Form 49A is a crucial document when it comes to allotting PAN numbers so far as Indian residents are concerned. The form requires to be filled in mandatorily if you wish to apply for a PAN card. Here we will discuss the instructions that must be followed for filling Form 49A.
The only language in which the form can be filled in is English. The fields or boxes that are marked with an asterisk will have to be filled in compulsorily. Following are the categories that need to be filled in Form 49A:
- Full Name: This section requires the full name of the applicant. Abbreviations cannot be used when filling in your name, whether it is the first name, middle name or last name. Individuals are expected to d to put iir names in full.
- Full Name Abbreviation to be Printed on the PAN card: Individuals are expected to provide the abbreviated/full name that they want to be printed on the document. In case the name is abbreviated, it must contain the last name of the applicant without fail. The first and middle name may be abbreviated but not the last name when it comes to the name that you wish to be printed on the PAN card.
- Other Names: In case an applicant has been known by another name, you should select ‘Yes’ in the third section of the form. In this case, you will have to submit all the details of the other name. The other full name of the applicant must be entered here, and make sure that no abbreviations are used for your first name, middle name or last name.
- Gender: Here you will have to select your gender.
- Date of Birth: Here you will have to enter your date of birth. Please note that the format for entering your date of birth on the form will be DDMMYYYY.
- Information about Parents: Applicants will have to enter details about their parents in this section. The father’s name has to be entered in compulsorily while the mother’s name is optional. The names entered in this section will have to be full names and not abbreviated versions. Even married women must fill in their father’s name and not their husband’s name. Once you have entered the names on the form, you will have to select an appropriate flag to indicate the name you want to be printed on the document. In case you have entered your father’s as well as your mother’s name, and no option is selected, your father’s name will be printed on the PAN card by default.
- Residential and Office Address: It is mandatory to fill in your residential address in Form 49A. The name of the company at which the applicant is currently employed must also be filled in. When filling in the address on Form 49A, you will have to ensure that the complete address is mentioned in the form. The town in which you live, the city or district, the state, the pin code, etc. must all be mentioned.
- Address for Communication: Applicants will have to indicate either their office or residential address mentioned in the above field as their address for communication. Any communication sent by the authorities will be addressed to one of these locations, so select the address where you are most likely to receive your communication.
- Email ID and Telephone Number: Applicants are expected to share their email id and telephone numbers so that there can be no problem for the authorities when it comes to contacting you if there are any discrepancies in your application form. The telephone number must include the ISD (country code) as well as the STD code. In case you are providing a mobile number, you will have to include the ISD code. Updates regarding application statuses are sent to mobile numbers via SMS and to email ids, so make sure that you have entered the fields accurately to receive timely communication from the authorities.
- Applicant’s Status: The status of the applicant must be mandatorily entered.
- Registration Number: The registration number field must only be entered by companies and is not applicable to HUFs and individuals.
- Aadhaar number: In case the applicant has an Aadhaar number, it has to be quoted in this section and must be supported with a copy of an Aadhaar card. In case the Aadhaar copy is also chosen as the proof of address / identity / date of birth, it is compulsory to enter the Aadhaar number.
- Source of Income: Applicants have to compulsorily mention at least one source of income in Form 49A. For instance, if an applicant select the income from profession or business as a source of income, then he/she will also have to enter an appropriate profession or business in the field. Profession or business code can be found on the Form in a tabular form.
Following are the various profession or business codes:
Code Profession / Business 01 Medical business and profession 02 Engineering 03 Architecture 04 Accountancy / Chartered Accountant 05 Interior Decoration 06 Technical Consultancy 07 Company Secretary 08 Legal Practitioner and Solicitor 09 Government Contractors 10 Insurance Agency 11 Films, TV, and such other entertainment 12 Information Technology 13 Developers and Builders 14 Members of Stock Exchange, Share Brokers and Sub Brokers 15 Yatra and Performing Arts 16 Operation of Ships, Aircrafts, Helicopters or Hovercrafts 17 Plying Lorries, Buses, Taxis, Trucks or other Commercial Vehicles 18 Ownership of Horses or Jockeys 19 Cinema Halls and Other Theatres 20 Others
- Representative Assessee’s Name and Address: Any individual (assessee) may be represented via a representative assesse according to Section 160 of the Income Tax Act, 1961. This field therefore can only be filled in by a representative assessee, like a manager or guardian on a minor or lunatic, an agent of the non-resident, Court of Wards, Official Trustee, Administrator General, manager, receiver, or trustee of a Trust. The details entered into this field will be of the representative assessee, and this section is compulsory in case the applicant is minor, mentally retarded, idiot, lunatic or deceased. The representative assessee will also have to provide a proof of address and proof of identity.
- Documents pertaining to proof of address, proof of identity and proof of date of birth: Applicants have to attach a proof of address, proof of identity as well as a proof of date of birth along to their PAN application. The applicant must ensure that the documents are in his/her name.
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Documents that can be used as proof of address, proof of identity and proof of date of birth
The following documents can be used as proof of address:
- Aadhaar card
- Voter ID
- Driving license
- Post office passbook if it has the applicant’s address
- Latest property tax assessment order
- Property registration documents
- Allotment letter of accommodation obtained from the State or Central government
- Domicile certificate issued by the Indian government
The following documents can be used as proof of address provided that they are not older than three months:
- Electricity bill
- Water bill
- Broadband connection or landline telephone bill
- Bank account statement
- Consumer gas connection card / piped or book gas bill
- Credit card statement
- Depository account statement
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Documents that can be used as proof of identity
The following documents can be used as proof of identity:
- Aadhaar card
- Voters ID
- Driving license
- Ration card if it has the applicant’s photograph
- Arm’s license
- Pensioner card if it has the applicant’s photograph
- Photo identity card obtained from the State or Central government
- Central government health service scheme
Documents that can be used as proof of date of birth
The following documents can be used as proof of date of birth:
- Aadhaar card
- Voters ID
- Driving license
- Birth certificate obtained from the municipal authority or from an office that has the authorisation to issue birth and death certificates
- Matriculation certificate or marks card of a recognised board
- Photo identity card obtained from the State or Central government or State Public Sector Undertaking or Central Public Sector Undertaking
- Domicile certificate obtained from the Indian government
- Pension payment order
- Central government health service scheme photo card
- Affidavit sworn in front of a magistrate stating the date of birth
- Marriage certificate obtained from the Registrar of Marriages
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