For the past few days, I have been fighting with finding the status of my Income Tax Refunds and checking status of TDS (Tax Deducted at Source). Actually, one of my clients’ deducted TDS and shut down his company without providing TDS certificates to us, so I was worried on the status of the tax deducted by them.
Thankfully, Tax Information Network website came handy.
So, now the question is, how do we check our Tax Statements?
Well, you need to register to get access to Annual Tax Statement (Form 26 AS) first. You can register by visiting this page. The registration process is manual. You will have to fill in required details, then within 5 days, the authorized person will get in touch with you, their person will visit your place, verify the details and collect Rs. 100 + taxes as fees. And within 3 days your account will be activated.
Once the account is active, you need to login here with your details, once logged in, the site will give you access to Tax Statements of all the years. (From the year you have started filing tax). The statement will show the details of Tax Deducted at Source, Tax Collected at Source, (Advance) Tax Paid and Tax Refunds Paid. Next to each TDS entry, it displays the status of each entry, which basically says, the Tax amount was accepted by the government or not.
Okay, now, if you just want to check the status of your Tax Refunds, then you can directly check it here. Absolutely no need to register to check the status, you just need a PAN card number. If you are facing any difficulties there, you can call them up on the helpline: 1800 425 9760 or email them here
Thanks to the IT Department for developing such a wonderful site, I can’t imagine myself calling or visiting the babus just to get this basic info.
I guess that’s about it, I hope this helps someone.
Image Source: “Tax by definition” by Alan Cleaver