Use Aadhaar card to apply for instant ePAN online; know how to do it
Aadhaar Card, Permanent Account Number (PAN card), Voter ID are some of the documents which you must have in order to prove your identity and also to avail government provided benefits. Do you have all of them? If not, you can apply for them online by visiting the official websites. If you are an Aadhaar card holder then you can know that an Aadhaar Number can be used to apply for ePAN. However, it needs to be noted that this service can only be used if you do not have a PAN but have a valid Aadhaar card and your KYC details are updated.
Aadhaar card is provided by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and is useful for obtaining benefits such as filing Income Tax Returns, creating a bank account, etc. While the PAN Card is issued by the Income Tax Department. Also, for the uninitiated, ePAN is a digitally signed PAN card issued in electronic or digital format by the Income Tax Department. Also, it is mandatory to quote your PAN while filing your Income Tax Return.
You can generate your ePAN with the help of your Aadhaar and a mobile number. Also, generating an ePAN is free of cost, and can be done online.
How to apply for ePAN through Aadhaar card: Step-by-step guide
Go to the official website of the Income Tax Department or click on the link- https://www.incometax.gov.in/iec/foportal.
Click on the 'Instant ePAN' option from the 'Quick Links' section available on the homepage.
A new page will open from there click on 'Get New e-PAN' option.
You will then have to enter your Aadhaar number for PAN allocation and tick the 'I confirm that' box before tapping the 'Continue' button.
After this, you will receive an Aadhaar OTP on your registered mobile number. You need to provide the OTP in the required space and click on the 'Validate Aadhaar OTP and Continue' button.
Accept the terms and conditions mentioned on the OTP Validation page and press the Continue button.
Provide your OTP, check the box, and tap the Continue button once more.
You then need to click on 'Validate email ID' if your email ID has not been authenticated, enter your credentials, and click the Continue button.
You will be given an acknowledgment number once you submit your Aadhaar details for validation. You can know that the status of your PAN allotment can be checked by entering your Aadhaar number.
To download the ePAN, you will first have to complete the first two steps, click on the 'Check Status/Download PAN' option, provide your Aadhaar number and captcha code, tap on the Submit icon, validate by entering the OTP, and complete the procedure.
A PDF file link will be issued within 10 minutes if the PAN allocation was successful.