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      Revenue Collection
           Revenue collection from direct taxes has been growing consistently. As a result of improved
      tax administration and better tax compliance, direct tax collection has been showing a positive
      trend over a period of time.
      e-Governance Initiatives
      (a) Permanent Account Number (PAN)
           PAN is a 10 digit alpha-numeric number allotted by the Income Tax Department to
      taxpayers and to the persons who apply for it under the Income Tax Act, 1961. PAN enables the
      department to link all transactions of the “person” with the department. The transactions linked
      through PAN include tax payments, TDS/TCS credits, returns of income/wealth, specified
      transactions, correspondence, and so on. PAN, thus, acts as an identifier for the “person” with the
      Income tax department.
      (b) Common Business Identification Number (CBIN or BIN)
           PAN has now taken on the role of “identifier” beyond the Income tax department as it is
      now required for various activities like opening of bank account, opening of demat accounts,
      obtaining registration for Service Tax, Sales Tax / VAT, Excise registration etc. PAN is
      leveraged to become Common Business Identification Number (CBIN) or simply Business
      Identification Number (BIN) for providing registration to a number of government departments
      and services.
      (c) One Person One PAN
           The Income Tax Act permits one person to have only one PAN. To avoid issuance of
      duplicate PAN, the data is checked for duplication by using the software having phonetic
      matching algorithm. In order to leverage the biometric data collected through Aadhaar enrolment
      it was decided to include Aadhaar Card as a valid Proof of Identity (POI), Proof of Date of Birth
      (PDOB) and Proof of Address (POA) document for allotment of PAN under Income Tax Rules,
      1962. In order to further strengthen the de-duplication process the PAN database is being seeded
      with Aadhaar number for Individuals and Company Identification Number (CIN) for Corporate
      (d) PAN Service Providers
           The services related to PAN such as receiving PAN application forms, verification of the
      documents submitted, digitizing the PAN application form, uploading the data on the NCC
      (National Computer Centre), printing PAN cards and dispatching of PAN cards have been
      outsourced to the PAN Service Providers, M/s UTIITSL and M/s NSDLeGov. The Service
      Providers through their network of more than 20,000 front offices (PAN centers), receive and
      process the PAN application submitted by applicants. However, the PAN is generated centrally
      in the department’s database through robust software at National Computer Centre (NCC) of the
      Income Tax Department and thereafter printed and dispatched through service providers.
      (e) PAN Verification Facility
           PAN verification facility is provided through CBDT’s e-filing server to Government
      departments through the Internet. One by one PAN verification or Bulk verification of 1,000