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Obtaining a Tax Deduction Account Number (TAN) is a crucial requirement for entities responsible for deducting tax at source. TAN plays a significant role in tax compliance and ensures accurate deduction and remittance of taxes to the government. In this blog, we will provide a comprehensive guide on TAN application, including its benefits, the required documents, and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).


  1. Legal Compliance: Obtaining a TAN is a legal requirement for entities responsible for deducting tax at source. It ensures compliance with tax regulations and helps in avoiding penalties or legal consequences.

  2. Smooth Tax Deduction Process: TAN enables businesses to deduct tax at source smoothly and accurately. It streamlines the tax deduction process by providing a unique identification number that facilitates proper identification and tracking of deducted taxes.

  3. Seamless Tax Remittance: TAN simplifies the process of remitting taxes to the government. It ensures that the deducted taxes are appropriately deposited with the tax authorities, helping businesses fulfill their tax obligations efficiently.

  4. Easy Verification by Authorities: With a TAN, tax authorities can easily verify and cross-reference the tax deductions made by an entity. It enhances transparency, reduces the chances of errors or discrepancies, and facilitates faster processing of tax-related matters.

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  1. Proof of Identity: Documents such as PAN card, passport, voter ID card, or Aadhaar card that establish the identity of the applicant.

  2. Proof of Address: Documents like electricity bill, telephone bill, bank statement, or rent agreement that confirm the applicant’s address.

  3. Proof of Entity: Documents proving the legal existence of the entity, such as the certificate of incorporation, partnership deed, trust deed, or registration certificate, depending on the type of organization.

  4. PAN Card: Copy of the PAN card of the entity or individual applying for TAN.

  5. Payment Confirmation: Proof of payment of the TAN application fee, which can be obtained through online payment or challan.


Q1: Who needs to apply for a TAN?

A: Any entity or individual responsible for deducting tax at source, such as employers, business owners, or organizations making specified payments, needs to apply for a Tax Deduction Account Number (TAN). It is mandatory for individuals or entities involved in tax deduction activities as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Q2: How can I apply for a TAN?

A: You can apply for a TAN by submitting the duly filled Form 49B (Application for Allotment of TAN) to the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) or the authorized TIN-Facilitation Center (TIN-FC). The form can be submitted online or offline, depending on the facility available. Ensure that you provide accurate information and the required supporting documents as per the guidelines provided.

Q3: What is the fee for TAN application?

A: The fee for TAN application may vary depending on the authorized service provider and the mode of application (online or offline). As of the current fee structure, the TAN application fee is typically Rs. 65 (excluding applicable taxes) for online applications and Rs. 55 (excluding applicable taxes) for offline applications. It is important to check the latest fee structure at the time of application.

Q4: How long does it take to obtain a TAN?

A: The timeline for obtaining a TAN can vary based on the processing time of the tax authorities and the completeness of the application. Generally, TAN is allotted within 1-2 weeks from the date of application. However, it is advisable to check with the authorized service provider or the tax authorities for the specific timeline in your jurisdiction.

Please note that the answers provided are for general informational purposes and may not be applicable in all situations. It is recommended to consult with the relevant tax authorities or seek professional guidance for specific advice based on your individual circumstances and the regulations in your jurisdiction.

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