TAN Application: Eligibility, and the Documents Required

Learn all about TAN, its types, and application process.
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10 October 2023

Allotted by the IT department, TAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric identifier for individuals or entities required for tax deduction. When filing for tax deducted at source (TDS) or tax collected at source (TCS), quoting TAN is a pre-requisite. TAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric identifier for individuals or entities that deduct or collect tax at source.

Who allots TAN?

TIN-NSDL and TIN facilitation centres furnish TAN to businesses/ firms and individuals on behalf of the Income Tax Department.

Types of TAN applications

TAN applications are of two types – application for allotment and application for change or correction.

  1. Application for allotment of new TAN:
    The application can be made online on the TIN-NSDL website or downloaded to submit offline. It asks for details like name, address, contact number, nationality, PAN, existing TAN etc. Applicants need to pay a TAN application processing fee of Rs. 65 (Rs. 55 as application charge + 18% GST).
  2. Application for change or correction in TAN data for allotted TAN:
    If allotted, the change or correction form requires details like the 10-digit TAN, deductor category, name, address, nationality, PAN. It also has rows to mention the changes/ corrections required. Applicants need to prove allotment of TAN by submitting a TAN allotment letter issued by the IT department or a printout of the TAN details. The fee charged for a correction application is Rs. 63 (plus service tax, as applicable).

Additional Read: How to apply for a PAN card online

How to make an application for TAN allotment?

An application for allotment of TAN may be made either online or offline. A written set of guidelines are available to make this process easier for the applicants.

  1. Online application
    You can visit the TIN-NSDL website to apply for TAN. An acknowledgement will appear on the screen at the time of confirmation of the correct uploading of the TAN allotment application.
  2. Offline application
    If an applicant chooses the offline mode, they should visit the nearest TIN facilitation centre (TIN-FC) and submit the application in form 49B in duplicate. The addresses of TIN-FC are given on the TIN-NSDL website.

Where can you get form 49B?

To get form 49B, you must follow these steps:

  1. Download it from the Income Tax Department website for free.
  2. Collect it from a TIN facilitation centre.
  3. Print or get it photocopied legibly and exactly in the format prescribed by the Income Tax Department.

How to pay the TAN application/ correction fee?

When paying the TAN application or correction fee, here is what you need to do:

  1. A demand draft has to be made in favour of 'TIN-NSDL' and payable at Mumbai. The applicant needs to mention their name along with the unique 14-digit acknowledgement number on the reverse side of the demand draft.
  2. A local cheque made in favour of 'TIN-NSDL' needs to be deposited with any branch of HDFC Bank. The applicant must not forget to write TANNSDL on the deposit slip.
  3. Credit card
  4. Debit card
  5. Net banking

If an applicant chooses to pay the fee by credit/ debit card, they will have to bear an additional charge of up to 2% (plus applicable taxes) of the application fee. If you choose net banking as a payment gateway, an additional amount of(Rs. 4 + GST) will be charged.

What are the documents required for TAN application?

Any documents need not to accompany the TAN allotment application. However, if the online mode is chosen, the acknowledgement generated on submission of the form needs to be downloaded, signed, and forwarded to national securities depository limited (NSDL) by post.

If you want to track the status of your TAN application, you can use the 14-digit unique acknowledgement number. You can contact the TAN call centre (020-27218080) or send an SMS (NSDLTAN) to 57575 to track the status of TAN application.

Additional Read: Difference between TAN, PAN, and TIN


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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to apply for a new TAN if I relocate to a different city?

No, you don't need to apply for a new TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number) if you relocate to a different city within the same state. However, if you move to a different state, you must apply for a new TAN as it is issued based on state-wise jurisdiction.

Can I quote my PAN in place of TAN when filing TDS?

No, you cannot use your PAN (Permanent Account Number) in place of TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number) when filing TDS (Tax Deducted at Source). TAN is specifically issued for TDS purposes, whereas PAN serves as a unique identifier for various financial transactions and income tax-related activities.

What must be done if we have been allotted a duplicate TAN?

If a duplicate TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number) has been allotted, it is essential to surrender the additional TAN immediately to the Income Tax Department's TAN Unit. This can be done by submitting a letter to the TAN Unit, explaining the situation and providing details of the original TAN that should be retained.

What TAN is used for?

TAN stands for Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number. TAN is a unique 10-digit alphanumeric identifier issued to individuals or businesses who are required to deduct or collect taxes at source on behalf of the government. TAN is used to track and monitor tax payments made by taxpayers.

Can I apply for TAN number online?

Yes, you can apply for TAN number online by visiting the NSDL or UTIITSL website, where you can submit your application and make the payment online. You can also track the status of your application online and receive your TAN number via email.

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