How To Link PAN Card With Aadhaar Card

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The income tax department has extended the deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linking till March 31, 2021. It is mandatory to link the Aadhaar card with a PAN card for filing income tax returns (ITR) after the 2018 Supreme Court verdict on the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar. The interlinking is done automatically during the application stage for new applicants of PAN card.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes declared that all Indian citizens must link their PAN and Aadhaar card before the said deadline. People who fail to do so won't be able to file their income tax and their PAN will no longer be operative, Moneycontrol noted.

In case you haven’t applied for linking PAN to Aadhaar card, there are various ways to do it.

What is PAN?

PAN (Permanent Account Number) is an identification number assigned to all taxpayers in India.

It is an electronic system through which, all tax related information for a person/company is recorded against a single PAN number. This acts as the primary key for the storage of information and is shared across the country. Hence no two tax paying entities can have the same PAN.

Why do you need PAN?

PAN is a unique identification number that enables each tax-paying entity of India with the following:

- Proof of Identity

- Proof of Address

- Mandatory for Filing Taxes

- Registration of Business

- Financial transactions

- Eligibility to open and operate Bank Accounts

- Phone Connection

- Gas Connection

- Mutual Fund – PAN is beneficial to complete e-KYC for mutual fund investments.

The union budget 2019 has proposed for taxpayers to use Aadhaar instead of PAN for filing income tax returns on or after 1 September 2019. It has been proposed in the union budget 2019 that the Income-tax officer can themselves allot PAN to taxpayer filing return with Aadhaar.

PAN-Aadhaar card linking via SMS

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For linking Aadhaar card and PAN via SMS, the user needs to ensure that both the documents are registered under the same name. Your mobile number should also be the same as the one registered for Aadhaar.

If the requirements are in check, open the messaging app and type UIDAI space 12-digit Aadhaar card number space 10-character alphanumeric PAN details and send it to 567678 or 56161. For Example, if your Aadhar number is 109876543210, and your PAN is ABCD1234E, then send type UIDAI space 109876543210 ABCD1234E and send it to 567678 or 56161.

After sending the SMS, you will be notified after the PAN-Aadhaar linking is done successfully. The other way to link Aadhaar and PAN is via the Income Tax Department of India website.

To link PAN-Aadhaar card online

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Visit the IT website at incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. Click on 'Link Aadhaar’ on the left side under the ‘Quick Links’ section. Fill in the PAN, Aadhaar number and other required details like your name as per the Aadhaar card, etc.

You need to fill in the captcha or request for an OTP on the registered mobile number, following which, if the details match, your PAN-Aadhaar linking will be successful.

To link PAN with Aadhaar manually

For this purpose, you can visit a service centre for PAN. You need to fill ‘Annexure-I’ form along with supporting documents such as copy of PAN card and Aadhaar card. An individual is required to pay a prescribed fee to the officials concerned as it is not free of charge like online services, India suggested.

For registered users

Your PAN must be already linked with your Aadhaar, if you are already a registered user of the income tax e-filing website. By visiting the income tax e-filing website, you can check if your Aadhaar is already linked to your PAN.

A form will appear where you will be required to enter information- name, date of birth, and gender, if your PAN is not linked to Aadhaar. A success message will be displayed on your screen after clicking on submit, Moneycontrol noted.

For non - registered users

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You can visit to the income tax department's e-filing portal to link your PAN with Aadhaar. Click on Link Aadhaar section. PAN number, Aadhaar number and name to be filled. Enter Captcha Code and click Link Aadhaar after verifying all the details. The linking will be done after the I-T department will validate your name, date of birth and gender against Aadhaar details.

Points to note

1. If using online methods, an Aadhaar OTP will be generated in case your name does not match that on your PAN card whereas your date of birth and gender matches. The OTP will be sent to the mobile number registered/linked to the Aadhaar number entered online. You will have to enter that OTP online to continue and complete the linking process.

2. It is advisable that in case there is a mismatch in the data of PAN and Aadhaar you get it corrected before trying to link the two numbers, Economictimes.indiatimes advised.

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