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    How to cancel a PAN after death of the PAN holder

    Synopsis

    While it is important to have a PAN, it is also equally important to cancel one that is allotted under certain circumstances such as on the death of the PAN holder.

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    One can also visit Aaykar Sampark Kendra in order to make an application for cancellation.
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    While it is important to have a PAN, it is also equally important to cancel an allotted PAN in certain circumstances such as allotment of two PANs or on the death of a PAN holder. We will discuss the procedure for the latter—cancellation of PAN on the death of a PAN holder.

    Who does it?
    Legal heirs or relatives of the deceased can apply to the income tax authorities to cancel the PAN. However, before applying, if the deceased was a taxpayer, the legal heirs would have to first file income tax returns on behalf of the deceased and clear all dues.

    Assessing office
    To find out to which AO the return and the cancellation application must be submitted, one can visit the following link: https://www1.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-FilingGS/Services/KnowYourJurisdictionLink.html?lang=eng

    Filing of return
    Tax return of the deceased should be filed from 1 April of the relevant financial year till date of death. Copies of legal heir certificate, death certificate, PAN of the deceased as well as the person filing the return should be attached along with the certificate. A notarized affidavit should also be attached. The return can be filed online or in person.

    Application to cancel
    Once the return is filed and all tax dues paid, one can make a written application to the relevant AO for cancellation of PAN. Details such as deceased’s PAN, date of birth and death must be provided. An acknowledgement is given on submission of application. The IT department will scrutinize the application. Once found in order, the PAN will be cancelled.

    Points to note
    1. The person can pay taxes of the deceased from the estate of the deceased person.
    2. One can also visit Aaykar Sampark Kendra in order to make an application for cancellation.

    (The content on this page is courtesy Centre for Investment Education and Learning (CIEL). Contributions by Girija Gadre, Arti Bhargava and Labdhi Mehta.)
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Sukumar Devaguptapu457 days ago
    If a person has 2 PAN Cards file a case for tax avoidance -- equally suspend the ITO for issuing the second PAN card without due diligence.
    Tvraao 703 days ago
    The department should allow to submit death certificate, if there are not assests on the deceased''s name. Or else the legal heirs do not act to cancel the PAN card and the system will have orphan PANs laying in the system exposing to misuse.
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