TAN i.e. Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number is a 10 digit alphanumeric number, e.g. DELM12345L, required to be obtained by all persons who are responsible for deducting tax at source or collecting tax at source. It is compulsory to quote TAN in TDS/TCS return (including any e-TDS/TCS return), any TDS/TCS payment challan, TDS/TCS certificates, Annual Information Return and other documents as may be prescribed. There are two modes for applying for TAN- Offline and online.
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Important Points in relation to TAN
Mandatory to quote
It is mandatory to quote TAN on TDS returns and challans. It is also required to be quoted in all correspondences with the IT Department.
Once a TAN is issued, it is valid for lifetime. However, TDS Filings must be made quarterly on the 31st day of July, October, January, and May. Non-filing of TDS filings within the due date will attract a penalty.
You can have multiple TAN for a single PAN. You can apply for different TAN for different branches of the same company.
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Who must apply for TAN?
All those persons who are required to deduct tax at source or collect tax at source on behalf of Income Tax Department are required to apply for and obtain TAN.
Why apply for TAN?
The 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. The 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/-.
Why is it necessary to have a TAN?
TAN is required to be quoted in all TDS/TCS returns, all TDS/TCS payment challans and all TDS/TCS certificates to be issued. TDS/TCS returns will not be received if TAN is not quoted and challans for TDS/TCS payments will not be accepted by banks. Failure to apply for TAN or not quoting the same in the specified documents attracts a penalty of Rs. 10,000/-.
Single TAN is to be used in case of deductor who has to deduct tax from different types of payment such as salary interest payment etc.
TAN once allotted can be used for all types of deduction and collection. In other words, it is not necessary to apply for different TAN if the deductor has to deduct tax from different types of payment such as salary, interest payment, etc.