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E-PAN Card Applicability

The recent introduction of e-PAN card aims at providing instant PAN allotment to new taxpayers. Here is everything you need to know about e-PAN and how to apply for it.

 

The following topics have been discussed in this article:

  1. About e-PAN
  2. Eligibility Criteria for e-PAN Application
  3. Procedure for e-PAN Application

 

1. About e-PAN

The Income Tax Department of India issued the Permanent Account Number (PAN) as a unique identification number for taxpayers. This 10-digit alpha-numeric code allows taxpayers to carry out financial transactions and helps the department to track transactions and ensure correct payment of taxes.

The e-PAN card is a recent introduction made by the Income Tax Department for instantly allotting PAN to new taxpayers. The number of applicants has been increasing at a growing rate. Therefore, the e-PAN card helps in catering to those applicants instantly. However, e-PAN cannot be issued to those taxpayers who already hold a PAN.

As of now, e-PAN is being issued to only individual taxpayers. E-PAN can be availed for free on a first-come-first-served basis because it is only made available for a limited time period.

2. Eligibility Criteria for e-PAN Application

The following criteria must be fulfilled in order to be eligible for applying for an e-PAN card:

  • Applicant should be an Individual Taxpayer
  • Applicant should be an Indian Resident
  • Applicant should not be holding a PAN already
  • Applicant should have an Aadhaar
  • Applicant should have an Aadhaar-linked active mobile number
  • Aadhaar details of the applicant should be updated and correct

3. Procedure for e-PAN Application

The following steps can be followed to apply for an e-PAN card:

Step 1 – Go to the Income Tax e-Filing website of India

Step 2 – Click “Apply Instant e-PAN”

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Step 3 – Go through the guidelines and click “Next”

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Step 4 – Enter details exactly as provided in the Aadhaar card. Tick on the acknowledgement box and click “Submit”

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Step 5 – By submitting the application, the process for e-PAN application will be initiated. Applicant should upload a scanned image of their signature with the specifications: resolution – 200 DPI, type – color, file type – JPEG, size – maximum 10 KB, and dimensions – 2 x 4.5 cm.

Step 6 – After the scanned copy is attached, the application will be complete. A 15-digit acknowledgement number will be sent to your e-mail address or mobile number as mentioned in the application. An alert will be sent via SMS once the e-PAN is allotted.

Step 7 – You can check the status of your e-PAN application by clicking “Check Application Status”.

E-PAN Card Applicability