Aadhaar based instant PAN is a new facility announced by the Income tax department to avail PAN card within a 10 minutes. Instant PAN generation is an easy and time saving process. This facility can be simply accessed by the PAN applicants who have a valid Aadhaar number and mobile number registered with their Aadhaar card. This facility was introduced to ease the PAN allotment process, thus making the ease of compliance for the taxpayers. This Instant PAN can be generated through online mode without providing any documentations.
Generation of e-PAN or digitally signed PAN is a paperless process and is completely free of cost. Applicants can make use of this facility by visiting the website as given below: https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-PAN/index.html?lang=eng&lang=eng.
PAN number is issued in a pdf format and has an enhanced QR code with demographic and biometric information including the name, date of birth and photograph. All these information can be accessed through a QR code reader. It provides legal recognition of electronic records with digital signatures. It does not need any in person verification. PAN number is a 10 digit number composed of alphabets and numbers. It is a unique number and is required by financial companies and agencies. Only one PAN can be accessed by a single applicant as per the income tax norms. However, foreign citizens cannot make use of this facility.
Aadhaar based instant PAN allotment scheme:
Under this scheme, allotment of PAN is done on near-real time. In order to avail this service, the only thing that the applicants should possess is a valid Aadhaar number issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Instant PAN will be in a PDF format. As it comes up with the paper less facility, one can apply for a PAN from anywhere since there is no need to upload any documents for PAN generation.
Applicants have to enter their valid Aadhaar number. Once they have entered the Aadhaar number, they will receive an OTP on their registered mobile number. For e-PAN facility, e-KYC data of the Aadhaar number is exchanged with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). After that, PAN will be generated. Instant PAN is the same as that of the PAN issued by the Income-tax department via other modes of application. However, this PAN is paperless and free of cost.
Instant PAN Application process:
Instant PAN can be applied easily in a fewer steps.
In order to apply for instant PAN, one has to follow the below steps:
Downloading the e-PAN: