Is employer bound to issue Form 16 to every employees ?

Form 16 is the prescribed form for tax deducted at source from salary by an employer. There is confusion regarding the issue of TDS certificate in case where salary is not taxable. Tushar Singh of New Delhi asks  “in my last company my income was not taxable. Am i eligible for form 16 from my last company.Please tell me the way of getting a form 16 as i need it to apply for car loan ” .

This issue was already explained earlier in posting Can Employer Decline To Issue Form 16? .

Confusion arises among employees regarding Form 16 is on following grounds :

  • That they think Form 16 is a salary certificate.
  • That income tax Return can not be filed in absence of Form 16

Both the aforesaid “general impression about Form 16? are wrong. Form 16 is the prescribed form for issue of certificate of deduction of tax at source from an employee. employer can decline to issue Form 16 in case there is no deduction of tax at source.It is clear from a bare reading of section 203 of the I T Act and the relevant rule 31 of IT Rule.

Solution to your problem

The loan creditor bank is just want to check the fact about your earning capacity. Go and talk to your employer company , if they issue Form 16 , its okay , otherwise you request to issue a Salary Certificate which will prove how much salary was received by you from them.

No service tax on reinsurance commission-CBEC issues Circular !

Great relief to insurance companies indeed .The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has issues circular to clarify that service tax cannot be levied on the reinsurance commission . The reason , as per circular is that an insurance company does not provide any service to a reinsurance company. Read the circular Circular No. 120(a)/2/2010-ST


Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Excise & Customs

(Tax Research Unit)


Room No. 147-A, North Block,

New Delhi-110001 dated the 16th April, 2010.


Director General of Service Tax, Mumbai

Director General of Central Excise Intelligence, Delhi

Chief Commissioner of Central Excise (All)

Chief Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise (All)

Commissioner of Service Tax (All)


Subject: Service tax on re-insurance commission – regarding

In terms of Section 101A (Part IV-A) of the Insurance Act, 1938, every insurer dealing in insurance business is required to re-insure a specified percentage of sum assured with another insurance company.

2.         The insurance company pays premium to the reinsuring company for this service.  However, a part of such premium is deducted and kept by the insurance company for meeting the administrative expenditure.   In other words, the insurance company and the re-insurance company jointly bear the expenses for running the insurance/reinsurance business.  This shared expense is commonly known as ‘commission’ though strictly it is not in the nature of a commission.   It may be pertinent to mention that the customer/beneficiary deals only with the insurance company and may not even be aware of the role of re-insurer and the backroom operations between the insurance company and the reinsurer.

3.         As per the provision of the Finance Act, 1994, insurance as well as reinsurance are subject to service tax.   The Board has received representations that notices have been issued demanding service tax on the amounts deducted by the insurance company (in other words paid by the reinsurance company) on the ground that it is the consideration for the insurance company providing business auxiliary service (BAS) to the re-insuring company.  The notices alleged that the insurance companies are promoting the business of re-insurers thereby providing them the BAS.

4.         The issue has been examined.   As explained in para 2 above, the arrangement between the insurance company and the reinsurer is only sharing of expenses and there is no service provided by the insurance company to the re-insurer for a consideration.   Since the policy holder may not even be aware of the operations of the re-insurer, it cannot be said that the payment made by the re-insurer to the insurance company is for its business promotion or a service on behalf of the re-insuring company (i.e. Business Auxiliary Service).  In fact, it is the reinsurer which provides insurance service to the insurance company.   As both the insurance company and reinsurer pay service tax on the entire amount of premium charged by them, the question of charging service tax under any other taxable service does not arise.

5.         The Board desires that all pending cases on this subject may be decided keeping in view the above clarification.

Yours faithfully,

(Gautam Bhattacharya)

Joint Secretary (TRU-II)

Tel: 23093027

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What are types of Motor Insurance covers?

There are mainly two types of motor insurance-

  1. Comprehensive insurance
  2. Third Party Insurance.
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Generally there are three types of discounts given . These are
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Can I cancel my motor insurance and get a refund during the policy period?

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the registration certificate for your vehicle has been legally cancelled by the Regional Transport Office (RTO).
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What is the renewal period for  motor insurance policy ?

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Whether place of registration of vehicle affect premium amount?

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