Strict guidelines issued to end Dept’s TDS credit & refund adjustment harassment In a recent development pursuant to the judgement of the Delhi High Court in Court on Its Own Motion vs. UOI 352 ITR 273, the CBDT has issued Instruction No. 5/2013 F.No.275/03/2013-IT(B), dated 8.07.2013 stating that when an assessee approaches the AO with requisite details and particulars in the form of TDS certificate as evidence against any mismatched amount, the AO will grant credit of TDS to the assessee after ascertaining whether the deductor has made payment of the TDS to the Government. It Directed all officers that - "when an assessee approaches the Assessing Officer with requisite details and particulars in the form of TDS certificate as an evidence against any mismatched amount, the said Assessing Officer will verify whether or not the deductor has made payment of the TDS in the Government Account and if the payment has been made, credit of the same should be given to the assessee. However, the Assessing Officer is at liberty to ascertain and verify the true and correct position about the TDS with the relevant AO (TDS). The AO may also, if deemed necessary, issue a notice to the deductor to compel him to file correction statement as per the procedure laid down."