What Is Form 26AS and What are the Contents OF Form 26AS? How to Download the same?

During income tax return filing season, you come across Form 26AS very frequently.  Form 26AS gives overall view of tax deducted for your PAN at various sources.

Summary of Form 26AS:

Form 26AS gives an overall view of your income tax deducted in a particular financial year from various sources of income like tax deducted on Salary income, tax deduction on interest received from Fixed deposits, tax deducted on consideration received from sale of property, etc.

Form 26AS displays various taxes that are deducted from your income by your employer, bank, or your tenant. It also displays your advance tax or any self-assessment tax that have been paid during financial year during that year. The tax that is collected at source (any form of source like bank, employer etc.). It also contains the details of income tax refunds that you have received from your tax department during financial year. It also has a column showing AIR transactions details. AIR is the Annual Information Return which is filed by your bank in case you have entered into some specified transaction. 

Steps to view Form 26AS:

  1. Log in to Income Tax department website https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home and get yourself registered there.
  2. After getting registered, log in to the user ID.
  3. Click on My Account tab.
  4. You will see option of View Form 26AS (Tax Credit).
  5. On the next page, you have to confirm and after confirmation, you will be redirected to Traces website.
  6. Click on view/verify Tax credit & then on view 26AS.
  7. Select the relevant assessment year for which you require form 26AS & You can select view as HTML to see your form 26AS. 

Contents of Form 26AS:

  1. Part A of Form 26AS :
    TDS deducted by each source is shown as a separate table.  Please verify that
    • Details of deductor match your Form 16, Form 16A.
    • All entries for a deductor match the entries in your Form 16/16A. Check each entry for Section Under Which Deduction is made (192 for Salary, 194A for interest on Fixed Deposit from bank), Date at which Transaction is made, Status of Booking.
  2. Part A1 of Form 26AS :
    This section will show transaction in those financial institutions such as banks    where the individual has submitted Form 15G / 15H. TDS in these cases would be zero (because you have submitted 15G/15H). This section enables you to keep a track of all the interest gain which has not been taxed.
  3. Part B of Form 26AS :
    Tax Collected at Source (TCS) is collected by the seller from the buyer at the time of sale of specified category of goods (such as Alcoholic liquor for human consumption, Scrap, Parking lot, Toll plaza). The TCS Rate vary for each category of goods and the TCS is to be deposited with the government.
  4. Part C of Form 26AS :
    Details of Tax Paid (other than TDS or TCS) If you have paid Advance Tax or Self-Assessment Tax it will appear in this section.
    If advance tax or self-assessment tax details don’t match with your details please contact the Bank.
  5. Part D of Form 26AS :
    If you have got any tax refunds in that assessment Year it would be listed under this section.

* Any TDS deducted on any form of income received by a person is reflected in such person’s 26AS. However in case of TDS deducted under section 194IA by buyer while making payment to seller of property is also reflected in buyer’s 26AS.


  • Status of booking is F or FINAL which shows that payment details of TDS / TCS deposited in bank by deductors have matched with the payment details mentioned in the TDS / TCS statement filed by the deductors.
  • If Status of Booking is U which means Unmatched . It means Deductors have not deposited taxes or have furnished incorrect particulars of tax payment. Final credit will be reflected only when payment details in bank match with details of deposit in TDS / TCS statement

Importance of Form 26AS:

  • Form 26AS is an important tool that helps you to compare your taxes deducted at various sources and identify if you don’t have any multiple deductions in your account. In case you have a tax deduction and it is not shown under your form 26AS that it is not deposited with the Income Tax department, in such case you can contact your employer or the source which have deducted the tax at source. In most cases, this happens due to wrong PAN number being updated at the source. 
  • Also, if your form 26AS is showing different values for TDS deducted that deducted you can request Income Tax Department to recheck your case and do the necessary changes. This also helps you avoid any kind of notice or penalty from Income Tax Department for non-reporting of actual TDS of your incomes.

What are Major Codes and Minor Codes in Form 26AS?

Here, Major Code means the type of “Tax Applicable”, whereas Minor Code means “Type of Payment”.
The List of Minor and Major Codes are:

Major Codes:

Code Description
0020 Corporation Tax
0021 Income Tax (Other than Companies)
0023 Hotel Receipt Tax
0024 Interest Tax
0026 Fringe Benefit Tax
0028 Expenditure Tax/ Other Taxes
0031 Estate Duty
0032 Wealth Tax
0033 Gift Tax

Minor Codes:

Code Description
100 Advance Tax
102 Surtax
106 Tax on distributed profit of domestic companies
107 Tax on distributed income to unit holder
300 Self-Assessment Tax
400 Tax on Regular Assessment
800 TDS on Sale of immovable property

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SIP, which is commonly known for Systematic Investment Plan, where in the intending investor has to invest a small chunk of his savings regularly say monthly/bi-monthly/fort nightly in any of the SIP scheme. It ensures financial discipline of the investor.

There is nothing to worry about the market mood, timing, performance of the security at the moment unlike in other investment modes. It has to be regularly invested. Returns when compared to investment in RD or ELSS are more in SIP.  Also, the overall average cost of investment is minimized, and returns are maximized. If invested over a long period money invested starts compounding.

Step-up SIPs allow investors to increase the SIP amount periodically. ‘Alert SIP’ is another form of the regular systematic investment plan which sends an alert to the investor to buy more when the markets are down. 

In case of the ‘perpetual SIPs,’ investors don’t have to choose the end date of the SIP. Once the goal is met, the investors can stop the SIP by sending a written communication to the fund house.

Withdrawal of SIP are very easy in case of contingencies or in need of the hour.

Mutual Funds

Investing in mutual funds is the easiest means to grow your wealth, especially for the small investors. A mutual fund is not an alternative investment option to stocks and bonds, rather it pools the money of several investors and invests this in stocks, bonds, money market instruments and other types of securities. It is a well-diversified, low cost & tax efficient way of savings.

Different types of mutual funds are

  1. Equity (Growth)
  2. Debt (Income)
  3. Money Market (including Gilt)
  4. Balanced funds

Choosing a scheme of mutual funds can be decided by considering age, goals, risk aversiveness, asset allocation & timing of investment. There are debt or arbitrage funds for investment for a period of 1 day to 3 years, hybrid funds for a period of 3-5 years, equity funds for 7-10 years.

Mutual funds come with regular return schemes, less returns but growth-oriented ones and many more. Monitoring the investments made are not a high-end task now a days, because mutual funds are administered by the professional management. We can get the updates of the daily NAV (Net Asset Value). Subscribing & selling the fund units are also easy.

ELSS Guides

ELSS are diversified equity mutual funds that invest a major chunk of your money in equity and equity-related securities. ELSS funds offer you a convenient way to avail tax advantage coupled with trying to generate higher returns by harnessing the potential of the equity markets. Investing in ELSS funds makes you eligible to avail tax deduction of up to Rs 1.5 lakh under section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Some of its features are:

  • Ideal way to invest in equity market with less knowledge about it, supported by a professional fund management & a well-diversified portfolio. Can be invested with amount as less as Rs 500 also.
  • Lesser lock-in-period than compared to other tax saving investment schemes i.e, 3 years. PPF comes with 15 years/ NSC with 5 years.
  • Risk oriented, since the securities to be invested are equity. But if the investment is made for longer periods say 7-10 years, volatility in the returns can be minimized.
  • Tax deduction is available under 80C up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs subject to other monetary limits in other modes of investment.

ELSS comes with dual benefits like tax benefits & wealth accumulation.

194 DA – Payment in respect of life insurance policy

Any resident receiving any amount (more than Rs. 1,00,000/-) under a life insurance policy (including bonus) shall be deducted a tax deducted at source at the rate of 1% by the person responsible for paying the sum.

However, in case the amount so received during the financial year in aggregate does not exceed Rs. 100,000, TDS under this section shall not be made.

The amount so received (including the sum allocated by way of bonus on such policy) by the assessee shall be declared as Income from Other sources while filing the Return of Income.

TDS under sec 194DA shall be deducted only if the amount paid is not exempted from tax as per Sec 10(10D).

Guide to Tax Saving

There are many modes of tax saving investment options for the tax payer. One has to plan diligently before investing so that he can ensure optimum tax savings along with maximum returns from the investments made.

1. Make investment of Rs 1.5 lakh under Sec 80C to reduce your taxable income.

2. 80C deductions are PPF, NPS, EPF, Life insurance premium, tax-saving mutual funds (ELSS), children’s tuition fees and housing loan principal repaid among others.

3. Buy Medical Insurance & claim a deduction up to Rs. 25,000 or 30,000/- (based on seniority) for medical insurance premium under Section 80D.

4. Claim deduction up to Rs 50,000 on Home Loan Interest under Section 80EE for a loan amount not exceeding Rs. 35 lakhs (loan to be sanctioned between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017)

5. 80E – Deduction in respect of interest on loan taken for higher education only an individual can claim thisdeduction, it is not available to HUF or any other kind of taxpayers.Higher education loan taken for self, spouse or children’s or for a student for whom the individual is a legal guardian& the taxpayer can take 8 years period of deduction.

6. 80 CCD- Any assessee deposits amount in a pension scheme notified by the Central Government upto a maximum limit of 10 % of his salary or 20 % of his gross total income as the case may be. In addition to that a further sum of Rs. 50,000/- can also be claimed as deduction if he has invested in excess of the above said limits. 7. 80 GG – Any assessee who is not in receipt of HRA, any expenditure of rent in excess of 10% of his total income subject to lower of Rs 5000 p.m or 25% of his total income for the year.

Tax Saving Fixed Deposits

Tax Saving Fixed Deposits are those deposits, by investing in which you can get deduction under section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Any investor can claim a deduction of a maximum of Rs.1,50,000 by investing in such tax saver fixed deposits.

Some of the points to be noted in this regard are as follows:

  1. Only Individuals and Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) can invest in tax saving FD scheme.
  2. Interest earned on these is taxable under Income from Other Sources
  3. FD can be placed with a minimum amount which varies from bank to bank.
  4. These deposits have a lock-in period of 5 years. Premature withdrawals and loan against these FD’s are not allowed.
  5. A person can invest in these FD’s through any public or private sector bank except for co-operative and rural banks.
  6. Investment in Post Office Time Deposit of 5 years also qualifies for deduction under section 80 (C) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
  7. Post Office Fixed deposit can be transferred from one post office to another.
  8. One can hold these FD’s either in ‘Single’ or ‘Joint’ mode of holding. In the case the mode of holding is joint, the tax benefit is available only to the first holder.
  9. The interest earned is taxable as per the investor’s tax bracket and therefore, TDS is applicable. The interest on deposits is payable on either monthly/quarterly basis or can be reinvested. A person can avoid TDS deduction on the interest earned by submitting Form 15G (or Form 15H for senior citizens) to the bank. Senior citizens can claim deduction of Rs 50,000 on the interest earned from deposits as per the newly inserted section 80TTB.
  10. If any amount, including interest accrued thereon, is withdrawn by the assessee from his account (Psot Office Deposit scheme and Senior citizens savings scheme), before the expiry of the period of five years from the date of its deposit, the amount so withdrawn shall be deemed to be the income (except income declared under other sources) of the assessee of the previous year in which the amount is withdrawn and shall be liable to tax in the assessment year relevant to such previous year.

How to file Return u/s 139(9) – Defective return?

When filing your yearly income tax returns, it is important to ensure that you provide details of all your income, deductions and investments. If the Income Tax Department finds any mismatch of information or mistakes in your tax return, it will send you a notice u/s 139(9).

If your return is found defective, then I-T department will send you a defective return notice under section 139(9) of the Income Tax Act. You will get 15 days of time from the date of receiving the notice to rectify the defect in your return.
The detailed process to submit the Response to defective notice is as below:

Step 1: Go to Income tax portal and Login to the same
Step 2: Now click on “e-File” tab and select the option “e-File in response to notice under section 139(9)”.

Step 3: On successful validation if there is any defective notice raised by either CPC/AO, the below screen will be displayed, select submit for the concerned defective return for which you are going to submit a response.

Step 4: For defective notice raised by CPC, the below screen will be displayed:

Step 6: Now if you agree with the effect then just fill your Income Tax Return by rectifying the defect by selecting Return u/s 139(9) and mention date of original return, acknowledgement number, Notice number and Notice date. Once you do that then generate its xml file and upload it in the above screen. After that you’ll see the below screen:

Who can claim the credit of TDS?

As per the Income-tax Act, when certain payments such as interest, commission, brokerage, rent are made, the person making the payment is required to deduct tax at source (TDS) and remit the same with the Government.
Hence, the person receiving the payment, known as deductee, receives the payment net of tax. i.e., The total amount receivable less TDS amount.

Claiming of TDS Credit:

Credit of TDS shall be given to the person to whom payment has been made or credit has been given (hereinafter referred to as deductee) on the basis of information relating to deduction of tax furnished by the deductor to the income-tax authority or the person authorised by such authority.
Therefore, the TDS Credit can be claimed by the deductee.

The TDS amount can also be claimed in the hands of the other person as per rule 37BA(2), where it states that the “income on which tax has been deducted at source is assessable in the hands of the person other than the deductee, credit for the whole or any part of the TDS, shall be given to the other person and not the deductee.”
It means the other person can claim TDS in his/her hands even if the TDS is not deducted and deposited against his/her PAN.

However, the deductee should file a declaration with the deductor and the deductor should report the tax deduction in the name of the other person in the information relating to the deduction of tax to the income tax authority or the person authorized by such authority.

What is the tax treatment on the sum received at the time of maturity or Surrender of ULIP’s?

  1. At Maturity of ULIP: Upon the completion of the tenure of your Unit Linked Insurance Plan, when they mature, the total amount received by you or your nominee will be completely exempted from tax under section 10(10D), if the following conditions are satisfied.
    • For ULIPs purchased after 1st April 2012 : When the premium is less than 10% of the sum assured, amount on maturity will be exempted under section 10(10D). If the premium is more than 10% of the sum assured then the entire amount is taxable, except in case of death.
    • For ULIPs purchased before 1st April 2012 : When the premium is less than 20% of the sum assured, then the maturity will be exempted under section 10(10D). If the premium is more than 20% of the sum assured, then the amount received on maturity is taxable, except in case of death.
  2. If ULIP is surrendered
    • Before lock-in-period : If the policy is surrendered before the lock-in-period of 5 years, then the entire surrender value will be treated as income for the current year and will be added in Gross Total Income and thus will be taxed as per applicable tax slab rate of the individual.
    • After lock-in-period : If the policy is surrendered after the lock-in-period of 5 years, then the surrender value will be exempt from taxation and assured can avail the tax benefit.