Permanent Account Number, abbreviated as PAN, is an important document or a card that has a unique 10-digit alphanumeric number embossed on it. It is issued to individuals, taxpayers and establishments by the government of India.
Why I Need A PAN Card
Every Indian and NRI who pays tax in India must have a PAN card. It helps one file income tax returns, pay direct taxes and to make all high-end transactions. It can also be used as an identity proof.
How Can One Apply For A Card
A PAN card can be applied online or offline. However, applying online is the best option as one will receive the card within two working days. The income tax department will send the card via post.
How To Apply Online
Visit sites like NSDL or UTIITSL websites or click the below links to apply. Both these sites are authorised by the government of India.
Fill the application form and refer to the instruction booklet before entering the details
Pay a nominal fee towards application
Upload the necessary documents and submit the form
Make a note of your application number to track the progress of the application
How To Apply Offline
Every state has local PAN centres. For details, click the below link and enter your state to get the address.
Download the Form 49A from the website and visit the service centre. Produce necessary documents and pay the application fee. One can also find agents to get the PAN card.
Documents Needed For PAN
Proof of age
Your PAN card application is subjected to rejection if wrong documents are submitted or details are entered wrongly while filling the form. Thus, make sure that all the details are entered correctly.
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