The permanent account number has got a great importance in today’s life and is now a vital part of any financial transaction. The tax department mainly gives a PAN card to a person for the purpose of identification and to help in various transactions and information pertaining to him. One should apply for a PAN card by May 31 of the relevant assessment year when his/her income exceeds the basic exemption limit.
The following things have to be check while applying for a PAN card:
• Any one of the following documents should be submitted as a proof of identity: School leaving /matriculation certificate or a recognized degree or a credit card or a bank account statement or a passport or water bill or driving license or a voter’s identity card or property tax assessment order or a ration card or a certificate of identification signed by a Member of Parliament or Legislative Assembly, Municipal Councillor or Gazetted Officer.
• Any one of the following documents should be submitted as an address proof: passport or bank account statement or driving license or voter’s identity card or ration card or employer’s certificate or telephone or electricity bill or property tax assessment order or rent receipt or certificate of address signed by a Member of Parliament or Legislative Assembly or Municipal Councillor or Gazetted Officer.
• A recent stamp-size colour photograph should be affixed.
• The designation and code of the concerned Assessing Officer of the IT Department should be mentioned.
• Do not use initials. You should mention only your full name.
• You have the option of applying through a resident representative, If you are an NRI. If you wish, you can apply directly, so long as you are in one of the 90+ countries listed on their web site as mailing locations.
• The status of your application can be tracked on the TIN-NSDL website – for which, you should quote your acknowledgement number.