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TDS on courier charges – Section 194C of Income Tax Act


February 11, 2022


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TDS on courier charges is required to be deducted under Section 194C of Income Tax Act 1961.

Rate and Amount for deduction of TDS

The rate of TDS is as under: –

  • TDS shall be deducted @ following rates under section 194C of Income Tax Act depending on whether the payee is an Individual/ HUF or other than Individual/ HUF:
    • Credit/ Payment is made to an Individual/ HUF – 1%
    • Credit/Payment is made to a person other than an Individual/ HUF – 2%
  • No Surcharge and Higher Education Cess (“HEC”) shall be added to the above-mentioned rates.
  •  TDS @ 20% shall be deducted where the payee does not provide the PAN number to the deductor.

TDS on courier charges shall be deducted on invoice value, excluding the value of GST (if such value is mentioned separately in the invoice) – Circular No. 23/ 2017. However, TDS shall be deducted on whole of the invoice value (if value of GST is not mentioned separately in the invoice) – Circular No. 23/ 2017

Exemption from tax deduction u/s 194C of Income Tax Act

  • Where the amount credited/ paid does not exceed Rs. 30,000 in a single transaction. Further, no TDS shall be deducted, where the amount or aggregate of amounts credited/ paid during the FY does not exceed Rs. 1,00,000.
  • Where consideration paid by an individual or HUF is on account of personal purpose.
  • Payment made to Non-Resident contractor shall not attract TDS under section 194C of Income Tax Act. However, it shall be governed by provisions of Section 195

Time of deducting TDS on courier charges

The time when TDS is required to be deducted is earlier of the following two events –

  • Credit of such sum to the account of payee; or
  • Payment in cash or by way of issue of cheque/ draft/ any other mode

Illustrations: – 

For Full text of Section 194C of Income Tax Act, please refer this link

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TDS on courier charges is required to be deducted under Section 194C of Income Tax Act 1961 at the rate of 1% or 2% (as the case may be) for payments to residents.

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Arinjay is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of post-qualification experience. He worked as Director, in the M&A Tax Division at KPMG in India. Presently, he is advising several MNCs in UAE on Economic Substance Regulations and impact of the UAE Corporate Tax Law on their business and clients across globe on International Tax issues . He is a well recognised Trainer of International Tax and UAE Corporate Tax. The areas of service include the following : - Advise and Compliance relating to International Tax Issues; Advise relating to UAE Corporate Tax Issues; Advise and Compliance relating to UAE Economic Substance Regulations; Advise and Compliance relating to Indian Income Tax Issues; Other connected matters from a Regulatory perspective.


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