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CBDT clarifies on TDS deduction by employers on old/new regime

CBDT clarifies on TDS deduction by employers on old/new regime

Salaried employees can choose between the old and new income-tax regime at the time employers are deducting tax at sources (TDS) from salaries, a circular issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes said. Consequently, employers can also start deduction of TDS on salaries based on a declaration from employees on the preferred option. 

Earlier, employees had the option to choose between two regimes at the time of filing income-tax returns (ITR). However, employers were required to deduct TDS only under the old regime, which could have resulted in the mismatch between TDS and ITR. 

The Budget this year introduced a new income tax regime under which individuals can opt for lower tax rates provided they don’t avail certain exemptions and deductions otherwise available under the law.

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