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How do you track your PAN application?

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To track a PAN, or personal account number, application in India, visit the Tax Information Network website, at TIN-NSDL.com, at least three days after the application has been submitted. Click Know Status in your PAN Application button, then, on the status tracking page, enter the required information, and click Submit. Alternatively, contact the Tax Information Network via phone to check the status of a PAN application. As of 2015, you can also check the status of a PAN application by sending a text message with your 15-digit acknowledgment number to 57575.

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A PAN assists the Income Tax Department of India in keeping track of valuable transactions and ensures individuals are complying with tax laws, explains the Consulate General of India. Most commercial and financial transactions require a PAN, and there are two types of PAN applications. The application for the allotment of PAN is for individuals who have never applied for PAN or do not have an allotted PAN. For this application, there are two separate forms, one form for Indian citizens to complete and one form for foreign citizens to complete. The second application is an application for a new PAN card or for changes or corrections in PAN data. This application has one form that can be used by both Indian and foreign citizens.

When checking the status of an application, the applicant must enter their name on the status tracking page the same way they wrote it on the original form. If the applicant is not an individual, the name should only be written in the last name field, notes the National Securities Depository Limited. In either case, the NSDL typically processes the applications within 15 days, and, as long as the information is correct, the card will be dispatched as soon as processing is complete.

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