With effective from 1st July, 2017 it is mandatory to link Aadhaar number with PAN. As per the Finance Bill 2017, all PAN applications will require the Aadhar card number to be mentioned and all PAN card-holders must ensure that their PAN cards are linked to Aadhaar card, failing which PAN cards will be invalidated.
Is linking Aadhar to PAN mandatory for this Assessment Year (2017-18)? – I don’t think so! If you are filing income tax return for FY 2016-17, it is not mandatory that your PAN has to be linked to Aadhaar number. However, one should quote Aadhar number / Aadhar enrollment ID in Income Tax Return form.
(Quoting of Aadhaar number in ITR forms is not mandatory for NRIs / individuals who are not citizens of India / who are above 80 years of age / who are residing in States of Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya & Assam.)
Kindly note that filing of ITR for Assessment Year 2018-19 (FY 2017-18) will not be possible if your Aadhaar number is not linked to your PAN number.
One can login to e-Filing portal of the Income tax dept (under ‘Profile Settings’ menu tab) and can link Aadhar card to PAN. But, it’s not that simple and is not as easy as it sounds! If your name in Aadhaar card is different from the name mentioned in your PAN card then both of them will not get linked. And you may have to get your Name corrected in your PAN and then try linking both.
For Example : Your Aadhaar card may have your name with an initial, whereas your PAN card can have your name with expanded initials.
Considering this bottleneck and to make it easy for taxpayers to link their PAN with Aadhaar, the Income Tax department has now launched a new e-facility. An individual can now link his/her Aadhaar with PAN card in just 3 easy steps. Even if your name in Aadhar does not match with that of PAN, you can still link both in just couple of minutes!
How to link Aadhaar Number to PAN Card in three simple steps?
Below is the simple procedure to link your Aadhaar card with PAN card. Kindly note that there is no need to login or be registered on E-filing Portal. This facility can be used by anyone to link their Aadhaar with PAN.
- Visit Income Tax Dept’s e-Filing Portal and click on the link ‘Link Aadhaar’ which is available on the home-page.
- After clicking on Link Aadhaar, you will be redirected to a new page. You need to provide PAN, Aadhaar card number & your name as in Aadhar card. You have to make sure that you enter the name exactly as given in the Aadhaar card. Also, ensure that details like Date of Birth, Gender and Aadhaar number details are as per your Aadhaar card. Click on submit.
- After verification from UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), the linking will be confirmed and it will display Aadhaar-PAN linking is completed successfully.
If there is a minor mismatch in Aadhaar name provided by you when compared to the data available in PAN database, One Time Password (Aadhaar OTP) will be sent to your mobile / email registered with Aadhaar. You should ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly same.
In a rare case where Aadhaar name is completely different from name in PAN, then the linking will fail and you will be prompted to change the name in either Aadhaar or in PAN database.
- To update your PAN details, you may kindly visit NSDL website.
- If you have to update your Aadhar details, you may kindly visit UIDAI website.
You may use this simplified process to complete the linking of your Aadhaar with PAN immediately. This will be useful for E-Verification of Income Tax returns using OTP sent to your mobile registered with Aadhaar.
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(Post first published on : 12-May-2017)