With the identification of huge volume of fake PAN cards and PAN obtained by non existing individuals and people who had furnished fake information, the government of India had deactivated close to 11.44 lakh PAN cards by July 27.
To check if your PAN card is still valid and active, here’s a mini guide to validate it in the Income Tax E-filing site:
▶ Open http://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in website, and click on “KNOW YOUR PAN” option in the “services” column in the left hand side of the homepage.
▶ You’ll be redirected to a page, where you’ll have enter your personal details like name, date of birth, religion. Etc. Ensure that the mobile number entered in the page matches the number given when you had applied for obtaining your PAN card initially. Click SUBMIT. You’ll receive an OTP to your registered mobile number.
▶ Enter the OTP in the new page to which you are redirected, and click VALIDATE button.
▶ In case of multiple PAN cards linked to your details, you’ll get a pop up message “There are multiple records for this query. Please provide additional information”, following which you’ll have to enter extra data like Father’s name.
▶After entering the details and clicking submit, the PAN data, validity and it’s jurisdiction will be displayed.