December 30, 2022
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Section 194N TDS on cash withdrawal

Section 194N of the union budget 2019 was initiated for taxpayers who had cash withdrawals of more than 1 crore in any fiscal year. To comply with the conditions in the union budget 2020, the number of TDS that can be deducted was reduced to 20 lakhs for taxpayers who had not filed returns in the preceding three years.

Paying 2 percent in interest for individuals who withdrew above 20 lakhs is mandatory according to the provisions mentioned in the union budget. This article let us further understand Section 194N TDS on cash withdrawals above 1 crore.

What is section 194N?

When an individual has a cash withdrawal of more than 1 crore in any fiscal year, the provisions of section 194N apply. This section applies to all sums or aggregations of money withdrawn from a single tax-payer.

The restriction of Rs. 1 crore withdrawn every financial year applies to bank or post office accounts but does not apply to individual taxpayers’ accounts. While making the respective payment, the individual is required to deduct the applicable rate of tax.

The following is a list of individuals who are required to deduct tax under section 194N:-

1. An individual

2. Hindu undivided family

3. A business/company

4. A partnership or a limited liability company

5. A municipal/local authority

6. Association of persons or body of individuals  

However, certain people or entities are exempt from the provision of section 194N TDS on cash withdrawal. The following are:-

 1. Any government entity

2. Any financial institution, including cooperative banks

3. Any financial company’s business correspondent

4. Any bank’s white-label ATM operator

5. Any other individual who has been notified by the government following the RBI

What is the rate of TDS under section 194N?

1. The payer will have to deduct TDS at the rate of 2% on cash payments/withdrawals of more than 1 crore in a financial year under section 194N

2. If any individual who is receiving money has not filed a return on income for 3 years in the preceding previous year, the tax deduction limit will be reduced to a sum of Rs.20 lakh.

3.  -2% on cash payments/withdrawals which is more than 20 Lakhs but less than 1 crore          

 -5% on cash payments/withdrawals which is more than 1 crore  


Who will deduct tax under section 194N?

 The individual (payer) who is making the payment is required to deduct tax under section 194N TDS on cash withdrawal. The lists of such persons are:-

1. Any public or private sector bank

2. A co-operative society

3. A post office

TDS on cash withdrawal above 1 crore

Any individual (payer), whether a bank, post office, cooperative society, etc. is required to deduct a sum of 2% from any cash withdrawal above 1 crore to any person (recipient) made from the bank account maintained by the recipient.

This concept was introduced in the union finance budget in the year 2019 for cash withdrawals, made by an individual from a bank, cooperative society, or post office, where the total sum or aggregate is more than 1 crore in any fiscal year.

The 1 crore threshold limit was introduced as a way of keeping track on an account-to-account basis, rather than in aggregate. Accordingly, if an individual holds multiple bank accounts with a single financial institution, the 1 crore threshold limit will be applied to each bank account separately.

According to the finance act, this was passed in the Lok Sabha, the word “from an account” was replaced with the phrase “from one or more accounts”. The aggregate of cash withdrawn from one or more bank accounts for 1 fiscal year should be considered for computing the 1 crore threshold limit.

Therefore, to determine the TDS amount, the 1 crore threshold limit will be now determined bank-wise.


1. Can we claim TDS on cash withdrawal?

Yes, you can claim the tax deducted at source (TDS) on cash withdrawal from the total tax payable while filing your income tax return.

2. When did Section 194N become a part of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (the ‘IT Act’)? Why?

To discourage cash transactions and accelerate the transition to a digital economy, a new        

Section 194N was added to the Finance Act 2019 on September 1, 2019, to deduct tax on cash withdrawals made by any individual from his bank or post office account.

3. Is 194N applicable to trust?

Section 194N applies to all persons including charitable institutions, AOPs, Clubs, Trusts, etc., except a few exceptions that are clearly defined in the said provision.

 4. Is 194N applicable for NRI?

 Section 194N applies to cash withdrawals made by residents and non-residents.


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