How to Activate a Deactivated PAN Card

After a fair warning, this year the Income Tax Department of India has started deactivating PAN of people who possess more than one PAN. An individual is allowed to have only one PAN on their name and having more than one has been declared illegal. The government recently ran a drive in which they deactivated more than 11.44 lakh PAN cards. In a lot of cases, the PAN that the assessee was using for e-filing of income tax returns got deactivated because the individual had more than one PAN. In such a situation, the assessee can reactivate the deactivate PAN.

What Should be done in case the PAN is Deactivated ?

  • They need to write a letter addressing their jurisdiction AO in the Income Tax Department requesting the reactivation of their PAN.

  • Next, they must not forget to attach suitable documents to prove that the PAN that has been blocked was used to file tax returns. Listed below are the documents that can be submitted for the same:

  • Indemnity Bond in favour of the Income Tax Department.

  • Copies of PAN using which the assessee has been filing income tax returns regularly.

  • Copies of income tax returns filed by the assessee in the last 3 years using the blocked PAN card.

Usually, it takes 10-15 business days (from the date of submission of the application) for the Income Tax Department to process the request and reactivate a blocked PAN.

Format of the Indemnity Bond for Pan Reactivation

The following is the format of the Indemnity Bond:

Indemnity Bond – PAN

I, _____________________, R/o____________________, do hereby solemnly affirm and declare as under:

My PAN is:

I am regularly assessed in your ward/jurisdiction with PAN: ___________________.

I have only one PAN i.e ________________ which is used for last many years for filing my income tax returns.

I do not have any other PAN with me, if any allotted in your records, kindly deactivate the same.

I undertake to indemnify the income Tax Department for any loss that may be caused in the future.

Kindly activate my PAN: ___________________.

That the above statements are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.



Verified at New Delhi on this ________________ day of February, 2017, that the contents of the above affidavit are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. No part of it is false and nothing material has been concealed therefrom.


Format of the letter to the AO

Here’s the format of the letter to the AO:

The Assessing Officer of Income Tax, Dated:*************

Ward No. ****

Civic Centre

New Delhi-110002

Sub: Request for Activating PAN Card no. ********** in the Name of Mr. ***************.

Respected Sir/Madam,

Through this Application, I bring to your notice that PAN CARD No ********** was deactivated and the current status on the Income Tax Department website is also Deactivated as message “Your PAN card is deactivated by department” is being displayed while login. Due to this I am unable to file the Income Tax Return for the Assessment Year 2017-2018.

In this regard I request to you to please look into matter and activate my PAN card so as to enable me for Income Tax Return filing for the AY 2017-2018. The activation will also help me in migration to GST.

For the Purpose of activation of PAN Card, I am enclosing the following documents

Photocopy of my PAN CARD

Indemnity Bond and

Copies of last 3 years ITR filed as enclosure to this application are not available since my Income for last 3 Assessment Year was below taxable limit. In lieu of these documents I have added another declaration in the Indemnity Bond enclosed in this letter vide point A.

Kindly do the needful at the earliest and help me in being compliant with other laws also.

Details in respect of the PAN mentioned in Subject

Name on PAN Card: ***************

Father’s Name : *************

Date of Birth: *************

Residential Address : **********************

Yours faithfully,


PAN Deactivation by Income Tax Department

The Income Tax Department is conducting a drive to deactivate PAN from income tax assessees who have been given multiple PAN cards. Ideally, an individual is supposed to have only 1 PAN. Several people have many PAN cards either with or without their knowledge.

This new mission of the IT Department is slowly having an impact on the people who have multiple PAN cards. They are unable to access their cards to file their IT returns. This is because the PAN that is being used by them to file returns may have been deactivated most likely. When the PAN is cancelled, the taxpayer's income tax e-filing login will also get blocked. This causes big trouble to the taxpayer as he or she will not be able to file IT returns on the e-filing platform of the Income Tax Department. The taxpayer will also not be able to check intimations or notifications or reply to communications made by the Income Tax Department through the website.

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Steps to take when your PAN gets deactivated

When the PAN that you use for filing your tax returns gets deactivated, you may go through many hassles. You can take the necessary steps as soon as possible in order to rectify this issue:

  • You will first have to draft and send a letter to your jurisdictional AO in the Income Tax Department requesting them to activate your PAN.
  • You will have to attach certain documents mandatorily for activating your PAN. The documents include a copy of PAN on which you usually file your Income Tax Returns, Indemnity Bond in favour of the Income Tax Department, and a copy of Income Tax Returns filed for the most recent three years on the PAN that has been deactivated.

You need to note that it will take a minimum of 10 to 15 days for the department to reactivate your PAN once your request letter is received by them.

What you should do when you receive an online notification from the Income Tax Department

At times, you may get a notification or an intimation from the Income Tax Department regarding some update and you may be required to respond online. If your PAN has been deactivated, your e-filing login credentials will also be blocked and hence, you will be unable to give the response. In such cases, you will need to get in touch with your Jurisdictional AO to activate your PAN as soon as possible. Once your PAN is activated, you will need to ensure that you give your online response.

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