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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

PAN Card - FAQs - Where to apply for PAN?

8. Where to apply for PAN?
All cities and towns having an I-T office have at least one IT PAN Service Centre. Such centres are set up and managed by UTIISL by order of the I-T Department. It has also authorised the National Securities Depository Ltd (NDSL) to dispense PAN services from Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) Facilitation Centres.

NRIs may seek the assistance of private brokers who will guide and assist you in getting a NRI PAN Card in any part of the world. These brokers will help you in filling the PAN application form and will also submit the same as your representative in India.

PAN assistance brokers may be sought at:
www.nripan.com
www.pancardnri.com
www.pancardonline.com

You can also apply through these brokers, by contacting them about PAN Card assistance for Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs):
http://www.pancardnri.com/apply-for-pan-card-online.html

9. How to apply for a PAN? Can an application for PAN be made on plain paper?
No, PAN application cannot be made on any paper. It has to be made ONLY on Form 49A. A PAN application (Form 49A) can be downloaded from the website of Income Tax department or UTIISL or you can download it here:
http://www.nripan.com/nri-pan-application.html
OR
http://nriinvestindia.com/nri-apply-pan-card-online.html

One needs to pay Rs.5/- in cash to the I-T office when you submit the downloaded form. The form is also available at IT PAN Service centers and TIN Facilitation centres.

10. Can an application for PAN be made in Form 49A obtained from anywhere?
Yes, PAN applications (Form 49A) can be obtained from various other sources, apart from IT PAN Service Centres. It can be downloaded from the website of Income Tax department or UTIISL or NSDL. The application can also be made on form printed by local printers or a photocopy of downloaded or printed form.

11. Can an application for PAN be made through Internet?
Yes, application for PAN can be made through Internet, as also can requests for changes or correction in PAN data or request for new PAN card (for an existing PAN) be made through Internet. For more details visit:
www.tin-nsdl.com

12. How do I get a PAN allotted quickly (TATKAL)?
You can get a TATKAL PAN if the application is submitted through Internet and the payment for the same has been made through a ‘nominated’ credit card.

13. What documents are to be submitted along with the application form?
The following documents are to be submitted with Form 49A:
  • Individual applicants will have to affix one recent stamp size (3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) photograph on the form
  • Any one document listed in Rule 114 must be submitted as proof of identity and address
  • Designation and Code of the concerned Assessing Officer of the Income Tax Department will have to be mentioned in the form
14. Which documents will serve as proof of identity in case of individual applicants, including minors and Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) applicants?
In case of individual applicants, a copy of any of the following document has to be submitted:

School leaving certificate; matriculation certificate; a degree from a recognized educational institution; depository account; credit card; bank account; water bill; ration card; property tax assessment order; passport; voter identity card; driving license; certificate of identity signed by a MP or an MLA or a Municipal Councilor or a Gazetted Officer.

In case the PAN applicant is a minor, any of above documents of any of the parent or guardian of such minor shall serve as proof of Identity.

In case PAN application is made on behalf of a HUF, any of above documents of the Karta of the HUF will serve as proof of Identity.

15. What is proof of ‘Address’ for Individual applicants, including minors and HUF applicants?
In case of individual applicants, a copy of any of the following document has to be submitted as proof of ‘address’:

Electricity bill; telephone bill; depository account; credit card; bank account; ration card; employer certificate; passport; voter identity card; property tax assessment order; driving license; rent receipt; certificate of address signed by a MP / MLA / Municipal Councillor / Gazetted Officer.

In case the PAN applicant is a minor, any of above documents of any of the parents or guardian of such minor shall serve as proof of Address.

In case PAN application is made on behalf of a HUF, any of above documents of the Karta of the HUF will serve as proof of Address.

16. What documents will serve as proof of Identity and Address for other applicants?
A copy of any of the following documents will serve as proof of identity and address for other applicants:

Certificate of Registration issued by the Registrar of Companies; Copy of Certificate of Registration issued by the Registrar of Firms; Copy of Partnership Deed or Copy of Trust deed or Copy of Certificate of Registration Number issued by Charity Commissioner; Copy of Agreement or Copy of Certificate of Registration Number issued by Charity Commissioner or Registrar of Co-operative Society or any other Competent Authority; any other document originating from any Central or State Government Department establishing Identity and Address of such person.

17. How to find ‘Assessing Officer code’?
You may find the Assessing Officer code from the I-T Office where you submit your return of income. Applicants who have never filed return of income may find out Assessing Officer code with the help of either IT PAN Service Center or TIN Facilitation Center or jurisdictional Income Tax Office.

18. Is a photograph compulsory for making an application for PAN?
Yes, a photograph is compulsory ONLY in case of ‘Individual’ applicants.

19. What is the procedure for applicants who cannot sign?
Applicants who cannot sign can affix their Left Hand Thumb impression of the applicant on either Form 49A or ‘Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data’ at the place meant for signatures and get attested by a Magistrate or a Notary Public or a Gazetted Officer, with their official seal and stamp.

20. Is father’s name compulsory for female (including married/divorced/widow) applicants?
Yes father’s name is compulsory for female applicants irrespective of their marital status. In fact only father’s name is required to be filled in the PAN application (Form 49A).

21. Is it compulsory to mention telephone numbers on Form 49A?
No. Mentioning the telephone number is not compulsory, but its better to provide one as it helps in faster communication.

22. Who can apply on behalf of non-resident, minor, lunatic, idiot, and court of wards?
Section 160 of IT Act, 1961 provides for a Representative Assessee who will make an application for PAN on behalf of a non-resident, a minor, lunatic, idiot, and court of wards and such other persons.

23. I had applied to the department but I do not know my PAN?
Such people may contact the Aaykar Sampark Kendra (ASK) at 0124-2438000 (or 95124-2438000 from NCR). You may also visit the www.incometaxindia.gov.in and go to ‘Know your PAN’.

24. Are there any charges to be paid at IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers?
Yes there are charges to be paid at the above-mentioned centres. UTIISL and NSDL have been authorized to collect Rs.60 + Service Tax as applicable, per PAN application and this includes cost of a tamper proof PAN card. This amount will have to be paid in cash.

25. Do you need to apply for a PAN when you move or transfer from one city to another?
No. You do not need to apply for PAN in case of change of address. Permanent Account Number (PAN), as the name suggests, is a permanent number and does not change during lifetime of PAN holder. However, change of address is to be intimidated to the nearest IT PAN Service Centre or TIN Facilitation Centre as the database needs to be updated. These requests will have to be made in the form ‘Request For New PAN Card Or/And Changes In PAN Data’. Also, change of address might change the Assessing Officer.

26. Will the existing PAN cards issued by the Department remain valid in view of the new cards being allotted?
Yes, the existing PAN cards will be valid, and persons having the same need not apply for a new one. However, the I-T Department might persuade such possessors to surrender their old card and get the new one, as the latter would prevent the crime of duplication and forgery.

27. Income Tax Department has issued me a PAN card; can I obtain a new tamper proof PAN card?
Yes. Persons already having a PAN Card can apply for the new tamper proof card. This requires surrendering the old card and filling up the ‘Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data’ form, in which existing PAN will have to be indicated. The form and the card are to be handed over to the IT PAN Service Center or TIN Facilitation Centre. The payment of Rs.60 + Service Tax as applicable, will also have to be made.

28. I had applied for PAN and received PAN number but have not received the PAN Card?
Such people may apply in the form ‘Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data’ at any of the nearest IT PAN Service Center or TIN Facilitation Center quoting your PAN.

29. How will the new PAN card be delivered to me?
Your card will be delivered by the UTIISL or NSDL, as the case may be, at the address provided by you on the form.

30. I want to pay taxes today but I do not have a PAN?
It generally takes about 15 days to get a new PAN allotted. However, PAN can be obtained quicker (TATKAL PAN) in around 5 days if application is made through the Internet and the processing fee paid through a ‘nominated’ credit card. It is advisable to initiate action for obtaining PAN well in time.

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