With effect from 1.10.2009, Finance Act (2) of 2009 has provided that no TDS needs to be deducted on payments made to Transporters who provide service of Plying, hiring or leasing goods carriage. The Caveat here is that these service providers should provide their PAN number to the deductor, if not deduction will be made at 20%.
Even though TDS is not deducted on transport charges these transport charges has to be furnished in the Quarterly eTDS return with tax deduction shown as "NIL".
To quote the words in the Finance Act (2) of 2009
"(6) No deduction shall be made from any sum credited or paid or likely to be credited or paid during the previous year to the account of a contractor during the course of business of plying, hiring or leasing goods carriages, on furnishing of his Permanent Account Number, to the person paying or crediting such sum.
(7) The person responsible for paying or crediting any sum to the person referred to in sub-section (6) shall furnish, to the prescribed income-tax authority or the person authorised by it, such particulars, in such form and within such time as may be prescribed."
There are instances where the transport charges are not forming part of the quarterly e-returns which is a violation, so please ensure that your e-returns capture the same