This is certain that a person cannot hold more than 1 PAN card and there’s a penalty of Rs. 10, 000 which can be imposed under section 272B of the Income-tax Act, 1961 if found having more than 1 PAN card. If you have been allotted more than one PAN, you must immediately surrender it yourself.
Recently, 11,44, 211 PAN cards have been identified and deleted or de-activated in case of multiple PAN allocation to a single holder. This news has been confirmed by Minister of State for Finance, Santosh Kumar Gangwar who informed Rajya Sabha through a written document.
Here’s how you can check whether your PAN is active or not:
- Enter your surname, name, D.O.B., mobile number and other required details.
- Receive the OTP on mobile
- Enter OTP
- Receive the active/inactive status of your PAN along with the jurisdiction address.