TDS on payment of accumulated balance due to an employee-Budget 2023
Section 192A of the Act provides for TDS on payment of accumulated balance due to an employee under the Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme, 1952. The existing provisions of section 192A of the Act, inter-alia, provide for deduction of tax at the rate of 10% of the taxable component of the lump sum payment due to an employee. Further, no deduction of tax is to be made where the amount of such payment or the aggregate amount of such payment to the payee is less than fifty thousand rupees.
The second proviso to section 192A of the Act provides that any person entitled to receive any amount on which tax is deductible shall furnish his Permanent Account Number (PAN) to the person responsible for deducting such tax, failing which tax shall be deducted at the maximum marginal rate.
It was observed that many low-paid employees do not have PAN and thereby TDS is being deducted at the maximum marginal rate in their cases under section 192A. Hence, it is proposed to omit the second proviso to section 192A of the Act, so that in case of failure to furnishing of PAN by the person relating to payment of accumulated balance due to him, tax will be deducted at the rate of 20% as in other non-PAN cases in accordance with section 206AA of the Act, instead of at the maximum marginal rate.
This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2023.
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