Don’t give PAN number for railway Tatkal booking as proof of ID.
The Railways display the PAN. name, sex and age of passengers on reservation charts pasted on railway compartments.
This is a boon for benami transactions. It is mandatory for traders like jewelers to collect tax (TCS) from customers on purchase of jewelry worth Rs 5 lakh bullion worth Rs 2 lakh.
To accommodate high net worth customers, traders have a easy source of benami PAN numbers, name, sex and age from reserved railway compartments.
A traveler recently noticed a chap copying PAN particulars along with name, age and sex pasted on reserved compartments, and when confronted with the help of railway police, he admitted that he gets Rs 10 per PAN particulars from jewelers.
These persons are copying PAN information of senior citizens, women etc from sleeper class with the intention that passengers in sleeper class are not serious tax payers and generally salaried class.
In that case the department will first initiate action from the tax payer’s side asking him to explain the sources of money for the above transaction done in his name and also to prove that he has not carried on the above transaction.
You may quote your driving license #, Voter ID # etc as your ID Proof but definitely NOT your PAN.
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