What is tax deducted at source? Does amount under LIC qualify for TDS?
Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) is a system introduced by Income Tax Department, where person responsible for making specified payments such as salary, commission, professional fees, interest, rent, etc. is liable to deduct a certain percentage of tax before making payment in full to the receiver of the payment. As the name suggests, the concept of TDS is to deduct tax at its source.
Example of TDS assuming the nature of payment is professional fees on which specified rate is 10%.
XYZ Ltd makes a payment of Rs 50,000/- towards professional fees to Mr. ABC, then XYZ Ltd shall deduct a tax of Rs 5,000/- and make a net payment of Rs 45,000/- (50,000/- deducted by Rs 5,000/-) to Mr. ABC. The amount of 5,000/- deducted by XYZ Ltd will be directly deposited by XYZ Ltd to the credit of the government.
Some of the income sources that qualify for TDS are
Amount under LIC
Brokerage or Commission
Compensation on acquiring immovable property
Interest apart from interest on securities
Interest on securities
Payment of rent
Remuneration paid to director of the company, etc.
Transfer of immovable property
Winning from games like a crossword puzzle, card, lottery, etc.