NEW DELHI: You may soon be able to get a permanent account number in minutes and also pay income tax through your smartphone.
As part of its drive to make life easy for taxpayers, the Central Board of Direct Taxes is working on issuing PAN on a real-time basis using Aadhaar‘s e-KYC facility, which allows an individual to verify his or her details such as address using biometric identification features like thumb impressions.
“If a SIM can be issued through e- KYC, then the same can be done for PAN,” said an officer adding that the process may be crunched to five-six minutes from two-three weeks at present. While the number will be issued, the card will be delivered later.
The two projects are being done in-house with the directorate of systems coordinating with CBDT, said sources