Service Tax Challan: Verification of Paid Challan

Last Updated at: Oct 12, 2020
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On payment of service tax, the bank through which you make payment will upload all the details in the challan to the government through National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) via the Online Tax Accounting System. The process will take three working days from the payment of the challan.

On making payment, you should cross-verify the amount and the challan identification number (CIN) that has been uploaded by the receiving bank to NSDL.

This will then need to be furthered verified by the deductor, with either his Tax Deduction Account Number (TAN) or the CIN provided by the bank against each challan.

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    What is CIN?

    A CIN comprises:

    a) A seven-digit BSR code of the bank branch where tax is deposited
    b) Date of deposit of tax
    c) Serial number of the challan

    The CIN is stamped on the acknowledgement receipt to identify the tax payment. The number has to be quoted in the income tax returns as proof of payment. The CIN must necessarily be quoted in further enquiries. Therefore, you must ensure that the CIN is stamped on the challan by the bank. If the challan does not contain the CIN, immediately contact the bank.

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    What if the bank does not provide a proper CIN?

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had passed an order on April 1, 2004, making it compulsory for all tax collecting branches of banks to use a rubber stamp acknowledgement that carries the CIN. A separate CIN is given for every deposited challan. If the bank manager concerned cannot resolve the issue, you should address your grievance to the regional manager and the regional office of the RBI.

    Register your service tax

    The challan can be verified taking the following steps:
    1. Visit and click on ‘Challan Status Enquiry’.
    2. Thereafter, select ‘CIN Based View’
    3. On entering the CIN and the amount (optional), you can view the following details:
    4. BSR Code
    5. Date of Deposit
    6. Challan Serial Number
    7. Major Head Code with description
    8. TAN/PAN
    9. Name of Tax Payer
    10. Received by TIN on
    11. Confirmation that the amount entered is correct (if amount is entered)

    TAN-based view

    By providing the TAN and the financial year, you can view the following details:
    1. CIN
    2. Major Head Code with description
    3. Minor Head Code
    4. Nature of Payment
    5. If you enter the amount against a CIN, the system will confirm whether it matches the details of amount uploaded by the bank.
    6. If the entry is missing over even after three working days, you should contact the bank branch.

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