Download / KYC at TRACES through DSC or without DSC

Download from TRACES is simple and too many users are being download Conso File, Form 16 or 16A, Justification Report etc after entering KYC data.  Now it may be new that what is KYC.   KYC is the Challan Detail or Pan Detail related to Challan along with Token Number related to the statement or work which use wants to download.  

                In case deductor has not registered DSC at traces , he will have to enter again and again KYC for each download.   If deductor registered his DSC on Traces than only one time KYC is required for any download till sign in.  After sign out he will have to again enter one time  KYC  for download.   It means registration of DSC is important for multiple download  at TRACES.

Some important questions related to download or KYC is given below :-

How can I request for Form 16 / 16A?

Login to TRACES as deductor and submit download request for Form 16 / 16A under ‘Downloads’ tab. File will be available under ‘Requested Downloads’ in ‘Downloads’ tab.

Text file will be provided containing details of all requested PANs. User must convert this text file to PDF using ‘TRACES PDF Generation Utility’. This utility will convert the text file into individual PDFs for each PAN. Deductor can also opt to digitally sign the PDFs while converting.

Can deductor download Form 16 without being registered on TRACES?

No, only registered user (deductor) on TRACES can download Form 16 / 16A.

I have submitted download request for Form 16 for all employees. All forms have been successfully downloaded except one. What should I do?

Form 16 is generated only for valid PAN. In case of invalid PAN or if the PAN is not reported in TDS statement, Form 16 will not be generated.

While submitting request to download Form 16 / 16A, deductor has entered details correctly in Part 1 and Part 2 in validation details screen, yet it shows error as ‘Invalid Details’ in Part 1 and Part 2. What should deductor do?

Details to be filled in validation screen should be exactly the same as reported in the TDS statement. If you have filed any correction statement, Token Number and other details should be as per the latest correction statement..

Is there any data downloading limit for Form 16 / 16A?

There is no such limit.

I am unable to download Form 16 / 16A as the number of PANs for which Form 16 / 16A were submitted was higher, however the PDFs generated were less. What should I do?

Check the status of the PANs for which Form 16 / 16A has not been generated. These PANs might be with inactive status or not present in the TDS statement filed.

What are the different dates available on Form 16 / 16A?

Date of processing will appear on the top and date of generation of Form 16 / 16A will appear at the bottom of Form 16 /16A.

Registered user on TRACES has updated the communication and address details on TRACES. However while downloading Form 16A, it shows a different address. How can deductor edit address details in Form 16A?

Details updated in ‘Profile’ section of your TRACES account will be saved only in TRACES and will not be updated in TAN database. To change details in TAN database, submit TAN change request form (Form 49B) at

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