e-Pan Card facility has been launched by the Income tax department for the ease of the citizens who want instant PAN card, simply by applying online. The card facility is free of cost and as of now Beta version has been rolled out.
For someone to get the ePan, it is mandatory to have an Aadhar Card. Also, those who have Pan card already cannot apply for the ePan facility. Further, it is not possible to get ePan for company or LLP or partnership firm. Only Indian residents can apply ePan except the minors and people who do not fall under section 160 of the Income Tax act. ePan is not meant for Hindu Undivided Families, firms, trusts, companies and so on.
Aadhar is mandatory because the ePan would be created based on the details of Aadhar. In case the Aadhar card is not correct, information on ePan will also be incorrect. In case, the details on the Aadhar are wrong, first the mistakes should be rectified by visiting UIDAI after which an individual should apply for ePAN.
Procedure to apply for ePAN
Step 1 – Login to the Income tax India e-filing website and click on ‘Apply Instant e-Pan.
Step 2 – Next page would talk about all the guidelines for the application of an e-Pan. Once, you are through with the guidelines, click on ‘Next’
Step 3 – Feed all the details as per Aadhar card and after checking the acknowledgement number, click on submit.
Step 4 – After entering all the details, the procedure of ePan would be taken ahead. In order to complete the application, the applicant needs to sign in on a blank paper and scan it. Specifications for scanning are as mentioned:
- Resolution should be 200 DPI
- File type should be JPEG
- Type should be color
- Size should be maximum10 KB
- Dimension should be 2cmx4.5 cm
Step 5 – After scanning the copy, the electronic application is complete. Upon completion, a 15 digit acknowledgement number is sent on the email ID or the registered mobile number mentioned in the application. After the allotment of e-Pan, alert would be sent through SMS or email.
Step 6 – In case you want to check the status of the ePan, click the option below apply for ePan