The e-TDS/TCS File Validation Utility (FVU) version 4.1 and 2.137 which has been released on January 3, 2014 has the feature of generating pre-filled Form 27A. The deductor/collector need not prepare a Form 27A separately as all the requisite information of the e-TDS/TCS statement gets printed in the Form 27A generated by e-TDS/TCS FVU.
With effect from February 1, 2014, deductors/collectors will mandatorily be required to submit Form 27A generated by e-TDS/TCS FVU duly signed along the e-TDS/TCS statement. Form 27A submitted in any other format will be treated as invalid submission and the same will be rejected by TIN-FC branches.
For clarification on the above you may send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact TIN call center at 020 - 2721 8080.