Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number better known as TAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number. The number is required to be obtained by all persons who are responsible for deducting or collecting the tax.

The alphanumeric number is allotted by the Income Tax (IT) Department under Section 203A of the Income Tax Act, 1961. It is required to be mandatorily quoted on all TDS returns.

Types of TAN Applications

There are basically two types of TAN applications. They are:

• Application for issuance of new TAN

• Form for change or correction in TAN data for TAN allotted

How to Apply for TAN?

An application for TAN could be made by submitting form 49B at TIN* facilitation centers. Find your nearest TIN facilitation centre with biometric-based facility.

TAN is allotted to applicants by income tax department. TAN could be applied by making an online application or in person by visiting the income tax department.

Application for TAN can be made using form 49B.In case of in-person applications, there’s no need of furnishing any supporting documents to the Department. However, in case of an online application, an acknowledgement which is received after the application has been submitted in form 49B needs to be furnished to the department as a proof.

How to Check the Status of TAN Application?

After the applicant has successfully submitted the TAN application, they can check the status of the application after three days using the 14-digit acknowledgement number. They can do so by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit www.tin-nsdl.com/index.html
  • Select ‘TAN’ under the ‘Services’ dropdown
  • Click on ‘Know Status of Your Application’
  • Select ‘Application Type’
  • Provide the acknowledgement number
  • Enter the captcha code
  • Click ‘Submit’


Qus:-What documents do I need to submit with the TAN application?

No document is required to be submitted while making a TIN application.

Qus:-Do I need to pay for availing a TAN card?

Yes, you need to pay an amount of Rs.65 for availing a TAN card.

Qus:-What payment modes are available for making the payment of fees?

The payment of the processing fee can be made through the following payment modes:

  • Demand Draft
  • Cheque
  • Credit card/Debit card
  • Net banking

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