Prepare TDS Return

Learn how to prepare TDS Return on ClearTDS

Guide to prepare TDS Returns using ClearTDS

Step 1: Open TDS Software

You can open the TDS Software by clicking here

Step 2: Register

To register with ClearTDS click on “Register”.

Step 3: Add Deductors

Once you login to, select “Start new TDS return”.
You can upload the conso file to add deductor details or you can enter manually

Step 4: Fill Details

Update the required data (challans, deductees and deductions) manually or import excel file
Download the excel template, fill the data and upload the same to start the return
User can fill the details of challans (1) and deductees (2) manually or user can import the same by using excel. To enter challan details manually click on “Challans" (master list of challans) and to add the deductee details click on “Deductees" (master list of deductees)
Each time users work on an entity from the dashboard, users have to specify: Form Type, Financial Year and Quarter to upload the Excel template.

Step 5: Verify PAN

Verify the PAN of Deductees by using "TRACES". Go to “Master list of Deductees” to verify the PAN
Click on “More options” and to save the details click on “Save deductions”
You will have to put the TRACES login credentials (user ID & Password) to verify the PAN. It will connect to TRACES website and verify the PANs.
Once verification is done you will get a report of the PAN numbers and whether they are active or inactive and you can download this report for future reference

Step 6: Challan Verification with OLTAS

You can verify the challans before generating FVU return. Go to “Master list of Challans” to verify. Click on “Verify challans with OLTAS”, select the FY, update the CAPTCHA and submit. All the challans will be verified

Step 7: Validate Return

Come back to TDS returns and click on particular return to validate the return
If any validation error is there it will show the errors and you will have to fix them
Once validation is done and everything looks fine, you can check whether any potential notices are there i.e. any late filing fee, interest for late deposit & deduction

Step 8: Generate FVU file

When all your corrections have been made, go to the Dashboard and click on “Generate FVU File”, then click on “Save and Continue to FVU Generation”

Step 9: Download

ClearTDS will automatically download a CSI file from the TIN NSDL website and create an FVU file for you. After uploading of CSI file, an FVU file will be generated, you can now download the FVU file and submit it online or offline