e-PAN – Everything You Need to Know About it

Last Updated at: Feb 08, 2021
e-PAN – Everything You Need to Know About it
On 28 May 2020, the government launched an instantaneous program for generating an electronic Permanent Account Number (EPAN). The program is open to all applicants who have their Aadhaar attached to their mobile phone.
The Income Tax Department (ITD) has made Aadhaar PAN link mandatory by 30th June 2020. You can check PAN Aadhaar link status through SMS; Find details at incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in


The Indian Income Tax Department issues a unique ten-digit alphanumeric code to every Indian taxpayer to identify them and help them process IT return statement. It is the backbone of every financial transaction related to taxation in India. The Permanent Account Number, popularly known as PAN, is one of the most important documents you can possess. Hence, it can also be used as Proof of Identity or address on several occasions and platforms.

The PAN was introduced to help the IT department keep a watchful eye on the taxpayers to prevent mishaps, frauds and tax evasions. The e-PAN is an improvement of the system which is already in place, and it is expected to help boost our economy by making financial dealings a whole lot easier. Read on, to know everything there is to know about e-PANS. 

e-PAN: What’s It All About?

The e-PAN is a new initiative of the Government to make things easier for first-time taxpayers by granting them an instant PAN card. The Government believes that such schemes will encourage more people to register for PAN in India. Also, as financial transactions have gotten more secure, people are applying for PAN in large numbers, and hence, such initiatives will make it easier for them to get the document in time and without delay.

However, e-PANS will not be granted to anyone who already has a PAN, and it is only available to individuals and not companies. The facility comes with no added costs, but, is on the market, for a short period of time. The process will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis, and so if you want one, you better hurry up. The service was kick-started on 29th June.

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Details in a PAN Card

  1. Permanent Account Number
  2. Name of the cardholder
  3. Account Holder’s Father’s name
  4. Date of Birth
  5. Gender
  6. Photograph for proof and identification
  7. Signature for identification and verification
  8. QR Code for easy scanning

Uses of PAN Card

  • Required to file IT returns
  • Needed for TDS/TCS filings
  • Required to withdraw an excess of Rs 50,000 from any bank account
  • Required when depositing more than Rs 50,000
  • Necessary for big-ticket sales and purchases

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Must be an Indian resident
  2. You must be an individual who pays tax; not a HUF or organisation
  3. Must not possess a PAN card
  4. Should have a verified Aadhaar Card which is up-to-date
  5. Your SIM card must be linked to your Aadhaar card
  6. People not under Section 160 of the Indian Income Tax Act

Applying for an e-PAN

  • Go to this link.
  • Apply for a new PAN
  • Choose the e-PAN only; No physical PAN card option.
  • Fill in the required details.
  • Double-check the information and click Submit.
  • To close the request, the user must sign a blank paper and scan it. The scanning must be done so that it complies with the following regulations:

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  • Once the process ID is done, a 15 digit acknowledgement number will be sent to your mobile and email ID. This number can be used to check the status of your e-PAN. Once the processing is complete, and the card is ready to be downloaded, you will be notified the same way.
  • The e-PAN notifications will be mailed to the registered email id of the applicant.
  • Make sure you cross-check all the details provided with the ones on your Aadhaar card.
  • Applications may be made via NSDL and UTIITSL portal.
  • UTIITSL charges Rs 8.26 to download the e-PAN, and this payment can be done online via several methods. 
  • To download the e-PAN, applicants must submit a request for reprint on the UTIITSL portal.
  • Expected time, if you are applying for PAN correction and updation into e-PAN is 30 days.
  • It requires no document; only the Aadhaar.
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