Know Your TAN

Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN) is a 10-digit alphanumeric number. The number is required to be quoted on all TDS returns under Section 203A of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The TAN number is needed to be obtained by all those persons who are responsible for deducting and collecting taxes.

Why is TAN Necessary?

As mentioned above, TAN is needed for quoting it while filing TDS/TCS/Annual Information Returns, payment challans, and certificates. If the 10-digit alphanumeric number is not quoted, the returns filed are not accepted by the TIN facilitation centres in the country while banks do not accept the challans for TDS/TCS payments. It needs to be mentioned that if an individual who is required to have TAN does not apply for it, he/she attracts a penalty of Rs.10,000.

What is the Structure of TAN?

The structure of the 10-digit alphanumeric TAN number has been revised in the last few years. The structure currently in use is as follows - the first four characters are letters, the next five characters are numerals and the last character in the number is again a letter.

The first three character of the alphanumeric number highlights the jurisdiction code while the next character highlights the name of the deductee. The next five characters symbolize a five-digit number and the last character of the number is an English alphabet.

How to Search TAN?

An applicant can know the TAN details either by providing the name or TAN. If you have forgotten TAN, it can be retrieved by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit
  • Click on ‘Know Your TAN’
  • Select ‘Name’ under the ‘TAN Search’ option
  • Select ‘Category of Deductor’
  • Select ‘State’
  • Provide ‘Name’
  • Provide the registered mobile number
  • Click on ‘Continue’
  • Insert the One Time Password (OTP) sent on the registered mobile number in the corresponding screen
  • Next, click on ‘Validate’
  • The details are displayed on the corresponding screen.

How to Know TAN?

To know one’s TAN, the process involved is the same as the one when it comes to searching for TAN. The detailed process involved to know one’s TAN is as mentioned below:

  • Visit
  • Click on ‘Know Your TAN’
  • Select ‘Name’ or ‘TAN’ under the ‘TAN Search’ option
  • Select ‘Category of Deductor’
  • Select ‘State’
  • Provide ‘Name’ or ‘TAN’ depending on the option selected under ‘TAN Search’
  • Provide the registered mobile number
  • Click on ‘Continue’
  • Insert the One Time Password (OTP) sent on the registered mobile number in the corresponding screen
  • Next, click on ‘Validate’
  • The details are displayed on the corresponding screen

How to Register to Know Tan Details For The New User?

To know the TAN details, it is not mandatory for a new user to register on the Income Tax e-filing website. However, if the individual still wants to register himself/herself to avail other benefits it can be done in the following ways:

  • Visit
  • Select ‘Register Yourself’
  • Next, select user type in the corresponding screen and click on ‘Continue’
  • Provide the details like PAN, name, date of birth and residential status
  • Click on ‘Continue’
  • Fill in the registration form and click on ‘Continue’
  • Next, follow the guidelines mentioned in the corresponding screens

How is TAN Different From PAN ?

The Permanent Account Number (PAN) must be possessed by all to file his/her Income Tax returns. While Tax Deduction and Collection Number (TAN) is required by only those assessees who are liable to deduct TDS or collect TCS under the Income Tax Act.

How To Know Your TAN Jurisdiction Building Name?

Individuals can know the TAN jurisdiction building name by following the below-mentioned steps:

  • Visit
  • Select ‘Jurisdiction’ under the ‘Important Links’ tab
  • Select the state
  • On doing so, a PDF file will be opened
  • The TAN jurisdiction building name can be found in the list

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FAQs On Know Your TAN

  1. Is there any fee levied for filling the TAN application?
  2. Yes, the fee levied for filling the TAN application is Rs.55 plus GST.

  3. Is it possible to make an online application to allot the TAN?
  4. Yes, you can make an online application ( for the TAN to be allotted.

  5. Who is the TAN allotted by?
  6. The Income Tax Department allots the TAN depending on whether the application form is submitted at the TIN-FCs that are managed by the NSDL e-Gov or on the official website of the NSDL e-Gov.

  7. Is it possible to check the status of the TAN online?
  8. Yes, you can check the status of the TAN by visiting the official website of NSDL and clicking on ‘Status Track’.

  9. Is there any fee levied to download Form 49B?
  10. No, you can download Form 49B free of cost on the official website of NSDL.


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