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How to Check the Authenticity of Your Form 16 Online

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Form 16 is a vital document for salaried employees, serving as a cornerstone for tax-related matters. In this comprehensive article, we delve into the world of Form 16, providing insights on how to check it online, download it from the TRACES website, and file it efficiently. Additionally, we address the crucial aspect of authenticating Form 16, ensuring financial peace of mind.

What Information Should You Provide Within Form 16?

Form 16 contains the details of the salary paid to an employee and their tax liability. Employers must generate and provide Form 16 to their employees by June 15 of the relevant assessment year. You need not worry about downloading Form 16 from the TRACES website because only your employer can do that.
There are two main parts in Form 16, Part A and Part B. The details of your employer, such as their name, PAN, TAN, address and more, are contained in Part A. This part also contains employee details, like their name, address, PAN, annual salary and TDS.
Part B comes with the particulars of each employee's salary. It includes a breakup of the salary structure, such as the allowances, deductions, tax liability and more.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Filing Your Form 16 Online

Your employer will generally sign your Form 16 using a digital signature certificate (DSC). To check the authenticity of your Form 16, you will have to verify the DSC and the details in the document. Here is how you can go about each of these procedures. This is a must-do step, as submitting fake ITR documents may lead to legal troubles via the Income Tax department.

Verifying the Authenticity of The Digital Signature

Follow the steps outlined below to ensure that a valid authority has digitally signed your Form 16.

  1. Use Adobe Reader to open your Form 16 on your computer.
  2. Scroll down to the end of the form and locate the digital signature.
  3. Right-click on the signature and choose the 'Validate Signature' option.

The software will then display if the DSC on your Form 16 is valid.

Verifying the Details in Form 16

Here's how you can verify the details your Form 16 contains:

  1. Log into the official income tax portal using your PAN and password.
  2. In the 'e-file' tab, choose the 'Income Tax Returns' option and click 'View Form 26AS.'
  3. The income tax portal will then redirect you to the TRACES website.
  4. Click the 'View/Verify Tax Credit' option on the new web page.
  5. Select the 'View TDS Certificate' option.
  6. Then, you need to enter the details required, such as the assessment year, the employer TAN, the TDS certificate number, the source of income and the TDS amount. You can find these details in your Form 16 (Part A).
  7. Once you have entered the required details, click 'Validate' to proceed.

You will then see the details of your income and tax deducted at source on the website. If these particulars match those on your Form 16 issued by your employer, the document is authentic.


Form 16 is essential in managing your tax obligations as a salaried individual. Once again, remember to verify the digital signature and cross-check details meticulously to validate your Form 16. Armed with this knowledge, you can easily navigate the online landscape, making tax filing a seamless experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I see my Form 16 online?

You cannot directly check your Form 16 online. Only your employer can download the form from the TRACES website. However, you can view certain details that appear on your Form 16 on the TRACES website too.

2. How can I get my Form 16?

Your Form 16 will be issued by your employer for each financial year. If you have not received a physical copy of the document, you can approach your employer for further assistance.

3. How to validate my Form 16's authenticity?

Your employer will generally sign your Form 16 using a digital signature certificate (DSC). Open the Form 16 you've received using Adobe Reader & right click on the signature — and select validate the signature.


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