In India, a Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN) is a 10 digit alphanumeric number issued to persons who are required to deduct or collect tax on payments made by them under the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961.

The Tax Deducted at Source on payments made by assessees is deposited under the TAN to enable the assessees who have received the payments to claim the tax deducted in their income tax return.

  • TAN structure is as follows: ANBA99999B: First four characters are letters, next five are numerals, and last character is a letter.
  • Each tax deductor is uniquely identified by a TAN.
  • The first three characters represent the city or state where the TAN was issued.
  • And the next 5 characters are numerics.