How to e- file TDS return – Step by step procedure

How to prepare & file e-TDS return [Without software]

Hello, in this post we will let you through the step by step procedure on how to e file TDS

Do you use Saral TDS?

Check out the entire process of TDS return filing with Saral TDS here:

  1. Form 26Q return filing
  2. Form 24Q return filing

Prerequisite for TDS e-filing

Before uploading the TDS statements, keep the following points in mind:

  • You must hold a valid TAN and it should be registered for e-filing
  • Prepare the TDS statements using ITD-NSDL suggested software (Ex: Saral TDS)
  • Prepare the File Validation Utility (FVU) for the returns file
  • You should have a valid DSC registration for e-filing if you wish to upload using DSC
  • You should also provide the principal contact’s bank account or Demat account. If you wish to upload using EVC, then the principal contact’s PAN and Aadhaar has to be linked.

Deductors have to note that for now only uploading of regular TDS statements (from Financial Year 2010-11 onwards) is available at the Income-Tax efiling website. All correction statements are still to be uploaded to NSDL Website.

You can either watch the video or go through the steps on-by-one below. 

How to e file TDS return

Step-1 Visit the Income Tax Department website and click on Login. Enter your login credentials.
Step-2 After login, Go to TDS then click on Upload TDS option.
Step-3 Next, enter the Statement details and click on Validate
Step-4 Upload the TDS zip file prepared using the utility downloaded from tin-NSDL Website. Then, attach the signature file generated using DSC management utility for the uploaded TDS zip file. For more details on generating DSC click here. Next, click on the Upload button.
Step-5 Once the TDS is uploaded, a success message will be displayed on the screen. A confirmation mail is sent to your registered mail ID.
Step-6 The below screen appears if DSC is not generated. Then the users have to click on “Click here to e-verify” to e-verify TDS.

Verification options available

Step-7 The users have these three options to verify as shown below.
If the users select “Option 1- I already have an EVC to e-verify the Form“, the below screen appears. Enter the EVC (Electronic Verification Code) and click on Submit.
If the user selects “Option 2- I do not have an EVC and I would like to generate EVC to e-Verify my Form” the following screen appears. Select the appropriate option from the screen.
So, follow the below steps for  EVC – Through Net Banking.
EVC – Through Bank Account Number – To generate EVC through Bank account Number you need to pre-validate the bank details.
If the Principal Contact has not pre-validated the Bank Account Number, the following screen appears.
EVC – Through Demat Account Number– The Demat account details of the Principal contact should be pre-validated.
If you have not pre-validated the following screen appears.
If the user selects “Option 3- I would like to generate Aadhaar OTP to e verify the Form”, the principal contact has to complete the Aadhaar-PAN linking process. The  Aadhaar OTP is sent to the principal contact’s Mobile Number. Enter the Aadhaar OTP and Click on Submit.

You will get the below “Message” if principal contact’s Aadhar is not linked with PAN.

To view the TDS Statement

Step-8 To view the filed TDS statement Login to e-filing, Go to TDS and click on View filed TDS.
Step-9 Select the details from the drop-down for which TDS was uploaded. Then, click on “View Details”

Step-10 The status of the details will be displayed.


Step-11 In case of “Accepted”, click on the Token Number and download the Provisional receipt as follows.


Step-12 In case if “Rejected” Click on the token and view the details of the error as shown below.

This lets you through the whole process of how to e file TDS return. Also, let us know your opinion by commenting below.

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