Due to duplication the government of India has deactivated more than 11 lakh PAN cards. In addition to this, over 1,500 PAN cards have been identified as fake as they were provided to either an individual with a false identity or to non-existing individuals. According to the Indian law, an individual cannot have more than one PAN card and having one attracts a fine of Rs.10,000 under Section 272B of the Income Tax Act of 1961.
Certain individuals may have had more than one PAN card due to an error. However, it is important to check if their PAN card is still active or not. Following the steps given more, individuals can find out whether their PAN card is still active or not.
- Individuals will have to first have to visit the Income Tax Department’s website (https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-Filing/Services/KnowYourPanLinkGS.html) and then go to the ‘Services’ tab in the homepage.
- Customers will have to then choose the option ‘Know your PAN’ which is present on the left side of the webpage.
- Once the next page opens, individuals will have to fill in the necessary details which includes their name, age, gender, date of birth, status, registered mobile number and then click on ‘submit’.
- In case an individual has over one PAN card, a notice will be displayed.
- After this, to the individual's’ mobile number, an OTP or One Time Password will be sent. This OTP will have to be provided.
- After this, the status of your PAN card will be displayed.
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.
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.