Have you linked your Aadhaar card with PAN yet? Linking of PAN or Permanent Account Number with Aadhaar number is mandatory for filing of income tax returns (ITRs). Last month, the Supreme Court allowed linking of Aadhaar with PAN or Permanent Account Number. The deadline for the PAN-Aadhaar linking has already been extended by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) – the apex policymaking body of the Income Tax Department – to March 31 next year, as per an order issued on June 30 this year.
So, in case you haven’t already linked the two identification numbers yet, here are two ways to link the PAN with Aadhaar:
Through income tax website
Log on to the Income Tax Department’s e-filing portal, incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in, and click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ link.
Clicking on the link takes the user to the ‘Link Aadhaar’ page.
The user is required to enter details such as PAN, Aadhaar number and full name as given on the Aadhaar card.
After entering the details correctly, proceed by clicking on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ button.
Successful completion of the process links the Aadhaar (UID) with PAN.
Through an SMS facility
Taxpayers with identical names on the Aadhaar and PAN systems can also use an SMS facility to link the two identification numers. To be able to do this, one needs to send an SMS to 567678 or 56161 from his or her mobile in the following format:
UIDPAN<12-digit Aadhaar><10-digit PAN>
For example: UIDPAN 111122223333 AAAPA9999Q
However, in case of assessees whose names given in the Aadhaar and PAN cards have a “minor mismatch”, according to the Income Tax Department, the linking can be achieved using an online facility.
One can rectify the details of Aadhaar or PAN in case of a mismatch. For any changes in deatils given on PAN card, one can update it online through the Income Tax Department’s website – incometaxindia.gov.in. In case of Aadhaar, the two ways to request change are: online and by visiting the enrolment centre.
According to the official figures accessed by news agency Press Trust of India, a total of 21,08,16,676 PANs issued by the Income Tax Department have been linked with Aadhaar till September 24. The total operational or issued PANs are over 41.02 crore (41,02,66,969) in the same time line, the agency said.
Aadhaar or Unique Identity Number is a 12-digit personal identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India. PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric personal identification number issued by the taxman.