If you file your TDS or TCS return online then you will be issued a provisional receipt/acknowledgment by TIN-FC. This is considered as proof that your eTDS or eTCS return has actually been filed by you. Each provisional receipt is issued along with a unique 15-digit provisional receipt number (PRN).

It is important to store PRN of filed return since it is required for the following purposes: 

  1. For accessing your filed TDS returns

  2. For filing TDS returns of next quarter,

  3. For making corrections to filed return by downloading conso file.