Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has introduced the electronic PAN Card (E-PAN) which would be sent by email to all applicants in addition to issue of the physical PAN Card.
E-PAN would be digitally-signed which can be submitted by applicant as a proof of identity to other agency electronically directly or by storing in the government's Digital Locker.
Further, in order to improve the Ease of Doing Business for newly incorporated companies, CBDT has tied up with Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) to issue PAN and TAN in one day.
Applicant companies have to submit a common application form SPICe (INC 32) on MCA portal. Once the data of incorporation is sent to CBDT by MCA, the PAN and TAN would be issued immediately without any further intervention of the applicant. Till 31st March 2017, 19,704 newly incorporated Companies were allotted PAN in this manner. During March, 2017, out of the 10,894 newly incorporated companies, PAN was allotted within 4 hrs in 95.63% cases and within 1 day in all cases. Similarly, TAN was allotted to all such companies within 4 hrs in 94.7 % cases and within 1 day in 99.73% cases, CBDT clarified.
Press Release dated 11-08-2017