More than 1 million permanent account numbers (PANs) were deleted or de-activated in cases where multiple PANs were found allotted to one person. This was informed by Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
"As on July 27, 11,44,211 PANs have been identified and deleted or de-activated in cases where multiple PANs were found allotted to one person," the minister said.
"One PAN for one person is the guiding principle for allotment of PAN," Gangwar said. He further said that as on July 27, 1,566 PANs have been identified as 'fake' which were allotted to either non-existent person or in the names of persons with false identities.
Replying to a question on recovery of undisclosed income post demonetisation, Gangwar said the Income Tax Department conducted searches in 900 groups of persons during November 2016 to March 2017, leading to seizure of Rs 900 crore and admission of undisclosed income of Rs 7,961 crore.
Referring to the launch of 'Operation Clean Money' on January 31, Gangwar said about 18 lakh persons whose cash transactions did not appear in line with their tax profile were identified and approached through email/SMS.
Advance data analytics tools were deployed which further identified 5.56 lakhs new cases and about 1 lakh those cases in which either partial or no response was received in the earlier phase. Besides, about 200 high risk clusters of persons were identified for appropriate action," the minister added.
How to check if your PAN is still active:
The facility to delete or de-activate the PAN is available with the Assessing Officer through application software.
The deactivation of PANs also comes as a reminder as the last date to link your PAN with Aadhaar is August 31. Here is how you can use the SMS facility to link Aadhaar with PAN:
Send SMS to 567678 or 56161 in following format:
UIDPAN<SPACE><12 digit Aadhaar><Space><10 digit PAN>
Example: UIDPAN 111133333321 AAAAAEEEEE
How to link your Aadhaar to PAN online: