More than 11.44 lakh permanent account numbers (PANs) were deleted or de-activated in cases where multiple PANs were found allotted to one person, Parliament was informed last week. This was informed by Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
“As on July 27, 11,44,211 PANs have been identified and deleted or de-activated in cases where multiple PANs were found allotted to one person,” the minister said. PAN is the key identifier of taxable entity and aggregator of all financial transactions undertaken by one person. “One PAN for one person is the guiding principle for allotment of PAN,” Gangwar said.
He further said that as on July 27, 1,566 PANs have been identified as fake which were allotted to either non- existent person or in the names of persons with false identities. The facility to delete or de-activate the PAN is available with the Assessing Officer through application software.
During 2004 to 2007 also, an exercise for de-duplication of PAN was conducted in the tax department to identify probable duplicate PANs.
If you want to find out if your PAN cards are included in the list of those deactivated by the government, here’s what you need to do.
1. Do visit income tax efiling website, www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in, Look for ‘Know Your PAN’ option on the left side of the home page under column called ‘Services’.
2. Click on this
2. This action will take you to a new page, where you will be expected to submit details such as name, status, date of birth and contact number.
3. You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number. Just enter OTP and press ‘Validate’.
4. A pop up message will say “There are multiple records for this query. Provide additional information,” in case you have more than one PAN. But if you own just one PAN, you will be told that it is ‘Active’ under the ‘remarks’ section.
(With PTI inputs)