PAN or Permanent Account Number is a unique 10-digit alphanumeric identifier issued by the Income Tax (IT) Department of India. It serves as identity proof and is essential for all tax-related purposes. You can apply for a PAN card online and offline. Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide on how to apply for a PAN card online through the NSDL or UTIITSL website and offline through Form 49A. Read on!
You can apply for a PAN card online through:
Let’s take a look at each online method of applying for a new PAN Card:
Follow these steps to apply for a new PAN card online through the NSDL website:
Click on NSDL Online PAN Application. A form will open.
Now choose the type of application: Form 49A for Indian citizens or 49AA for foreign individuals.
Under this dropdown menu, choose any of the options – Individuals, Body of Individuals or Association of Persons, Limited Liability Partnerships, Hindu Undivided Family, Government, Artificial Judicial Person, Local Authority, Firm or Trust.
Enter your name, surname, Date of Birth, mobile number and email ID. Enter the Captcha code and submit.
Enter the token number you get on your mobile. Tap on ‘Continue with PAN application form’ and fill up all necessary personal information.
Submit your documents through e-KYC and e-sign, and submit scanned images with a digital signature. Or, you may also choose to submit physical copies of the documents. Confirm the declaration along with the place and date of the application and submit the document.
Now, click on ‘Proceed’ to make payments. The fee for a PAN application stands at Rs.93 for Indian addresses, while Rs.864 is levied for foreign communication addresses. These charges are devoid of GST. Make the payment through net banking, debit cards or credit cards. You may also opt for a demand draft.
Take a printout of the acknowledgement slip. Attach two recent photos and send them with all relevant documents to NSDL via courier within 15 days of application. NSDL will start processing your application for the PAN card as soon as it receives your documents.
Step 1: Visit the official portal of UTIITSL.
Step 2: Now, tap on ‘PAN Card Services’ and then click on ‘Apply PAN Card’.
Step 3: Click on ‘PAN card as an Indian Citizen’ or ‘PAN card as Foreign Citizen’.
Step 4: Tap on ‘Apply for a new PAN card’ and select the type of form based on your citizenship.
Step 5: A new window will open. Choose ‘Digital Mode’ and ‘Aadhaar based e-KYC option’. Scroll down and click on ‘Both physical PAN Card and e-PAN’ or ‘e-PAN only, No physical PAN Card will be dispatched’.
Step 6: Review the provided data and tap on ‘Submit’. You will be provided with a Reference number. Note it and click on ‘Ok’.
Step 7: Fill out the personal information and Aadhar card number. Click on ‘Next Step’.
Step 8: Proceed for paying the charges by clicking on ‘Make Payment’. You can choose either the BillDesk or PayU India payment gateway. Pay the charges through debit card, credit card or net banking.
Step 9: Once the payment is complete, take a printout of the acknowledgement slip. Attach two recent photographs, provide a signature and send it to the Income Tax Department with address and identity proof documents within 15 days.
You will receive the number in your registered number as the verification process is over. However, the card might take up to 20 business days to reach your address. You can also apply for a PAN card offline. In the next section, you will learn how to do so in easy steps.
There are TIN facilitation centres and PAN service centres in every major city of India, where you can apply for a PAN card. You will have to submit a PAN application form along with the required documents and fees.
Take the following steps to apply for PAN offline:
1. Identity Proof
2. Address Proof
3. Birth Proof
Alternatively, for categories other than individuals, different documents need to be submitted for different categories.
Apart from this, every taxpayer in this country must apply for a PAN to make any financial transactions seamless.
Also Read: How Can NRIs Apply For A PAN Card?
Following are the charges levied for PAN card in physical form
Following are the charges levied for PAN card applications in e-KYC form
You should follow these steps if you have lost your PAN card and are applying for a duplicate one.
Step 1: Lodge a complaint to the nearest police station and keep the acknowledgement copy or FIR copy.
Step 2: Visit the nearest PAN facilitation centre and request Form 49A.
Step 3: Write a request letter addressed to the IT dept for a new PAN card and submit identity proof, address proof, passport photo and FIR copy with the form.
Step 4: Carefully fill the Form 49A and select Apply for a duplicate PAN card from the dropdown. Paste a self-attested passport-size photo.
Step 5: Attach a demand draft or cheque with the application fee and submit them to the PAN facilitation centre with the documents. The front envelope should read ‘Application for PAN card request’. The duplicate PAN card should reach the applicant within 2-3 weeks.
The PAN card is an important document required for basic financial transactions and identification proof. PAN card online application process is convenient, fast, hassle-free and highly efficient. However, you can also apply for a PAN card offline. Keep your documents and forms ready and you will be able to get your PAN card within a few days.
Ans: You can use the 15-digit acknowledgement number to track your PAN card’s status on NSDL or UTIITSL. To track the status on NSDL, visit the official website, click on ‘Track your PAN’ and enter this number. Then, fill in the CAPTCHA code and click on the ‘Submit’ button.
Ans: No, the Finance Act (No. 2) 2019 stipulates situations where a person may furnish his/her Aadhaar number in place of PAN for high-value transactions. A person who has an Aadhaar card but no PAN and those who have linked Aadhaar number with PAN may use these documents interchangeably.
Ans: Section 139AA stipulates that any person with a PAN who is eligible for an Aadhaar card needs to submit his/her Aadhaar number to the IT Department. If such persons fail to do so within the deadline, their PAN will become inoperable. This would result in them being liable for consequences of not furnishing PAN under Rule 114AAA (2).
Ans: You can download an e-PAN card from the NSDL or the UTIITSL portal. Those who have applied for a new PAN card can download the e-PAN using their acknowledgement number and email/mobile number. Those who already have a PAN card can download the e-PAN using their PAN and date of birth.
Ans: In case an individual loses his/her PAN card, one can apply for a reissue of PAN by visiting the NSDL website. Here are the steps to follow:
Visit NSDL’s website.
Click on “Apply Now” under the option “Reprint of PAN Card.”
Choose “Apply Now” or “Registered User” in case you are an NSDL registered member.
If you are a registered user, enter your Temporary Token Number, email ID, phone number, date of birth and a CAPTCHA code. Now, click on “Submit.”
New users can add details such as name, date of birth, application type, category etc., under the “apply online” option.
Once done, type in the CAPTCHA code and click on “submit.”
A token number will appear on the screen. Note it down for future references.
Now, apply for the reprint of your PAN card online from the same page by entering essential details.
You will receive your PAN card via mail or post.
Ans: No person is allowed to own more than one PAN card. If found, such persons will be liable to pay a Rs. 10,000 penalty under Section 272B of the Income Tax Act for owning multiple PAN cards. If you have more than one PAN card, you should surrender the additional PAN cards.
Ans: Follow these steps given below to make corrections to your PAN card:
Visit the NSDL website and fill out the PAN Card correction online application form.
Go through the instructions carefully and pay the applicable fee.
After the application and payment have been accepted, send the necessary supporting documents via courier or post.
Ans: To successfully apply for a PAN card, an Indian citizen needs to pay a fee of Rs. 93. The application fees can be paid through debit card, credit card, Net Banking, or Demand Draft. However, before making any payment, one must consider going through PAN guidelines thoroughly and leave no room for mistakes.
Ans: No, no individual can possess multiple PAN cards. As per Section 272B of the Income Tax Act, 1961, a person possessing more than one Permanent Account Number will need to pay a penalty of Rs. 10,000.
Ans: Yes, foreign citizens can apply for a PAN card from the NSDL website. However, they might consider going through the application process and the list of documents necessary for the issuance of PAN. Some of the basic documents a foreign citizen must furnish during PAN application are a passport copy, Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, etc.
Ans: Yes, as per Section 160 of the IT Act, 1961, a minor can also apply for a PAN card. Minors should mandatorily have a PAN card if they are made nominees for a property. In such cases, the parents of the minor have to apply for them on their behalf with the 49A form.
Ans: Your PAN card is valid for a lifetime. Unlike some government documents, you are not required to renew it again. However, in case you need to change or update details on your PAN, you can go through the official website.
Ans: You can apply for reprinting of your PAN card under the following circumstances:
You already have a PAN card, but it has been damaged due to some reason
There are certain corrections or updates regarding PAN details
You have lost or misplaced your card
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