What is Tax Account Number (TAN)?

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TAN is the short form for Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number. It is a 10 digit alphanumeric number, issued to a person who is required to deduct or collect tax on payments made by them. It is to be obtained by all persons who are responsible for deducting tax at source (TDS) or who are required to collect tax at source (TCS).

Who needs TAN?

Every person who deducts or collects tax at source has to apply for the TAN. Since it is mandatory to file the following documents with the Income Tax Department:

As prescribed above, if a person fails to obtain or fails to quote a TAN, a penalty of INR 10,000 will be imposed.

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Understand TAN Number

It is 10 digit alphanumeric number which is explained in further detail below:

TAN Breakdown

The combination of all the above items give TAN it’s unique identity.

How to apply for TAN?

You can apply for TAN using Form 49B. There are two modes for form submission:

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Apply via TIN-FC

An application for allotment is to be filed in Form 49B and submitted to any TIN-FC. Addresses of TIN-FCs are available at the TIN-NSDL website. You can download the Form 49B, fill it, and send it to the nearest TIN-FC.

Online Application

You can also apply online from the TIN-NSDL website. Following are the steps:

  1. Go to TIN NSDL
  2. Go to Services > TAN > Apply Online
  3. Prepare Form 49B with the required information
  4. Save the Acknowledgment, sign it and send it to TIN NSDL within 15 days.
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Documents required for TAN

Following are the documents required for the application:

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FAQs

1. How to check TAN application status?

You can track the application status either on TIN-NSDL or using track your TAN status tool.

2. Can I have more than one Tax Account Numbers?

No, you can not have more than one TAN. If a duplicate is allotted, you must surrender the duplicate it.

3. How long does it take to get TAN?

If you submit Form 49B without a digital signature, you must send a signed copy of Acknowledgement to TIN NSDL. TIN-NSDL will only process your application once they receive signed acknowledgment. It should take 1-2 weeks to receive your Tax Account Number post that.

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