It is not only the holidays that one gears up to celebrate in December but, it is also the time as responsible citizens, to file year-end tax forms and deposit taxes. Meeting these deadlines ensures financial compliance, avoids penalties, and sets the stage for a smooth start to the upcoming fiscal year.
Let’s explore the key tax-related milestones in December 2023 and why they matter.
Deposit of Tax Deducted/Collected for November 2023
Deadline – 7 December 2023
The due date for depositing tax deducted or collected for November 2023 is a pivotal deadline. Timely deposits ensure that the government receives the necessary funds to fuel public services and execute various initiatives seamlessly. Organizations failing to deposit tax on time may face penalties and interest charges, emphasizing the importance of meeting this deadline.
Form 24G Filing for November 2023
Deadline – 15 December 2023
For government offices, filing Form 24G is not just a procedural task; it’s a critical step towards consolidating TDS/TCS details for November 2023. This electronic document is filed by the Accounts Office, providing transparent and accurate reporting of tax deducted at source (TDS). The information submitted through Form 24G is essential for further processing by the Drawing and Disbursement Officer (DDO).
Third Instalment of Advance Tax for AY 2024-25
Individuals and businesses have the option of paying advance tax, a proactive measure benefitting both organizations and the government. The third installment for the assessment year 2024-25 falls in December 2023, offering taxpayers an opportunity to manage their tax liabilities efficiently.
TDS Certificates Issuance (Sections 194-IA, 194-IB, 194M, 194S)
Issuing TDS certificates under various sections by 15 December 2023 is crucial for providing accurate income details to taxpayers. Sections like 194-IA, 194-IB, 194M, and 194S have specific requirements for deducting tax at source. Ensuring timely issuance of TDS certificates facilitates a smoother income tax return filing process for the taxpayers.
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We have expanded a bit more over the various sections for the benefit of our readers:
- Section 194-IA: TDS on Sale of Immovable Property
This section deals with TDS on the sale of immovable property, emphasizing the need for timely issuance of TDS certificates for transactions in October 2023.
- Section 194-IB: TDS on Rent Payments
For individuals and HUFs responsible for paying rent exceeding ₹50,000 per month, adhering to TDS provisions is essential. The TDS certificate for October 2023 should be issued by the specified due date.
- Section 194M: TDS on Payments to Contractors and Professionals
This section applies when payments to a resident individual for contractual work or professional services exceed Rs 50,00,000 in a financial year. The TDS certificate for October 2023 must be issued promptly.
Beyond these immediate deadlines, there are additional deadlines one must keep in mind:
- Form No. 3BB by Stock Exchange: A monthly statement ensuring transparency in stock market transactions should be submitted by the stock exchange for November 2023.
- Challan-Cum-Statement for TDS: A crucial document for tax deducted at source under various sections (194-IA, 194-IB, 194M, 194S) should be furnished by 30 December 2023.
- Form No. 3CEAD for International Groups: This Country-by-Country report must be filed by 30 December 2023 for relevant reporting accounting years to comply with global tax regulations.
- Belated/Revised Return Filing: Taxpayers have until 31 December 2023 to file a belated or revised return for the assessment year 2023-24, offering a final chance to ensure accurate reporting of income and tax details.
To summarize, meeting year-end tax deadlines reflects a commitment to financial responsibility by an organization. The depositing of taxes and filing the forms stipulated by the Income Tax Department not only ensures the avoidance of penalties but also contributes to transparent financial transactions and a well-regulated tax ecosystem.