Sr. Citizen Savings Scheme holders complain about April 2024 TDS deductions and direction by Deptt. of Posts

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Sr. Citizen Savings Scheme holders complain about April 2024 TDS deductions and direction by Deptt. of Posts

Sr. Citizen Savings Scheme Account Holders complaints raised regarding deduction of TDS in the month of April 2024 – Direction for refund the same by Department of Posts dated 26.04.2024

FS-10/1/2022-FS-DOP
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(FS Division)

Dak Bhawan, New Delhi -110001
Dated: 26.04.2024

To
All Head(s) of the Circles

Subject-Regarding complaints raised by Sr. Citizen Savings Scheme Account Holders for deduction of TDS in the month of April 2024.

Madam/Sir,

This is regarding TOS deduction from the interest credited on the first working day of April 2024 with respect to Senior Citizen Saving Scheme (SCSS) accounts. Various complaints / references have been received from several SCSS account holders through mails / complaints on deduction of TDS on 03/04/2024.

2. This issue arose due to the increase in the maximum investment limit in SCSS Scheme from Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh w.e.f. 01.04.2023. Circles may be aware that the quarterly interest in respect of the SCSS accounts opened on or after 01.11.2020 is payable after completion of the quarter ending 31st March/30th June/30th September/31st December, on first working day of April/ July/ October/ January, in accordance with the provisions under Rule 5 of SCSS Scheme Rules 2019. Hence, TDS in respect of the account holders whose interest income exceeded the prescribed limit an the first working day of April, was deducted. However, the depositors who desire to submit the forms 15G or 15H to avoid tax deduction did not get any time to submit the forms.

3. Keeping in view of the fact that the depositors did not get any time to submit 15G or 15H, to avoid inconveniences to the Senior Citizens and settle the complaints in this regard, it has been decided by competent authority that.

  1. The TOS deducted on 03.04.2024 may be refunded to SCSS account holders on submission of Form 15G or 15H for the financial year 2024-25.
  2. To facilitate the refund process by post offices, the HRFTDS (TDS refund) menu in Finacle will be enabled till 30.04.2024.

4. It is therefore, Circles are requested to circulate the instructions immediately to all concerned for necessary action.

5. Circles should ensure that while refunding the TDS, the aforementioned instructions are scrupulously followed without any violation by the post offices and HRFTDS menu is used only for those cases where TDS was deducted on 03.04.2024 only. If any other TDS is refunded using the said menu, the official(s) concerned shall be responsible.

5. This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.

Yours faithfully,

Signed by Devender Kumar
Shame
Date: 26-04-2024 11:32:21
(Devender Kumar Sharma)
Assistant Director(SB-I)

Copy to:

1. GM CEPT, for kind information. It is requested that the HRFTDS menu may be enabled up to the EoD of 30.04.2024 to facilitate the post offices to refund  the TDS.

2. IPPB team for kind information please.

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COMMENTS

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  • Mangala Prasad Patnaik 2 weeks ago

    Sr.citizens above 75years age are not required to file ITR if it comprises of only pension and Bank F D interest. Secondly there is a round of talking that one need not pay any tax up to income Rs727000/- in this Fin.year. When form 15 H is accepted in April certain Banks use it for existing FD/RD accounts only and insists fresh 15H every subsequent account and deducts TDS even total estimated taxable income is far less than Rs700000/as reported in First 15H.This is very cumbersome and contradicts Fin Dpt rules as one is compelled to file ITR to get refund of the TDS. Banks should be strictly guided in this regard as IT 26AS can suitably safe guard interest of both bank & its customer to clear eventuality ofany liability squarely rests on taxpayer.

    • M K KUMAR 2 weeks ago

      According to section 194P, senior citizens are not required to file ITR if they fulfil the following criteria: a) The senior citizen is resident in India and is 75 years old or more during the previous year, i.e., in FY 2022-23 (ended on March 31, 2023), b) He has pension income and no other income.
      According to section 194P, senior citizens are not required to file ITR if they fulfil the following criteria: a) The senior citizen is resident in India and is 75 years old or more during the previous year, i.e., in FY 2022-23 (ended on March 31, 2023), b) He has pension income and no other income. If you want to any refund amount you have to file and ger through it.