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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The AO code is the inclusion of 4 elements, namely
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.
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.
To know the jurisdiction of the new Assessing Officer, you will have to visit www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in 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.
The steps to find about your PAN migration status is same as mentioned above.
Your AO code changes only when you change your residential area or when you request to change the Assessing Officer.