CBDT Cautions Taxpayers Not to Share PAN Details on Microblogging Sitesby Sophie Grace What New When You Have Forgot to File Tax Return?
In the recent
statement by the Income Tax Department, it has cautioned all the taxpayers who
are holding Permanent Account Number to not to disclose their ten-digit alphanumeric
number PAN publicly on the internet and social media. The income tax
administration stated that sharing personal information on the microblogging
such as Facebook, Twitter, and other websites can lead to its misuse.
The warning, that
also acts as an advisory, comes at a time after noticing that a lot of
taxpayers have been asking a question and raising concerns about the processing
of Income-tax Returns, ITR refund, etc on Twitter.
income tax department responded on the same posts or interrogations, warning
all such tax assesses to not to mention their details on Twitter. They said
that Sharing of personal data, including PAN, can lead to cases of identity
theft where villains can make transactions in your name without your knowledge.
May we also request
you not to share personal details like PAN on social media to avoid it being
misused!" is the standard response
of the Income Tax department on Twitter in a reply to all taxpayers who reveal
their PAN on the social media site?
However, the Income
Tax department has come out with an online inquiry form where if any taxpayers
who have any query regarding the income tax returns can ask tax-related
questions on the income tax department website. There, individuals can ask
questions and get it answered directly from the I-T department officials.
In the form, you
will be asked to provide the basic details such as your full name, PAN,
assessment year for which the issue is reported, mobile no, email id, your
detailed query, and social media user ID. Besides, the form's basic criteria
are to answer issued related to e-filing ITR, ITR filing process, and claiming income tax refund
status. Once you fill-up the form the income tax department will soon
answer your queries or address your concerns.
What happens if
someone is using my PAN number for their transactions?
If you share your
information at social media then there are chances of suspicious activity. Some
people who may try to register on the Income tax website and try to efile income tax return by using
your PAN number. In order to register on the site, the person should have to
know your surname and date of birth correctly. This can be easily traced by
your social profile. So, it is always advisable to be very careful while
sharing your details publicly on social media.
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