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Here's why your Employer has not issued Form 16 Yet!

Updated on: 23 Nov, 2023 01:22 AM

Where is my Form 16?

When will you give me my Form 16, Mr. employer?

Sir, I have to file my income tax returns peacefully. Give me my Form 16, NOW! Please.

It is 7th June already and you still can't muster up the courage to ask your employer all these questions?

If you are a salaried employee, every year, you get the details of the TDS deducted from your salary income, from your employer, in Form 16 up to 31st May. It is not because your employer is too nice, and that you couldn’t have asked for a better boss. But because the due date to issue Form16 as per the income tax rules given by the Income Tax Department is 31st May for every financial year.

Also, It is mandatory for all the employers who have deducted tax at source to issue form16. This certificate, used while filing your ITR, can be issued only after the employers have deposited the tax deducted from your salary along with reporting other details of tax deduction to the Income Tax Department.

So what changed this year and Why haven't you received your Form 16 yet?

No, your boss has not suddenly turned evil, the Government of India has extended the date of issuance of Form16 to a salaried employee, from 31st May to 15th June.

If your employer, even after the extension of due date to issue Form16, fails to issue it, the government has made penalty provisions to keep these practices in check.

This is not just an extension but a permanent change of date.

The revised due date to issue Form16 is not a temporary extension. The due date has been changed by the CBDT and will now be applicable from Financial Year 2016-17 (Assessment Year 2017-18) onwards. As a result of this, Form16 can be now issued by your employer until 15th June, following the financial year in which the TDS has been deducted from your salary.

So, If you have not received your Form16 for tax deducted at source till now. Don't worry, your employers are legally allowed to issue the same till 15th June 2017 for Financial Year 2016-17. (Assessment Year 2017-18).

Knock Knock, seems like you are still in confusion. Read out other links to remove all your doubts:

Know more about income tax Form 16 and how to use it to find out your tax liability? Read our guide on All you need to know about Form16.
Already received Form 16 certificate? Upload Form16 on Tax2win and file your Income Tax Return for FREE!
Take care of these Dos and Don'ts while filing your income tax returns
Compute your gross total income and file your income tax return here
here is all you need to know about ITR forms
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CA Abhishek Soni
CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.