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Why it is important to check Form 26AS before filing Income Tax Return
Pushpkumar Sahu By: Pushpkumar Sahu
October 8, 2021
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There is a great need and importance of thorough checking of Form 26AS before filing Income Tax Return, as it is an Annual tax statement which provide the details of tax paid, tax deducted or collected at source as the case may be of the respected assesse. Assesse has to mandatorily disclose the corresponding income in his ITR which is reflecting in the Form 26AS against which TDS/TCS has been made. It acts as a statement which provides various details like as follows;

1). TDS/TCS Details of the Assesse: Form 26AS shows the details of tax deducted by any person or entity i.e. deductor in Part A under various sections like 194A, 194C etc. or tax collected at source u/s 206C series in Part B.

2). Details of high volume transactions in Part E like if any assesse has been engaged in any transaction which involved a huge amount like purchase or sale of immovable property above the transaction value of 30,00,000 INR.

3). Details of Tax paid by the assesse in Part C: Advance tax or self-assessment tax paid by the assesse during the relevant financial year. Also if any tax paid by the assesse for reasons other mentioned above like tax on regular assessment u/s 143 or in pursuance of demand notice issued u/s 156.

4). Income tax Refund in Part D: If any amount which is refundable by the department is reflected in the Form 26AS, it is important to note that if any refund which is provided by the department, then interest will be also be a part of that refund i.e. interest on income tax refund which is separately reflected in the row which should be taken into account while filing ITR otherwise it will lead to intimation u/s 143(1) for correction later on, as such interest is taxable under the head “IFOS”.

Form 26AS can also be termed as annual tax credit statement which reflects how much tax credit is accumulated during the financial year which can be used to pay taxes at the time of filing ITR.

Apart from the above, one should always check whether the income reflecting in the form is correct and best to the knowledge of assesse, as it can create problems latter on if assesse fails to show the income which is reflecting in the Form 26AS and denies the same that income does not belong to him, sometimes it happen that TDS has been made wrongly due to wrong furnishing of PAN details, therefore one should look after that Form 26AS reflects true and correct info about income and tax details.

Conclusion: At last, would like to conclude that Form 26AS is the most important statement while filing an ITR, one should always match the details with it for avoiding any notices and intimations from the department.


By: Pushpkumar Sahu - October 8, 2021


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Yes. Your version is correct.

Dated: 08/10/2021

Dear Pushpkumar Sahu Ji,

Your article is very very useful for the readers. This will save readers from many avoidable problems. Pl. keep it up. Write daily an article on those issues which are not touched by anyone. Every issue is significant may be small or big


In penultimate para, line no.2 it should be 'later on' and not 'latter on'. Hope you will take it positively.


Pushpkumar Sahu By: KASTURI SETHI
Dated: 09/10/2021

Dear Pushpkumar, Good writing on practical aspect. Keep on writing. I would like to add that reconciliation of information in 26AS should be taken periodically , at least after 31 December of P Y and steps should be taken for correction of any information provided by concerned parties , if there are omissions, mistakes, defaults , so that by the time ROI is to be filed, own accounts and information in 26AS are correct and reconciled, and difference if any is explainable.

Auditors should also emphasise on reconciliation with 26AS.

Pushpkumar Sahu By: DEV KUMAR KOTHARI
Dated: 09/10/2021


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