Miss Rose filed her Income tax returns from Bangalore. While reading the Form 26AS and the Income Tax Returns, the Income Tax Authorities (“Authorities”) notice that the amount declared in the Income Tax Returns is less than the amount reflected in the 26AS. Hence, the authorities realise that there is concealment of income and wish to send show cause notice to Miss Rose. Now the question is there are hundreds of Rose’s who have filed their income tax returns. If the authorities, go on the basis of the person’s name, there is a high possibility of error. Probably, the notice might reach another innocent Miss Rose.

To avoid such silly errors, the Authorities issue PAN (Permanent Account No). The Authorities recognise a person on the basis of their PAN.

What is PAN?

PAN is a unique ten-digit alphanumeric number allotted to a person under Section 139A of the Income Tax Act. PAN enables the department to link all the transactions of the “person”. These transactions could be with respect to payment of tax, availing TDS/TCS Credit, filing return of income, any correspondence with the Department, etc.

Income Tax Jurisdiction – What is it?

Tax Payers are divided into different jurisdictions based on the areas to which they belong to. Tax Disputes of the assessee will be considered based on their respective jurisdictions. In case the assessee faces any issues and receives a notice from the Income Tax Department, then the assessee might have to meet the respective Jurisdictional Assessing Officer.

How to find your Income Tax Jurisdiction?

OPTION 1: Go to the Income Tax E-filing website. Click the link ‘Know Your PAN’.   Know Your Jurisdiction  

The Following details are to be entered:

  • Name of the PAN Card Holder:
Here, the surname, middle name and first name of the PAN Card Holder has to be entered separately in different columns
  • Status of the PAN Card Holder:
The following options are available – Individual / HUF/ Association Of Persons/ Body of Individuals/ Company/ Government/ Artificial Juridical Person/Local Authority/Firm/Trust. The appropriate option needs to be selected from the drop-down list.   Know Your Jurisdiction  
  • Select the appropriate gender  
  • Date OF Birth:
This has to be in (DD/MM/YYYY Format
  • Mobile Number
  Know Your Jurisdiction   Once all the above is filled, Click SUBMIT. At this point:
  • The mobile number entered will receive an OTP.
  • Enter the OTP and click on ‘SUBMIT’ again.
Now, the following details will then be available
  • PAN of the Applicant
  • First name
  • Middle name
  • Surname
  • Whether the applicant is an Indian Citizen or not
  • Jurisdiction
  • Remarks – Whether the PAN is Active/ Inactive.
OPTION 2: Log in to the Income Tax E-Filing site. and go to the tab Profile Settings – Click on My Profile   Know Your Jurisdiction   Know Your Jurisdiction   Click on PAN Details:   Know Your Jurisdiction   Here, the following details will be available:
  1. PAN
  2. Name
  3. Date Of Birth
  4. Gender
  5. Category
  6. Address
  7. Status
  8. Whether an Indian Citizen?
  9. Jurisdiction details
    • Area Code
    • AO Type
    • Range code
    • A O Number
    • Jurisdiction
    • Building Name
    • Email ID
Make sure to quote your jurisdiction in all possible places rightly to ensure correct details are available.