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Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the
form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department, to any “person” who
applies for it or to whom the department allots the number without an application.
PAN enables the department to link all transactions of the “person” with the
department. These transactions include tax payments, TDS/TCS credits, returns of
income/wealth/gift/FBT, specified transactions, correspondence, and so on. PAN,
thus, acts as an identifier for the “person” with the tax department.
PAN was introduced to facilitates linking of various documents, including payment of
taxes, assessment, tax demand, tax arrears etc. relating to an assessee, to facilitate
easy retrieval of information and to facilitate matching of information relating to
investment, raising of loans and other business activities of taxpayers collected
through various sources, both internal as well as external, for detecting and combating
tax evasion and widening of tax base.

A typical PAN is AFZPK7190K.
First three characters i.e. “AFZ” in the above PAN are alphabetic series running from
Fourth character of PAN i.e. “P” in the above PAN represents the status of the PAN
holder. “P” stands for Individual, “F” stands for Firm, “C” stands for Company, “H”
stands for HUF, “A” stands for AOP, “T” stands for TRUST etc.
Fifth character i.e. “K” in the above PAN represents first character of the PAN
holder’s last name/surname.
Next four characters i.e. “7190” in the above PAN are sequential number running
from 0001 to 9999.
Last character i.e. “K” in the above PAN is an alphabetic check digit.


It is mandatory to quote PAN on return of income, all correspondence with any
income tax authority. From 1 January 2005 it will be mandatory to quote PAN on
challans for any payments due to Income Tax Department.
It is also compulsory to quote PAN in all documents pertaining to the following
financial transactions :-
(a) sale or purchase of any immovable property valued at five lakh rupees or more;
(b) sale or purchase of a motor vehicle or vehicle, [the sale or purchase of a motor
vehicle or vehicle does not include two wheeled vehicles, inclusive of any detachable
side-car having an extra wheel, attached to the motor vehicle;]
(c) a time deposit, exceeding fifty thousand rupees, with a banking company ;
(d) a deposit, exceeding fifty thousand rupees, in any account with Post Office
Savings Bank;
(e) a contract of a value exceeding one lakh rupees for sale or purchase of securities;
(f) opening a bank account;
(g) making an application for installation of a telephone connection (including a
cellular telephone connection);
(h) payment to hotels and restaurants against their bills for an amount exceeding
twenty-five thousand rupees at any one time ;
(i) payment in cash for purchase of bank drafts or pay orders or banker’s cheques for
an amount aggregating fifty thousand rupees or more during any one day;
(j) deposit in cash aggregating fifty thousand rupees or more with a bank during any
one day;
(k) payment in cash in connection with travel to any foreign country of an amount
exceeding twenty-five thousand rupees at any one time.


The legal authority for allotment and use of the new series of PAN is derived from
PAN, e.g, who is required to apply for PAN, who else can apply for PAN, who will
allot PAN, transactions where PAN is required to be quoted, use of PAN in TDS
certificates and TDS returns, that one person can have only one PAN and the manner
of applying for PAN.

1962. This rule, amended in 2003, also specifies the copies of documents required to
be submitted along with the PAN application as proof of identity and address of the
PAN applicant.

entering into specified transactions/activities. Persons who do not have PAN are
the persons to whom section 139A does not apply. These are persons who have
Govt./State Govt. and Consular offices, where they are payers.
provisions of section 139A.

Section 139A of the Income-tax Act, 1961. This section lays down the framework for
The manner of applying for PAN is laid down in Rule 114 of the Income-tax Rules,
Rule 114B lists down the documents in which PAN is required to be quoted while
exempted from quoting PAN on furnishing a declaration in Form 60. Rule 114C lists
agricultural income by furnishing declaration in Form 61, non-residents, and Central
Penalty of Rs.10,000/- is

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