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What is a Tax Account Number?

Tax Account Number is commonly referred as Tax Deduction Account Number or Tax Collection Account Number, or simply TAN. TAN registration leads to a generation of 10 digits alpha-numeric code that is issued by the Income Tax Department of India. As the name suggests, it is obtained by the person responsible for deduction or collection of tax at source (TDS or TCS). Businesses while deducting the salaries of employees must obtain and mention the number. Specified criteria to collect and deduct tax at source are already prescribed by the Government. Also, it is compulsory to quote TAN of the assessee in TDS/ TCS statements and challan for payment of TDS/ TCS.

Requirements of Tax Account Number

Mandatory for deduction & collection of tax
The government has specified certain transactions including salary where the assessee needs to collect or deduct the tax from the source itself. While entering into such transactions, Tax Account Number is mandatory to be mentioned.
TDS Certificate and Filing
Every person deducting TDS at source must issue a certificate to the effect that the tax has been deducted with other required particulars. The certificate of TDS must quote the TAN of the deductors. Also, while filing TDS returns online, providing TAN is mandatory.

Documents Requirement for TAN Application

Address Proof
Copy of Aadhar Card or other address proof
Applicants Information
Name, contact details and signature of the applicant
Certificate of Incorporation
Certificate of Incorporation in case of company and LLP
Agreement in case of LLP and Partnership Firm

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For unique identification, a specified structure of 10 digit code is provided

Structure of TAN

First three characters

Represents your TAN jurisdiction codes in alphabets

Fourth Character

Initial of the TAN holder’s name

Fifth to Ninth Characters

System generated numeric digits

Tenth Character

Alphabetic check digit generated automatically

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  • Provide basic details & documents required for TAN registration
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  • Preparation and verification of application
  • TAN Application Submission
  • Acknowledgement receipt of filed application

3. Your TAN is assigned

  • All it takes is 3 working days*

*Subject to Government processing time

TAN Application Process

Day 1 – Collection

  • Collection of required documents for TAN application

DAY 2 – Submission

  • Preparation and verification of TAN Application
  • Application with concerned authority
  • Sharing acknowledgement receipt

Day 3 – Government Processing

  • Application processing by IT department

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Frequently Asked Questions

Within how much time is the Tax Account Number (TAN) is allotted by NSDL?
Once applied generally, it takes 7-10 working days for TAN allotment by NSDL. However, receipt of a physical TAN letter may take time depending upon the processing time by the department. Once the application for TAN number is made, it is always possible to know your TAN status.
Can a PAN be used instead of TAN?
No, a PAN cannot be used instead of TAN. PAN and TAN serve two different purposes. Therefore, it is mandatory for those deducting tax at source to obtain a TAN.
How and when should the TDS be deposited?
Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) must be deposited through banks using Challan 281, quoting the TAN number of the entity. The deadline for payment of TDS is the 7th day of every month.
What are the due dates to file TDS Returns?
TDS Return should be filed quarterly on the 31st day of July, October, January and May. The TDS return filed on these months will correspond to the transaction of the preceding three months.
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