1. EPIC or Aadhaar document enough to get PAN card

EPIC or Aadhaar document enough to get PAN card

An EPIC or Aadhaar document will now be enough for any individual to obtain PAN card as the Income Tax Department has relaxed...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2015 10:19 PM
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“The new notification, in simple terms, means that henceforth having only an EPIC or Aadhaar will be enough a document for any individual to obtain the PAN card.

An EPIC or Aadhaar document will now be enough for any individual to obtain PAN card as the Income Tax Department has relaxed the cumbersome procedure of having multiple documents to prove one’s own identity.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy making body of the I-T Department, has recently issued a notification making the Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC) and Aadhaar, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India, valid proof of “date of birth” for obtaining PAN card.

Till now, both these photo ID cards were only considered as valid proof for substantiating the “identity” and “address” of an individual and not their date of birth.

“The new notification, in simple terms, means that henceforth having only an EPIC or Aadhaar will be enough a document for any individual to obtain the PAN card.

“These two documents will be valid as the proof an individual’s identity, address and date of birth, thereby reducing the cumbersome procedure of having multiple documents to prove one’s own identity. The EPIC and Aadhaar are now unique and all purpose identifiers,” a senior I-T department officer told PTI.

As part of the new notification, the government has also made a “photo identity card issued by the central government or state government or central public sector undertaking or state public sector undertaking or the central government health service scheme photo card or ex-servicemen contributory health scheme photo card” as the valid proofs for establishing the date of birth of an individual.

“So, effectively now, there are a total of 12 identity documents which could be used to establish the date of birth of an individual who is applying for a PAN card as compared to the eight earlier. But for a common man, who is not in government service, only an EPIC or Aadhaar is required,” the officer explained.

The officer said this new arrangement has been made possible as the government has embarked on a mission to bring the three unique identifiers – EPIC, Aadhaar and PAN – on one platform and have inter-links between their databases in order to thwart attempts of duplicity or forgery in any of these three documents which are the most essential when it comes to taking legitimate benefits of government schemes.

PAN is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department, to any person who applies for it or to whom the department allots the number without an application.

The EC and the Income Tax Department had recently made announcements that they would be sharing their respective databases and getting on-board with the Aadhaar platform, whose numbers have swelled to 76.83 crore till February 15 this year.

An individual has to apply, either manually or electronically, with copies of proof of identity, address and date of birth along with the application form to obtain a PAN whose government stipulated fee is Rs 105.

The EPIC and Aadhaar fulfil all the three mandatory requirements.

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    Bv
    Apr 20, 2015 at 10:17 pm
    Very good beginning to respect and give a proper place to aadhar. if the Government of the day is serious that every citizen of this country must have an an aadhar card to prove his ideny, than why so many other idenies to be recognized to issue pan card. Let the government be clear in its mind that if one wants to get a pan card he must have only the aadhar card why ifs and buts. Due to our own govt's confusion the elite people play as they like with regard to the recognition of the aadhar for all the benefits like subsidy etc etc. The govt of the day must be firm in implementing the possession of aadhar to every citizen of this country to prove his citizenship not any other id issued by any other insution as they like. instead they can embed it with aadhar if they really have the national spirit. of late the system is very slack and lethargy. like the respective websites doesn't open online and says error most of the time and the authorities doesn't bother to reply for the mail though they were give with an email id. hence ones again the request to the govt is if you are clear and serious in your mind with regarding to the aadhar than implement it totally and give it to proper hands to organize and implement otherwise it will become like any other id card issued in this country without any proper or limited validity and will become a mockery .
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