It’s terribly frustrating to lose any government document. A lost PAN card is particularly frustrating, because it’s such an important document — without it most financial transactions are not possible. You can’t, for example, apply for a passport, open a bank account or pay your income tax without one. Thankfully, despite the three to four weeks it may take to get yours back, the government has simplified the procedure for getting a duplicate PAN card.
Do you know your PAN number?
The number of your PAN card is crucial. Since it is a unique number, entering this number on the document while applying for a duplicate PAN card will speed up the process. If you don’t know the number, not to worry. There are various ways to retrieve it.
The easiest way to get your PAN Card number is:
1.Log on to the Income Tax India website.
2.Fill in basic details, such as date of birth, name and captcha code (note: if you have no middle name, leave it blank).
3.Retrieve you PAN Card Number.
4. If the said link does not work, call the Customer Care number 020-27218080/81.
1. Check any income tax return.
2. Check with your bank. You would have submitted your PAN card at some point.
3. Check any Form 16. If you don’t have one, check with your employer.
4. Check any other financial transactions, such as a Fixed Deposit.
PAN CARD LOST: WHAT TO DO?
Lodge Complaint: The first and foremost thing you need to do, when you find your PAN card missing is to visit the nearest railway station and to lodge a complaint. Be sure to get an acknowledgment copy/receipt of the FIR filed, as this might help as a reference when you apply for the new PAN card.
Acknowledgement: The acknowledgement receipt is essential to prevent the misuse of your card by a third party, and also to save you from being held responsible for its inappropriate use.
Thereafter, write a letter addressed to the Income Tax Department, requesting it to issue a duplicate PAN card. Ensure that you meticulously note every detail of your lost PAN card and also attach a copy of the FIR, stating loss of your old PAN card.
PAN Card Lost: Apply Online or Offline
It is essential to fill in a new application form to get a duplicate PAN card. Look at these pointers for detail.
1. There are two choices in front of you – you can either choose to obtain a fresh PAN card application form in person (a hard copy of the form) or apply for it through an online application.
2. For online applications, click this link. Read the guidelines and instructions carefully, before filling in the mandatory details.
3. For the printed form, click this link and download Form 49.
4. Enter in all the required details and submit it along with the identity proof, address proof and complaint copy to the PAN Centre/NSDL TIN Facilitation Centre nearest to your present location.
5. For help finding the PAN Centre, visit the link here. Enter the state and the district you reside in to find the details of the nearest PAN center as well as the contact person.
PAN CARD LOST: STEPS AFTER YOU’VE FILLED THE FORM
1. You will be redirected to the payment window after you finish filling the application form. On successful confirmation of payment, all you have to do is to take a print out of the acknowledgment receipt as it appears on the screen. Send it to the address mentioned below, within 15 days of online application:
National Securities Depository Limited,
3rd Floor, Sapphire Chambers,
Near Baner Telephone Exchange, Baner,
Pune – 411045.
2. The hard copy of the receipt/acknowledgement should be accompanied by the following:
(a) FIR/ complaint copy; (b) a self-attested passport size photo; (c) valid address proof; (d) valid self-attested identity proof; (e) PAN proof (the printout of the receipt available will suffice)
3. Save a photocopy of the acknowledgement receipt for your reference.
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PAN LOST: IMPORTANT POINTS
1. Ensure that you write “APPLICATION FOR PAN CHANGE REQUEST- Acknowledgment Number” on the envelope, before sending it to the NSDL.
2. If the new PAN card is not obtained within two to three weeks of sending the hard copy of your application, check your PAN card status. Entering the acknowledgement receipt number will suffice to get the essential details.
3. Start checking your PAN application status within 24 hours of submission of the online application or through the PAN Centre/NSDL TIN Facilitation Centre, to ensure quicker processing.