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Last Update Date : August 12, 2018

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Ever since we were in school, we have been taught to do things in a certain manner by following certain procedures for executing every little work. Our parents had to apply for our admission to a school after which we had to go for an interview. Then, if selected, we were given different GRN (General Registration Number), and IDs were allotted, so that it would be easy for the management of the school to maintain our records.

PAN Card is one such card that has all the basic details of an individual introduced by the Government of India. In this comprehensive guide, let us understand what a PAN card is, what is the purpose of introducing it and what is the procedure for applying for the same.

What is PAN Card?

PAN, or Permanent Account Number, is a unique 10-digit alphanumeric identity allotted to each taxpayer by the Income Tax Department. PAN is an identification key with which the Income Tax Department can track the taxable component of your financial transactions and round up tax defaulters.

Getting a PAN card has become mandatory for every taxpayer in India. Every individual requires a PAN card for carrying out financial transactions such as receiving professional fees or salary which is taxable, purchasing mutual funds, purchasing or selling assets that are above the fixed limits, amongst others.

The main objective of the IT Department for introducing this card is to keep track of people’s financial transactions, compute their tax liability and curb the problem of tax evasion.

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Mode of Applying for PAN Card

PAN Card has become an identity card that is getting the most recognition recently. The IT Department has enabled people to apply for PAN Card online through the NSDL and UTITSL website or the offline mode. If you are familiar with the online tactics and more comfortable applying for it, the online mode is the most convenient mode for you. You can also apply for the PAN card by going the traditional way, that is submitting the physical form to the relevant authorities.

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The PAN application process for an individual is given below:

How to apply for pan card

  • Step 1: Locate, fill and submit online form
    1. Visit https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pan
    2. Choose the appropriate form – Form 49 A is for Indian citizens and Form 49AA is for foreign citizens
    3. Fill in your details – Refer to the instructions given in the form for each detail asked
    4. Submit the form online – an acknowledgement is displayed which has a unique 15 digit acknowledgement number

  • Step 2: Getting together the acknowledgement package
    1. Save and print a copy of this acknowledgement.
    2. Paste two recent colour photographs with white background (size 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) in the space provided.
    3. Sign twice – once within the box provided for signature and once across the photograph pasted on the left side of the form – a part of the sign should spill over on the acknowledgment.
    4. Do not sign or put any mark on the photograph affixed on the right side of the form. If any mark hinders the clear visibility of the face of the applicant here, the application will be rejected and you will have to restart the whole process.
    5. A proof of address, a proof of identity and a proof of date of birth must be attached to the acknowledgment form. Aadhar card, Passport, Electoral photo identity card, driving license are acceptable documents for all three “proof-categories” and so are the most convenient to attach. The entire list of acceptable documents is mentioned in the form.
    6. Note – Your name as mentioned in the proof documents should be in the same format as that in the PAN application form or you will have to restart the entire process again. Therefore it is necessary to take care when you fill your name in the form.

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  • Step 3: Payment of fees
    1. The fee is Rs. 110 ( Proceeding fee Rs 93 + GST @ 18%) if communication address is within India and Rs. 1020/- [(Application fee Rs 93 + Dispatch charges Rs 771) + GST @ 18%] if outside India
    2. For within India the fee can be paid by Demand draft, cheque, debit/credit card, net banking
    3. For outside India it can be paid by Debit/credit card and demand draft only
    4. Cheque / DD should be in favour of NSDL – PAN
    5. Save and print the payment acknowledgement for debit/credit card payment or net banking
    6. This payment acknowledgement or cheque/ demand draft will also be added to the acknowledgement package we have prepared earlier.
    7. Your parcel is ready for dispatch now.

  • Step 4: Send the parcel
    1. Send the parcel to NSDL at ‘Income Tax PAN Services Unit, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited, 5th floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony, Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune – 411016’.
    2. Super scribe envelope with ‘APPLICATION FOR PAN – and your acknowledgement number’.
    3. The parcel must reach NDSDL within 15 days of submission of online application.

  • Step 5: Track your PAN application
    1. After three days of application you can track the status of your PAN application using the Acknowledgment Number
    2. Receive your PAN Card

Apply for PAN Card offline using new application form

Form 49A for PAN Application

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If you want to apply for PAN card in the offline mode, you have to make sure that you don’t make any mistakes and that all the required information is properly and accurately filled in. If you miss out on any information and your application is incomplete, the department may not furnish the card to you.
The procedure of applying for PAN card in offline mode is given below:

Step 1: Download Form 49A, Print and Fill the form

  • After filling out the details on the form, affix a passport size photo.
  • Attach address proof and identity proof duly self-attested by you.

Step 2: Submit the application form

Submit the duly filled application form along with the application fees either through demand draft or cash of INR Rs 110/- ( Proceeding fee Rs 93 + GST @ 18%) to the UTITSL PAN service centre. The Fees will be INR Rs. 1020/-, [(Application fee Rs 93 + Dispatch charges Rs 771)+ GST @ 18%] in case of NRI.

You will receive your PAN card at your address within 15 to 20 days. In case the department requires more information, you will be contacted by email or letter to furnish the same.

Documents Required for PAN Card Application

Submission of some key documents are necessary along with the PAN card application form (viz. Form 49A for Indian citizens or Form 49AA for foreigners) for offline mode or with the acknowledgement form, if you are applying online, for the verification process. However, the documents required hugely depend on the type of applicant. The list of documents required for obtaining a PAN card is given below:

For Individuals

  • Identity Proof
  • Address Proof
  • Postpaid Cellphone bill
  • Electricity Bill
  • Telephone Landline Bill
  • Gas Connection Billbook
  • Driving License
  • Date of Birth Proof
  • Water Bill
  • Bank Account Statement

For Hindu Undivided Family (HUF)

  • An affidavit issued by the Karta of the HUF, on the date of application, stating the name, address and father’s name of every coparcener
  • Address proof, date of birth proof and identity proof, if the applicant is the Karta of the HUF

For Firms and LLPs registered or formed in India

  • Copy of Registration Certificate received from the Registrar of Firms or LLPs
  • Copy of Partnership Deed

For Association of Persons

  • Copy of Agreement of Registration Number Certificate received from the Registrar of the Co-operative Society or the Charity Commissioner or any other competent authority or any document issued by the Central or State Government that shows the identity and the address of the applicant

For Individuals who are not Citizens of India

  • Proof of identity
  • Address proof

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People Also Ask

You can have only one PAN card throughout your life. There might come a time where you are required to surrender your card owing to certain reasons such as having more than one PAN card or you are leaving the country and won’t be paying taxes making the card useless.

To surrender the PAN card, you can write a letter to the Assessing officer of your jurisdiction, stating the reason for the same.

PAN card is a very important proof these days which can be used in various places for different reasons. If you don’t own a PAN card, we suggest you apply for one immediately. It is a very vital document, especially for taxpayers.

[ Read: How to Surrender PAN Card ]

The fees charged for applying for a PAN card is nominal and varies depending on the type of application filed with the IT Department. Also, fees for the new application and for changes or reprint of the card is different. However, the fees applicable for NRI and foreign applicants are higher as compared to Indian citizens. The fees charged to the Non-Indian citizens are high because it includes dispatching the fresh PAN cards to their foreign residential address and thus postal handling charges are added in the initial fees.

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