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Understanding the Latest Updates on PAN Inoperability: What You Need to Know

The Ministry of Finance in India recently issued a crucial update that impacts millions of taxpayers and businesses. On April 23, 2024, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) released Circular No. 6/2024, which partially modifies the earlier Circular No. 3/2023. This update addresses the consequences of a Permanent Account Number (PAN) becoming inoperative under the Income-tax Rules, 1962, and provides some relief to those affected. Here’s a detailed look at what this means for you.

Background: Why PAN Operability Matters

In India, your PAN is a critical piece of identification for financial transactions and tax-related activities. Under Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961, it is mandatory to link your PAN with your Aadhaar number. Failure to do so renders your PAN inoperative, leading to several stringent consequences.

Key Consequences of an Inoperative PAN

According to Circular No. 3/2023, if your PAN becomes inoperative due to not linking with Aadhaar, the following consequences apply:

  1. No Tax Refunds: You will not receive any tax refunds until your PAN becomes operative again.
  2. No Interest on Refunds: Interest on any pending tax refunds will not be paid for the period during which the PAN remains inoperative.
  3. Higher TDS: Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) will be deducted at a higher rate as per Section 206AA of the Income-tax Act.
  4. Higher TCS: Tax Collected at Source (TCS) will be collected at a higher rate as per Section 206CC of the Income-tax Act.

These measures took effect from July 1, 2023, and continue until the PAN is linked with Aadhaar and becomes operative.

New Updates and Modifications: Circular No. 6/2024

The recent circular (No. 6/2024) brings in some significant modifications to ease the compliance burden:

Addressing Grievances

The CBDT recognized the challenges faced by taxpayers and tax deductors/collectors due to the PAN inoperability issue. Many faced demands for higher TDS/TCS rates because their PANs were inoperative.

Key Modifications

  1. Exemption for Transactions Until March 31, 2024:
    • If you conducted any transactions up to March 31, 2024, and your PAN became operative (linked with Aadhaar) by May 31, 2024, you are exempt from the higher TDS/TCS rates under Sections 206AA/206CC.
    • Instead, the usual rates under Chapter XVII-B (TDS) or Chapter XVII-BB (TCS) will apply.

This modification aims to provide a window of relief for those who may have missed the initial deadline but managed to link their PAN with Aadhaar subsequently.

Administrative Details

The circular was issued by Sunil Kumar, Under Secretary to the Government of India. Copies of this circular were sent to various government officials, departments, and professional bodies to ensure widespread awareness and implementation.

What This Means for You

If you haven’t linked your PAN with Aadhaar yet, it’s crucial to do so immediately to avoid these penalties. For those who have already faced issues due to an inoperative PAN, the latest modification offers a chance to rectify the situation without facing higher TDS/TCS rates for past transactions.

Steps to Take

  1. Link PAN with Aadhaar: Ensure your PAN is linked with your Aadhaar as soon as possible.
  2. Check Your PAN Status: Verify if your PAN is operative or inoperative through the official income tax e-filing portal.
  3. Stay Updated: Keep an eye on official notifications from the Income Tax Department for any further updates or extensions.


The modification in Circular No. 6/2024 provides much-needed relief and clarity regarding the consequences of an inoperative PAN. It underscores the importance of linking PAN with Aadhaar to ensure seamless financial transactions and compliance with tax regulations. By taking prompt action and staying informed, you can avoid potential pitfalls and ensure your financial affairs remain in good order.

For more detailed information and to stay updated on any further changes, visit the official website of the Income Tax Department of India.

Stay compliant, stay informed, and ensure your PAN is always operative!

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