Mode of Deposit TCS – How to Deposit TCS Online or Offline?

Basically, there are two primary ways of depositing TCS; online or offline. This article covers all aspects about depositing TCS through both modes so that taxpayers can easily go through this process without any challenges whatsoever. Whether you are tech-savvy or prefer conventional methods, this introduction will give you adequate information on how best comply with regulations governing tax collection at source system in India.

👉 Mode of Deposit TCS

Taxes collected at source shall be deposited to the credit of the Central Government in the following modes:

✅Mode of Deposit Details
✅E-Payment E-Payment is mandatory for:
a) All the corporate assesses;
b) All assesses (other than companies) to whom the provisions of section 44AB of the Income Tax Act, 1961 are applicable.
✅Physical Mode By furnishing the Challan No. 281 in the authorized bank branch.

👉 About TCS

Tax Collected at Source is a systematic collection of taxes by the seller from a buyer in India. A part of the Income Tax Act, 1961, this tax is charged on certain goods and services. The person who sells or supplies such items is also known as the collector. It’s their duty to collect tax from purchasers at prescribed rates and then remit it into government coffers.

✅ Applicability: TCS applies to specific products like alcohol, tendu leaves, timber, minerals among others; as well as some services.

✅ Rates: Depending on what kind of goods or service it is being imposed upon; there will be different percentages levied as TCS rate. (TCS Rates FY 2024-25)

✅ Threshold limits: Only when sale value exceeds certain limit specified by authorities should dealers collect TCS from buyers.

✅ Collection and Payment: When crediting customer’s account or receiving payment; whichever comes first – that’s when suppliers shall recover this tax called TCS.

✅ Depositing TCS: Every collected amount should be deposited with government within stipulated time frames for such transactions. (Due Dates for Deposit TCS FY 2024-25)

✅ TCS Certificate: In order to prove that revenue has been generated through taxation process undertaken under section 206C(5); seller must issue Form 27D which acts as evidence showing that taxes were realized from purchasers’ accounts or directly received by sellers themselves towards meeting their obligations under ITA-61 provisions related thereto.

👉 Significance Of Timely And Correct Deposit Of TCS

The following are reasons why timely and correct deposit of TCS is important.

  • Avoidance of penalties and interest: When someone fails to deduct TCS or deposit on specified dates, there is always a heavy penalty plus extra interest. The fine itself maybe 1% per month or part thereof on such amounts, while the interest rate could rise to 1.5% for every month delayed beyond the due date, which is equally detrimental financially.
  • Enhancement Business Reputation: Businesses that comply early earn themselves a good name among their stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, and regulators alike. Thus, they can create credibility, hence winning the trust of other concerned parties, who view them as reliable partners worth transacting with, especially if they involve a lot of money during these deals.
  • Buyer’s Tax Credit Claims: Customers have the right to deduct credit allowances against the full amount payable as tax by utilizing TCS receipts issued by sellers. Collecting them punctually guarantees purchasers a smooth claiming process devoid of complications arising therefrom at later moments because all necessary records would have been kept intact for referential purposes and need to be made available for use at any time.

👉Understanding TCS Deposit Modes

✅ E-Payment of TCS

1) Whom does E-Payment apply to: 

  • Corporate Assesses: Companies are obligated to deposit TCS using the e-payment mode.
  • Non-Corporate Assesses under Section 44AB: Non-corporate assesses whose accounts are audited under section 44AB of the Income Tax Act must also use e-payment mode.

2) Benefits of E-payment:

  • Convenience: TCS can be deposited from any place with internet connection through e-payment without having to visit a bank physically.
  • Swiftness: Online processing is fast and payments are credited instantly reducing time taken when compared to physical modes.
  • Accuracy: The system has automated calculation and validation feature which minimizes errors ensuring correct amount is deposited.

3) Steps for Depositing TCS through E-Payment:


  • PAN (Permanent Account Number): Your PAN details should be available.
  • TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number): Your TAN should be available.
  • Banking Details: You should have NET banking or debit card facilities for making payment.

Logging into the E-Tax Payment Portal:

  • Go to official website of Income Tax Department of India or designated e-tax payment portal.
  • Click on ‘E-Pay Tax’ option for taxes.

Filling Challan No. 281:

  • Select Challan No. 281 specifically meant for TDS/TCS payments.
  • Enter required details like TAN, assessment year and type of payment (TCS).

Selection of Correct Assessment Year:

  • Make sure correct assessment year is chosen so as not to create any difference in tax records.

Making the Payment:

  • Use net banking or debit card option to make payment
  • Follow on-screen instructions till transaction is completed successfully

Generating and Saving Receipt:

  • After successful payment a challan counterfoil or receipt will be generated
  • Save and print it for future reference/record keeping purposes

4) Physical Mode of TCS Deposit

Although certain categories prefer and mandate for TCS payment through E-payment but for other taxpayers who do not fall under mandatory E-payment categories TCS can be deposited via physical modes as well.

✅ Physical Method of TCS Deposit

There is a physical method of depositing Tax Collected at Source (TCS) for those taxpayers who are not required to use the e-payment system. This method involves certain manual steps and interaction with authorized bank branches.

1) When Can Physical Mode Be Used: This includes non-corporate assesses for whom accounts are not audited under section 44AB of the Income Tax Act. Small businesses and individual taxpayers falling outside the e-payment mandate can use this mode.

2) Procedure for Depositing TCS through Physical Mode

  1. Procurement of Challan No. 281: The taxpayer has to obtain Challan No. 281 which is used for TDS/TCS payments. This challan can be obtained from the official website of Income Tax Department. Download Here
  2. Properly Filling Up The Challan: TAN and PAN: Enter correct TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number) and PAN (Permanent Account Number).
  3. Assessment Year: Mention the assessment year for which you are depositing TCS.
  4. Type Of Payment: Choose the relevant type of payment indicating it to be for TCS.
  5. Other Details: Fill in other required details like name, address etc., along with amount paid.
  6. Visit Authorized Bank Branch: Find out a bank branch authorized to accept income tax payments. The list of such banks is available on Income Tax Department’s website.
  7. Submit Challan & Payment: Go to bank branch along with filled Challan No. 281. Submit challan together with payment amount either in cash/cheque/demand draft as per bank’s acceptable modes.
  8. Receipt Stamped by Bank: Once challan and payment are submitted, bank will process the transaction. Bank provides stamped receipt (counterfoil of Challan No. 281) as an evidence of payment.

Make sure that receipt is duly stamped and contains all relevant details like transaction date, amount paid, acknowledgment etc.

Though e-payment is recommended for TCS deposits because of its convenience and efficiency, there are some taxpayers who may not have access to this facility. For such cases physical mode can be adopted by getting Challan No. 281, filling it accurately, visiting authorized bank and making payment. The process ends with obtaining a stamped receipt from the bank which acts as proof for compliance with TCS deposit requirements. By following these steps individuals can meet their obligations towards TCS even in absence of electronic payment systems.

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