SECTION 194J – FEES FOR PROFESSIONAL OR TECHNICAL SERVICES

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SECTION 194J – FEES FOR PROFESSIONAL OR TECHNICAL SERVICES

SECTION 194J – FEES FOR PROFESSIONAL OR

TECHNICAL SERVICES

Types of payments covered

The type of payments covered under this section are as follows:

1. Professional fees

2. Fees for technical services

3. Remuneration paid to directors excluding salary (For e.g., sitting fees to attend

board meetings)

4. Royalty

5. Payments in the nature of non-compete fees (i.e., fees paid to not carry on any

business or profession for a specified time and within certain geographical

boundaries) or fees paid to not share any technical knowledge or know-how.

Threshold limit for deducting tax

Tax has to be deducted in case the payment is greater than Rs. 30,000 during the

year. However, there is no such limit for payments made to a director. The tax will

have to be deducted no matter how small the amount.

Persons liable to deduct tax

Every person, who is making a payment in the nature of fees for professional or

technical services is liable to deduct tax at source with the following exceptions:

1. In case of an individual or HUF carrying on business: Where his turnover does

not exceed Rs. 1 crore during the previous financial year.

2. In case of an individual or HUF carrying on profession: Where his turnover

does not exceed Rs. 50 lakh during the previous financial year.

To put it simply, all entities (other than individuals/HUF who are not required to do

tax audit in the preceding year) need to deduct tax.

Rate of deduction of tax

Any payment covered under this section shall be subject to TDS at the rate of 10%.

However, w.e.f. 01.04.2017, the tax on payments made to operators of call centres

shall be deducted at a reduced rate of 2%.

In case the payee does not furnish his PAN then the rate of deduction would

be 20%.

Time of deduction

The tax should be deducted at the time of passing such entry in the accounts or

making the actual payment of the expense, whichever earlier.

Consequences of non-deduction or late deduction

Not deducting the tax or late deduction of the tax has a two-fold consequence:

1. Disallowance of a part of the expenditure: 30% of the expenditure shall be

disallowed in the year in which the expenditure is claimed (taken to the profit and

loss account) – however, the 30% disallowed shall be re-allowed in the year in which

the TDS is paid to the government.

2. Levy of interest until date of payment: In case there is a delay in the payment

of tax, interest has to be paid along with the TDS to the Government. The rate of

interest is determined in the following manner:

a. Where no deduction of tax has been made: Interest shall be payable at 1%per

month/part of month from the date on which such tax was required to be deducted

up to the date of actual deduction.

b. Where tax has been deducted but not paid to the government: Interest shall

be payable at 1.5% per month/part of month from the date on which such tax was

deducted up to the date of payment to the government.

Time limit for payment of tax

Non – Government deductor

Payment made before 1st March – 7th day from the end of the month

Payment made in the month of March – April 30 th

Government deductor

Payment made before 1st March – 7th day from the end of the month

Payment made in the month of March – Payment of tax is made on the date of

payment to the payee but the corresponding challan is deposited by the 7th day from

the end of the month

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