Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department, to any “person” who applies for it or to whom the department allots the number without an application. PAN enables the department to link all transactions of the “person” with the department. These transactions include tax payments, TDS/TCS credits, returns of income/wealth/gift/FBT, specified transactions, correspondence, and so on. PAN, thus, acts as an identifier for the “person” with the tax department.
PAN was introduced to facilitates linking of various documents, including payment of taxes, assessment, tax demand, tax arrears etc. relating to an assessee, to facilitate easy retrieval of information and to facilitate matching of information relating to investment, raising of loans and other business activities of taxpayers collected through various sources, both internal as well as external, for detecting and combating tax evasion and widening of tax base.
A typical PAN is AFZPK7190K.
First three characters i.e. “AFZ” in the above PAN are alphabetic series running from AAA to ZZZ.
Fifth character i.e. “K” in the above PAN represents first character of the PAN holder’s last name/surname.
Last character i.e. “K” in the above PAN is an alphabetic check digit.
It is mandatory to quote PAN on return of income, all correspondence with any income tax authority. Since 1 January 2005 it has become mandatory to quote PAN on challans for any payments due to Income Tax Department.
It is also compulsory to quote PAN in all documents pertaining to the following financial transactions-
It is statutory responsibility of a person receiving document relating to economic or financial transactions notified by the CBDT to ensure that PAN has been duly quoted in the document.
Yes, application for fresh allotment of PAN can be made through Internet. Further, requests for changes or correction in PAN data or request for reprint of PAN card (for an existing PAN) may also be made through Internet.
Online Agents Consumer Services Limited helps you to apply for PAN Card in a few easy and convenient steps. The services rendered include verifying, supporting and filing the application forms for those who are applying for new PAN card, corrections and changes to their existing PAN data and request for duplicate or replacement of lost or damaged PAN card.
Yes, applicants should affix their recent colour photographs (size 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) in the space provided on the top corners of the form. The photograph should not be stapled or clipped to the form. The applicant should sign across the photograph (preferably in black ink) on the left hand side of the form and sign (preferably in black ink) in the box provided below the photograph on the right hand side of the form. The clarity of image on the PAN card will depend on the quality and clarity of photograph affixed on the form. Click here to view how to sign
Yes, All female applicants irrespective of their marital status should write only father’s name in the PAN application form. There is no provision to mention husband’s name in the application/online form
Individual Indian citizens residing in India can provide photocopy of any one of the following as Proof of Identity.
Individual Indian citizens residing in India can provide photocopy of any one of the following as Proof of Address:
In such cases, Left Hand Thumb Impression (preferably in black ink) of the applicant should be taken on form at the place meant for signature. This should be attested by a Magistrate or a Notary Public or a Gazetted Officer, under official seal and stamp.
You can still pay using Cheque /Demand Draft drawn in favour of Online Agents Limited payable at Bangalore by choosing offline payment mode at the payment stage.
Any one of the following documents can be submitted as Proof of PAN card:
Even if any of the above proofs for PAN card are not available, still there is a possibility for the application will be accepted on a ‘Good Effort’ basis.
Obtaining/possessing more than one PAN card is against the law and may attract a penalty up to Rs 10,000 /- . Therefore it is advisable not to obtain/possess more than one PAN. If you have more than one PAN, you should surrender the unused PAN cancel PAN card/s if inadvertently allotted to you
You have to mention the PAN card number which you are using currently on top of the application form. All other PAN card/s inadvertently allotted to you should be mentioned in the online form after clicking yes on the question – Are you having more than 1 PAN card – inadvertently allotted PAN card(s) should be sent for cancellation along with the form. Click here to cancel PAN card/s if inadvertently allotted to you.
Affix your photograph on both top corners of the application form, Sign/Left Thumb impression (preferably in black ink) across this photo on the left hand side of the form and Sign/Left Thumb impression (preferably in black ink) within the box provided in the right hand side of the form. After completion of affixing photo and Sign/Left Thumb on the application form attach photocopies of supporting documents (proof of identity, proof of address, etc) and send it to:
Superscribe the envelope with ‘APPLICATION FOR PAN – Reference Number’ e.g. (APPLICATION FOR PAN – 201387673546). Reference Number is a 12 digit unique number given to applicants against successful payment.
You can track your application status online by clicking on the tab Track your PAN Card
You can also inquire the status of your application by contacting us at: