• PAN Card - Permanent Account Number (PAN) in India

    Permanent Account Number or PAN, as it is commonly called, is a means of identifying various taxpayers in the country. PAN is a unique identification number assigned to Indians, mostly to those who pay tax. The PAN system of identification is a computer-based system that assigns unique identification number to every Indian tax paying entity. Through this method, all tax related information for a person is recorded against a single PAN number which acts as the primary key for storage of information. This is shared across the country and hence no two people on tax paying entities can have the same PAN.

    The idea behind PAN is similar to the Social Security Number or SSN used in the United States. SSN in the US is a unique nine-digit number issued to all citizens of the US, permanent and temporary both. Although, the primary aim for SSN creation was to track individuals for social security purposes, it has now become a primary identification number for taxation processes.

    Any PAN issued is valid for the entire lifetime of the PAN holder. This is so majorly because PAN is unaffected by any change of address of the PAN cardholder.

    History of PAN in India

    PAN Card Application(Online/Offline)

    Documents Required for PAN Card

    Tracking PAN Applications and Transactions

    Structure of PAN Card

    Types of PAN Card

    Why is PAN important?

    PAN Card FAQs

    New Design for PAN Card

    The Income Tax Department has prescribed a new format for PAN Cards issued after 1st January, 2017. The changes made to the new PAN Card have been listed below:

    Old Pan Card Design
    Old Pan Card Design
    New Pan Card Design
    New Pan Card Design
    • A Quick Response (QR) code has been printed onto the new PAN Card which will carry details of the card holder. This QR code can be used for verification of data.
    • New sections for the name of the card holder, the card holder’s father’s name, and date of birth have been added.
    • The location of the PAN and the signature of the card holder have been changed.

    History of PAN in India

    Earlier, before the concept of PAN was introduced, there was a GIR number assigned to taxpayers which was basically a manual system and as such was unique only within a ward or under a particular assessing officer. However, the number was not unique at the country level. In the year 1972, the concept of PAN was rolled out by the Indian government and was made statutory under section 139A of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

    The GIR number was allotted by the Assessing Officer to a tax payer and it included the Assessing Officer’s information as well.

    Another problem with the GIR system was that it was not a unique number. A GIR was unique only in that particular ward/circle, resulting in errors or the chances of miscalculations during tax assessment.

    The PAN card in its present form was first introduced in 1972, as a way to overcome these problems. Initially a voluntary process, it was made mandatory for all tax paying individuals in the country in 1976.

    The initial PAN number allotments were made manually, and to avoid duplication, each ward/circle received a certain set of numbers. This series was abandoned in the year 1995 due to a host of problems associated with it.

    In spite of these changes, the first avatar of the PAN card met with some difficulties, as mentioned below:

    • There was no database to maintain records of the PAN number allotted, with very limited information being recorded.
    • There was no centralised authority who issued the PAN cards, resulting in the possibility that different centres could allot the same number to different individuals in the country.
    • The PAN card number was not a permanent one as the number changed depending on the holder’s address.

    PAN Card Application

    As mentioned in the section above, PAN Card Application can be made either online at the NSDL website or by applying at any of the district level PAN agencies. Applications for new PAN allotment as well as those for correction or change of information can all be made by customers. Form 49A is the form that needs to be filled and submitted for application of new PAN.

    Additionally, there are ways to obtain duplicate PAN card in situations where an entity loses or misplaces the PAN card. Indians, foreigners and NRIs all can obtain PAN, although the forms and procedure may vary for each of these entities.

    Application forms for new PAN and reprint of PAN are different. Once, a user makes any of the above applications with regards to PAN, he/she can track the status of PAN application via the acknowledgement number furnished by NSDL.

    A PAN card can be applied for through the NSDL (National Securities Depository Limited) as well as through the UTIISL (UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited). Applicants can submit their PAN card applications either offline or online.

    Online PAN Card Application Process

    The online application process for a PAN card is mentioned below:

    • Visit the TIN NSDL or UTIISL websites and select the ‘New PAN’ option
    • Select Form 49A for Indian citizens (including NRE/NRI/OCI individuals)
    • Fill in the details in the online form, mentioning details such as your full name, address, date of birth, gender, telephone number, income details etc.
    • On filling the form, submit it and pay the processing fee
    • Print the page with the 15 digit acknowledgement and sign in the space provided.
    • Affix passport sized photographs on the acknowledgement, proof of identity and proof of address documents and Demand Draft (if you are paying through DD).
    • The above are to be sent to the NSDL office by post within 15 days of submitting the online application.
    • The PAN will then be sent to the address within 15 working days.

    Offline PAN Card Application Process

    • Download the PAN card application form from the NSDL or UTIISL websites or collect a copy from UTIISL agents.
    • Fill in the form and attach supporting documents (proof of identity, address and photographs)
    • Submit the form and documents to the NSDL office along with the processing fee.
    • The PAN card will be sent to the address mentioned in the form within 15 working days.
    • How Many Days Will It Take To Print And Dispatch Cards (Pan Card Is Under Printing)?
    • As per the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) website, the entire process of printing and dispatching cards takes approximately 15 days. Once the application is submitted for a new PAN card or correction in the existing one, the applicant can track the status of the application using the acknowledgement number. The status can be tracked by following the steps mentioned below:

      • Visit www.tin-nsdl.com.
      • Select ‘PAN’ under the ‘Services’ tab.
      • Next, click on ‘Know Status of Your Application’.
      • Select the application type and provide the acknowledgement number.
      • Enter the captcha code.
      • Click on ‘Submit’.
      • On doing so, the details are provided in the corresponding screen.

    Steps to Procure Duplicate PAN Card if you have Lost Your PAN Card

    PAN or Permanent Account Number is an alphanumeric code consisting of ten digits that is provided to citizens by the Income Tax Department of India. This document is an extremely important proof of identity. However, in case someone loses or damages their PAN card, the steps below should be followed in order to procure a duplicate PAN card.

    • Applicants must visit the official web portal of NSDL and apply for a ‘PAN Change Request’ form and fill in all the details.
    • If applicants wish to procure a new card without changing any details or the PAN number in case they have lost or damaged their original card then after filling all details, they should not select any box on the left of the margin.
    • As long as there are no changes to be made in the PAN card, their address will be updated in the database of ITD based on the address provided in the form.
    • Once this is done, they will have to submit a document of identity proof such as passport or Aadhar number, a document for address proof such as Voter’s ID or utility bills, along with proof of issuance of PAN number such as a photocopy of the damaged/lost PAN card and submit the form.
    • A nominal fee will have to be paid online either through credit card/debit card or net banking after which they will receive an acknowledgement through which they can track the status of their application.

    PAN Card Application Do’s and Don’ts

    • Remember to fill in all the details as per the identity and address proof documents you are submitting.
    • Do get thumb impression attested by a Magistrate/Notary before submitting the form to avoid disqualification.
    • Write the complete address and provide accurate contact details in the form.
    • Do fill in the application form in capital letters.
    • Don’t make corrections or over write anywhere on the form.
    • Do not use initials in the first name or last name columns.
    • Do not apply for a new PAN card if your old PAN card is lost/stolen/defaced.

    Documents required for PAN

    Certain basic documents for proof of address and identity proof are required to be furnished by the PAN applicant. NSDL verifies this information with their central database and rejection of PAN applications is not an uncommon thing when information furnished is incorrect or incomplete.

    PAN Card Forms

    • There are two types of forms for a PAN Card-
    • Form 49A- Form 49A is the PAN Card Application form for all Indian citizens, whether they are residents of India or not. NRI (Non Resident Indians) can also apply for a PAN card using this form.
    • Companies, firms, NGO (Non-Governmental Organisations), partnership firms, local bodies, trusts etc. also have to submit Form 49A when applying for a PAN card.
    • PAN cards for minors and students have to be applied by submitting Form 49A as well.
    • Form 49AA- this form is to be submitted by foreign nationals who are pay tax in the country. Limited Liability companies, firms, trusts, Body of Individuals and Association of Persons registered outside India are to submit Form 49AA duly filled in and signed when applying for a PAN card for tax purposes in India. OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) and NRE (Non Resident Entity) individuals will have to apply for a PAN card using this form.
    • Entities applying for a PAN card by submitting form 49AA will have to submit their passport/OCI/PIO cards in addition to bank account statements from their resident country as proof of address and identity.

    Tracking PAN Applications and Transactions

    • The government has recently unveiled a programme by which it can track transactions made through a PAN card for the purpose of calculating tax. Known as the Income Tax Business Application-Permanent Account Number or ITBAN-PAN, it will enable the Income Tax Department to track every transaction made where a particular PAN number was quoted.
    • All financial transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, liquidation, and amalgamation of PAN as well as dissolution information where a particular PAN card was quoted can be traced through the software.
    • All existing PAN information and the entire database of PAN information has also been moved to this software.

    Issuing of PAN Card

    PAN issuing authority

    Authorized PAN agencies at district level and NSDL (National Securities Depository Limited) are the two issuing authorities that look into PAN applications. Therefore, anyone looking to obtain PAN can either apply physically at any of these district level PAN agencies or apply online at the NSDL website.

    PAN Allotment

    • PAN is issued to customers when they submit their PAN applications via filled form 49A. Assessing officers assess the application details using AIS system on computer and after a round of basic verification, the application is sent to the computer centers, where date is entered using the IPAN system and is then transferred to the central data system in Delhi. Since, central data is with National Computer Center, the taxpayer database is checked for information verification. In case, there is no record of PAN allotted to an entity in the past, then the PAN request is accepted and PAN is allotted.
    • The above mentioned method is when batch allocation of PAN is done through IPAN. Another way is to allot PAN online through AIS. In this method, customer submits form 49A to the Assessing Officer, who does the data entry and verification and sends it to the National Computer Centre which does PAN allocation and sends it back to the AO who in turn send these details to be printed and passed on to the PAN applicant.

    Operating model

    • The process of issuing of PAN works on the PPP model which is Public Private Partnership model. This is so for reasons of economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the PAN issuing model. Income tax department has involved two reputed entities, the NSDL and the UTIITSL (UTI Infrastructure Technology Services Limited) for processing of PAN applications as well as collecting, handling and verifying of personal documents.

    Structure of Pan Card

    Permanent Account Number is effective because of its uniqueness. It is an interesting thing to learn about the structuring of PAN. There is a lot of hidden information that goes into the making of the Permanent Account Number.

    PAN is generated automatically by the online system by taking into account the information furnished by the PAN applicant.

    • First Three Characters

      The first three characters of PAN are a sequence of alphabets from AAA to ZZZ

    • Fourth Character

      The fourth character signifies the type of taxpayer that you are.

      • A — Association of Persons (AOP)
      • B — Body of Individuals (BOI)
      • C — Company
      • F — Firm
      • G — Government
      • H — HUF (Hindu Undivided Family)
      • L — Local Authority
      • J — Artificial Judicial Person
      • P — Individual
      • T — AOP (Trust)
      • K — Krish (Trust krish)

      So if an individual obtains PAN, his/her PAN will have the fourth character as ‘P’ which stands for individual taxpayer.

    • Fifth Character

      The fifth character in PAN is the first letter of your surname. So, if a person is named ‘Rajesh Khanna’, the fifth character of his PAN will be ‘K’

    • Last Character

    Types of PAN Cards

    The Income tax Department has mandated that all tax paying entities register and possess a PAN card. While this applies to individuals, companies, partnership firms, NGO’s as well as foreign firms also come under the purview of this directive.

    As a result, PAN cards are issued for individuals as well as companies.

    PAN Card for Individuals

    A PAN card for individuals is used to keep track and link all financial transactions that attract tax, with the IT department calculating the total taxable amount due on the basis of this data.

    PAN Card for Companies

    A PAN card for organisations is similar to that for individuals, with the exception that there is no photograph on the physical PAN card. Also in lieu of the date of birth mentioned on individual PAN cards, the date of registration of the company/organisation is mentioned.

    PAN for foreign citizens in India

    All foreign citizens who wish to carry out business in India are required to obtain PAN. The procedure for doing so is same as applicable to resident Indians. However, the application form for foreigners is form 49AA . All entities that are eligible to obtain PAN as Indian citizens are also eligible to obtain PAN as foreign citizens. This list includes entities like HUFs, individuals, trusts and so on.

    The IT Department calculates the amount of tax the company/organisation is required to pay through its various transactions, all of which now require quoting the PAN card.

    Old PAN Series

    The first series of PAN was launched in the country, in the year 1972. However, there were certain issues with that series which resulted in the issuing of the current PAN structure than we have.

    • A central database was not maintained and hence, there was absolutely no way to verify multiple PAN allocation to a taxpayer
    • The data that was stored for PAN holders was neither structured well nor did it capture detailed information except a few primary details like name, address etc.
    • PAN was not a permanent number since it depended upon the jurisdiction of the assesse and hence changed when the assesse changed his/her location

    New PAN Series

    The old method of registering taxpayers which involved the General Index Register Number or the GIR was replaced by Permanent Account Number in the year 1972. However, this was the old series of PAN which still needed some improvements and had drawbacks as listed in the section above. Hence, in the year 1995, under an amended section 139A of the Income Tax Act, the new series of PAN was rolled out by the Income Tax Department.

    The new PAN series facilitated the following points which were earlier not included in the old series of PAN –

    • Linking of all tax related information, current as well as past, to a single identification number
    • Easy retrieval of information from the central database. This is because with the launch of the new PAN series, the segregation and recording of data was done more effectively
    • Matching all financial information mapped against a single PAN, so that all loan details, credit and debit details as well as investment details could be tracked to a single customers and thereby reining in tax evasion

    Why is PAN important?

    A PAN card is a document that no taxpayer can do without. Besides being compulsory in order to file your Income Tax returns and to receive a tax refund, a PAN card also serves an accepted proof of identity and has now been made mandatory for a number of transactions of both a business as well as a personal nature. A comprehensive list of the various activities that require a PAN card to complete or authenticate the activity are mentioned below:

    Mandatory uses of PAN

    • PAN needs to be quoted while paying direct taxes
    • While registering a business, PAN information needs to be mandatorily furnished
    • Taxpayers need to input their PAN when paying income tax
    • A lot of financial transactions require PAN information. Some of these transactions are:
      • Sale or purchase of property (immovable) which is valued at Rs.5 lakh or above
      • Sale or purchase of a vehicle except a two-wheeler
      • Payments that are made towards hotels and restaurants and which are above Rs.25,000
      • Payments made in connection with travel requirements to other countries. The amount in this case if it exceeds Rs.25,000, then an individual needs to quote his/her PAN
      • Making payments of more than Rs.50,000 towards bank deposits in a bank
      • Acquiring bonds by paying an amount equal to or greater than Rs.50,000
      • Payments made for more than Rs.5 lakhs towards purchase of jewellery and bullion also require PAN information of the purchaser to be furnished
      • Any purchase of mutual fund schemes
      • Any amount greater than Rs,50,000 used towards purchasing shares
      • Any payment of more than Rs.50,000 made towards acquiring an insurance policy needs PAN information of the policyholder
      • To Remit money out of India
      • Pan information is required for transfer of funds from NRE to NRO account

    General uses/advantages of PAN

    • Since PAN card contains information like Name, Age and photograph, it can be used throughout the country as a valid identity proof
    • PAN is the best possible way to keep track of your tax payment. Otherwise, you might be required to pay it multiples times since your tax payment cannot be verified
    • Since, PAN is unique for every entity and hence, misuse of the same is almost impossible for purposes of tax evasion etc.
    • PAN card can be used as a document that is required to avail connections like electricity, telephone, LPG and internet.
    • PAN is a unique identification number assigned to taxpayers and hence it is used to track all financial information like payment of taxes, investments made and debt liability of an entity, to a single customer.

    Concepts Similar to PAN Card

    The concept of a PAN card, or a unique number assigned to every tax paying entity is not a new concept. In fact, there are a number of similar such utilities that are used for tax purposes.

    TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number) - This is a unique 10 digit number that is issued to individuals and entities who have to collect or deduct tax on payments they made as part of tax Deducted at Source (TDS) under the Income Tax Act.

    The TAN has to be quoted when applying for TDS or Tax Collected at Source (TCS) challans made to disburse the refund as well as on certificates. Failure to quote the TAN would result in a fine of Rs. 10, 000.

    TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) - A TIN number is a unique 11 digit number that is used to identify dealers who are registered under the Value Added Tax. Allotted by individual states, it is compulsory for all manufacturers, traders and dealers to register for a TIN number. This number is to be quoted when generating invoices, orders or quotations by both the issuing as well as the receiving company.

    It is also used to identify assesses under the Income tax Act of 1961.

    Who is allotted a Permanent Account Number?

    PAN is allotted to people who fall under any of the following categories.

    Under section 139A of the Income Tax Act, following are the taxpaying entities that are required to have a Permanent Account Number:

    • Any person who has paid tax or is liable to pay tax to the Income Tax Department
    • Any person who is carrying out a business or professional practice which earns him an yearly turnover of Rs,5,00,000 or more in the previous year of assessment
    • All kinds of trusts in the country
    • Importers and exporters who are liable to pay any form of tax or duty charges as per the Income Tax Act or as per any other law, currently in force

    PAN is supposed to be applied for by all tax paying entities including individuals, HUFs, partnerships, companies, body of individuals, trusts etc. Also, PAN is furnished by the Income Tax Department for other similar entities like minors, judicial persons, firms, Krish etc. Also.

    At the time of allotment of PAN to an entity, PAN card too is furnished by the Income Tax Department. While PAN is a unique identification number, PAN card is a physical card that has your PAN details as well as name, age and photograph. Copies of this card are submitted by entities for various transactions when required.

    What Happens If I Don’t Have a PAN Card?

    If your income falls into a taxable bracket, not having a PAN card would result in:

    You paying a flat 30% tax on your earnings and wealth, as stipulated by the Income Tax Department of India. This rule applies to individuals, companies and all entities eligible for tax, including foreign nationals and firms registered outside India.

    Not having a PAN card will mean you will be unable to purchase a motor vehicle, buy immovable property worth over Rs. 10 lakh, and open an account with any bank in the country among other activities.

    Businesses too will be charged TDS at a flat 30% and will be unable to conduct a large chunk of their activities since quoting PAN has now become mandatory for everything from purchasing land in India to rendering any sort of professional services in the country.

    PAN Card FAQs

    1. How do I apply for a PAN Card?

      You can submit an application for PAN Card either online at the NSDL website, https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pan/ or through any of the NSDL PAN Centres/TIN Facilitation Centres. You will be required to fill up the PAN application form ‘Application for Allotment of Permanent Account Number’.

      Form 49A pertains to Indian citizens and Form 49AA is for foreign nationals.

    2. Where do I get the PAN application form?

      The PAN application form is available at any NSDL TIN Facilitation Centre (TIN-FC) or PAN Centre. Certain stationary vendors also provide the form to applicants. Alternatively, you can download the form from the NSDL-TIN website at the page, https://www.tin-nsdl.com/downloads/pan/downloads-pan.html

    3. To procure a PAN Card, can I write an application on plain paper?

      No, it is not possible to apply for PAN Card through a handwritten application. The application is only accepted in the format notified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. The forms pertaining to the same are:

      • For Indian citizens, Form 49A
      • For foreign citizens, Form 49AA
    4. Are there any charges that I would have to pay for the PAN Card application form?

      No, the form is available free of any charges.

    5. Where should the PAN Card application form be submitted?

      The PAN Card application form, once duly filled in and self-attested, can be submitted along with all relevant documents to any one of the PAN Centres or TIN-FCs that are managed by NSDL e-Gov.

      If you have submitted a PAN Card application online, you should take a printout of the application form, sign it and affix a recent photograph. Then you should send this form along with supporting documentation to the address below:

      Income Tax PAN Services Unit

      (Managed by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited)

      5th Floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341,

      Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony,

      Near Deep Bungalow Chowk,

      Pune - 411 016

    6. Will I get an acknowledgement when I submit my PAN application form at a TIN-FC?

      Yes, you will receive an acknowledgement that contains a unique 15-digit number.

    7. When I submit Form 49A for PAN Card, what are the charges that I have to bear?

      If your address is within India, then the PAN Card processing fee is Rs.110, i.e., Rs.93 (application fee) + 18% GST.

      If your address is outside India, the PAN Card processing fee is Rs.1,020, i.e., Rs.93 (application fee) + Rs.771 (dispatch charges) + 18% GST.

    8. How should I update the PAN application form?

      The application form for PAN Card should be updated legibly in English. You should use capital letters and black ink (preferably) to update details. Make sure that you read all instructions carefully before filling up the form.

    9. Is it necessary to include father’s name in the application form for a female who is married/widow/divorced?

      All female applicants should include only their father’s name in the PAN application form, irrespective of their marital status. The form does not need to be updated with the husband’s name.

    10. What are the documents that I should submit along with my PAN Card application form?

      You will have to submit the documents mentioned below along with your PAN application:

      • Proof of address (POA)
      • Proof of identity (POI)
      • Proof of date of birth (PODB). This is relevant only for individual and HUF applicants.
    11. Is it necessary to furnish 2 photos for the application?

      Yes, if you are an ‘Individual’ applicant, you should affix 2 recent colour photos with white background in the form. The size of the photos should be 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm. The photographs should not be clipped or stapled to the form. The applicant is required to sign across the photograph such that a part of the sign is on the photo and the rest is on the form. The image clarity on the PAN Card will depend on the clarity and quality of the photograph that you affix on the application form.

    12. Should I mention my email ID or telephone number on the form?

      It is mandated for all applicants to provide either their email ID or telephone number in the PAN application form, so that they can be contacted in the event of a discrepancy. It is also useful when the applicant receives the PAN through email.

      • If the landline number of the applicant is provided, the country code and STD code should be mentioned. If the mobile number is given, the country code should be stated.
      • If the email ID of the applicant is furnished, the PAN will be sent to him/her through email.
    13. How do I check the status of my PAN Card application?
      1. To check the status of your PAN application, you can visit the NSDL-TIN website and click on the “Status track” menu option. Provide your unique 15-digit acknowledgement number to get the status. You can only check the status after 3 days from the date of application.
      2. You can also get the application status through SMS using your mobile phone. You have to type "NSDLPAN" followed by the 15-digit acknowledgement number. This message should be sent to 57575 to receive the application status in an SMS.
      3. Another way in which you can check your application status is through Interactive Voice Response (IVR). For this, you can contact the call centre of the tax information network of the Income Tax Department at the number, 020-27218080.
    14. What is the application process for individuals who are unable to sign?

      In such a scenario, the left hand thumb impression of the applicant can be provided at the place meant for the signature in the PAN application form. This should further be attested by a Notary Public, a Gazetted officer, or a Magistrate with an official stamp and seal.

    15. How can I change the photograph on my PAN Card?

      If the photo on your PAN Card is unclear, then you can get the PAN Card replaced with a photograph of better quality and clarity. This facility is available as part of “Correction of PAN Card” requests. This request is similar to that for name change and change in date of birth. You can visit the website, https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pan/ and fill up an application form, i.e., ‘PAN card change request form’. The relevant documents should be sent to the address mentioned in the form.

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    • Father’s Name No Longer Compulsory For Pan Application

      A major change has been announced by the Indian Income Tax Department. Until now, all PAN card applicants had to provide the name of their father in order to obtain the card. The IT Department has amended this and it is no longer compulsory to provide the father’s name. This is provided the mother of the applicant is a single parent. This move has been hailed as a relief for those who would like to provide the name of their mother instead of a deceased or estranged father. Applicants can begin using this option from 5 December 2018.

      21 November 2018

    • 7 MPs and 199 MLAs from the country have not declared their PAN

      As per the Association of Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch which recently analysed the PAN details of as many as 542 sitting MPs and 4086 MLAs. During the analysis, it was found that 7 sitting MPs and 199 MLAs have not declared their PAN details.

      Of the total number of MLAs who have not declared their PANs, the highest number of MLAs which is 51 belong to the Congress party. They are followed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has 42 MLAs and CPM which has 25 MLAs.

      From the poll-bound states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, as many as 15 MLAs have not furnished declared their PAN details in the election form. Of them, 7 (seven) belong from the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) while 3 (three) are from the Telugu Desam (TD) party.

      29 October 2018

    • Digilocker Can Be Used By Passengers To Show Documents As Id Proofs

      There is some good news for air passengers as they can now show identity proofs like PAN card, Aadhaar card, and driving license from their digital locker to enter an airport in the country. The order has been issued by Kumar Rajesh Chandra, the chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). The order issued by the BCAS chief added that the documents uploaded by the air passengers himself or herself will not be taken into account as valid identity proof. It needs to be mentioned that the entire matter of acceptance of Aadhaar, PAN, and driving license as valid ID proof when presented from the digital locker was examined after a request was made by the National e-governance Division, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

      It is noteworthy to mention here many airports in the country are looking to do away with the boarding pass system. As part of the new system which is expected to be rolled out soon, passengers will get security clearance just by looking into the automated facial recognition system that airports plan to install for the passenger boarding process. The move is expected to be rolled out in the country in a phase-wise manner where the system first put in place in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru.

      10 October 2018

    • Verdict On Aadhaar Validity On Wednesday

      A five-judge constitution bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is set to deliver its judgement on Aadhaar validity on Wednesday. It needs to be mentioned that 31 petitions had been filed regarding Aadhaar on the grounds that it violated the right to privacy of citizens. The constitution bench of the Supreme court comprises of Justices A.K Sikri, A.M Khanwilkar, D.Y Chandrachud, and Ashok Bhushan apart from the CJI. The judgement of the bench is expected to have implications regarding linking of Aadhaar to government welfare and financial inclusion schemes, PAN cards, bank accounts as well as UID authentication by private entities. The verdict is expected to address concerns over exclusion, privacy, and security with regard to the storage and use of biometric data. It needs to be mentioned that the government has stated that Aadhaar linkage will help in curbing tax evasion and enable authorities in detecting multiple PAN cards and fictitious bank accounts.

      On Wednesday, the Supreme Court would also deliver verdicts on whether to refer to a seven-judge bench the request for reconsideration of the 2006 judgement in the Nagraj case, PILs seeking live streaming of court proceedings among others.

      27 September 2018

    • NSDL Directed To Pay Rs.5,000 As Compensation And Litigation Expenses

      National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) which is entrusted by the Income Tax Department for processing PAN applications has been directed to pay Rs.5000 to a PAN card applicant. The order has been passed by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum after the agency delivered the PAN card to the applicant after a year of filing the application. Of the total amount, Rs.3,000 was asked to be paid as compensation while Rs.2,000 as litigation expenses. It needs to be mentioned that the applicant named Sonia Rajput had applied for the Permanent Account Number on 23 August 2017 and received the card on 5 September 2017.

      The applicant claimed that the agency had assured her that the PAN would be delivered to her within 10 days. She added that the agency failed to provide the card even when she filed a complaint. NSDL in its response said that the application was processed and forwarded to the IT department of September 4 after which the PAN was printed and dispatched to the address mentioned in the form on October 3. However, the postal department had returned the card on October 13 to the department with the remarks ‘undelivered’. The forum, however, was not satisfied with the reply as the agency could not produce any evidence to prove it.

      25 September 2018

    • Pan Card Scam Unearthed By It Department

      A PAN card scam has been unearthed by the Ludhiana-based principal directorate of income tax (investigation), Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. As part of the scam, a father-son duo from Ludhiana had got six such cards in their names. The cards were availed by the duo by jumbling up their names and date of births to get multiple PAN cards. However, the address mentioned in the form was the same in all the application forms.

      The duo named Jagmohan Garg and Umesh Garg have firms in Mochpura Bazar under the names of Garg Wool Store and Garg Woolen Mills. Sources in the department have informed that Jagmohan Garg had two PAN cards in their name while his son Umesh Garg had four PAN cards issued in his name. The scam came to notice when a team from the IT department had surveyed two firms which were owned by the brother of Umesh Garg on August 30. The survey found that the businessmen had allegedly deposited Rs.10 crore in different bank accounts during the period of demonetization claiming that the money which was deposited were proceeds from sales. However, when the sales were investigated the transactions were found to be dubious. Given this, the officials of the department suspect that the duo was running a nexus of converting black money of other people during the period of demonetization. The IT department is contemplating imposing a hefty penalty on the father-son duo as well as writing to NSDL and UTIITSL to get access to the identity and address proofs used for availing the multiple PAN cards.

      21 September 2018

    • Individuals can apply for a PAN and access its services via the UMANG app

      UMANG app, which is the one-stop shop to access more than 300 government services has started providing PAN cards. The 10-digit PAN is required by individuals for carrying out financial transactions and filing income tax returns. Apart from applying for a PAN card, individuals will be able to access other PAN-related services via the app. The services which can be used by individuals via the app are the correction in the PAN card details, knowing the location of nearest PAN centres, and making PAN card payments. Apart from this, individuals would also be able to track the PAN card application using the application number or PAN through the app. It needs to be mentioned that PAN is issued by the Income Tax department which functions under the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

      18 September 2018

    • Father’s Name Might Not Remain A Must While Applying For Pan

      A draft notification has proposed that the father’s name is removed as mandatory in rule 114 of the Income Tax rules when it comes to women who are a single parent. The development takes place after the Income Tax Department had received a number of representations asking for relaxation in the existing rules with regard to the father’s name in the PAN application. It needs to be mentioned that due to the existing rules, women who are a single parent have faced a lot of difficulties when their children apply for a PAN. The draft notification has also proposed to amend the Income Tax rules that specify the timeline for making a PAN application and the issuance of it. Individuals can send in their comments and suggestions on the draft notification by 17 September 2018. It is noteworthy to mention that Rule 114 of the Income Tax Rules, 1962 provides the manner in which an application for allotment of a Permanent Account Number (PAN) can be made.

      5 September 2018

    • Things To Do When An Individual Possesses More Than One Pan Card

      PAN or Permanent Account Number is required by all individuals who earn taxable income in the country. As per law, possessing more than one PAN card is a punishable offence and can result in a hefty fine as well as be jailed for a certain period of time. An individual can end up with multiple PAN cards due to a variety of reasons like filing multiple PAN card applications, malicious intent, lack of knowledge etc. Here, we take a look at what individuals need to do if they possess more than one PAN card in their name. The best thing to do for an individual who possesses more than one PAN card is to surrender the additional PAN cards by using the online or offline method. To surrender the additional cards online, the applicant is required to follow the steps mentioned below:

      • Visit the official website of Income tax department.

      •Enter the details such as name, contact number, date of birth, address etc

      •Next, key in the PAN that is to be retained

      •Click ‘Submit’

      While to manually submit the additional PAN cards in one’s name, the individual needs to fill in the PAN change request application form and submit it to the assessing officer of the jurisdiction the individual falls in. In the form the individual is needed to provide the details of all the PANs that he/she wishes to surrender.

      28 August 2018

    • India Get Its First Bilingual Pan Card Agency

      India has received its first bilingual PAN card agency through which applicants can apply for the 10-digit alphanumeric number as per a report published in The New Indian Express. With the help of the bilingual PAN agency, applicants from different parts of the country will be able fill the application form in the language that they are comfortable in. If applicants wish to apply in English, they can visit www.pancardapply.org.in while for applying in Hindi one needs to visit www.pancardapply.co.in. It needs to be mentioned here that the PAN card is required by individuals to carry out financial transactions that are beyond the permitted limit as well as to file their income tax.

      20 July 2018

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