Do you need to obtain a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card? A Permanent Account Number is a 10-digit alphanumeric number issued by the Income Tax Department. This number is unique for each income tax assessee. A PAN enables the Income Tax Department to identify all transactions made by a potential income tax assessee. These transactions include tax payments, tax deducted at source (TDS)/tax deducted at collection (TCS) credits and income tax returns. Furnishing a PAN is required for carrying out a range of tasks, such as opening a bank account or a demat account, or making large transactions. A PAN card is also accepted as valid photo identification at most organisations.
How To Get A PAN Card
Which Form To Use?
A PAN card can be obtained by filling up the form 49A (49A for Indian citizens and 49AA for foreign citizens).
Where To Submit A PAN Application?
A PAN application can be submitted online through the NSDL or UTIITSL website. These are: www.tin-nsdl.com and utiitsl.com, respectively. (Also read: Why having a PAN card is essential)
How Much Does A PAN Application Cost?
The charges for applying for a PAN range from Rs 93 to Rs 864 (excluding GST or Goods and Services Tax). For a communication address located within the country, a charge of Rs 93 (plus GST) is applicable, and for a communication address outside the country, a charge of Rs 864 (plus GST) applies, according to the I-T department's website.
How To Make Payment?
The payment towards a PAN card application can be made through a credit/debit card, a demand draft or net banking, according to the Income Tax Department.