Soon, Father’s Name May Not Be A Must For PAN Card

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The Income Tax department recently proposed to do away with the mandatory requirement of mentioning father’s name while applying for a Permanent Account Number (PAN).According to a draft notification, where the mother of a PAN applicant is a single parent, the individual would have to mention only the name of the mother.

At present, providing father’s name in the PAN application Forms (Form No 49A and Form No 49AA) is mandatory, however, the applicant has been given an option to select the name of either father or mother, which the applicant may like to be printed on PAN card.

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A report cited a draft notification proposing amendments in rule 114 of the income tax rules, which has proposed that furnishing father’s name will not be mandatory for those whose mother is the single parent.

Rule 114 of the Income Tax Rules, 1962 provides for the manner in which an application for allotment of a permanent account number (PAN) shall be made in form No 49A and form No 49AA.

The tax department had received several representations seeking relaxation in the rules regarding father’s name in the PAN application. Those with the mother as the single parent had faced difficulty in applying for PAN.

 

 The tax department is also proposing to empower Principal Director General or Director-General Income Tax to specify the manner in which PAN would be issued to an applicant.
 Under the current norms, a PAN with 10 alphanumeric characters has to be issued in the form of a laminated card. The draft notification also proses a timeline for applying for PAN card by entities entering into financial transactions of Rs 2.50 lakh or more in a financial year.
 Comments and suggestions on the draft notification may be sent by September 17, 2018.
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