- Date : 10/12/2020
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Find out how to get an e-PAN card online by reading this short guide.
PAN card or Permanent Account Number is a mandatory requirement for India's 1.46 crore income taxpayers. Simply put, this is a 10-digit alphanumeric identifier that is assigned to an individual or a business entity that has operations in India and is liable to pay tax.
One can even apply for a PAN card for reasons other than paying income tax. Records highlight that there are 445 million verified PAN cards issued in India until 31 March 2019. Initially, all PAN cards issued were hard copies. But now, taxpayers have the option to request for an e-PAN card.
Related: All About The PAN
What is an e-PAN card?
An e-PAN holds the same value as a physical PAN card. It comes with a QR code that contains the following demographic details:
- Permanent Account Number
- Name of taxpayer
- Father’s name
- Date of birth
- QR code
What is an e-PAN generally used for?
It is a unique identification number and is, therefore, an accepted form of identity authentication or verification of an individual or a company. The e-PAN may also be used to conduct financial transactions in India.
Who can apply for an e-PAN?
Existing customers can request for an e-PAN by visiting NSDL’s e-governance website. Since they already have a physical PAN card, it can be assumed that the eligibility criteria have already been met.
That said, e-PAN is being instantly allotted to first-time taxpayers as there has been a tremendous increase in the number of applications. Currently, the Income Tax Department is issuing e-PAN only to individual taxpayers.
There are certain eligibility criteria that first-time taxpayers should meet before they can apply for an e-PAN card. They must:
- Be a citizen of India
- Be an individual taxpayer
- Be a first-time applicant
- Possess an Aadhaar card
- Have an active mobile number linked to their Aadhaar card
How can one apply for an e-PAN card?
If you already have a physical PAN card, the procedure of applying for an e-PAN is pretty straightforward. Existing cardholders can log on to the NSDL portal to initiate a request for an e-PAN. Follow these steps:
- Fill in the details of your unique PAN and Aadhaar number
- Enter your date of birth
- Ensure that you have linked Aadhaar with PAN
- Make sure that your mobile number and email ID are registered
- Enter the captcha and click on ‘Submit’
The download facility for your e-PAN can be accessed from the NSDL e-Gov website through OTP-based Aadhaar authentication.
How can one download the e-PAN?
There are two ways of downloading your e-PAN card from the NSDL website.
1. Using the acknowledgement number:
- Enter your acknowledgement number
- Generate an OTP
- Click on the ‘Validate’ button
- Click on ‘Download PDF’
2. Using your personal details:
- Enter details required, such as PAN and date of birth
- Mention the security code
- Click on ‘Submit’
- Download your e-PAN
Depending on the method of download, the facility to apply for an e-PAN may or may not be free of cost. Only those cardholders whose PAN applications have been processed via the NSDL e-Gov and/or e-Filing portal of the IT Department will be able to avail of this service. Note that whether your application is for a new or existing PAN card, you cannot download e-PAN after one month of application as per NSDL guidelines. Read on to know what documents to keep ready while filing your ITR?