An e-PAN holds the same value as a physical PAN card issued using the standard PAN application procedure.
The income tax department has a service to issue e-PAN to individual taxpayers who have not been allotted a permanent account number (PAN). The only condition is that the individual must have an Aadhaar number and a mobile number linked to the Aadhaar.
As already stated, a valid Aadhaar and mobile number linked to Aadhaar are two primary prerequisites. Additionally, the applicant should not be a minor or a representative assessee as per Section 160 of the Income Tax Act.
The individual needs to visit the IT e-fi ling portal at the following link: https://eportal.incometax.gov. in/ and click on “Instant e-PAN” under the tab “Quick Services”. On the e-PAN page, click on the “Get New e-PAN”. Next, 12 digit Aadhaar number needs to be keyed in. After submission, an authentication code is sent on the registered mobile number. Once this is entered, the details of the individual such as photo, address, date of birth, address, gender are displayed and this needs to be confirmed. On confirmation, the application is successfully submitted and an acknowledgment number is generated for future reference.
This is a free service, no charges are payable for allotment of e-PAN.
Point to note
- An e-PAN holds the same value as a physical PAN card issued using the standard PAN application procedure.
- The individual can create an income tax e-fi ling account based on e-KYC details after being allotted an e-PAN.
Content on this page is courtesy Centre for Investment Education and Learning (CIEL). Contributions by Girija Gadre, Arti Bhargava and Labdhi Mehta.