Govt deactivates 11 lakh PAN cards; Here's how you can check yours

Govt deactivates 11 lakh PAN cards; Here's how you can check yours

In an attempt to win the battle against the frauds pertaining to holding multiple PAN cards so as to avoid paying taxes, the central government has deactivated almost 11.4 lakh PAN cards by July 27 of this year.

The government has also noticed that several bogus PAN cards are allotted to non-existing people. As per the government norms it is not legal to have multiple PAN accounts for an Individual and also the fake accounts are deactivated. To check your PAN card availability status, visit Income Tax e-filing Website.

Gangwar, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha said, "In this regard, the PAN service provider carries out onsite verification of PAN applications to verify identity and addresses of the applicant and share the report of such verification to the concerned Assessing Officer". On already existing, allotted PAN the government has cross checked and deleted / deactivated many PAN cards.

Log on to the income tax India website https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

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Enter the OTP you have received on your registered mobile number and then click on 'Validate' option.

3- In the Know Your PAN section you need to fill some personal details like surname, middle name, first name, status, date of birth and gender etc. After filling out the details, click on "Submit" option. What this means is, it is better to check for yourself if your PAN is still active and not one among those which was cancelled. Here you will have to fill in the OTP, which will have been sent to your registered mobile number.

If there is more than one PAN number registered with the same details, you will see a notification regarding the same. "Please provide additional information" and will ask for more details.

On the final page at Remarks column, your PAN card statement is displayed.

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