What is form 16? How to download form 16?
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What is Form 16? How to download Form 16?

Tue May 16 2023

As an employee, you understand the need to timely file your income tax returns, which requires Form 16. Form 16 is a document issued by your employer that contains details of your salary, deductions, and taxes deducted at source (TDS). 

It is a crucial document for filing your income tax returns and serves as proof of income and TDS for the financial year. In this article, you'll know what Form 16 is and why it's essential. We'll also guide you through the steps to download Form 16 so you can stay on top of your tax obligations.

What is Form 16?

An employer must provide Form 16 to their employee, which includes information on the wage earned during the fiscal year and the amount of tax withheld at source (TDS). It serves as an employee's evidence of income and TDS and is necessary for filing income tax returns. 

The form includes details on the employee's identity, PAN number, employer's name and address, salary information, TDS deducted and paid to the government, and other deductions claimed. 

Why is Form 16 crucial?

Form 16 is significant since it acts as an employee's evidence of income and TDS, which is necessary for submitting income tax returns. In addition, it includes information about the employee's pay, deductions, and taxes that the employer withheld at the source. Form 16 is a mandated document that must be given to the employee and is produced by the employer. 

It ensures that the employee pays their taxes on time and that the employer deposits the taxes it has with the government. Penalties and legal repercussions may occur from failure to submit Form 16. As a result, Form 16 is essential for an employee's financial planning and tax law compliance.

What are the Steps to download Form 16?

You must take the following actions to download Form 16:

Step 1: Determine your eligibility

Only employees who receive a salary and whose employers deduct taxes at source (TDS) are issued a Form 16. If you fit this description, move on to the following step.

Step 2: Verify if your employer has issued Form 16.

By the 15th of June of the following fiscal year, employers must provide Form 16 to their employees. You should ask your employer to issue Form 16 if they haven't already.

Step 3: Log in to TRACES

Visit the TRACES (TDS Reconciliation Analysis and Correction Enabling System) website at https://www.tdscpc.gov.in to get Form 16. Users can see and download numerous tax-related papers via the web platform TRACES. You will need to register and set up an account to use TRACES. If you have an account, you can skip this step.

Step 4: View your Form 26AS

It is suggested to read your Form 26AS, a consolidated statement of all taxes you paid throughout the financial year, before downloading Form 16. Form 26AS is accessible through the income tax e-filing website, https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. 

Then, log into your account and choose the 'access Form 26AS (Tax Credit)' option under the 'My Account' tab to access your Form 26AS. You can use this to confirm that the taxes your employer withheld have been deposited with the government.

Step 5: Download Form 16

You can obtain Form 16 after you have confirmed your Form 26AS. Log into TRACES with your user ID and password to accomplish this. 'Form 16 (Part A)' can be found in the dropdown menu under the 'Downloads' tab after logging in. 

By doing so, you can obtain Form 16 Part A, which includes information about your employer, including their name and address, PAN, TAN, and other facts.

Select 'Form 16 (Part B)' from the dropdown menu under the 'Downloads' tab to download Part B of Form 16, which contains information about your salary, deductions, and TDS. 

To download Part B, enter your PAN and choose the appropriate financial year. Select "Go" once you have completed the details. You can access Part B of Form 16 in PDF format.

Step 6: Confirm the information on Form 16

Please verify the information on Form 16 before using it to submit your income tax returns. Make sure the information on your salary, deductions, and TDS corresponds to the information on your Form 26AS. If there are any mistakes, tell your employer so they can be corrected.


Employees can quickly download their Form 16 and make sure their tax responsibilities are met by following the instructions in this article. However, to ensure everything is consistent, it's crucial to double-check the information on Form 16 before utilising it to submit your income tax returns. To learn about other documents required for filing IT in India, read this blog.

byKiruthika AS

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