PAN Card - Permanent Account Number (PAN) in India

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Permanent Account Number or PAN is a means of identifying various taxpayers in the country. PAN is a 10-digit unique identification alphanumeric number (containing both alphabets and numbers) 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.

When PAN is allotted to an entity, PAN Card too is given by the Income Tax Department. While PAN is a number, PAN Card is a physical card that has your PAN as well as name, date of birth (DoB), and photograph. Copies of this card can be submitted as proof of identity or DoB.

Your PAN Card is valid for lifetime because it is unaffected by any change in address.

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How to Apply for PAN Card

PAN Card applicationcan be made online on one of the following websites:

You can also apply offline at any of the district-level PAN agencies. You can apply for a new PAN as well as make correction or change information yourself. You can even request for a duplicate PAN Card or reprint the card if you lose the original.

For new PAN, Indian citizens and NRIs (including companies, NGOs, partnership firms, local bodies, trusts, etc.) need to fill Form 49A. Foreigners and foreign entities need to use Form 49AA. These forms, along with all the required documents for PAN, should be submitted to the Income Tax PAN Services Unit.

Once you apply for a new or duplicate PAN, or request for corrections/changes, you can track the status of PANapplication via the acknowledgement number provided.

As per the NSDL website, the entire process of printing and dispatching cards takes approximately 2 weeks or 14 days.

PAN Card Application Do's and Don'ts

  • Fill in all the details as per the identity and address proof documents you are submitting.
  • Get your 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.
  • 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. Request for a duplicate PAN instead.

Why Is PAN Important? – Uses and Benefits of Having PAN Card

PAN Card is important for taxpayers as it is necessary for all financial transactions and is used to track the inflow and outflow of your money. It is important when paying income tax, receiving tax refunds, and receiving communication from the Income Tax Department.

The Indian Budget 2019 proposed that individuals who do not have a PAN can use their Aadhaar number to file returns and for any other purpose where PAN was earlier mandatory. This means that if you have not linked your PAN with Aadhaar yet, or do not have a PAN but have an Aadhaar, you don't have to either link PAN and Aadhaar, or apply for a new PAN. However, the rules about this are still in the process of creation/updation/approval.

That said, PAN continues to be necessary for a large number of monetary transactions. PAN Card also serves as a proof of identity. Given below are some of the uses and advantages of having a PAN.

Uses of PAN in Financial Transactions

  • PAN needs to be quoted while paying direct taxes.
  • Taxpayers need to input their PAN when paying income tax.
  • While registering a business, PAN information needs to be furnished.
  • 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 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 you need to quote your PAN
    • Payments of more than Rs.50,000 towards bank deposits
    • Purchase of bonds worth Rs.50,000 or more
    • Purchase of shares worth Rs.50,000 or more
    • Purchase of insurance policy worth Rs.50,000 or more
    • Purchase of mutual fund schemes
    • Payments made for more than Rs.5 lakh towards purchase of jewellery and bullion
    • To remit money out of India
    • Transfer of funds from NRE to NRO account

General Uses/Advantages of Having PAN

  • Since PAN Card contains information such as 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, its misuse is almost impossible for purposes of tax evasion or other devious means.
  • PAN Card can be used to avail utility connections such as electricity, telephone, LPG, and internet.

Who Should Get PAN? – PAN Card Eligibility

Under section 139A of the Income Tax Act, the following taxpaying entities 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. This will be decided based on the tax slabs.
  • Any person who is carrying out a business or professional practice which earns him a yearly turnover of more than Rs.5 lakh in any year of assessment.
  • 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 prevalent law
  • All kinds of trusts, charitable organisations, and associations.

All tax paying entities – minors, individuals, HUFs, partnerships, companies, body of individuals, trusts, and others – should apply for PAN.

Tracking PAN Transactions

The government 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.

What Happens If You Don't Have PAN Card?

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

  • 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 being able to purchase a motor vehicle, buy immovable property worth over Rs. 10 lakh, or open a bank account, among other activities.
  • Businesses unable to conduct a large chunk of their financial activities and procurement.

*Please note that these rules may change once Aadhaar and PAN become interchangeable.

New Design of PAN Cards

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

  • 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.

The Cost of PAN Application

An individual can make an online application for his or her PAN card. This can be done through the NSDL website or the UTITSL portal. The cost of application for PAN can be summed as follows:

  • For Indian communication address: Rs.93 (excluding GST)
  • For foreign communication address: Rs.864 (excluding GST)

Who Issues PAN Card?

PAN Card is issued by the Income Tax Department with help from authorised district-level PAN agencies, UTI ITSL (UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited), and NSDL (National Securities Depository Limited). There are several TIN-Facilitation Centres and PAN centres across the country, run by NSDL that help citizens get their PAN Card.

The process of issuing of PAN works on the PPP (Public Private Partnership) model. This is done to maintain economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of managing, processing, and issuing PAN applications.

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How is PAN Allotted?

  • Once you submit your PAN application with the filled-up form and supporting documents, the PAN Centre verifies it against the original documents.
  • For online process, you need to submit the form online and then send self-attested photocopies of the documents to NSDL, Pune.
  • Assessing Officers assess the application details. Your details will be cross-verified against the details of existing PAN Card holders in the central database.
  • In case there is no record of a previous PAN allotted to you, then the request is accepted and processed. A PAN is allotted to you as per your taxpayer classification.

What Do the Alphabets and Numbers on Your PAN Mean?

Your Permanent Account Number is not a series of random numbers and letters. The structure of PAN is actually quite interesting. Here's what each component of PAN means:

  • First Three Characters: These 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/Limited Liability Partnership
    • G - Government Agency
    • H - HUF (Hindu Undivided Family)
    • L - Local Authority
    • J - Artificial Judicial Person
    • P - Individual
    • T - Trust
  • 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'.
  • Sixth to Ninth Characters: This is from a sequence of numbers between 0001 and 9999.
  • Last Characters: This is an alphabet check letter.

Types of PAN Cards

PAN cards are issued to different tax-paying entities. Based on that, the types of PAN are:

  1. PAN Card for Indian Individuals
  2. PAN Card for Indian Companies
  3. PAN for Foreign Citizens
  4. PAN for Foreign Companies

PAN Cards issued to individuals have the person's photograph, name, father's name, date of birth, signature, an authenticity hologram, QR Code, date of issue of the PAN, and the Permanent Account Number. PAN Cards issued to companies have the name of the company, its date of registration, the PAN number, hologram, QR Code, and date of issue of PAN. It will not have a photograph or signature.

History of PAN in India

Before the concept of PAN was introduced, there was a GIR number assigned to taxpayers. This was basically a manual system and was unique only within a ward or under a particular assessing officer. However, the number was not unique at the country level. Since GIR unique not unique, there could be higher chances of miscalculation and errors, or cases of mistaken identity during tax assessment.

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

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. Initially a voluntary process, PAN was made mandatory for all tax paying individuals 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.

Structure of PAN Card

As per the guidelines of Know Your Customer or KYC, the details furnished on a PAN card are as follows:

1) Name of the cardholder

2) Father’s name of the cardholder

3) Date of Birth of the cardholder

4) 10-character alphanumeric Permanent Account Number or PAN

5) Signature of the cardholder

6) Photograph of the cardholder

7) The PAN card also comes with the logo and hologram of the Government of India along with a tag of the Income Tax Department (ITD).

Understanding the Permanent Account Number (PAN)

As mentioned above, the PAN is a combination of 10 characters. This combination can be explained as follows:

  • The first 3 characters are alphabetic and can be any combination from the English alphabet.
  • The fourth character is also an alphabet which denotes the category of the taxpayer. The categories are as follows:
    • A – Association of Persons
    • B – Body of Individuals
    • C – Company
    • F – Firms
    • G – Government
    • H – Hindu Undivided Family
    • L – Local Authority
    • J – Artificial Judicial Person
    • P – Individual
    • T – Association of Persons for a Trust
  • The fifth character is also an alphabet and it denotes the first character of the cardholder’s surname.
  • The next four characters are numeric and are random in nature.
  • The last character is an alphabet again.

Old PAN Series

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 number was not a permanent one as the number changed depending on the holder's address.

New PAN Series

In 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. 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 and thereby help prevent tax evasion.

Concepts Similar to PAN Card

The concept of PAN, 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 made as part of tax Deducted at Source (TDS) under the Income Tax Act. 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) - TIN number is a unique 11-digit number that is used to identify dealers who are registered under 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.

Permanent Account Number (PAN) for e-KYC

You can use your PAN for e-KYC. e-KYC is a major requirement which is asked for by most service providers and it offers a number of benefits. Some of the benefits of the PAN e-KYC can be summed up as follows:

1) Quick processing: With the help of PAN e-KYC, you can share information with a service provider within a few minutes through dedicated and secured channels. This helps in making the processing quicker.

2) Hassle-free: As it is a paperless process, the PAN e-KYC enable hassle-free management of documents and information.

3) Authorisation: The data which is shared through PAN e-KYC is authentic data. This data is legal and nationally acceptable for the parties who are involved in the transaction.

4) Secured data: The data transferred between the cardholder and the service provider cannot be tampered as they are transferred through secure channels only. In addition to that, the data cannot be used without the consent of both the parties who are involved in this process.

However, it is mandatory to link your Aadhaar and your PAN for the purpose of e-KYC and verification which helps you avail the services and benefits from different service providers.

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PAN Card FAQs

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 stationery vendors also provide the form to applicants. Alternatively, you can download the form from the NSDL-TIN website: https://www.tin-nsdl.com/downloads/pan/downloads-pan.html

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

How should I fill the PAN application form?

The application form for PAN Card should be filled 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.

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.

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.

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.

What is the application process for individuals who do not know how 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 the 'PAN card change request form'. The relevant documents should be sent to the address mentioned in the form.

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  • Free PAN card now available in 10 minutes

    A new facility has been launched by the Income Tax Department for taxpayers wherein a free instant Permanent Account Number (PAN) card using just their Aadhaar number online. The process earlier would take days and required a 2-page application form. In the latest e-application form, after filling in the Aadhaar number, a One Time Password (OTP) is sent to the registered mobile number to complete the electronic Know Your Customer (e-KYC) process. The PAN is issued within 10 minutes of submission. However, if a laminated PAN card is required, the applicant must pay Rs.50. It can be also be downloaded for free in the PDF format. If the email address is registered with the Aadhaar database, then the PDF of the PAN will be sent to the registered email address.

    This facility is only available to those who have not been issued with a PAN before. To avail this facility, the mobile number will have to be linked with the Aadhaar and the date of birth should be listed in full on the Aadhaar card in the DD-MM-YYYY format.

    28 February 2020

  • Gauhati High Court reiterates PAN do not constitute proof of citizenship

    Gauhati High Court while dismissing the citizenship claim of one Jabeda Begum stating that the PAN card does not constitute proof of citizenship. A division bench comprising justices Manojit Bhuyan and PJ Saikia dismissed the writ petition filed by Begum stating that the documents submitted by her do not prove her linkage to her father and brother.

    It needs to be mentioned here that the applicant submitted 14 documents including the PAN challenging an order of the Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) in Baksa district which issued a notice to prove her citizenship on the basis of a reference made by the Superintendent of Police (Border). While appearing before the tribunal Jabeda Begum had filed her written statement along with documents like PAN, ration card, bank passbooks, NRC details of her father, voter lists where the names of her grandparents, parents and husband are published, several land revenue receipts as well as two certificates by the village head.

    It must be noted here that the tribunal had rejected the proofs as they failed to link her with the projected parents.

    19 February 2020

  • It only takes a few minutes to get e-PAN, here’s how

    Getting a PAN card has become very easy now that the government has introduced a new system. All you have to do to avail your e-PAN is visit the website of the income tax department. When you visit the portal, your Aadhaar number will have to be entered so that your PAN can be created immediately. Moreover, this will also give easy access of your PAN to the department. Once you enter your Aadhaar number when applying for the e-PAN, you will receive a One-Time Password on your registered mobile number following which the verification of your Aadhaar details will take place and a PAN will be issued to you. The PAN can be downloaded easily from the portal. This new system which allows people to avail their e-PAN with such ease is expected to benefit not only applicants, nut also the country’s various departments. PAN-Aadhaar linking has been made compulsory by the government, with the last date to do so being set on the 31st of March this year.

    9 February 2020

  • Facility to issue online PAN instantly on furnishing Aadhaar details to be rolled out this month

    Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey has informed that the government will roll out the facility to issue online PAN cards instantly on furnishing of Aadhaar details from this month. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech had proposed to launch a system under which the Permanent Account Number (PAN) shall be allotted to the applicant on the basis of their Aadhaar details. The move was proposed to further ease the process of allotment of PAN.

    Shedding light on how the facility will work, Pandey said that applicants will need to visit the income tax website and enter the Aadhaar number. On doing so, a one-time password will be sent to the registered mobile number which needs to be entered to verify the Aadhaar details. Post successful verification, the e-PAN shall be allotted to the applicant instantly.

    The move will help the applicant in getting rid of the hassle of filling up the application form and submitting it to the tax department. It will also ease the process of tax administration of sending PAN cards to the residential address of the applicant.

    6 February 2020

  • Instant PAN cards in the offing

    The Income Tax Department may soon generate instant PAN cards, saving applicants from a long process of filling in application forms and waiting to get their PAN card. This was proposed by the Finance Minister during the Union Budget speech. The instant online allotment of PAN will be based on the Aadhaar card details, thus negating the need to fill up additional forms. In last year’s budget, the interchangeability of Aadhaar with PAN was introduced along with new rules. Following that announcement, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had amended more than 100 application forms so that the Aadhaar number could be mentioned instead of the PAN. However, this is only applicable for those who have linked their Aadhaar with their PAN.

    5 February 2020

  • You can now apply for a PAN Card without filling a detailed application form

    A new system will soon be introduced by the Income Tax Department where you will be able to apply for a new PAN Card without having to fil any detailed application form. However, you can avail this facility if you hold a valid Aadhaar Card.

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during the presentation of Budget 2020 said that Aadhaar based verification of taxpayers will be introduced in order to make the whole process of filing taxes easy and convenient.

    Aadhaar and PAN are two very important documents which you require while filing taxes. Hence, you will have to link your PAN with your Aadhaar by 31 March 2020.

    3 February 2020

  • PAN will remain operative until SC judgment is passed

    Under the Income Tax Act’s Section 139AA, every individual with a PAN (Permanent Account Number) along with the eligibility to get Aadhaar is expected to intimate their Aadhaar number to the department of income tax. Failure to do so will mean that their PAN will become inoperative. The government has extended the deadline multiple times in the recent past, and the last day to linking your PAN with your Aadhaar is now March 31, 2020. However, the Gujarat High Court passed a judgment according to which an applicant’s PAN will continue to remain operative and he/she will not be considered to have defaulted in case his/her PAN and Aadhaar is not linked until a judgment is passed by the Supreme Court. In case you have not yet linked your PAN and your Aadhaar, do it before the end of March as failure to do so before the last day could result in your PAN becoming inoperative.

    24 January 2020

  • PAN details dropped from NPR form

    The National Population Register will not feature PAN details on its form. Results of a survey revealed that 80% of respondents were hesitant to reveal their PAN details. The survey was conducted across 73 districts with over 30 lakh individuals. The NPR exercise will commence on 1 April. Other details will be voluntary, such as Aadhaar number, voter identity card number, and driving license number. In the revised form, there will be a column to list the mother tongue. There was a total of 14 questions in the census of 2011. This was increased to 21 in the test census that was conducted in 2019. Officials stated that an electronic database has been created under the NPR which has 119 crore usual residents of India in it.

    16 January 2020

  • Rs.10,000 fine for listing wrong PAN card number

    There may be a penalty imposed under Section 272B of the Income Tax Act 1961 for giving the wrong Permanent Account Number (PAN) which is a 10-digit alphanumeric number. The fine imposed by the Income Tax Department for this is Rs.10,000 from now on. This is applicable if the number is wrongly listed in financial transactions where quoting the PAN card number is mandatory and also if quoted wrong when filing income tax returns. The IT department has listed 20 cases where quoting of the PAN card number is mandatory which includes scenarios such as opening a bank account and buying bonds, shares, debentures, and mutual funds that exceed Rs.10,000 in value. However, in situations where people don’t remember or don’t have access to their PAN number, they can list their Aadhaar number instead. If this too is wrong, however, then the Rs.10,000 file would have to be paid. The Rs.10,000 penalty is also applicable if a person is found to have more than one PAN card number. Copies of the same PAN card is permissible. Anyone who has more than one PAN card number will have to surrender the extras. Also, if PAN cards are not linked to Aadhaar by the end of this year, the returns will be deemed invalid. 

    11 November 2019

  • CBDT Plans for FY20: Reduce PAN Card Errors, Add New Tax Filers

    The Central Board of Direct Tax (CBDT) has drawn up an action plan for FY20 with key priorities being reducing PAN card errors and increasing the number of tax filers.

    As part of this plan, the CBDT is also planning on scrutinising high value transactions, where investors have been entering incorrect PAN numbers to avoid paying tax. Such transactions result in ‘PAN not available’ errors.

    Since there is no penalty for providing incorrect PAN, there have been a number of cases where such tactics have been used to dodge taxes applicable on such transactions. This also results in TDS mismatches.

    To counter such cases, the CBDT is likely to insist on furnishing of a valid PAN for high value transactions in an effort to minimise TDS mismatches. This could also help in identifying new assessees, increasing tax revenue.

    11 July 2019

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