Know Your TAN: How to Register & Search New TAN Application?

Last Updated at: Jul 13, 2020
Know Your TAN How to Register & Search New TAN Application
You can apply for TAN online at the NSDL-TIN website. You can then fill and submit the form online. Once you click on button ‘submit’, an acknowledgment containing a unique 14 digit acknowledgment number is generated on the screen.


In March, 2020, the MCA has unveiled 2 new forms, namely ‘Agile Pro’ and Spice Plus’ to fast track company registration process. These forms will provide fast and easy access to 10 key services including TAN, GSTIN and PAN.

What is a TAN number?

TAN stands as a short form for Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number. It is a ten-digit alphanumeric number that is issued by the Income Tax Department. It is a crucial alphanumeric code which is required while filing for TDS returns and is even necessary for officials who are responsible for the collection of tax at source or TCS. Also, you can check the TAN application status. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about TAN and its registration.

Obtaining TAN

The Income Tax Department allows the TAN based on applications received by the TIN Facilitation Centres at NSDL. NSDL then intimates the alphanumeric code to the concerned deductors and after the TAN has been allotted, it must be mentioned in all critical taxation documents as mentioned above. There are two ways to apply: online and offline.

Offline Mode

  1. The NSDL requires two primary documents to start their proceedings. These are namely:
  • Form 49B
  • An application asking for the allotment of a Tax deduction and collection account number
  1. These may be sent to TIN NSDL facilities whose addresses are available here.
  2. The forms required for applying may be downloaded from the IT Department’s official website.
  3. The hard copy of these application forms is also available at the TIN-NSDL facilitation centres.
  4. Companies which have not registered themselves as per the Companies Act of 2013 will have to use Form No. INC-7 for completing their application for the allotment of a Tax deduction account number.

Online Mode

  1. Online applications may be made through the NSDL-TIN website.
  2. Mention all the data required as and when asked.
  3. Take special care to make sure that there are no errors while filling out the form.
  4. Give them a communication address and also furnish your email ID. Your PAN number also has to be mentioned.
  5. For updation of the Tax Deduction/Collection Account number fill the old number in the necessary field.
  6. An application fee of Rs. 63+ service tax needs to be paid by the applicant to finish the process. Any can make the payment from the following methods:
  • Demand draft
  • Cheque
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Net banking
    1. The central government and state government authorities, statutory or autonomous bodies can pay only by cheque or demand draft.
    2. After successful completion of the application, a 14-digit acknowledgement number will be sent to you.
    3. If you have paid using the credit card/debit card or net banking option, then your TAN will be allotted within five working days while in case of the other payment options, about 15 days will be needed to allocate the TAN number.

E-file Your Income Tax Returns

Documents Required 

While applying offline mode, you require no documents. But if you have filed an online application, then you need to submit the acknowledgement slip after attesting it. This acknowledgement slip should then be sent to the TIN-NSDL facilitation centre whose address will be provided on the slip itself.

Regarding Property

A separate TAN number is not necessary to collect TDS for a property or asset. Hence, a single TAN may be used to manage deductions on salary, commission, interest and even property, and this makes the process a whole lot easier. But, care must be given to ensure that the TAN holder’s category remains the same for all such transactions undertaken. For instance, to buy land or any such asset, you cannot use the TAN allotted to your company or employer but instead have to use the TAN allotted to you as an individual. A deductor can also use a single TAN number for a particular category. Like with the voter ID card, having multiple TAN numbers is considered illegal, and hence, you must register your TAN online to verify it. Here’s a look at the TAN registration process.

Online TAN Registration

  • Log on to this website. It is the TIN-NSDL official website.
  • Go to Online Services>> Online TAN Registration.
  • Now, click on “Register for TAN Online”.
  • Fill up the ONLINE TAN REGISTRATION FORM correctly.
  • Make sure you double-check your PAN and TAN details before submitting.
  • This form includes details such as name, category of deductor and contact details.
  • Click on Submit.
  • You will be re-directed to a confirmation screen.
  • Re-check the details you have furnished and click on Confirm.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement.
  • Take a printout of the same for future use.
  • You will then receive a confirmation email.
  • Click on the link within the email.
  • Enter your registration number and then create a User ID.
  • Click on “Check User ID Availability” and then proceed accordingly.
  • After successfully creating an ID, you will receive another email with a preset password in it.
  • Now log onto the same website and go to TAN Registration tab.
  • Enter your User ID and Password.
  • Click on Submit.
  • Change your password, set a new one and then proceed.
  • Click on “Request for consolidated TDS/TCS statement”.
  • Enter the details as asked.
  • The consolidated FVU file will then be sent to you on your registered email ID.
  • This file will have a password.
  • Your registration number, which is 15 digits long, will serve as this password.
  • Open the zip file and extract TDS files.
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