What is PAN Card Fee- Know Everything About It

A PAN card is a financial asset that never gets depreciated with the passage of time, in fact, it is appreciated!

What is a PAN Card? – Understanding in Detail

Before we move on to learn about the PAN Card fee, let’s take a look at what is a PAN Card-

  • A PAN is a 10 digit alphanumeric number
  • It is issued to identify the taxpayers
  • A PAN card is issued to the taxpayers under the provisions of Section 139A of the Income Tax Act 1961
  • It is mandatory to link your PAN Card to your AADHAR card as per the Union budget 2017

A PAN is provided by the Income Tax Department of India to all the liable taxpayers and to foreign nationals (who intend to start financial activities in India) under some guidelines. It remains valid for a lifetime and serves as a proof of identity. A PAN is the most important document that needs to be submitted or quoted for a major number of purposes written below- 

  • For filing income tax returns
  • Buying jewellery that exceeds the permitted amount
  • To open a bank account
  • To apply for a loan or credit card
  • Sale or purchase of property
  • For sale or purchase of a car or other vehicles
  • To deposit an amount of more than Rs 50,000 into a bank account 
  • For trade purposes

To acquire a PAN card, an applicant needs to fill in the PAN application form and submit it to the concerned PAN authorities along with supporting documents and a fee. Anyone who fails to produce the documents does not pass the PAN card eligibility criteria. Besides, owning a PAN card is not a costly affair as the government imposes minimal and uniform charges to acquire it. 

In this blog, we will provide in-depth information about how much an applicant needs to pay to get a PAN card.

What are PAN Card Charges?

An applicant, whether an Indian national or a foreign citizen, needs to pay a fee to acquire a PAN card, get it reprinted or changed. This PAN card fee depends on the applicant’s communication address, and hence, varies for Indian and foreign citizens. Additionally, the government imposes different charges on the following categories –

  • PAN card charges for Indian Nationals
  • PAN card charges for people outside the country
  • Reprint/Changes in PAN card charges in India/Abroad
  • e-PAN Card charges

It takes almost 15-20 days to issue a PAN card. An applicant can check the PAN Card status through the official website of NSDL or UTIITSL.

PAN Card Charges for Indian Nationals

PAN Card Charges for Indian citizens

Indian applicants need to pay an amount of Rs 110 (Processing Fee + GST of 18%) to acquire a PAN card

Things to be noted- 

  • The Government of India, after finding discrepancies in the PAN card charges (due to the differences in the states) agreed to impose a uniform PAN card charge 
  • The charges to acquire a PAN card might vary as per the payment method that the applicant has opted for

PAN Card Charges for Foreigners

Foreigners or foreign entities who wish to acquire a PAN card must fill Form 49AA, submit the supporting documents and the required fee to the authorized PAN card centre. Below is the fee structure a foreign applicant should have an understanding of- 

PAN Card Charges for Foreign citizens

Foreigners are required to pay Rs. 1,011.00 (Application fee + Dispatch charges + GST of 18% for new PAN card)

  • With an Indian PAN card, foreigners and foreign entities can carry out financial activities and business only in India
  • For foreigners, the supporting documents might vary from the documents that the Indian citizens have to submit

Charges to Reprint or Make Changes in PAN Card in India/Abroad

A PAN cardholder (Indian citizen or Foreigner) can apply for a new PAN card under the following circumstances –

  • Lost PAN card
  • Damaged PAN card
  • Requires changes in the PAN card

Communication Address Type

PAN Card Charges 

Within India

Rs. 110 (Processing Fee + GST of 18%)

Outside India

Rs. 1020 (Application Fee + Dispatch Charges + GST of 18%)

e-PAN Card Charges for Indian and Foreign Citizens

Individuals and foreign citizens can now apply for e-PAN cards instead of a physical PAN card. The charges to apply for an e-PAN card are written below-

Type of Address

e-PAN Card Charges

Indian Communication Address

Rs. 66

Foreign Communication Address

Rs. 66

  • It is to be noted that an applicant should not have a physical debit card when he/she applies for an e-PAN card

PAN Card Charges- Modes of Payment

There are multiple ways to make payment of the PAN card charges. However, the modes of payment for Indian residents and foreigners are different from each other.

Communication Address

PAN Card Charges

Within India

Indian residents and NRIs have the following options to pay for PAN card fees- 

  • Debit cards
  • Credit card
  • Net banking
  • Demand Draft

*Debit/Credit card attracts additional charges of up to 2% against the application fee

*Net banking attracts a surcharge of Rs 4 + GST

*In case one pays through DD or Demand Draft, the DD should be made in favour of NSDL PAN

Outside India

Foreigners can pay their PAN card fees through- 

  • Debit cards
  • Credit Cards
  • Net Banking
  • Demand Draft

*Debit/Credit card attracts additional charges of up to 2% against the application fee

*Net banking attracts a surcharge of Rs 4 + GST

*Additionally, foreign residents are made to pay exchange charges that are imposed by Financial Institution to commence such payments

What is PAN Card Refund?

A PAN Card application gets rejected due to the following reasons- 

  • If an applicant fails to provide the required documents
  • If the applicant’s given information is incorrect/incomplete
  • If the applicant fails to adhere to the instructions and guidelines

In any of the given cases, applicants are not provided with a PAN card refund. However, they can still reapply for the PAN card and rectify the error or complete the information. Once done, they can submit the same PAN card payment details to get a PAN card successfully. 

Who can Make PAN Card Charges on Behalf of Others

The Government of India allows an individual other than the PAN Card applicant to pay the PAN card fee on behalf of the PAN card applicant. Here are the required details-

List of Applicants

Who can pay

Individuals

Either the applicant or his/her immediate family member can pay the PAN card application fee

Companies/Firms

Any Partner of the firm or the Director can pay for a PAN card on behalf of the original applicant

Hindu Undivided Family

Only the Karta or the Head of HUF can make PAN card payment

Associations/Trusts

Authorized signatory under the Income Tax Act can make PAN card payment

FAQs
I am an Indian citizen, which PAN Card application form do I need to fill?
There are two types of PAN application forms. Form 49A is for Indian citizens and Form 49AA is for foreigners.
Can I get a PAN card in 5 days?
It takes around 15-20 working days to issue a PAN card after the submission of a PAN card application.
Is the PAN card application free?
The Government of India has imposed a minimal charge to acquire a PAN card. An Indian citizen needs to pay Rs. 93 to get the PAN card at an Indian communication address; while the amount is Rs. 864 for foreign communication address.
Where can I use my PAN card?
A PAN cardholder can use a PAN card for multiple purposes-
  • For income tax purposes
  • To buy or sell property
  • To buy jewellery above the prescribed amount
  • To open a bank account
  • To get a loan or credit card
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