All About AO Codes for PAN

When someone applies for a new PAN card, there is one part of the application that asks them to enter an AO code. It is asked for right at the top of the pan application form. AO Code consists of four elements Area Code, AO Type, Range Code, and AO Number. AO Code is meant to identify the tax jurisdiction that the applicant will fall under. The abbreviation AO stands for Assessing Officer.

The importance of an AO Code and determining the jurisdiction is directly linked to taxation, since these codes tell the appropriate authorities what tax laws apply to a person. If the person is a resident of this country, then they might have to pay taxes as per one set of rules, but if they happen to be a company then the tax slabs and rules may be different. Such differences can exist between citizens too since the AO Code for those serving in the Army or the Air Force will be different.

Thus, to ensure that individuals and companies are taxed according to the appropriate rules, the right AO Code is essential.

How to Find Your AO Code Online

AO Codes can easily be found on government-authorised PAN websites. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Identify if you qualify as a salaried individual, non-salaried individual or a non-individual applicant.

Step 2: Select the residential/office address based on the criteria you meet.

Step 3: AO Code lists are available on both the NSDL website and the UTITSL website

Step 4: You can search your city by alphabet on the website. Choose the city and read the description/jurisdiction.

Find your AO code Online for PAN

Step 5: Find one that matches your office area/company type/profession/income. Make a note of the Area Code, AO Type, Range Type and the AO Number and you shall have your AO Code. For example, as seen in the above screenshot, if you are named Satish Hegde, claim an exemption under clause 22 of the IT Act, then your AO Code will be: DLC WX 502 4.

You can also go to https://www.tin-nsdl.com/services/pan/pan-aocode.html and download Excel sheets containing AO Codes. Open the file using Excel and use the search function (ctrl+f) to search for your city.

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Already Have a PAN? Check Your AO Code Online

If you already have your PAN Card, then you can follow the below-mentioned steps to check your AO Code:

Step 1: Visit and login to https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

Step 2: Click on 'Profile Settings' and click on 'My profile' as shown below.

check your ao code

Step 3: Click on 'PAN Card', and it will display all the details along with the details of Area Code, AO Type, Range Code, AO Number, and Jurisdiction, as shown below.

AO Code details

It would be prudent to double check the code for any inadvertent mistakes so that the incorrect information is not sent to the PAN-issuing authorities.

How Is Your AO Code Determined?

Your AO Code is determined based on your address and what type of taxpayer you are. These criteria are divided into two: Individual and Non-individuals. Here are the conditions:

  • If you are an individual taxpayer getting income mainly from salary or from a combination of salary and business earnings, then your AO Code will depend on your official address.
  • If you are an individual with sources of income other than salary, then your AO Code will be as per your home address.
  • If you are an HUF (Hindu Undivided Family), Company, Partnership Firm, LLP (Limited Liability Partnership), Association of Persons, Body of Individuals, Trust, Artificial Juridical Person, Local Authority, or Government Body, then your office address will decide your AO Code.
  • If you are an Army Personnel, then your code will be:

Description

ITO WARD 4(3), GHQ, PNE

Area Code

PNE

AO Type

W

Range Code

55

AO No.

3

  • If you are an Air Force Personnel, then your code will be:

Description

ITO WARD 42(2)

Area Code

DEL

AO Type

W

Range Code

72

AO No.

2

Now that you know the important things about AO Codes, here are some other points you might like to know.

Elements of an AO Code

There are officers assigned to each area to assess the taxation of the people in that areas. It is these officers who are identified by AO codes. A look at the table for the AO code, onForm 49A for new PAN Card, will show that it is formed through the combination of multiple elements. There are 4 elements that make up an AO code. They are:

  1. Area Code:For the purpose of identifying the geographic location of the individual or company, their area is assigned a code which is represented using 3 letters.
  2. AO Type:The type helps the tax department identify the type of PAN card holder as an individual or company or even a service personnel or a person who is not a resident of India.
  3. Range Type:Based on the actual address of the PAN card hold, they are assigned a Range Type which helps identify the ward or circle that they live in.
  4. AO Number:The AO number is a numerical value that is also published by NSDL and is the last part of the AO code.

Types of AO Codes

There are four main types of AO codes and they are meant to identify the individual/company and the associate them with the appropriate tax laws. Here's a brief look at them:

  1. International Taxation:This is for people and companies applying for a PAN card who are not residents of India or incorporated in India.
  2. Non International Taxation (Outside Mumbai): These are AO codes meant for people and companies that are residing in or registered in Mumbai.
  3. Non International Taxation (Mumbai): This is a list of AO codes that apply to individuals/companies that are based in India but are outside Mumbai.
  4. Defence Personnel:These AO codes are meant to identify an individual as a member of the Indian Army or the Air Force. It has only two types of codes, one meant for the Army and the other meant for the Air Force.

Knowing your AO Code is not mandatory, but nevertheless, it is good to know it. We hope that we have been able to educate you everything you need to know about these codes.

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    When you have to get your PAN migrated to the new Assessing Officer (A.O.), you will need to be clear about a few things. You will need to first find out the jurisdiction of your new A.O. You can view this on the official website of the Income Tax Department of India in the ‘Field Offices’ section. In order to move your PAN to the new A.O, you will have to make an application.

    After this, the destination A.O. will have to enter the PAN transfer request and then it needs to be accepted by the source A.O.

    To check if your PAN has been moved to the new A.O., you can track the present status of the jurisdictional A.O. by going to the “Know Your Jurisdictional A.O.” section of the same website.

    14 July 2017

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