Govt defers decision to change PAN procedures

30 January 2014

The government has decided to keep its decision to change the procedure for allotment of PAN in abeyance till further orders.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) today announced its decision to keep in abeyance the decision to change the procedure for PAN allotment till further orders.

Accordingly, the CBDT has directed PAN service providers to put the new procedures on hold till further orders.

In the meantime, the old procedure of PAN application and allotment shall continue, an official release said.

The government had on 24 January, announced that the procedure for PAN allotment would undergo a change with effect from 3 February 2014.

Under the changes announced on Friday last week, every PAN applicant had to submit self-attested copies of proof of identity (POI), proof of address (POA) and date of birth (DOB) and also produce original documents of such POI/POA/DOB certificates, for verification at the counter of PAN facilitation centres.

The copies of POI, POA and DOB documents attached with PAN application form will be verified vis a vis their original documents at the time of submission of PAN application at PAN facilitation centre.

Original documents will not be retained by the PAN facilitation centres and will be returned back to the applicant after verification.

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