I-T Dept may make ‘date of birth’ proof mandatory for PAN card
Taking a step towards drive against fake permanent account number the income tax department is considering making proof of date-of-birth mandatory for issuance of PAN Cards.
According to IT department statistics, 170 million people in India possess PAN cards but the number of tax return is only about 30 millions. Main reason behind this is people who do not file income tax return also get PAN card just to use it as an identification proof.
To get a PAN card one needs to provide a ration card and rent receipts which can easily be faked. To overcome this problem and to curtail the number of PAN cards, Ration Cards and rent receipts might no longer be accepted as proofs of identity and address for issuance of a PAN Card, Department might ask for proof of date-of-birth certificate for issuing PAN card.
At present, bank account statement/passbook, ration card, passport, voter ID card, driving license, depository account statement etc are accepted as proof of identity as well as address.
This new restrictions will be only applicable for fresh applicants and does not affect already issued PAN card holders.
Last year the Finance Ministry has replaced old PAN application from with new adding a space which allows applicant to quote his or her Aadhaar Number.