Can a minor apply for a pan card?

Can a minor apply for a pan card?

Most people feel that you have to be 18 years old before you can apply for a PAN card. This is a myth. Following are the circumstances under with applying for a PAN card for a minor becomes essential :

 

  • In the event the minor is to be made a nominee on property, shares or any financial product, the minor will require a PAN card.
  • If an investment is to be made in the name of the minor, the minor’s PAN card details will have to be furnished at that time.
  • As a PAN card is a permanent number that will not be changed throughout the lifetime of the holder, the child’s PAN card number will remain the same irrespective of name/address change.
  • While a PAN card is meant to collate all tax related information on the holder, the income of a minor from any income or investments they hold will not be taxable, except under certain conditions mentioned below:
    • If the minor has a physical disability, suffers from total blindness etc
    • If the minor has earned the income himself/herself
    • If the income/investment is a result of the child’s application of his/her own skills and talent

Documents to be submitted for PAN card for Minor or Child

The following documents have to be submitted along with the PAN card application form for minors:

Proof of age to apply for PAN Card for Child:

A copy of any one of the following documents can be submitted as proof of age as applicable:

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Municipal birth certificate
  • Mark sheet issued by recognised educational board
  • Passport
  • Driver’s licence
  • Central government issued photo ID card

Proof of address to apply for PAN Card for a Child

A copy of any of the below documents can be submitted towards proof of address as applicable:

  • Passport
  • Domicile certificate issued by a state government
  • Aadhaar card
  • Post office passbook mentioning the applicant’s address
  • Property document
  • Original Certificate of address signed by a Member of Parliament/Member of Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council/Gazetted Officer
  • Electricity/landline/water/consumer gas bill (not more than 3 months old)
  • Credit card/account statement (not more than 3 months old)

Proof of identity to apply for PAN Card for Minor:

A copy of any of the following can be submitted as proof of identity:

  • Aadhaar card
  • Passport
  • Ration card
  • Government-issued photo ID card
  • Original Certificate of identity signed by a Member of Parliament/Member of Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council/Gazetted Officer
  • Original bank certificate on official letterhead along with photograph from issuing bank branch, attested by a bank officer

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