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TDS is tax deducted at source. Any company that makes a payment is required to deduct tax before the payment is made. This TDS is deducted at the prescribed rates as per the Income Tax Act and has to be deposited with the government within the given deadlines.

Click here to learn about the TDS rates.

Check out this guide if you want to know the timeline for payment of TDS. Make sure you follow this timeline and deposit TDS on time because late payment attracts an interest of 1.5% per month.

Here is a quick guide on how to make TDS payment online:

Go to NSDL’s dedicated online services portal that facilitates e-payments: https://onlineservices.tin.egov-nsdl.com/etaxnew/tdsnontds.jsp

As shown in the image above, scroll down to the TDS/TCS section and click on Challan No./ITNS 281.

You will be directed to the e-payment page where you will need to fill out the relevant details and finish the payment process using your Netbanking account.

Remember to add your TAN properly because it will be validated and you will then be allowed to enter other details into the challan. Also make sure you enter the correct assessment year. TDS is usually paid of the previous year, but many times a common mistake of selecting the current year is committed.

Payments are accepted only through netbanking facility of certain banks. Payments through debit or credit cards are not allowed.

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