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Jul 22, 2020
Cash withdrawal above 20 lac to attract TDS at 2% or more

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has facilitated a new functionality for banks and post offices through which they can ascertain the TDS applicability rates on cash withdrawals above Rs. 20 lakh in case of a non-filer and above Rs 1 crore in case of a filer of the income tax return (ITR), said the Ministry of Finance (MoF).

So far, more than 53,000 verification requests have been executed successfully on this facility, it added.

"CBDT today said that this functionality available as "Verification of applicability u/s 194N" on since 1st July 2020,is also made available to the Banks through web-services so that the entire process can be automated and be linked to the Bank's internal core banking solution", an official statement from MoF said.

Explaining the details of this facility, CBDT said that now the Bank/Post Office has to only enter the PAN of the person who is withdrawing cash for ascertaining the applicable rate of TDS. On entering PAN, a message will be instantly displayed on the departmental utility.

"TDS is deductible at the rate of 2% if cash withdrawal exceeds Rs. 1 crore" [if the person withdrawing cash is a filer of the income-tax return] and TDS is deductible at the rate 2% if cash withdrawal exceeds Rs. 20 lakh and at the rate of 5% if it exceeds Rs. 1 Crore [if the person withdrawing cash is a non-filer of the income-tax return]", the statement added.

CBDT also said that the data on cash withdrawal indicated that a huge amount of cash is being withdrawn by the persons who have never filed ITRs.

"To ensure filing of returns by these persons and to keep track on cash withdrawals by the non-filers, and to curb black money, the Finance Act, 2020 w.e.f. 1st July, 2020 further amended Income-tax Act to lower the threshold of cash withdrawal to Rs. 20 lakh for the applicability of this TDS for the non-filers and also mandated TDS at the higher rate of 5% on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore by the non-filers", it added.

It may be noted that in order to discourage cash transactions and move towards a less cash economy, the Finance (No.2) Act, 2019 has inserted section 194N in the Income Tax Act w.e.f. 1st September, 2019 to provide for levy of TDS @ 2% on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs. 1 crore from a Bank/Post Office account/s subject to certain exceptions, it said.

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