Meaning of TAN
TAN is a term that comes under Section 203A of the Income Tax (1961). It is a unique 10-digit code issued to you by the IT department if you are required to deduct tax at a source or collect tax at a source.
The primary purpose of TAN is to identify the tax deductor or collector and ensure that their tax payments are credited to the correct account. Therefore, the TAN registration number is quoted on all TDS/TCS returns, challans, and certificates submitted to the Income Tax Department.
TAN has a unique structure and helps streamline the tax deduction and collection process.
- The first 4 characters are alphabets, followed by 5 digits in binary form, and the last character is again an alphabet.
- The first 3 alphabets of the TAN represent the authority codes.
- The initial alphabet of the 4th digit of the TAN represents the name of the TAN holder, which can be an individual or a business entity.
Documents Required for TAN Registration
To complete TAN registration on the Income Tax Portal, you must provide a few mandatory documents as per the income tax regulations. These documents are proof of identity, address, and other relevant details required for TAN registration.
- Aadhaar Card
- PAN Card
- Personal details and signature
- Incorporation certificate of LLP and firms
- Acknowledgement slip