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11 Lakh PAN Cards Deactivated: Is Yours Still Active Research Team | Posted On Tuesday, August 08,2017, 06:46 PM

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11 Lakh PAN Cards Deactivated: Is Yours Still Active



The Modi Government has launched a massive crackdown on duplicate or multiple PAN Cards to stop tax evasion, identity theft, purchase of benami properties and also curb the spread of black money in the economy. The Government has detected a large number of fake PAN Cards.

Government rules say, you and other citizens can have only one PAN card. A penalty of INR 10,000 can be imposed if you are found having more than one PAN. But, citizens making illegal financial transactions or dealing in black money, use duplicate PAN cards or have multiple PAN Cards, to help evade taxes.

PAN helps the Government track all your financial transactions and make sure you pay income taxes. If you and other citizens have multiple PAN cards or even duplicate ones, you can easily evade taxes. The Government wants to put an end to this.

India has more than 25 crore PAN cards and the Government has deactivated more than 11.44 Lakh PANs. You must be really worried. Is your PAN among these 11.44 Lakh PANs? There's a simple way you can find out.

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11 Lakh PAN Cards Deactivated : Is Yours Still Active


The Government is real serious on curbing the spread of black money in the economy. If you have multiple or duplicate PANs, your PAN could be deactivated. This could be a problem, you definitely don't want to face. To check if your PAN Card is active, you will have to visit the Income Tax e-filing website.


Steps to check if your PAN is active


These are the steps you must follow to check if your PAN is active:









  • You then click on the "Know Your PAN" option available on the home page of the website. You will find it under the left hand column called "Services."





  • The website will direct you to a new page where you have to enter basic personal details like First, Middle and Surname, Status, Gender, DOB and mobile number.





  • Double check your details. Before clicking the submit button, make sure you enter the same mobile number, you have entered on the form while applying for your PAN Card. You then click the "Submit" button. The IT Department will send you an OTP (One Time Password) to your mobile. You need to enter this OTP in the given space and click on the "Validate" button.




  • You will find a remarks section which will help you understand the status of your PAN Card. If all is well, you will see "PAN Card is active." You will also get to know the jurisdiction under which your PAN is active.

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The Government wants you to link Aadhaar with PAN. This will help weed out duplicate PAN cards and also make sure, one citizen has only a single PAN Card. The Aadhaar number a 12 digit identity number, is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India and the PAN is allotted by the Income Tax Department. Linking of Aadhaar to PAN will allow the tax department to catch duplicate PAN's and also resolve cases where one PAN has been allotted to a number of citizens. Be Wise, Get Rich.

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