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Q1. What is a PAN number?

PAN is permanent account number. It is a unique identity number allotted to individuals and companies by the Indian tax department. Basically it is a 10-digit unique identification alphanumeric number (containing both alphabets and numbers) assigned to Indians.

Q2. What is a PAN card?

It is a plastic card that reflects your PAN number.

Q3. What does a PAN card reflect?

It shows a Govt hologram, QR code, your name, date of birth or date of incorporation, signature, photograph, etc.

Q4. Why is it needed & is it compulsory?

As per new regulatory norms, both resident & non-residents Indians; including foreign nationals and international companies with or without any presence in India, are required to provide a copy of their PAN card while carrying financial, investment or business transactions; like: opening bank accounts, paying bills, filing taxes, raising invoices, buying or selling real estate, renting, etc to name a few.  

Q5. Is aadhar, Indian address and Embassy attestation compulsory to apply for a PAN card?

A5. No. For a NRI, PIO, OCI, US & foreign citizens living outside India and who haven't lived in India in the past 182 days, Aadhar, is NOT compulsory. Secondly, Indian address and embassy notarization/attestation is also not compulsory for NRIs & foreign nationals in most cases. For any clarification please feel free to email us at: info@pancardnri.com

Q6. How can this website help you?

A6. Getting a PAN card from the Indian Government can be a complex process for people living outside India. Our goal is to make this process simple and hassle free for our clients by providing them step by step assistance & consulting from start to end. Once you start your process with us; our adviser contacts you to understand your case in depth, provides you requisite application forms and advises you on what documents need to be provided and help you fill the forms. You send these documents to us which we check for errors and coordinate with you for corrections. We then get documents notarized in India if needed, get a rupee draft made from a bank and submit your documents to the NRI PAN center for processing. A copy of acknowledgment receipt is sent to you, along with a tracking link where you can track your case status. We keep following-up with the department so that your case is processed smoothly. And finally you get your PAN Card at your Indian or foreign location.

Q7. What is the procedure for NRIs to apply?

A7. The process to apply a PAN card for NRIs, can vary as resident status varies with each client. You can understand the detailed procedure by visiting  this link here .

Q8. How secure is my data & documents with you?

A8. We have a strict document privacy policy for our clients. We do not share your information with any third party apart from the Govt department. You can know more about our  privacy policy here .

Q9. Can I apply without coming to India OR without having an Indian address?

A9. Yes you can apply without visiting India or having a Indian address proof.

Q10. What are the charges?

A10. For individuals: USD$45 per application. For companies: Get a free quote by visiting this link here .

Q11. Can I pay in some other currency?

A11. Yes you can. Simply email us at: info@pancardnri.com asking more details.

Q12. Do you accept rupee cheques OR Netbanking?

A12. Yes. To send us a check you can AND to pay online via netbanking using Indian debit or credit cards, simply get in touch with us here .

Q13. What is included in the fee?

A13. Our one single fee includes everything, like Government processing charges, our service assistance fee and postal delivery to you.

Q14. Is there any yearly maintenance fee?

A14. No. There is no yearly fee. Once you get a PAN you dont have to do anything yearly. And neither does a PAN number expires.

Q15. Do I have to renew it every year?

A15. No. Once you get it, its good forever.

Q16. How long does it take?

A16. After your application is submitted it takes 5 to 7 days for the ePAN card to come to your email, and the physical delivery at your foreign address takes about 3 to 5 weeks min. However due to the covid issues these days, there are some unavoidable delays in the physical card delivery.

Q17. What supporting documents are required?

A17. Paperwork depends upon what passport you hold. To know more about what you would need, simply visit this link and select your category.

Q18. Is there a urgent/tatkaal seva for NRIs - non residents?

A18. Unfortunately, the Govt of India does not offer an urgent service to NRIs, as they need to check records of NRIs which takes time, process, print and dispatch; which in turn easily takes a minimum of 10 days at times. However, we try to get your processing done on an expedited basis.

Q19. Do I need to file taxes in India if I acquire a PAN number?

A19. As far as we know, an applicant only pays taxes in India if he/she makes money in India. If you do not make money in India then you don't pay taxes here. Having a PAN does not necessarily means that you need to pay taxes. You only pay, if you accrue income in India. 

Q20. How many PANs can I hold?

A20. A person or a company can hold only 1 PAN. Possessing more than 1 PAN is a criminal offence. 

Q21. Does, it reduces withholding tax rates for companies?

A21. Yes it does in certain cases. However we still request you to contact one of our qualified Indian tax consultants to research this for you. Kindly get in touch with us here.