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New PAN card procedures to eliminate fake cards

Officials in the Income Tax department also said that the cost of obtaining a PAN card after rounding off has now been fixed at Rs 105, including taxes. The I-T department recently notified new procedures for verifying personal and proprietary data of an individual or entity for allotment of new Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards.

‘The new procedures of checking original documents for proving date of birth, address and identity have been brought in to check the complaints of fake PAN cards or multiple cards obtained by any entity,’ a senior I-T official said Tuesday.

From 3 February, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified that individuals or others wanting PAN will have to furnish copies of proof of identity, address and date of birth attached with their application forms and they will be checked against their original documents when applications are submitted at PAN facilitation centres.

While the original documents would be returned to applicants after on-the-spot verification, the applicant has to self-attest the photocopies.

The I-T department has found a number of individuals possessing multiple PAN cards or forging details to evade taxes and create ‘benami’ properties.
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