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TAN Full Form

Last Updated 27th Nov 2021

  • TAN full form is Tax Deductions and Collection Account Number.
  • TAN is required by all those who are liable to deduct or collect tax at source and file its return to the Income Tax Department.
  • You can apply for TAN online on the TIN-NSDL website; https://www.tin-nsdl.com/services/tan/tan-introduction.html.
  • Form No. 49B is filled as an application form to apply for a new TAN.
  • The application fee for applying new TAN as well as for changing any information is ₹ 65
  • After submitting the TAN application online, you need to take a printout of the acknowledgement receipt and send it to NSDL office in Pune along with required documents to get your application processed.
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What is a TAN Card?

TAN is a 10 digit alpha-numeric number allotted by the Income Tax Department to those assessees who are required to deduct TDS. If you are liable to deduct TDS then having a TAN is mandatorily required. Each time you submit a TDS Return, you would need to quote the TAN as well. The full form of TAN is Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number. Thus, by its very name, it is clear that the Income Tax Department allots a separate account number for those transactions and assessees who are liable to deduct TDS. Apart from quoting in TDS Returns, you are also required to quote to the bank so that it can receive the TDS related payments.

Why TAN is Required?

TAN is required to deduct TDS or collect TCS. The TDS or TCS Returns is not accepted without mentioning the TAN. Banks also do not accept challans of TDS/TCS if the TAN is not quoted. As per Section 203A of the Income Tax Act, 1961, TAN is required to be quoted on all TDS/TCS returns. Failure to quote TAN number attracts a penalty of ₹ 10,000.

Who Can Apply for TAN?

Any assessee who is required to deduct or collect tax at source as per the rules and provisions of Income Tax Act, 1961 must obtain the TAN.

Types of TAN Card Application

With respect to TAN, you can make two kinds of applications:

  • To apply for a new TAN
  • To change or correct any information in TAN data.

How to Apply for a Tan Card?

You can apply for TAN online as well as offline. A fee of ₹ 65 is required to be submitted along with the application. The application for a new TAN is submitted by filling the Form No. 49B.

Following are the steps to make a TAN application online:

  • Visit www.tin-nsdl.com/index.html.
  • Now, under the ‘Services’ tab, select the option of ‘TAN’.
  • On the next page, click on ‘New TAN’ from the dropdown option of ‘Apply Online’.
  • On the new page, scroll down and choose from the dropdown options under ‘Category of Deductors’ in the heading ‘Apply for New TAN’ or ‘Apply for New TAN (with DSC users)’ as applicable to you. After selecting the category of the deductor, click on ‘Select’.
  • As a result, you will be redirected to Form 49B. Fill the form with required details and click on ‘Submit’.
  • An acknowledgement screen will appear along with the following information:
    • Application Status
    • Applicant’s Name
    • Contact Details like Address, Phone no. & Email
    • 14 Digit Acknowledgement number
    • Details of Payment
    • Space for Signature
  • You need to save this acknowledgement receipt and take a printout of it.
  • As next step, you need to send the printed document of acknowledgement after signing it along with required documents and Demand draft/Cheque (if payment not made by any other mode) to NSDL on this address:-
    NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited
    5th Floor, Mantri Sterling,
    Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8,
    Model Colony,
    Near Deep Bungalow Chowk,
    Pune - 411016.

Note: Make sure to write on the envelope ‘Application for TAN - Acknowledgment Number’ (Ex: Application for TAN - 88245040254501). Also, your application must reach the NSDL office within 15 days from the date of application. Your application will be processed only if the acknowledgement is signed and the payment is made.

Where Can I Get Physical Application Forms To Apply For TAN?

You can obtain the physical application form for TAN application on any of the TIN facilitation centres in your city. Alternatively, you can also download the form through this URL: https://www.tin-nsdl.com/services/tan/download/Form49b_22052012.pdf, and get a printout.

Processing Fees for TAN

Earlier the processing fee for TAN application was ₹ 62. Now it has increased to ₹ 65 which includes ₹ 55 as application charges and ₹ 18 as Goods and Services Tax. The fee is the same for an application to change or update any information in TAN data.

How to Download TAN Certificate Online?

The TAN Allotment letter or certificate cannot be reprinted. Although, if you have forgotten the TAN details, you can know them by following these steps:

  • Visit the official website of the Income Tax Department, http://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/.
  • Then click on ‘Know Your TAN’, and select the ‘Name’ under the option of ‘TAN Search’.
  • In the next step, select the ‘Category of Deductor’ and ‘State’.
  • Follow it up by providing your ‘Name’ and registered mobile number.
  • After that, click on ‘Continue’.
  • A One time password would be sent on your number, enter that OTP and then click on ‘Validate’.
  • As a result, your TAN details would be displayed in the corresponding screen.

TAN Card Form Format


Is Tan and Pan the same?

No, TAN is allotted only to those entities who are liable to deduct or collect tax at source. However, PAN is mandatory for filing Income Tax Return. It is allotted to all kinds of entities irrespective of whether they are required to pay tax or not.

How can I get an individual TAN number?

Firstly, make sure that you are required to collect or deduct tax at source as per any section of the Income Tax Act. If you are required to do so, then you can apply for TAN online through the NSDL-TIN website. After you submit the TAN application form, you need to send the acknowledgement receipt to the Pune office of NSDL to get your application processed.

What is the difference between Pan and Tan?

The major difference between PAN and TAN is that, while PAN is allotted to taxpayers, TAN is allotted to tax deductors.

Why is Tan required?

TAN is mandatory to file TDS/TCS return, and every assessee liable to deduct or collect tax at source needs to submit the collected or deducted tax to the government by filing a return.

What is a TAN number example?

An example of TAN is MUMS34505F.

How do you identify a tan?

Consider the example of MUMS34505F. In this, the first 3 alphabets represent the TAN jurisdiction code; thus, MUM is Mumbai. The 4th alphabet represents the initial of the name of the assessee whose TAN it is. The next 5 digits are numeric, and the last alphabet is a check digit which is obtained by dividing the 5 digits numeric value in TAN by 7. The remainder comes between 0 to 6 each represented by initial seven alphabets.

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