The government has decided to issue biometric PAN cards to taxpayers across the country to weed out the problem of duplicate and fake ones. The decision was taken recently by the Finance Ministry and it comes in the wake of a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report that asked the Income Tax department to ensure that a single tax payer is not issued multiple cards.

The proposed new biometric Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards would bear the I-T assessee’ fingerprints (two from each hand) and the face.

There could be an option to existing PAN card holders to opt for the biometric cards, but it may not be mandatory, a senior official in the I-T department said.

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  1. Muthuswamy says:

    It shall be interesting to find out how many times Permanant Account Numbers are issued to the assessees in the country.

    Even the directories carrying the pan nos were published.

    All this is again and again repeated. Now this bio metric one.

    Hope this will reach some final stage as some time in near future.

  2. R.L.GARG says:

    Unless it is manadatory even for the existin PAN holder , it will not be possible to weed out the PAN cards issued more than one to any individual or firm or body corporate. Please review

  3. NISBAN says:

    PAN card is a very profitable business, whether managed by the IT deptt. as it used to be once, or by the daily-wager employees of the PSU unit managing now. Anyone can get any number of PAN cards issued in any name and in any fake/real address. And, getting a PAN card altered/modified, depending upon change of address, etc., is next to impossible. Let us see to what extent this project will succeed and the extent of harassment of the honest taxpayers.

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