The government of India has announced that it has deactivated around 11 lakh (1.1 million) PAN cards. The government has identified and deactivated the PAN cards when it was found that more than one PAN has been allotted to one person. This is a good move as multiple PAN cards are used for false returns or money laundering.
As person Government Rules, a person cannot have one than PAN allotted to his/her name. Having more than one PAN card is an offence and carries a penalty of Rs. 10,000 under section 272B of the Income Tax Act 1961.
There were also reports that the income tax department would deactivate PAN cards if they were not linked with aadhaar numbers.
You can check the status of your PAN card online and know if it is active or has been deactivated.
How to check if your PAN card is active:
1) Visit the official website of the the Income Tax Department (https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-Filing/Services/KnowYourPanLinkGS.html)
2) Enter your surname, name and date of birth along with your mobile number. Enter that the details exactly as entered while applying for your PAN card.
3) You will receive an OTP on your mobile number. Enter the same.
Now you will be able to see the PAN, jurisdiction officer address and the active/inactive status.
If you have forgotten your PAN card number, you can use this utility to know it.