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PAN (Permanent Account Number) is a ten character long unique number issued by Income Tax Department of India. PAN number is mandatory for filing the Income Tax Return, financial transactions, purchase/sale of assets above specified limit, receiving taxable salary etc. This number is served as a important identity proof.

Structure of PAN Card

Below is the sample pan card On pan card you will find the Name of the card holder, his/her father’s name and date of birth. Below these information ten alphanumeric long PAN number is mentioned. On PAN card on same side you will also find signature and a stamp size photograph of card holder. Date of issue of PAN card is also mentioned on it.

Structure of PAN Number

1. PAN look like AAAAA2222A, the first five characters are upper case letters, next four are numbers and last one is also upper case letter.
2. First three characters are sequence of upper case letters from AAA to ZZZ.
3. Forth character indicates the type of card holder

C - Company
P - Person
H - HUF (Hindu Undivided Family)
F - Firm
A - Association of Persons (AOP)
T - AOP (Trust)
B - Body of Individuals (BOI)
L - Local Authority
J - Artificial Juridical Person
G - Government

4. Identification of fifth character is as below-

If fourth character is P: Fifth character is the first letter of last name/surname of card holder
If fourth character is C: Fifth character is the first letter of name of company
If fourth character is H: Fifth character is the first letter of name of HUF
If fourth character is F: Fifth character is the first letter of name of firm
If fourth character is A: Fifth character is the first letter of name of AOP (Association of Persons)
If fourth character is T: Fifth character is the first letter of name of AOP (Trust)
If fourth character is B: Fifth character is the first letter of name of BOI
If fourth character is L: Fifth character is the first letter of name of Local Authority
If fourth character is J: Fifth character is the first letter of name of Artificial Juridical Person
If fourth character is G: Fifth character is the first letter of name of Government entity

5. Tenth character is an alphabetic check digit.

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