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Know Your PAN Jurisdiction

Last Update Date : April 29, 2019
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There are a number of websites that you can visit for knowing your PAN jurisdiction. However, the official Income Tax Department website or NSDL is the most reliable websites for that purpose. The whole knowing your PAN jurisdiction process is very easy and takes less of your time.

In this comprehensive guide, we will be discussing what a PAN number jurisdiction means, the steps to check it and the method to change your jurisdiction as well as your jurisdictional Assessing Officer.

What is PAN Number Jurisdiction?

Your PAN card is connected to an Assessing officer the 10-digit unique code of which is present in the PAN database. This code denotes your PAN jurisdiction as well as the Commission’s Charge, Joint Commissioner Range, Chief Commissioner Region and the designation and place of the Assessing Officer.

You are assigned with a separate range that depends on your income source and geographical information. These ranges are further divided into several units which are known as wards or circles. The ward depends on the income that you declare and for which a limit is specified. In case you declare your income to be less than a specific limit, you will receive a sub-jurisdiction, and if you declare above the limit, you will be included in a circle.

You need to remember the fact that if you change your permanent residential are then your AO code will also change.

Why knowing PAN Jurisdiction is Necessary?

Suppose you have applied for PAN card and you have been allotted one by the I-T Department on the basis of the permanent address that you mentioned at the time of the application. If in the future you are to shift your permanent residency and you want the I-T department to communicate with you on this address, you will have to change your PAN jurisdiction, which lies with the jurisdictional Assessing Officer allotted to you to be assessed when you applied for the PAN card. The simple solution to this problem is to know your PAN jurisdiction and transfer it to the place you have shifted to.

Steps to know your PAN jurisdiction

Knowing your PAN jurisdiction detail is simple and requires just four steps. Let’s take a look at the process in the steps given below.

Step 1: Go to the Income Tax Department website and select ‘Know Your PAN | TAN | AO’

Step 2: Enter your PAN number and Mobile number and click ‘Submit’.

Step 3: You will receive an OTP on your mobile number. Enter the OTP and click ‘Submit’.

Step 4: The Jurisdictional details for the corresponding PAN number will be displayed on the screen.


When to change your PAN Jurisdiction

You are required to change your PAN jurisdiction when you change your residential area or when you are not satisfied with the Assessing Officer assigned to you.

Changing AO due to Change in Address

You will have to change your details with the Income Tax Department when you move to a new residential area as you are required to file your tax returns. You also need the same for communicating with the Income Tax Department on time. You will have to visit the NSDL website and then select ‘Change address on PAN’ section and pay the required fees on the activity.

Changing AO due to Unsatisfactory Behaviour

If in case you think that the Assessing Officer assigned to you is not behaving professionally or you think he is not efficient enough in his work, you can request to change your AO. To get this done, you should follow the steps given below.

  1. Write a detailed letter and send it to the authorised representative
  2. Give clear details such as your name, address and the name of your Assessing officer along with the reason why you are not satisfied with his work
  3. Both of you are required to sign on the letter
  4. Furnish relevant supporting documents along with the letter

Frequently Asked Questions

What elements are covered in the AO code?

The AO code is the inclusion of 4 elements, namely

  • Area Code
  • AO Type
  • Range Code and
  • AO number

What is the use of AO code when I own a PAN card?

The jurisdictional AO code helps to identify the jurisdiction under which you fall. Therefore, if you find it to be incorrect, you can work towards making the necessary changes.

How many types of AO codes are present?

There are four main types of AO codes which are meant to identify the individual or the company and then associate them with the relevant tax laws.

How to know the jurisdiction of the new Assessing Officer?

To know the jurisdiction of the new Assessing Officer, you will have to visit and then select the ‘Know your AO’. Enter your PAN number and mobile number, click submit, and you will receive an OTP. Enter the OTP, and you will get the details of the new AO.

How to know that my PAN has been migrated to the new AO?

The steps to find about your PAN migration status is same as mentioned above.

Does the AO code keep changing?

Your AO code changes only when you change your residential area or when you request to change the Assessing Officer.

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Niteesh Singh
Niteesh is a Tax Researcher and Content Lead at H&R Block (India). He holds an MBA with a specialisation in BFSI domain. In his career spanning over six years, he has helped thousands of people understand taxes in a simple and effective manner. Outside work, Niteesh is an astronomy geek who is also involved in wildlife conservation activities.

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