Know your Income tax jurisdiction (Ward/Circle)

While filling income tax return on IncomeTaxIndiaEfiling, one needs to fill 'Income Tax Ward/Circle'. It is also called 'your income tax jurisdiction'. Sometimes it is also required to meet or write a letter/email to income tax jurisdictional Assessing Officer (A.O.) - e.g., if you have received a notice on your past year income tax return and want to clarify few things.

In simple language, 'jurisdiction' means 'the office which have power to make legal decisions'. Hence in the context of income tax and PAN, it means the address and details of the income tax office which handles your income tax return, does subsequent verification etc.

Know Your Jurisdiction (i.e., ward/circle) and Jurisdictional Assessing Officer (A.O.)

Your jurisdiction can be found easily based on your PAN card number. Go to Find jurisdiction page on income tax website, and fill your PAN. On submit, you will be able to see following set of information:

Sample Jurisdiction Details for PAN:

Fields Names Sample Value
Surname xyz
Middle Name xyz
First Name xyz
Area Code KAR
AO Type W
Range Code 312
AO Number 5
Jurisdiction Ward 5(3)(5), Bangalore
Building Name HMT Building, Bangalore

As mentioned above, apart from Jurisdiction/ward number, you will be able to find your A.O. Code/Number and email of A.O. officer.

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