Question (1): What is TAN ?
TAN or Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number is a unique
ten-digit alpha-numeric number required to be obtained by all persons
who are responsible for deducting or collecting tax. Under Section 203A
of the Income Tax Act, 1961, it is mandatory to quote Tax Deduction
Account Number (TAN) allotted by the Income Tax Department (ITD) on all
To facilitate deductors find their new TAN, ITD has now introduced a
search facility on their website (www.incometaxindia.gov.in).
Through this facility, deductors can search on name and old TAN to find
the new TAN. Deductors are advised to find new TAN from this site
before it is incorporated in their e-TDS statement to avoid any
inconvenience at the time of furnishing e-TDS statements.
For more information, visit TIN.
Question (2) : Who is a deductor?
A Deductor is a specified person who is eligible to deduct tax on
particular types of payments being made by them as per the provisions of
the Income Tax Act, 1961.
Question (3) : What is TAN Registration Number?
Answer : TAN Registration Number is provided by TIN when TAN is registered on TIN.
Question (4) : What are the types of TAN applications?
There are two types of TAN Applications:
1) Application for issuance of new TAN (Form 49B)
This application form should be used when deductor has never applied for a TAN or does not have a TAN.
2) Form for change or correction in TAN data for allotted TAN
application form should be used by deductors in case they want a change
or correction in data associated with their TAN.
Question (5) : How to apply for new TAN?
1) An applicant will fill Form 49B
online and submit the form. Deductor may either make an online
application through TIN (Tax Information Network) or submit physical TAN
application to any TIN-Facilitation Center (TIN-FC) of NSDL
2) If there are any errors, rectify and re-submit the form
3) Confirmation screen with data filled by the applicant will be displayed
4) Applicant may either edit or confirm the same
1) On confirmation, an acknowledgment screen will be displayed. The acknowledgment consists of
• 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
2) Applicant shall save and print this acknowledgment
Signature / left thumb impression should only be within the box
provided in the acknowledgment. In case of applicants other than
'Individuals', authorised signatory shall sign the acknowledgment and
affix appropriate seal or stamp
4) Left hand thumb impression, if
used, should be attested by a Magistrate or a Notary Public or Gazetted
Officer, under official seal and stamp
Question (6) : How can I track the status of my TAN application?
Applicants may track status of their TAN application using 14-digit
unique Acknowledgment Number after three days of application using the
status track facility on TIN.
Question (7) : How is TAN issued?
Applications for Form 49B received by NSDL are digitized and
forwarded to ITD. ITD will issue the TAN which will be intimated to NSDL
online and NSDL will then issue TAN letter to applicant.
Question (8) : Why is it necessary to have TAN?
The provisions of Section 203A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 require
all persons who deduct or collect tax at source to apply for the
allotment of TAN. The section also makes it mandatory to quote TAN in
all TDS / TCS / Annual Information Returns, payment challans and
certificates to be issued. Deductor cannot file TDS / TCS statements and
deposit challans for TDS / TCS payments in banks without TAN. Failure
to apply for TAN or not quoting the same in the specified documents
attracts a penalty of ` 10,000/-.