PAN card is an essential document (it is actually a card, not exactly a document) that every Indian tax payer must have to safely comply with the requirements of the government. PAN is a 10 digit string of characters, and the card bearing this number is called a PAN card. You can apply for a PAN card irrespective of whether you are employed or not. There are not even any restrictions on age, region or even nationality while applying for a PAN card. Yes, you can have a PAN card made for your new born baby. However, a parent or a guardian will have to sign the application of a PAN card in such a case. In fact, teenagers generally get their PAN cards made before they leave their undergraduate colleges! In all likelihood, you do not have a PAN card, but are definitely desirous of having one made. We intend to teach you the entire procedure to get a PAN card made for yourself in this article.
Mostly, the need of a PAN card is felt when one faces the task of filing income tax returns. Anyway, whatever the need for having a PAN card be, you would do well to have your PAN card firmly tucked inside your wallet. There are two offline routes you can pick to get to your PAN card, both equally easy and convenient.
Most Indians prefer taking the conventional route – that’s taking the help of an agent or a tax consultant who will apply for the PAN card on your behalf and charge a reasonable fee above the costs of making the PAN card for the service provided. This is perfectly fine, hundreds and thousands of Indians have their PAN cards made this way. In fact, people always try to stay away from getting involved in government run processes because of the general perception of their being loads of inefficiencies and bottlenecks in the same. This is true to a great extent as well. Naturally, tax consultants have a decent base of clients looking for their help to have PAN cards made. Just ask your tax consultant to file an application on your behalf, pay his fee, and relax as your PAN card reaches you in some weeks’ time. Of course, you still need to co-ordinate with the agent or consultant and provide him/her all the required documents.
But then, you do not need to take the first route. You can always take control in your hand and get yourself a PAN card without having to seek help from an agent. It hardly takes any considerable effort, and the whole process is as easily manageable as any you’d have indulged in. Here is the whole step by step guide, following which is a cake walk, and your self guided route to a PAN card.
Get an application form. The form you want is coded Form 49A, and is easily downloadable from the website if the department of Income Tax. Here’s the link: http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/
Here are a couple of more links from where you can get yourself a downloadable copy of the PAN card application form.
UTI Investor Services Ltd: http://www.utiisl.co.in/,
National Securities Depository Limited: http://tin.nsdl.com/
You may or may not have to take any action to complete this simple step. You will need a few passport sized photographs to complete the form. Here’s the size you should get – 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm. Ensure that the photograph is coloured, and is according to the specified size. Also, you should not get a photograph clicked where you are wearing sunglasses, or are not fully facing the camera straight in the lens. The authorities are extremely strict in these regards, and you can have your application rejected if there are problems such as these with the photographs.
The Extra Information
When you fill Form 49A, you have to mention the code as well as the designation of the concerned Assessing Officer of the taxation department. This information is not hard to find, and can be easily had from the Income Tax PAN service centres, which are mentioned in the websites that have been stated above.
You need proper documents to act as supplements with your PAN card application. You need two documents – one to prove your identity, and another to act as a proof of your residence. Here we present a list of documents that are held valid as proofs under their respective head.
Voter’s Identity Card
Certificate of Matriculation
School leaving certificate
Degree (must be from a recognised educational institution)
Property tax assessment order
Identity Certificate signed by an MP/ MLA/ municipal councillor/ gazetted officer
Property tax assessment order
The Form Filling
Fill the application form carefully in this last step. Now, submit it to an IT PAN service centre, or a TIN facilitation centre. You will need to give a nominal fees of Rs 65 a while submitting the application. To find the nearest centre, you can refer to the websites stated above and the lists of centres mentioned in there. Once this is done, your job is over, and you just have to sit back and relax as your application is processed. Within a month, you get your PAN card delivered to you.