PAN Card: Understanding the Use of PAN

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Hiral Vakil

Form 49A
PAN
PAN Application
TIN NSDL
UTIITSL

Income Tax Department (ITD) issues Permanent Account Number or PAN card an alphanumeric ID in a form of card to any “person” who applies for it or to whom the department allows the number without an application.

PAN enables the department to link all transactions of the “person” with the department. These transactions include tax payments, TDS/TCS credits, returns of income/wealth/gift/FBT, specified transactions, correspondence, and so on. PAN, thus, acts as an identifier for the “person” with the Tax Department.

E-pan is an initiative taken by the Income Tax Department to ease the process of PAN allotment. An applicant requires to have a valid Aadhaar number to get an e-Pan. It is important to have PAN for vaious purposes such as filing an ITR, opening a bank account, to make financial transactions and so on.
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E-pan is an initiative taken by the Income Tax Department to ease the process of PAN allotment. An applicant requires to have a valid Aadhaar number to get an e-Pan. It is important to have PAN for vaious purposes such as filing an ITR, opening a bank account, to make financial transactions and so on.

Use of PAN card

  1. The PAN Card is important to conduct transactions of sale or purchase of assets, of any immovable property having a value at INR 5,00,000 or more, during sale and purchase of motor vehicles having more than two wheels
  2. It is mandatory to provide the PAN card since Jan 1st, 2016 to open a bank account
  3. Taxpayers require a PAN Card for phone connection
  4. Furthermore, you also require it to procure a new gas connection
  5. You need it to make a one-time payment against a bill of the amount exceeding INR 25,000 in any hotel and restaurant
  6. A payment in cash exceeding the amount of INR 25,000 while traveling to any foreign country requires a PAN card
  7. PAN card helps in the deduction of fraudulent transactions. It also reduces tax evasion and provides transparency in transactions between buyers and sellers
  8. Moreover, it is mandatory to provide the PAN card details for every transaction that takes place with the ITD
  9. It is also mandatory for numerous other financial transactions such as availing of institutional financial credits, purchase of high-end consumer items, foreign travel, a transaction of immovable properties, dealing in securities, etc.
  10. PAN Card is a valuable means of photo identification accepted by all Government and Non-Government institutions in the country
How to Link Aadhaar with PAN Card?
The last date to link Aadhaar with PAN has been extended from the 31st of December 2019 to the 31st of March 2020
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How to Link Aadhaar with PAN Card?
The last date to link Aadhaar with PAN has been extended from the 31st of December 2019 to the 31st of March 2020
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Understand PAN Number

PAN Card - First Three Characters of the PAN Number
PAN Card - Fourth Character of the PAN Number
PAN Card - Fifth Character of the PAN Number
PAN Card - Sixth to Ninth Character of the PAN Number
Last Character of the Permanent Account Number

The combination of all the above items gives the PAN a unique identity.

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PAN card Application Methods

Apply for PAN card Online

One can apply for PAN in an online manner in two ways:

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Offline Method to Apply for PAN card

If you wish to physically submit the application, then you have to:

FAQs

What if your PAN card is lost? 

​If the PAN card is lost then you can apply for duplicate PAN card by submitting the Form for “Request for New PAN Card Or/ and Changes or Correction in PAN Data” and a copy of FIR may be submitted along with the form.

​If the PAN card is lost and you don’t remember your PAN, then in such a case, you can know your PAN by using the facility of “Know Your PAN” provided by the Income Tax Department. This facility can be availed from the website of the Income Tax Department.

​You can know your PAN online by providing the core details like Name, Father’s Name, and Date of Birth. After knowing the PAN you can apply for duplicate PAN card by submitting the “Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes Or Correction in PAN Data”.

What is the penalty for not complying with the provisions relating to PAN? 

Section-272B provides for penalty in case of default by the taxpayer in complying with the provisions relating to PAN, i.e., not obtaining PAN, even though he is liable to obtain PAN or knowingly quoting incorrect PAN in any prescribed document in which PAN is to be quoted or intimating incorrect PAN to the person deducting tax or person collecting tax. The penalty under section-272B is Rs. 10,000.

Can a person hold more than one PAN?

A person cannot hold more than one PAN. If a PAN is allotted to a person, then he cannot apply for obtaining another PAN. A penalty of Rs. 10,000/- is liable to be imposed under Section-272B​ of the Income-tax Act, 1961 for having more than one PAN.

If a person has been allotted more than one PAN then he should immediately surrender the additional PAN card(s).

Is it mandatory to provide the Assessing Officer Code in Form 49A/49AA?

Yes, it mandatory to provide the Assessing Officer (AO) Code in Form 49A/49AA. AO Code (i.e. Area Code, AO Type, Range Code, and AO Number) of the Jurisdictional Assessing Officer must be filled up by the applicant. These details can be obtained from the Income Tax Office or PAN Centre or websites of PAN service providers on www.utiitsl.com or www.tin-nsdl.com

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