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The e-PAN has been introduced by the income tax department. With e-PAN, first time taxpayers can instantly receive the PAN online. The Government is working towards this initiative, which will enable taxpayers’ access e-PAN through Aadhaar based e-KYC verification in less than 10 minutes.

The Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur, made the announcement in the Lok Sabha. He said that the government was planning to implement PAN/TAN processing centres, which would allocate e-PANs to taxpayers real-time, in less than 10 minutes.

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Who Can Apply for e-PAN?

The applicant must fulfil the following eligibility criteria to apply for e-PAN:

  • The applicant must be an Indian Resident.
  • The applicant must be an individual taxpayer. (Not HUF or a Company).
  • The applicant must hold a PAN Card.
  • The applicant must be enrolled under Aadhaar.
  • The applicant must have the active mobile number linked to Aadhaar.
  • The Aadhaar details of the applicant must be authentic and up-to-date.

See Also: How To Check The Status Of PAN Card?

7 Things To Know About e-PAN:

Listed below are some of the important points you must know on e-PAN:

  • The Government is working towards the completion of PAN/TAN processing centres with an objective of allotting e-PAN through Aadhaar based KYC verification on real-time basis.
  • As per the notification issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in December 2018, e-PANs are offered in the PDF format with QR code and are valid, just like original PAN cards.
  • These PAN cards are issued online in the electronic format and are sent to the user, via email. A digitally signed document must be submitted as identity proof for verification and other official purposes.
  • This facility aims to reduce the time required for allotment of PAN cards. This process benefits a large section of citizens who apply for PAN through Aadhaar based technology. This makes PAN application process, easy and hassle-free.
  • The PAN facility can only be availed by Indian citizens who have enrolled under Aadhaar. Only individual taxpayers can avail this facility and members of HUF or a company cannot avail e-PAN using this facility.
  • The TAN is an alphanumeric code which must be quoted by the taxpayer, while paying taxes to the Central Government. The PAN is also a 10-digit alphanumeric unique identification number which helps the IT Department, track and identify taxpayers and transactions, making sure the taxes are paid on time.
  • The e-PAN initiative aims to reduce the time taken to issue physical PAN cards as the IT department tries to bring the requisite changes through technological up-gradation in allotment and IT infrastructure. The Minister also said that further steps are being taken for the completion of the project.

This would help the IT department reduce the time taken to allot the PAN, especially to people who apply for PAN through Aadhaar based e-KYC route.

See Also: How Telecom Companies Verify Users Without Aadhaar?

How the Government is Planning to Get e-PAN in 10 Minutes?

The Government has initiated the process to improve technology and infrastructure, for the allotment of PAN to individual taxpayers. The income tax department will soon roll out e-PAN cards on enhanced real-time basis through PAN processing centres. The taxpayer who already holds a PAN or is enrolled under Aadhaar, can access this service free of cost. The e-PAN will be issued after KYC verification and in less than 10 minutes.

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