Did you know that NRIs can apply for a PAN card? They can do so by applying online via NSDL (National Securities Depositories Limited) or UTIITSL’s (UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited) website. Now let us look into the details of NRI PAN cards, required documents and application process.
Anyone with a source of income in India needs to have a PAN card for income tax purposes. So, if you live abroad but earn income from property rent, share dividends or returns from a mutual fund, you need to file taxes; and to file taxes you would need a PAN card. Even if you do not have a PAN card, it would still help to have a PAN card for investment purposes.
It is compulsory to quote your PAN card for reasons, such as the following:
Any NRI would need a PAN card if they fall under these criteria:
NRIs can avail a number of benefits if they get an NRI PAN card. Some of them are listed below:
Besides proofs of identity, address and date of birth, NRI have to provide the following additional documents for PAN card application:
The following are the basic documents everyone must submit to apply for an NRI PAN card.
The Income Tax Department has authorised NSDL and UTIITSL to issue PAN cards for NRI. Applicants can visit the official websites to start the application process. NRIs with Indian citizenship should apply using Form 49A, while those with foreign citizenship, PIOs and OCIs need to use Form 49AA.
Applicants can apply at TIN Facilitation Centres and PAN Service Centres at various places in the country. They can submit the NRI PAN card application form along with necessary documents and prescribed fees at these centres. NRIs can also apply for PAN cards online via the NSDL and UTIITSL’s official websites.
You will need to mandatorily provide Aadhaar numbers for the PAN application. Moreover, you will have to affix two coloured stamp sized photographs to the NRI PAN card application form. Designation and code of assessing officers must also be furnished.
Follow the given steps to apply for a new PAN card via the official website of NSDL:
Visit the official website of TIN NSDL and from the ‘Services’ section click on PAN from the dropdown menu.
You would be redirected to another page. Scroll down to Application for allotment of New PAN (Form 49AA) – applicable for foreign citizens. Read the guidelines, instructions, do’s and don’ts, documents required, etc., and click on Apply.
You will be redirected to the PAN card application page. Go to Application Type and select New PAN – Foreign Citizen (Form 49AA). Choose ‘Category’ as ‘Individual from the dropdown menu.
Fill in the mandatory fields with correct information. Select ‘No’ for the query ‘Whether Citizen of India?’. Once done, tick the acknowledgement checkbox, enter the CAPTCHA, and click ‘Submit’.
Note that the fee for the processing of PAN is Rs. 107 if the communication address is within India and Rs. 994 (Application fees +dispatch charges) if the communication address is outside India.
Once you have made the payment, you would receive your PAN card.
NRIs unable to access the online application form can opt to apply offline. Here are the steps to apply for an NRI PAN card through the offline mode:
There are three primary ways to track the status of your NRI PAN card application. They are as follows:
Individuals can dial the following numbers if they have queries or grievances related to their NRI PAN card:
There are a few Dos and Don’ts that one should follow while filling out the application form for the NRI PAN card.
Non-resident Indians earning income from any source in India need to have a PAN card or NRI, regardless of their citizenship status. NRIs can apply for PAN cards online via NSDL or UTIITSL’s websites. It takes around 15 days from the application date to receive the physical card.
Ans: You will need to send the acknowledgement slip to the following address along with photographs and relevant documents:
NSDL e-Gov Infrastructure Limited (Income Tax PAN Service Unit)
4th Floor, Mantri Sterling
Model Colony, Survey No. 997, Plot No. 341, Pune- 411016
Near Deep Bungalow Chowk
Ans: You should send the acknowledgement receipt with two stamp-sized colour photographs (3.5 x 2.5 cm). It should also include copies of documents for proof of identity, DOB and address. Put these in an envelope and write ‘Application for PAN’ along with the acknowledgement number on top of it.
Ans: The PAN card fee for NRIs depends on their communication address. For dispatch of the PAN card anywhere in India, Rs. 93 is charged, excluding Goods and Services Tax (GST). For a foreign communication address, the fee is Rs. 864 excluding GST.
Ans: NRIs with foreign citizenship need to furnish the following additional documents:
• PAN card details of the employer
• Appointment letter copy that the Indian Office has issued
• An authorised copy of the address certificate (from the Indian employer)
Ans: Note that there are no direct provisions to change citizenship status in your PAN card as it does not display this information. That said, you can still get this detail changed on NSDL’s official website.
Ans: There are no such alternatives to NRI PAN cards for non-residential Indians. They will require an NRI PAN card to invest in mutual funds or open/operate bank accounts that are based in India. Similarly, they will require the NRI PAN card to file income tax returns. However, NRIs can substitute PAN cards with Form 60 for opening an NRE and FCNR(B) account.
Ans: No, NRIs do not need to be physically present in India to apply for an NRI PAN card. Additionally, they are not even required to have a permanent address in India to avail of an NRI PAN card.
Ans: All persons, irrespective of their residential status, can possess only one PAN card. The Income Tax Department will charge a hefty penalty if they come across an individual who possesses two PAN cards. If you have just become an NRI, you need to change the status of your pre-existing PAN card.
Ans: Yes, NRIs have to update their existing PAN card by applying for a separate NRI PAN card. NRIs with Indian citizenship are required to fill out and submit Form 49A. NRIs who have foreign citizenship will need to fill out form 49AA.
Ans: To apply for a duplicate NRI PAN card via offline mode, you need to visit the NSDL and UTIITSL portals. Download the application form by selecting ‘Request for New PAN Card and Changes or Correction in PAN Data.’ Fill out the form and send it to the Income Tax PAN Services Unit.
To apply online, visit the official portal of TIN-NSDL. Under ‘Application Type’, select ‘Changes or Correction in Existing PAN Data/Reprint of PAN Card’ to proceed with your application.
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