AO Code search for PAN

Guidelines

AO Code is a combination of Area Code, AO Type, Range Code and AO Number.

Applicants for PAN are required to provide the AO code in their application. This information can be obtained from the Income Tax Office. Applicants may search their AO Codes on the basis of description wherever provided.

Alternatively, applicants may search for their AO Code in the AO Code Search as per the guidelines below.

  1. Applicants will search their AO Code by selecting the city based on the Office / Residence Address as the case may be. For detail see Table II & III.
  2. If the applicant knows his Ward/Circle/Range/Commissioner details, he / she will search for the particular Assessing Officer (AO) description in the column 'Ward/Circle/Range/Commissioner'. The Assessing Officer description can be obtained from the previous return filed by the applicant or from the Income Tax Office.
  3. Some cities have additional description provided for identifying the correct A.O Code.

The list of AO codes given below is to help the PAN applicant to choose the AO codes under whose jurisdiction the applicant of new PAN falls. The AO code for a given PAN may change across time as per the policy of Income Tax Department (PAN in such cases remains the same). To know the AO under whom the PAN holder is assessed at any point of time, the applicant will have to contact the local Income Tax Office.

TABLE I: Defence Personnel

Applicants in Individual status who are in the Army/Navy/Air-Force, shall to quote the relevant AO Code as follows:

  DESCR. Area Code AO Type Range Code AO No.
Army ITO WARD 4(3),GHQ,PNE PNE W 55 3
Navy ITO WARD 26(1)-4 MUM W 11 8
Air-Force ITO WARD 42(2) DEL W 72 2

TABLE II- For applicants in locations other than Mumbai

Applicant status A.O. Code selection criteria
Individual (P) If the source of income is
  1. Salary, or a combination including salary,
  2. Income from business or a combination including business income,
  3. A.O. Code should be as per Office address (*)
For all other cases, A.O. Code should be as per Residential address.
Company (C), Firm (F), Association of Persons (Trust) (T), Local Authority (L),
Body of Individuals (B), Association of Persons (A), Hindu Undivided
Family (H), and Artificial Juridical Person (J)
Office address

(*)Note- If the office address is Mumbai, then the AO Code should be selected on the basis of residential address

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