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File Validation Utility (FVU) 4.2 and 2.138 – Applicable from 26th April 2014

It’s the start of Tax compliance Season  and as with the last 3 quarters, there is a new FVU. NSDL came out with the latest  utility on 25th April 2014 late evening

FVU Applicability

Date Applicable from FVU Version
From 26th April 2014 4.2 & 2.138
Till  25th April 2014 4.1 & 2.137

Through the new FVU  the following changes/validations have been brought in place:

NIL Returns

Applicable Forms – 24Q

  • A Deductor would now be able to file NIL returns for all years
  • Since FVU 4.0, there was a lot of confusion on the filing on NIL returns
  • It’s still not clear whether NIL returns need to submitted for other Forms

Unique Acknowledgement Number (UAN)

Applicable Forms – 27Q

  • UAN refers to the acknowledgement received on successful filing of Form 15CA
  • The new utility now allows a User to key in alphanumeric values from 12 to 15 characters

Validation in the absence of Deductee’s PAN

Applicable Forms – 24Q

  • It’s well understood that, in case a Deductee doesn’t have a PAN, TDS needs to be deducted at higher of 20% or applicable rate.
  • This point was not being checked till the previous FVU filings.
  • Henceforth, the new Utility would now be validating this feature (i.e – If a Deductee does not have a PAN, and if the TDS deducted amount is less than 20%, the FVU would show an error

* Points expressed here are the Author’s interpretation. This cannot substitute Expert advice

File Validation Utility (FVU) 4.1 and 2.137 – Applicable from 04th January 2014

NSDL came out with a new FVU late evening yesterday 02nd January 2014

FVU Applicability

Date Applicable from FVU Version
From 04th Jan 2014 4.1 & 2.137
Till  03rd Jan 2014 4.1 & 2.137 and 4.0 & 2.136

Points introduced in the new version are:

Deletion of Deductee Record

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q, 27Q, 27EQ

  • Deletion of Deductee’s records (in Correction Return) is no longer permitted.
  • Till the prior FVU versions Deductee records could be deleted, while filing the Correction Return.
  • Henceforth a Deductor would be required to modify the particular Deductee  details in the Correction return and enter zero against the following fields:
    • Amount of payment
    • Amount of Deduction
    • Amount of Deposit
    • Rate of Deduction
    • Date of Deduction should be blank

Form 27A

  • Form 27A is used for providing summarized information with the Statement of Tax deduction/Tax Collection at source.
  • Now on, the Form 27A would be auto generated on creation of the .fvu file
  • The new Form27A also contains a barcode (refer file attached)


Date of Tax Deduction and/or Tax Collection

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q, 27Q, 27EQ

  • Going ahead transactions, on which tax is deducted prior to the filing period, cannot be included in the TDS return.
  • Ex – In the Dec 2013 quarter, a Deductor cannot include a TDS deduction entry prior to 01st October 2013
  • Earlier there were no restrictions and one could declare transaction related to previous quarter in the subsequent filing quarters
  • Now on, a Deductor is required to file a Correction return, if they have any (such) transaction relating to previous filing periods.

Challan/Transfer Voucher validation

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q, 27Q, 27EQ

  • Challan amount should be more than or equal to total of Tax deducted, interest payments, late filing fees and other amounts.
  • i.e – No challan can be submitted with a short payment
  • Ex –  Assume a scenario as below:
TDS Amount 10,000
Interest  5,000
Other Amount  4,000
Fees  1,000
TOTAL 20,000
  •  In this case, the Challan amount has to be more than/equal to Rs. 20,000

* Points expressed here are the Author’s interpretation. This cannot substitute Expert advice

File Validation Utility (FVU) 4.0 and 2.136 – Applicable from 01st October 2013

NSDL came out with FVU version 4.0 and 2.136  on 25th September 2013.

FVU Applicability

Date Applicable from FVU Version
From 01st Oct 2013 4.0 & 2.136
Till 30th Sept 2013 4.0 & 2.136 and3.9 & 2.135



Points added/introduced in the new version are:

Nil Challan/ transfer vouchers

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q,27Q, 27EQ

  • In case of Nil Challan/ transfer vouchers, it’s now mandatory to update reasons for such non deduction
  • Along with entering all the other transaction details one now needs to, also, update either of the following flags “A/B/S/T/Y/Z” in the ‘Reason for Non deduction/Lower deduction’ field
  • It needs to be seen how one treats a situation where there are no transactions in a quarter.

Section 194LD

Applicable Forms –27Q

  • As per Section 194LD, introduced in the Finance Bill 2013, TDS @ 5% needs to be deducted on interest payments for Rupee denominated bonds issued by the Government of India or any other Indian company.
  • TDS would be applicable on all such interest payments made from 01st June 2013 till 31st May 2015
  • These payments are made to Qualified Foreign Investors (QFI) and/or Foreign Institutional Investors (FII)

Section 194LC

Applicable Forms –27Q

  • Section 194LC covers following payments made to non residents
    • Interest (other than interest on securities) and
    • Other payments except for salary
  • Now onwards only an Indian Company or it’s Branch, may deduct TDS under this section
  • Earlier this Section was open to use by all Deductors. Ex – Company, AOP, BOI etc
  • It’s still not clear on how Deductors (apart from Company or Branch) deal with payments under this Section

Section 194LC (Correction Statement)

Applicable Forms –27Q

  • Pursuant to the change in this FVU, Correction Statement may be filed, only, if there are any changes in the existing Challan or Deductee or in case a new challan has been paid.
  • Under the ‘Correction Type’ field, Deductor may only use
    • C2 – Correction in Deductor and/or Challan details
    • C3 – Change in Deductor, challan, and/or Deductee details
    • C9 – Additional Challan payments
  • This change is applicable from 2012-2013 onwards

Provisional Receipt Number (PRN)

Applicable Forms –24Q,26Q,27Q,27EQ

  • It is now mandatory to mention the PRN for all Regular statements
  • PRN from the last filed Regular Statement (for the same Form) needs to be quoted
  • Ex – In case a Deductor is filing Form 24Q for quarter ending June 2013, he has to mention the PRN from previous period, would henceforth be required to mention their PRN

Date of Challan Deposit

Applicable Forms –24Q, 26Q, 27Q, 27EQ

  • Surplus challan payments, from the immediate previous financial year (FY), may now be adjusted against current year dues. Eg – While filing returns for FY 2013-2014, one can use the surplus from the previous FY 2012-2013
  • Surplus arising from any year prior to the previous FY cannot be entered
  • A Deductor would now be allowed to enter details of surplus payments made in the previous FY
  • Excess payments from previous FY occurring on account of Book entry adjustments, would not be allowed

FVU 3.8 : Key changes effective July 2013

NSDL has released FVU version 3.8 effective July 1,2013. There are some important changes in the data structure of eTDS statement. Several new fields have been added,  few fields removed effective FY 2013-14 .

Major changes and data structure amendments are explained in this blog.

Challan Amount Allocation

  • Till now Section code was mentioned in the Challan sheet and deductee sheet only had reference of the challan. Hence all dedcutee records pertaining to a particular challan number were considered belonging to section code of the challan.
  • This posed problem for deductors who had combined two or more sections while depositing challans. While a workaround to take care of this situation was available, it was difficult for deductors to comprehend and put into practice.
  • Now there is no need to mention Section Code in the challan sheet and the same has been shifted to deductee sheet.
  • This means that a challan amount deposited can be allocated to deductees belonging to different section codes. The only restriction being those sections must be valid for that particular form. Hence a section code pertaining to Form 27Q cannot be mentioned in Form 26Q

Income and Tax deducted by Previous Employers in Salary Details

One of the main deficiency in data structure so far no place to mention tax deducted by previous employer. This was a cause of confusion for employers as they were supposed to consider tax deducted by previous employer while computing tax deductible , but no place to mention the same in eTDS Statement. This has been addressed now by incorporating the following fields in Q4 Form 24Q

  • Reported Taxable Amount on which tax is deducted by previous employer(S)
  • Reported amount of Tax deducted at source by previous employer(s)/deductor(s)

Discontinuation of “Y” type correction.

  • So far a regular statement filed can be cancelled by filing a Y type of correction statement.
  • This is being discontinued now. Hence a regular statement once filed cannot be cancelled

Discontinuation of quarterly TDS/TCS statements (regular and correction) pertaining to FY 2005-06 and 2006-07.

  • Currently there was no time limit for filing regular or correction statements.
  • Now no regular statement  or correction statement for FY 2005-06 and 2006-07 can be filed.
  • This means a deductor can still file regular and correction statements for past 6 years i.e  2008-09 to 2012-13

Other Changes : Common across all forms

 Deductors Details

Additional details to be provided

  • TAN Registration Number
  • Alternate Phone number and email ID of deductor
  • Alternate Phone number and email ID of Responsible Person
  • Accounts Office Identification Number in case of Governement Deductors

Challan Details

  • The following fields are not to be mentioned starting Financial Year 2013-14
    • Section Code
    • Cheque / DD Number
  • Total amount deposited as per challan has to be in rupee, no paise allowed
  • A new field for entering  fee paid in terms of Section 234E is introduced. Applicable for FY 2012-13 onwards
  • A new field for entering Minor head of challan . Valid for FY 2013-14 onwards and mandatory

Deductee Details

  • A new field to enter “Deductee Reference Number “ where PAN is not available
  • Book Entry / Cash indicator is to be given only upto FY 2012-13
  • Section Code is to be mentioned for each deductee starting FY 2013-14
  • Certificate Number issued by the AO under section 197 for non-deduction / lower deduction is to be mentioned

Other Changes : Form Specific

Form 24Q : Salary Details

New fields added

  • Taxable Amount on which tax is deducted by the current employer
  • Reported Taxable Amount on which tax is deducted by previous employer(S)
  • Total Amount of tax deducted at source by the current employer for the whole year [aggregate of the amount in column 323 of Annexure I for all the four quarters in respect of each employee]
  • Reported amount of Tax deducted at source by previous employer(s)/deductor(s) (income in respect of which included in computing total taxable income in column 344)
  • Whether tax deducted at Higher rate due to non furnishing of PAN by deductee

Section code changes

Nature of Payment Section Section code to be used in the return
Payments made to Govt. employees other than Union Govt. employees 192 92A
Payments made to employees other than Govt. employees 192 92B
Payments made to Union Govt. employees.Applicable from for statement pertaining to FY 2013-14 onwards. 192 92C

Form 26Q

Bifurcation to be given in respect of deduction under section 194I

Nature of Payment Section Section code to be used in the return
Payments in respect of use of any machinery or plant or equipment; 194I ( a) 41A
Payments in respect of use of any land or building 194I ( b) 41B
  • Reason for lower/Nil Deduction : In case of no deduction on account of payment under section 197A (1F), applicable from FY 2013-14 onwards, ‘Z’ is to be mentioned.

Form 27Q : Deductee Details

New fields introduced

  • if TDS Rate is as per income-tax Act or DTAA :  Enter A : If TDS rate is as per Income Tax Act   or B : If TDS rate is as per DTAA
  •  Nature of remittance as per given 66 codes
  •  Country to which remittance made as per given 286 codes
  •  Unique Acknowledgement Number of Form 15CA , if available

Form 27EQ : Deductee Details

If there is non collection in terms  section 206c(1A) , update  flag ‘B’ in the field “Reason for lower/non-deduction”

Changes In Q2 eTDS Statement Filing Requirements : FVU 3.0

NSDL has notified changes in data structure and validations for filing eTDS statement for FY 2010-11. These changes are effective for the forthcoming second quarter statement filing due on Oct 15, 2010. The changes are primarily to give effect to Notification 41.


  • 100% Valid PANs
  • Reporting of Transport Contract payments without deduction of TDS
  • Flagging penal rate deductions
  • Mandatory Contact details of Deductor
  • Reporting requirements for Govt Deductors

100% Valid PANs

Existing Rule

At present a minimum percentage of valid PAN is mandatory in any eTDS statement. This is 95% for Form 24Q and 85% for others

Changed Rule

Form 24Q/26Q/27Q

  • All deductee records must have valid PANs. Even deductee records where tax has been deducted at lower/NIL rate must have valid PAN
  • Only exception is deductee records where tax has been deducted at higher rate u/s 206AA

Form 27EQ

  • The existing rule of 85% continues

Reporting of Transport Contract payments without deduction of TDS

Finance Act 2009 had made an important change in respect of applicability of TDS on transport contractors. Section 194C was replaced and the following two sub sections provided for non deduction of TDS on transport contractors

(6) No deduction shall be made from any sum credited or paid or likely to be credited or paid during the previous year to the account of a contractor during the course of business of plying, hiring or leasing goods carriages, on furnishing of his Permanent Account Number, to the person paying or crediting such sum.

(7) The person responsible for paying or crediting any sum to the person referred to in subsection (6) shall furnish, to the prescribed income-tax authority or the person authorised by it, such particulars, in such form and within such time as may be prescribed.

  • In terms of sub section (7), now such transactions are to be reported in regular eTDS statement.
  • All such deductions to transport contractors where tax has not been deducted are to be marked “T” in the column Reason for Non-deduction / Lower Deduction, if any in the deductee details

Penal rate deductions

  • All deductions where tax has been deducted at hiigher rate in terms of section 206AA are to be marked “C” in the column Reason for Nond eduction / Lower Deduction, if any in the deductee sheet
  • Such transactions need not have valid PAN.


For records marked with higher rate only below  mentioned fields can be updated:
  • PAN


  • Amount of payment


  • Date of payment


Mandatory Contact details of Deductor

In the deductor details , contact details of deductors are provided

  • Email-Id of deductor / responsible person is now mandatory
  • Field for mobile number of responsible person has been added.
  • Any one of the contact details of deductor is mandatory:

Deductor telephone no. along with STD code

Responsible person telephone no. along with STD code

Mobile no. responsible person

Reporting requirements for Govt Deductors

  • For TDS deposited by book entry, 7 digit number

    generated by TIN for accepted Form 24G

    statement to be quoted in BSR code field. This

    value will be provided by the Accounts Officer to

    the deductor.


  • For TDS deposited by book entry, 5 digit number

    generated by TIN for DDO record of accepted

    Form 24G statement will be quoted in Transfer

    voucher field. This value will be provided by the

    Accounts Officer to the deductor

    Form No 27EQ

    • Form No 27EQ is to be filed for tax collection at source
    • Validation for no/lower/higher deduction will not be applicable for Form no. 27EQ
    • PAN compliance validation of 85% will be applicable for Form no. 27EQ

    New File Validation Utility : FVU 3.0

    • Quarterly e-TDS statements (regular and correction) upto FY 2009-10 should be validated with FVU version 2.129. There is no change in the validations for statements upto F.Y. 2009-10
    • Quarterly e-TDS statements (regular and correction) for FY 2010-11 should be validated with FVU version 3.0.
    Status of FY 2010-11 Q1 statements 

    • If statement for Q1  FY 2010-11 is being filed late , does it need to be validated with FVU 3.0 ?
    • The answer is Yes. it needs to be validated with FVU version 3.0.
    • eTDS Statements are accepted at TIN-Centres by SAM software. Latest SAM will not accept any statement for FY 2010-11 , unless it is validated with FVU 3.0

    Now get consolidated eTDS file from NSDL

    Deductors are required to file eTDS statement every quarter. Any error/ omission in original statement filed
    has to be rectified by filing a correction statement. It was possible to file multiple correction statement in
    respect of one original return, however this was not happening because of the following reasons
    • Non availability of original statement FVU file
    • Non availability of updated FVU file after incorporating corrections

    NSDL has now started this facility of downloading latest TDS/TCS consolidated statement , incorporating all updates done via correction statements

    Pre-requisite for requesting TDS/TCS statement online.

    • Online request for TDS/TCS statement can be made only on successful registration of TAN (creating TAN registration account) at TIN website.
    • Register TAN online at TIN website. For registering TAN click link ‘Online TAN Registration’

    Steps to be followed for placing the request of consolidated TDS/TCS statement

    • Login to TAN Registration Account with user id, password and TAN.
    • On successful login, under option TDS/TCS, select option “Request- Consolidated TDS/TCS statement”.
    • Request for consolidated TDS / TCS statement can be made for your TAN only.
    • On clicking the aforementioned option, provide details of statement as below for which consolidated file is required:

    1. Provisional Receipt Number of regular
    2. statement
    3. Form no.
    4. Quarter
    5. Financial Year

    • On successful validation of the above details, two questions related to the TDS/TCS statement requested will be asked as a part of verification.
    • On successful verification of answers to the aforementioned two questions, request number will be generated and the consolidated TDS/TCS statement will be e-mailed to the user on the email ID provided on TAN registration within 24 hours.
    • Consolidated TDS/TCS statement will be available only if correct answers are provided to the questions for verification.
    • Two attempts within a day will be provided to correctly answer the verification questions.
    • In case of two unsuccessful attempts within a day for the same statement, request for such statement can be placed on next day.
    • In case of large number of records in the TDS/TCS statement requested, the statement will be split in multiple files owing to restriction of mail size.
    • In case TDS/TCS statement is split in multiple files then each file will be sent by separate e-mail.

    Using Consolidated TDS/TCS statement for preparing correction statement

    Consolidated TDS/TCS statement provided will be

    in compressed form.

    • Extension of the consolidated TDS/TCS statement will be .tds
    • In case of single file, extract the content of the file by providing password to the file.
    • In case of multiple files, merge the files using FMU and then extract the contents of the merged file by providing password.
    • After extracting the consolidated TDS/TCS statement, import the same in the return preparation utility for making any correction


    The facility provided by NSDL will go a long way in

    helping deductors file correction statements in

    organized and better manner.

    The process of registration is simple but considering

    security every mail attachment from NSDL comes

    with password protection. This will require deductor

    to keep track of TAN registration number till it is


    The process of placing request for consolidated

    statement , again is little complex for the sake of

    security. We placed one request and we were asked

    two questions . One was to fill up PAN and deductee

    amount in respect of 5 deductees. Second question

    was to fill up Challan Sr No , date and amount.

    The statement arrived via email within 24 hours as