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What is TAN?

Tax Deduction Account Number or Tax Collection Account Number is a 10 -digit alpha-numeric number issued by the Income-tax Department. TAN is to be obtained by all persons who are responsible for deducting tax at source (TDS) or who are required to collect tax at source (TCS).It is compulsory to quote TAN in TDS / TCS return (including any e-TDS / TCS return), any TDS / TCS payment challan and TDS/TCS certificates.he provisions of section 203A of the Income-tax Act require all persons who deduct or collect tax at source to apply for the allotment of a TAN. This section also makes it mandatory for TAN to be quoted in all TDS/TCS returns, all TDS/TCS payment challans and all TDS/TCS certificates to be issued. Failure to apply for TAN or comply with any of the other provisions of the section attracts a penalty of Rs. 10,000.

Who needs to apply for TAN?

people who are required to deduct tax at source or collect tax at source on behalf of Income Tax Department are required to apply for a TAN and obtain it.

How to apply for TAN?

You can apply for TAN in two ways, Offline and Online. Online application for TAN can be made from the website of NSDL TIN website. In offline mode an application for allotment of TAN is to be filed in Form 49B and submitted at any of the TIN Facilitation Centers meant for receipt of e-TDS returns. The application form can be downloaded from the website of the Income Tax Department.

No documents are required to be filed with the application for allotment of TAN.When you are applying online, the acknowledgment which is generated after filling up the form will be required to send to NSDL.

It is must for the assesses, who are liable to withhold tax from the amount paid or payable under the Income Tax Act and Furnishes TDS details collected by any entity.


BASIC Difference
Meaning PAN is allotted to anyone pays tax has financial transactions. Required for any organization or individual that deducts or collects tax at source.
Abbreviation Permanent Account Number TAX Deduction and Collection Account Number.
Issued and Regulated by Income Tax Authority Income Tax Authority
Purpose A universal number for all financial transactions. A number allotted to organization to streamline and collection of tax at source.
Digits 10 Digits number 10 Digit number.