New Delhi: Personal Account Number (PAN), the unique ten-digit alphanumeric ID issued by Income Tax Department, is the most important document which is needed at the time of filing the income tax returns and addressing the other tax assessment-related issues. The Income Tax Department conducts a third-party verification to verify the identity and address of the PAN applications along with genuineness of documents submitted by them during PAN application.
The Income Tax Department also provides the facility of online PAN verification under which an individual or entity can know/verify the PAN. In order to verify the PAN, a user is required to log in at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and navigate to ‘Profile Settings’ then ‘My Profile’ to view the details. Under this facility, PAN verification is screen-based, file-based and software (API, i.e.server to server talk) based.
For bulk PAN verification (for government and non-government agencies), a user can register as a bulk PAN verification agency at www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. After registering, you can visit ‘Bulk PAN Query’ and click on ‘Upload Query’. The query should be uploaded in the specified format before submission. Obtain the token number generated after submitting the query. The status of the PAN uploaded through the query system will be displayed.
The Income Tax Department also allows online PAN verification for approved government and non-government agencies on ‘user pays’ model which is chargeable.
Under the screen-based verification, users can furnish up to a maximum of five PANs in the screen provided. The PANs may be entered in the boxes provided in the screen and then submitted. The response giving details of PAN will be displayed in the response screen. On the other hand, 1,000 PANs can be verified through the file and screen-based verification.