Now, personal payment to contractors or professional will attract TDS

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Now, personal payment to contractors or professional will attract TDS

Union Budget 2019 intends to widen the TDS net. Even the payment by salaried taxpayer or non business assessee would be required to do the TDS if the payment is done to contractors or Professionals. The threshold limit is Rs. 50 Lakh and the rate of TDS is 5%.

At present there is no liability on an individual or Hindu undivided family (HUF) to deduct tax at source on any payment made to a resident contractor or professional when it is for personal use. Further, if the individual or HUF is carrying on business or profession which is not subjected to audit, there is no obligation to deduct tax at source on such payment to a resident, even

if the payment is for the purpose of business or profession. Due to this exemption, substantial amount by way of payments made by individuals or HUFs in respect of contractual work or for professional service is escaping the levy of TDS, leaving a loophole for possible tax evasion. To plug this loophole,it is proposed to insert a new section 194M in the Act to provide for levy of TDS

at the rate of five per cent. On the sum, or the aggregate of sums, paid or credited in a year on account of contractual work or professional fees by an individual or a Hindu undivided family, not required to deduct tax at source under section 194C and 194J of the Act, if such sum, or aggregate of such sums, exceeds fifty lakh rupees in a year. However, in order to reduce the compliance burden, it is proposed that such individuals or HUFs shall be able to deposit the tax deducted using their Permanent Account Number (PAN) and shall not be required to obtain Tax deduction Account Number (TAN).This amendment will take effect from 1st September, 2019.The relevant section 194M reads as under:

‘194M. (1) Any person, being an individual or a Hindu undivided family (other than those who are required to deduct income-tax as per the provisions of section 194C or section 194J) responsible for paying any sum to any resident for carrying out any work (including supply of labour for carrying outany work) in pursuance of a contract or by way of fees for professional services during the financialyear, shall, at the time of credit of such sum or at the time of payment of such sum in cash or by issueof a cheque or draft or by any other mode, whichever is earlier, deduct an amount equal to five per cent. of such sum as income -tax thereon:Provided that no such deduction under this section shall be made if such sum or, as the case maybe, aggregate of such sums, credited or paid to a resident during a financial year does not exceed fifty lakh rupees.

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