 0.1% (0.075% till 31.03.2021) from the buyer if the buyer purchases products exceeding Rs. 50 Lac. This 50 Lac limit will be observed for each buyer separately. In simple words, there will be no TCS tax liable to be collected from the buyer until he reaches a purchase of 50 Lac. The seller can only collect tax once the limit of Rs. 50 Lac is reached. As a grace period, the sale made to the buyer until 30 September 2020 shall not be included in the provision. All the sale till 30 September 2020 shall be exempted from any TCS tax. This rebate is given only for the first year of implementation.

Who is A Liable Seller In TCS Tax?

Seller: An individual or firm whose total sales including gross sales, turnover of his business exceed Rs. 10 Crore during the financial year preceding the year in which the sale was carried out. This sale does not include the sale of Services. Some specific individuals or organizations are classified as sellers for the TCS tax under income tax act. No other seller is liable to collect TCS tax.

Following are the categories of seller:

  1. Central Government
  2. State Government
  3. Local Authority
  4. Statutory Corporation or Authority
  5. Company registered under the Companies Act
  6. Partnership firms
  7. Co-operative Society
  8. Any person or HUF subjected to an audit of accounts under Income tax act

Buyer: An individual or an organisation which purchases any goods.

Below are the mentioned buyers who are liable to pay TCS tax:

  1. Public sector companies
  2. Central Government
  3. State Government
  4. Embassy of High commission
  5. Consulate and other Trade Representation of a Foreign Nation
  6. Sports clubs and social clubs

What Are The Goods Covered Under TCS Tax Provision?

TCS tax is only collected by the seller if the goods purchased are used for trading purpose. If the buyer uses the purchased goods for manufacturing process & producing things, then the TCS applicability rules, TCS tax is not liable. The TCS tax is collected by the seller at the time of selling.

Different Rates Applicable Under Different Categories

Type of Goods Rate
Alcohol & Liquor made for consumption by humans

Other consumable goods by humans

Timber wood under a forest 2.5%
Tendu leaves 5%
Timber wood by any other mode than forest leased 2.5%
A forest produce other than Tendu leaves and timber 2.5%
TCS on Scrap 1%
Minerals like lignite, coal and iron ore 1%
Exceeds over Rs. 2 lakhs/ Jewellery that exceeds over Rs. 5 lakhs 1%
Purchase of Motor vehicle exceeding Rs. 10 Lakhs 1%
Parking lot, Toll Plaza and Mining and Quarrying 2%

TCS Tax Filing Dates

Collection Month Quarter Ending Due date of Payment Due Date of filing return
April 30th June 7th May 15th July
May 7th June
June 7th July
July 30th September 7th August 15th October
August 7th September
September 7th October
October 31st December 7th November 15th January
November 7th December
December 7th January
January 31st March 7th February 15th May
February 7th March
March 7th April

Note: All amount collected under TCS Tax by the government office shall be deposited of the same day of collection 

  • The seller has to deposit the TCS tax amount within 7 Days in the form of Challan 281 from the last day of the month tax was collected.  
  • It is important to note that if the taxpayer collected the tax & fails to deposit the tax on the above-mentioned due-dates then he is liable to pay 1% extra interest on the amount per month.
  • Every seller/ tax collector has file Form 27EQ that is the Quarterly TCS return. The interest in the delay has to be paid before filing the TCS tax return to the government. 

TCS Certificate

  1. A TCS Tax certificate need to provide to the buyer by the seller after filing the TCS Tax return i.e. Form 27EQ 
  2. A certificate is also issued against the TCS Tax return filed which will contain the following details:
  3. Name of the Seller and Buyer
  4. TAN of the seller
  5. PAN of both seller and buyer
  6. Total tax collected by the seller
  7. Date of collection
  8. The rate of Tax applied

The due dates of issuing the TCS certificate are as follows

Quarter Ending Date of Issuing
Quarter ending on 30th June 30th July
Quarter ending on 30th September 30th October
Quarter ending on 31st December 30th January
Quarter ending on 31st March 30th May

TCS Exemptions

As already mentioned in the following cases TCS Tax is not applicable:

  • If the buyer uses the purchased goods for personal consumption
  • If the buyer purchases the goods for manufacturing or production purpose & not for the trading purpose.

TCS Tax Under GST

  • Any dealer selling goods on online platforms are liable for a 1% rate of TCS Tax under GST. This means the dealer would get the payment from online sources after deducting 1% TCS tax amount under GST. This is stated at 0.5% in CGST & 0.5% in SGCT in IGST Act
  • 10th of every next month in the due date of filing TCS Tax rate in GST
  • It is mandatory for all the dealers/ trader to register themselves as TCS Tax registration under GST
Let us understand TCS Tax calculation under GST with a simple example:

Mr Akshay(seller) is a dealer who sells electronics online on Amazon (buyer). He receives an order of 20,000 with Commission included. Then the amazon being the buyer here would give 19,800 deducting 1% i.e. Rs.200. 

Submission of Form 24G

  1. The user can mention in the software from which date the TCS must be calculated and at which condition it must be applicable i.e. when Party’s Sale crosses 50 lakhs.
  2. If the buyer has provided the PAN Card then the seller will collect 0.075% TCS on the bill amount from the buyer.
  3. If the buyer does not provide a PAN Card then the seller will collect 1% TCS from the buyer.
  4. With TCS feature in Marg ERP Software, the user can also generate the required reports and file return.

This new amendment is mandatory from 1st October 2020.

With Marg ERP Software, the user can easily enable & collect TCS at the time of creating the Sale bill against the goods sold to different parties.

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