TAN is the shortening of the Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number.
It is an alphanumeric number of 10 digit authorized by the IT Department. Applicants must have TAN who are responsible for deputing source tax (TDS) or collecting source tax (TCS).
Layout of TAN
In the 10 digit of TAN, the first four-digit are alphabets, the next 5 digits are in numeric pattern and an alphabet at the last. The first 3 digit of the TAN represents the Jurisdiction Code, the fourth alphabet represents the name of the applicant. The TAN holder can be a firm, company etc. The last letter is a random one.
Under Section 203 A of the Income Tax Act, the individual who deducts or collects tax should request for Tax Deduction/Collection Number. An amount of Rs 10,000 will be charged to the applicant if he/she fails to apply for TAN and fails to comply with the rules set out in the Section.
Individuals that manage the deduction and collection of payment tax are allowed to know their tax deduction/collection account number.
Applicants can verify online, by name or by number. Below are the step by step tutorial to complete the process of your TAN Verification.
Online TAN Verification can be done via Incometax eFiling Portal either through TAN Number or by the Name.