e-PAN is nothing but the electronic version of digitally signed PAN card. It is as valid as a tangible PAN card. To get an e-PAN, you need a valid Aadhaar. e-PAN serves as a useful alternative for ordinary PAN card as it eliminates the need to carry the latter. Read this comprehensive guide by H&R Block, India, to know more about it.
The table given below lists down the key differences between a PAN card and an e-PAN card.
|It is in tangible form.||It is present electronically.|
|Individual signature||Digitally signed|
|Forms can be available by online & offline also by downloading and printing form 49A.||Forms available online. No need to print.|
|Takes 10 – 15 days to get.||Can be downloaded instantly.|
|Costs Rs 110||Free of cost|
The e-PAN card serves the following purposes:
Having a PAN card gives you the following benefits:
You are required to produce the following documents when applying for an e-PAN card:
Step 1: Go to the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website (1) and log in to your account.
Step 2: Click on “instant e-PAN”.
A page appears explaining the instructions to apply for E-PAN. Take a glance at the instructions.
Step 3: Click on the “Next” button.
Step 4: Enter all the details as mentioned in your Aadhaar card.
Step 5: After checking the acknowledgement box, click on the “Submit” button.
Step 6: Upload the scanned copy of your signature in a blank paper. It should meet the following requirements:
After entering appropriate details, you will receive a 15-digit acknowledgement number to your registered mobile number.
Step 7: After the E-PAN is allotted, you will receive an alert by SMS or an e-mail.
Step 1: In order to check e-PAN application, click on “Check instant e-PAN Status”.
Step 2: Enter your acknowledgement number. Your status will be displayed.
You can download the E-PAN once it is sent to your registered e-mail ID after successful application, or you can download the e-PAN by following the steps given below:
A. Yes, an agent can fill the application on behalf of an individual. As the application form is filled online, the agent just needs the signature and Aadhaar card of the individual.
A. No, it is not required to have both as both have the same uses.
A. Yes, the e-PAN is as valid as the PAN card and therefore can be used as an identity proof.
A. Yes, providing father’s name is mandatory when applying for an e-PAN. However, it is not required if the mother is a single parent.
A. Yes, e-PAN is required as a proof of date of birth for passport application. However, you can use other valid proofs as well in its place.
A. e-PAN is more convenient as it eliminates the need to carry a physical PAN card. Also, you don’t need to wait for 10-15 days to get e-PAN post application unlike PAN card.
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