TAN stands for Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number. It is a 10-digit alpha numeric number issued by the Income Tax department in India.
Who should have a TAN?
All those persons/employers who deduct tax at source or collect tax at source on behalf of Income Tax Department are required to apply for and obtain TAN.
How to Apply for TAN?
1. Application forms can either be obtained from Tax Information Network Facilitation Center (TIN-FCs), PAN centres, any other vendors providing such forms or can be freely downloaded from this website.
2. TAN should be applied through Form No 49B 3. The application form should be accompanied with photocopies of your ‘proof of identity’ and ‘proof of address’ and a fee of INR 62.
- Demand draft/cheque shall be in favor of ‘NSDL – TIN’, payable at Mumbai.
- In case you are paying by cheque, deposit a local cheque (drawn on any bank) with any HDFC Bank branch across the country (except Dahej). Mention TANNSDL on the deposit slip.
- Mention your name on the reverse of the demand draft / cheque.
- Submit the duly filled form with the necessary enclosures and demand draft/cheque at your nearest TIN-FC. These centres are established by NSDL (which is an appointed intermediary by the Government) across India. To find a TIN-FC near you, click Find TIN-FC
1. Apply for your TAN online. Click here – Apply for TAN
2. On confirmation, an acknowledgment screen will be displayed. Save and print this acknowledgment. The acknowledgment consists of the following.
- A unique 14-digit acknowledgment number
- Status of applicant
- Name of applicant
- Contact details (address, e-mail and telephone number)
- Payment details
- Space for signature
3. Sign within the box provided in the acknowledgment. For applicants other than ‘Individuals’, the authorised signatory shall sign the acknowledgment and affix the appropriate seal or stamp.
4. Once you have applied online, documents showing your ‘proof of identity’ and ‘proof of address’ need to be sent over post/courier to NSDL – TAN Application division
Payment: The fee for processing TAN application is INR 62 (INR 55 application charge + 12.36% Service Tax). Payment can be made by demand draft or cheque or credit card/debit card or net banking. Note the following important points:
1. Demand draft/cheque shall be in favor of ‘NSDL – TIN’, payable at Mumbai.
2. In case you are paying by cheque, deposit a local cheque (drawn on any bank) with any HDFC Bank branch across the country (except Dahej). Mention TANNSDL on the deposit slip.
3. Mention your name and the acknowledgment number on the reverse of the demand draft / cheque.
4. On successful payment by credit card/debit card/net banking an acknowledgment will be displayed.
5. Send the acknowledgment duly signed, along with demand draft, if any, shall be sent to NSDL at National Securities Depository Limited 3rd floor, Sapphire Chambers, Near Baner Telephone Exchange, Baner, Pune – 411045
6. Super-scribe the envelope with ‘APPLICATION FOR TAN – Acknowledgment Number’ (e.g. ‘APPLICATION TAN – 88301020000244’).
7. Your acknowledgment and demand draft, if any, should reach NSDL within 15 days from the date of online application. Once NSDL receives your TAN application along with said documents, either through TIN FC or online, the details will be verified and then sent to Income Tax Department. Upon approval, the Income Tax Department will allocate a unique number and send you the confirmation and number through NSDL.
(Disclaimer: The above-mentioned steps are a guide to the procedure of applying for a TAN. We request our readers to check with the appropriate Government department to get the complete regulations regarding TAN application)