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Permanent Account Number or PAN is an identification number for taxpayers in India. It is a 10-digit number unique for each taxpayer in the country, assigned through a computer-based system. This number is used to pull all the tax-related information associated with a person from multiple sources. 

Once you apply for a PAN, the Income Tax department prints the number on a card and provides you with a PAN card. Thus, PAN also becomes your identification proof. 

The PAN card is valid for your lifetime. No renewals are required. However, you can apply for the change in information. One person, One PAN – that’s the rule, no exception to this!

How to Apply for a PAN Card?

The application for PAN Card is simple. It can be filled online at the website https://www.tin-nsdl.com/ sitting in the comfort of your home. The process is straightforward. You just have to specify your name, address, and other relevant information.

However, the selection of an appropriate form is important. There are two types of PAN Card forms:

FORM NUMBER APPLICABLE TO
49A Citizens of India, Indian citizens located outside India, and Indian entities
4AA Foreign citizens & foreign companies

The documents can be submitted via 2 modes: physical delivery of documents to NSDL or E-KYC.

If you want to make the application through offline mode, you just have to take a printout of the relevant form. Fill in the details manually. Attach the documents and send the signed form along with applicable fees. 

What are the fees for the Online PAN Card application?

Category A: In case you require a Physical card

If you need a physical card, you will have to select the option to provide consent for a physical card. The card will be delivered to your address within 7-8 days in such a case. Even if you choose a physical card, NSDL will provide the PAN on your registered mail address. Though the application can be made online, you can deliver the relevant documents either physically or through paperless mode. The fees will depend on how you deliver the documents.

Sub-Category Sr. No. Particulars Fees (Rs. Including GST*)
In case you submit the required documents physically to NSDL 1 Where the physical card is to be delivered to a place in India (i.e., address in India) 107
2 Where the physical card is to be delivered to a place outside India (i.e., address in a foreign country) 1,017
In case you submit the required documents through paperless mode (i.e., E-KYC, E-signed, scanned documents, or DSC signed documents) 3 Where the physical card is to be delivered to a place in India (i.e., address in India) 101
4 Where the physical card is to be delivered to a place outside India (i.e., address in a foreign country) 1,011

*GST at the rate of 18% is included in the above fees.

For foreign locations, the fees are higher considering the transport cost of the PAN card.

Category B: In case you require E-PAN Card (i.e., no physical card):

In case you don’t need a physical card, you will have to specify the choice of E-PAN. So, the cards will be delivered to your email address only. Since no physical printing is required, the cost saved by the government is passed on to the applicant by way of reduced fees as follows:

Sub-Category Sr. No. Particulars Fees (Rs. Including GST*)
In case you submit the required documents physically to NSDL 1 The electronic PAN card will be delivered to your email id as provided at the time of application. The form will not be processed if you do not specify your email id.  72
In case you submit the required documents through paperless mode (i.e., E-KYC, E-signed, scanned documents, or DSC signed documents) 2 The electronic PAN card will be delivered to your email id as provided at the time of application. The form will not be processed if you do not specify your email id.  66

*GST at the rate of 18% is included in the above fees.

Instant PAN CARD

  • Getting a PAN is now a 10-minutes job. It requires you to hold a valid Aadhar Number.
  • However, your mobile number should be linked to your Aadhar Card. Also, link your PAN number to your Aadhar card.
  • The government already retains demographic and other details through your Aadhar Number. The entire process is paperless. Even no KYC documents are required.
  • As per the new website, you can apply for e-PAN instantly through the following link: https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices/#/pre-login/instant-e-pan
  • The wow factor of this facility is that this process is free of cost. No application fees are required.

 

How To Apply For A Duplicate PAN CARD?

  • Duplicate PAN is required if you have lost the physical card. This process is known as “Reprinting of PAN Card.”
  • The application for the same can be made at https://www.onlineservices.nsdl.com/paam/ReprintEPan.html
  • However, this facility is available only for those whose PAN details are validated by NSDL or those who have applied for E-PAN through the income tax portal.
  •  The fees applicable for reprinting of PAN Card are Rs. 50 (in case dispatch is to be made in India) or Rs. 959 (in case dispatch is to be made at a location outside India).
  • However, you can save this cost by simply downloading the PAN Card online. E-PAN has the same status, usability, and authenticity as the physical PAN Card.

How To Download PAN CARD?

  • Downloading the PAN Card online is very easy in case your Aadhar Number is linked to the PAN.
  • Visit the website https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices/#/pre-login/instant-e-pan/checkStatusDownloadEpan
  • There are no fees for downloading the PAN card online.

Final Words

A decade ago, the Income Tax department used to take approximately 30 days to issue a PAN. The Income Tax department is now innovating by providing everything online. Thus, applying for a new PAN Card, reprinting the PAN, and updating or changing the PAN details are now possible online within a few clicks. The ITD is moving ahead with the tune of the new e-generation.

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