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How to read your Income Tax PAN?

shailesh agarwal (professional accountant)   (7637 Points)

13 January 2009  

 How to read your Income Tax PAN?

The Income Tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Indian Income Tax Department.

A typical PAN for an individual would be AABPS1205E.

However, this appears to be a mysterious coded number to most of the people, there are some elements which would help you to validate a PAN.

The fourth letter of your PAN reflects your status. As such for an individual the letter will be 'P' for an HUF it will be an 'H', for firms - 'F' and for companies - 'C'.

The fifth letter of your PAN is the first letter of your surname in case of individuals and the first letter of the name in other cases. For example, in Nikhil Kumar's PAN the fourth letter will be 'P' and the fifth letter will be 'K'.

The other alphabets and numbers are allotted based on the Income Tax Department's series database.




 17 Replies

dheeraj kr singh (article) (287 Points)
Replied 13 January 2009

hi

i want to now the details of my PAN card .

as it is prepared by one of friend .

from where did i get the information

CA CS CIMA Prakash Somani (Landmark Group) (23477 Points)
Replied 13 January 2009

Very good info.. I dod not know that !!!


(Guest)
Originally posted by :CA Prakash Somani (A helping Hand)
" Very good info.. I dod not know that !!! "


 

yes really good info.........i was only aware of first letter of surname(i.e 5th letter of PAN card)

Kruti (C.A. Final Student) (195 Points)
Replied 13 January 2009

Good Information..

dheeraj kr singh (article) (287 Points)
Replied 13 January 2009

i know but please find out

about this

PRANAV MISHRA (CA Final student) (573 Points)
Replied 13 January 2009

CRITICAL OBSERVATION GOOD

KEEP IT UP

PRAVEEN KUMAR (MBA (Finance) B.Com.(P))   (3413 Points)
Replied 13 January 2009

CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT IS THE MEANING OF FIRST 3 DIGITS IN PAN NO. ISSUED BY INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT OF INDIA AND ALSO THE 10TH DIGIN MEANING.

I HAVE SEARCHED THE INTERNET & FOUND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ONLY ABOUT 4TH & 5TH DIGIT OF PAN NO. HERE IT IS:

ASSUME PAN NO. IS AAASA1234A

AAA S A 1234 A
|----- | | | ----- | |
5 4 3 2 1
1.Alphabetic check Digit
2.Sequential number running from 0001 to 9999
3.First character of assessee’s last name/surname
4.Status
5.Alphabetic series running from AAA to ZZZ

Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a ten-digit alphanumeric identifier, issued by Income Tax Department. Each assessee (e.g. individual, firm, company etc.) is issued a unique PAN.

1-5 field are alpha(A to Z)
6-9 field are numeric(0-9)
10 field is alpha(A-Z)


Forth field of pan denotes assessee status :
for individual="P"
for Company="C"
for Trust ="T"
for partnership firm="F"
Body of Individual:"B"

Association of persons:"A"
HUF="H"
Local authority:"L"
Govt.="G"
judicial artificial person:"j"

2.Fifth field of PAN denotes NAME


In case of individual: Surname/last name(as given in pan application)
for ex. in case of Ram Kumar(individual)
5th field will be "K"
4th field will be "P"
In case of Ram Kumar Gupta(Individual)
5th field will be "G"
4th field will be "P"


In case of All Other Assesees (not confirmed for all the assessee)
5th field will be first letter of Name/first Name
for ex : In case of Suresh Jindal (HUF)(confirmed)
5th field will be "S"(first letter of First name i.e Suresh)
4th field will be "H"(for Huf)

for ex: in case of ABB LTD(confirmed)
5th field will be "A"(first letter of First name)

4th field will be "C"(for company)

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PLEASE REPLY IF ANYONE KNOWS...

THANKS

PRAVEEN KUMAR

shailesh agarwal (professional accountant)   (7637 Points)
Replied 13 January 2009

 good explanation by praveen kumar

Abhinav Agarwal (M.Com C.A SAP Consultant)   (814 Points)
Replied 14 January 2009

Originally posted by :shailesh agarwal
"  One important link below to know your PAN : https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/knowpan/knowpan.jsp "


 

Pratik K (Student) (3406 Points)
Replied 14 January 2009

As you have stated that "As such for an individual the letter will be 'P' for an HUF it will be an 'H', for firms - 'F' and for companies - 'C'."

Here I would like to add that for Individual 'P' alloted on basis of the Person.In definition it is called Indiavidual Person and hence it is alloted 'P'

PRAVEEN KUMAR (MBA (Finance) B.Com.(P))   (3413 Points)
Replied 14 January 2009

Dear Abhinav Sir, Thanks for the link. but we are searching how income tax department issue pan no. wht is their method. Thanks PRaveen

Sunali (Learner) (1317 Points)
Replied 15 January 2009

really good info..Mr. Parveen..

Pratik More (CA FINAL CS ICWAI AMFI IRDA CGM M.COM ALL NCFM CRTFCT CPM CPA.)   (599 Points)
Replied 15 January 2009

NOT VERY GUD AS I ALREDY KNOWS IT........... JAI SRI KRISHNA......

PRAVEEN KUMAR (MBA (Finance) B.Com.(P))   (3413 Points)
Replied 15 January 2009

JAI SRI KRISHNA,

Pratik kumar more Jee,

It is good that u know this so i humbly request you to please let us know  WHAT IS THE MEANING OF FIRST 3 DIGITS IN PAN NO. AND ALSO THE 10TH DIGIN MEANING.

Thanks

:-)

Praveen


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