It is mandatory to link your PAN with your Aadhaar number according to current law and it is also mandatory to quote your Aadhaar number at the time of filing income tax return Applying for new PAN, to avail monetary benefits from the government such as pension, scholarship, LPG subsidy etc.
The last date for linking Aadhaar with PAN has been extended to 31st March 2021 from 30th June 2020. If you still not linked your PAN with your Aadhaar, then your PAN will become inoperative from April 1, 2021. You will not be able to use your PAN to conduct the financial transactions wherever, PAN is mandatory. It has been clarified that what will happen once the PAN becomes inoperative by the government through a notification dated February 13, 2020. The notification said that, those who link their PAN with Aadhaar after March 31, 2021 deadline, then the PAN will become operative from the date of intimation of Aadhaar number.
It has also mandatory to quote and link Aadhaar number while filing income tax returns from April 1, 2019, unless specifically exempted.
How an individual can link PAN with Aadhaar at income tax e-filing website.
If you are filing tax returns every year, chances are that your PAN is already linked with Aadhaar if you have mentioned it previously while filing ITR in the previous assessment years. It is done by the income tax department in case details of both are already available with it. You can check if your Aadhaar is already linked to your PAN by visiting the income tax e-filing website Login to the website by entering PAN (User ID), password and your date of birth. Once you are logged in and your account opens, click on ‘Profile Settings’ tab and select the last option ‘Link Aadhaar’. The screen will show the message, ‘Your PAN is already linked to Aadhaar number XXXX1324’. In case your PAN is not linked to Aadhaar then a form will appear where you will be required to enter details – name, date of birth and gender as per PAN records and your Aadhaar number. Click on submit after entering the captcha code appearing on the screen. Once submitted, a success message will be displayed on your screen.
For non- registered users
If you don’t want to register yourself at the e-filing website, there is another way using which you can link your PAN and Aadhaar from the homepage of the e-filing website and also on the income tax website
Just click on ‘Link Aadhaar’ on the e-filing website. A new form will appear where you are required to enter details – PAN, Aadhaar number, Name as per Aadhaar. Tick the option: ‘I have only year of birth in Aadhaar card’, If your aadhaar card has only year of birth Enter the captcha code and click on submit. Once submitted successfully, a message will be appeared on your screen showing your PAN is successfully linked to Aadhaar.
Link your PAN with Aadhaar Offline
By sending an SMS to PAN service providers If you are unable to link your PAN and Aadhaar using the e-filing website of the department then there are other ways for linking PAN and Aadhaar. You can also link your PAN and Aadhaar by sending a simple SMS. Send an SMS to either of the PAN service providers namely NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited or UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited (UTIITL). You can simply send an SMS in a format using a keyword to the either 567678 or 56161.
The format is: UIDPANSPACE12 digit AadhaarSPACE10 digit PAN For example, if your Aadhaar number is 123423453333 and PAN is XXXXX6581Q.
Then you are required to send sms to 567678 or 56161 as UIDPAN 123423453333 XXXXX6587Q NSDL and UTI won’t charge you for this. However, SMS charges as levied by the mobile operator will be applicable.
Filing up a form (Annexure-I)
As per the above mentioned notification, CBDT has provided for a manual method as well to ease the problems of taxpayers in case the person is unable to sort out the problem of mismatch in the data of PAN and Aadhaar through other methods.
You can visit a service centre of PAN service provider, NSDL or UTIITSL. You have to fill in the form ‘Annexure-I’ along with the supporting documents i.e. copy of PAN card and Aadhaar card. It is not free like online methods, the fee charged depends on whether while linking, correction is made in the PAN or Aadhaar details. There is biometric authentication is compulsory in case there is a major mismatch in data of PAN and Aadhaar.
Points to Note:
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. 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.