Now use Aadhar card for applying for a PAN

Taxing Issues

The income-tax department has recently issued a notification whereby Aadhaar card can be used as a proof of identity and proof of address for applying a permanent account number (PAN).

Aadhaar is a 12-digit identification number that is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

Any individual who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by UIDAI can obtain an Aadhaar Card. It helps an individual to get access to certain subsidies and banking services, phone connections and gas connections.

What is a PAN: It is a 10-digit alphanumeric number issued by the income-tax department to all taxpayers. PAN helps in filing the tax returns as well as serves as an identity proof as it is required at various places like opening a bank account, purchase of immovable property, applying a telephone connection, etc.

Obtaining a PAN: An application for allotment of a PAN is required to be made in Form 49A. This form is available on the income-tax website. The applicant needs to provide certain details and affix two photographs on the form and sign at appropriate places. A PAN card is usually issued within 15-20 days of filing the application.

The form is required to be submitted alongwith proof of date of birth, identity and address. Proof of birth can be taken from the birth certificate, pension payment order, marriage certificate, matriculation certificate, passport, driving licence, domicile certificate or any affidavit from the magistrate.

Proof of identity can include a copy of the elector’s photo identity card, ration card, passport, driving licence, aadhaar card, pensioner card, etc. The proof of address can include an electricity bill, telephone bill, water bill, bank account statement, credit card statement, aadhaar card, passport, driving license, etc.

PAN is mandatory in some cases: PAN is mandatorily required to be quoted in some cases like:

>> Sale or purchase of immovable property of Rs 5 lakhs or more.

>> Sale or purchase of any motor vehicle other than two wheelers.

>> Depositing in saving bank or opening a term deposit of Rs 50,000 or more.

>> Making an application for installation of telephone connection including mobile.

>> Hotel bill payments above Rs 25,000.

>> Payment of Rs 50,000 or more to a mutual fund for purchasing units.

>> Payment of Rs 50,000 or more for bonds issued by RBI.

>> Life insurance premium payment in a year of Rs 50,000 or more, etc.

In addition to the above, there are certain high-value transactions in which reporting is automatically made by mutual funds, certain companies, banks, etc, through their annual information return.

To sum up: Having already made Aadhaar card a valid proof for opening a bank account or applying for a passport, Government of India has now allowed it for applying a PAN. This will help many citizens and the country in the long run.

High Court directs oil companies not to insist on submission of Aadhar cards

The Madras High Court today directed the oil companies not to insist on the submission of Aadhaar cards for availing of direct transfer of subsidy.
A Divison Bench of Justices R Sudhakar and V M Velumani of Madurai Bench said the Supreme Court was already hearing the issue, and till the apex court decided on it, LPG agents or the oil companies should not insist on production of Aadhaar card or submission of numbers etc.
he bench had already ordered notices be served on them to solicit their views on the matter.
The Petitioner S M Ananthamurgan, in his PIL, said gas agencies were insisting on Aadhaar card which was against a Supreme Court directive.
The apex court had said in September that Aadhaar was not mandatory for getting government subsidies. The central government had submitted that the document, which served as unique identity for Indian residents, was not mandatory for getting government aid.
Strangely, gas agencies were urging consumers to provide Aadhaar details along with their bank account details to get LPG subsidy directly into their accounts, the petitioner said.

Final call for linking Aadhar card to bank a/c

VASHI: The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation(NMMC) has appealed to residents to link their Aadhar card with their banks and gas distributors to avail of subsidies.

Residents, who are not yet registered under the Aadhar scheme, have been invited to registration centres. The civic body has opened 20 Aadhar enrolment centres for the final phase of the drive.

Aadhar card holders will have to provide bank details and the identification number of the LPG distributor. "We have recorded 94% enrollment," said civic chief Abasaheb Jarhad. Once the bank is linked to the Aadhar card, the subsidy amount will be automatically transferred to the account. The subsidy amount per cylinder stands at Rs 440.

Non Aadhar card holders will need to approach centres at CBD, Nerul, Vashi, Turbhe, Koparkhairane, Ghansoli, Airoli and Digha for enrolment. The centres will stay open till December 31.

30 lakh people from state rejected for Aadhar card

BHUBANESWAR: In a major setback to the enrolment process for 'Aadhar' in Odisha, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has rejected enrolled data of about 30 lakh people from the state on various grounds.
According to the Directorate of Census Operations, it has collected demographic and biometric (photos, iris scan, fingerprints etc) of 2.41 crore people and sent to the UIDAI by now. Of them, the UIDAI has found fault with the data of 29.29 lakh people and declined to generate their Aadhar cards. "It is a serious concern for us since the rejection rate is extremely high. It is also very surprising since we have collected the data by following the laid down procedures," said Bishnupada Sethi, director, census operations.

Sethi said the directorate has taken up the issue with the UIDAI several times but nothing has been done so far to address how to generate Aadhar number for these people. An UIDAI officer said the UIDAI will soon open a centre in Bhubaneswar (OCAC building) to address the issue of any grievances.

UIDAI has set up a Contact Centre.
The users of this system are expected to be residents, registrars and enrolment agencies.
Any resident seeking enrolment is given a printed acknowledgement form with an Enrolment Number, that enables the resident to make queries about her/his enrolment status through any communication channel of the contact centre.

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