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Introduction to PAN Jurisdiction

The Permanent Account Number (PAN) is allotted to taxpayers by the Income Tax Department so as to monitor their monetary transactions. Knowing your PAN jurisdiction is important because it helps in changing your permanent address easily. An overview of the same has been elaborated in this article.

The following topics have been discussed in this article:

About PAN Jurisdiction
How to Know Your PAN Jurisdiction?
Changing Your PAN Jurisdiction

About PAN Jurisdiction

The Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a unique 10-digit alphanumeric code which is allotted by the Income Tax Department to the taxpayers. This number helps the department to keep track of the monetary transactions made by the taxpayers. Monitoring their transactions further helps the government to ensure that no practices of tax evasion are being carried out in the country.

Every holder of a PAN card is linked to the Assessing Officer through a 10 digit code which is fed into the PAN database. This code indicates the PAN’s jurisdiction, circle or ward, Commissioner in-charge, etc. PAN jurisdiction can be obtained through various websites. However, taxpayers are advised to visit the official Income Tax Department website to know their PAN jurisdiction.

It is important to know your PAN jurisdiction because it will provide you with complete information of your Commissioner’s charge, Joint Commissioner’s range, Chief Commissioner’s region, and the designation and place of the Assessing Officer. Once the PAN is entered to the official website, it provides the taxpayer with all his/her jurisdictional information.

Knowing one’s PAN jurisdiction further makes it easier to change or shift the permanent address and check the PAN card status. The PAN jurisdiction of the taxpayer lays with his/her jurisdictional Assessing Officer. Thus, while changing the permanent address, the same has to be communicated to the officer who can further assess the PAN application.

How to Know Your PAN Jurisdiction?

In order to know your PAN jurisdiction, you may follow these basic steps given below:

Step 1 – Go to the official Income Tax Department Website.

Step 2 – Click on the tab “Know Your PAN/TAN/AO”.

Step 3 – Enter your PAN and your mobile number in the given fields and then click on “Submit”.

Step 4 – You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number. Enter it in the relevant field and click on “Submit”.

Step 5 – The jurisdictional details of your PAN will be displayed on your screen.

Changing Your PAN Jurisdiction

There are mainly two reasons for taxpayers to change their PAN jurisdiction. The steps for both have been elaborated below:

  • Due to Change in Permanent Address: When the taxpayer is shifting his/her permanent address, they may follow the steps given below for changing their PAN jurisdiction:

Step 1 – Go to the official NSDL website.

Step 2 – Under “Services”, click on “PAN”.

Step 3 – Under the section “Changes/Correction in PAN Data”, click on “Apply”.

Step 4 – Enter your details carefully as required and upload the required documents.

Step 5 – Upon submitting, you will be taken to the page of payment gateway. Make the payment of the amount required and click on “Submit”.

Step 6 – Within 15 days of submitting the form, you will receive your new PAN card with the code for the new Assessing Officer.

  • Due to Dissatisfaction with Assessing Officer’s Behavior: It may so happen that the taxpayer is dissatisfied with the behavior of his/her current Assessing Officer, which may lead to the taxpayer wanting to change his/her PAN jurisdiction. The following steps can be followed so as to change the PAN jurisdiction in this case:

Step 1 – Send a letter to the authorized representative elaborating your concerns in details.

Step 2 – Clearly state your details like your name, address, name of Assessing Officer, and the reason for your dissatisfaction with the officer’s work.

Step 3 – Sign the letter and get the Assessing Officer’s signature on it as well.

Step 4 – Attach relevant documents along with the letter and mail it to the authorized representative.

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