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Q. What is a Pan Card ? 


Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a ten-digit alphanumeric identifier, issued by Income Tax Department. PAN Card is a unique identity number. Each assessee (e.g. individual, firm, company etc.) is issued a unique PAN Card. Permanent Account Number (PAN) is mandatory for transacting in financial markets in India.


Q. Do i need a Pan Card ?


  • A person is required to quote his PAN Card while executing many transactions in India, for example opening NRO bank account, investment in shares, mutual funds, filing return of income, property deals, vehicle deals, investment in bank FD’s.
  • Section 139A(5B) of the Indian income tax act requires banks in India  to mandatorily quote the permanent account number (PAN) in the TDS certificate.
  • Central Board of Direct tax has sent a circular on May 13, 2011 , stating that from the financial year 2011-2012, all Forms 16A will be generated online and address of delivery will be captured on the address on your PAN card application form.  If you don’t have a PAN Card, it could result in the following:


1. Non receipt of Form 16A

2. Non Issuance of Form 16A

  • Also, with the introduction of Section 206AA (w.e.f 1st April 2010), In case if any person is not holding the PAN Card, the rate at which the Tax be deducted shall be higher of


1. 20% or

2. Rate of TDS actually to be deducted i.e. 10% (DTAA rate for Interest Income in certain                             countries)  or 15% (certain Short Term Capital Gains) or 30% (other Incomes) etc.


Q. So does that mean that its mandatory to have a Pan Card for NRI ? 


No, it's not mandatory but in view of above it is advisable for Non Residents to obtain Permanent Account Number. 


Q. How much time it takes to get the PAN Card Application Processed?


A. Once your application has been successfully processed, we will forward you an acknowledgement number (coupon number) along with a link to track the status of your application.


Within 15 working days of receiving your coupon number, you can see a pan number has been issued and in the next 15 days, the actual card will be delivered to your address.


Q. Do I need to send any documents to India?


A. You only post your application with the supporting documents to our office in the UK and we facilitate your PAN card application further to the Indian tax authorities. (If you are a Non UK based customer, you can send your application to our offices in India)


Q. Do I need to pay first before discussing my application with you as lot of websites on the internet asking me to pay first?


A. No, we provide free initial consultation and you can call us during or working hours. If we feel you don’t have the right documents, we will advise you what is required to process your application and you can send the fee along with your PAN Card application.


Q. I don’t know where to get the rupee demand draft?


A. You need not to worry for getting the rupee demand draft as we will take care of that and you can pay us in your local currency for your PAN Card application.


Q. How can I make the payment for my PAN Card application ?


A. You can either pay us by writing a cheque in favour of VisionCrest Consultants or pay online via our website.


Q. How can I track the status of my PAN Card application ?


A. Once your PAN Card application has been submitted, we will email you a coupon number and you can track the status of your application by visiting our website.


Q. What happens if my application gets rejected?


A. We don’t forward any application or process the fee unless we have the right supporting documents with the application. In any case, if your application gets rejected, we will refund you the full fee.


Q. What is Apostille and why I need to get my documents Apostille?


An Apostille Certificate is an official certificate issued to documents so they will be recognised in member states without further Legalisation. Once a document has had an Apostille Certificate attached to it confirming the authenticity of signatures and seals it can be presented to any country which recognises the Apostille.


You are only required to get your proof of address Apostille, if you are holding a foreign passport and don’t have OCI/PIO card or a NRI bank account.


Q. I have a question which is not answered here, how can I get some more information about my PAN card application?


Email us at or complete the enquiry form and one of our team member will get back to you as soon as possible.