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PAN Aadhaar Link - How to Link Aadhar Number With PAN Card Online Before Deadline

By Mayashree Acharya


Updated on: Jun 26th, 2023


17 min read

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The last date for linking Aadhaar with PAN is 30th June 2023. PAN will become inoperative from 1st July 2023 if it is not linked with Aadhaar. 

All citizens having a PAN card should link it with their Aadhaar card by 30th June 2023. The government has made it mandatory for all taxpayers having a PAN card to link it with their Aadhaar card within the deadline. However, a late penalty of Rs.1,000 should be paid before requesting to link PAN-Aadhaar. When the PAN-Aadhaar linking is not done within 30th June 2023, the PAN card will become inoperative from 1st July 2023. Thus, ensure that your PAN card is linked with your Aadhaar card.  

An Aadhaar card contains a unique 12-digit number issued to every citizen in India by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It is an identification number that helps access the cardholder’s details from the government database, such as biometrics and contact information.  

Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, being a resident of India, can enroll to obtain an Aadhaar number voluntarily. The enrolment process is free of cost. Once an individual enrols, their details are permanently stored in the database. One person cannot have multiple Aadhaar numbers.


How to check if your Aadhaar is linked to your PAN card?

The PAN-Aadhaar linking date has been extended from 31st March 2022 to 30th June 2023. The final day to link PAN and Aadhaar without paying a fine, however, was March 31, 2022. Now, a fine of Rs.1,000 must be paid for linking PAN-Aaadhaar.

Note that if you file the income tax returns without linking PAN-Aadhaar, the income tax department will not process the returns until PAN and Aadhaar are linked. People can visit the official Income Tax e-filing website to link the two identity cards in both cases– identical names in the two databases or in a case where there is a minor mismatch.

If you are not sure if your PAN and Aadhaar cards are linked, you may follow these steps to confirm:

1. Visit the Income Tax e-filing portal. Click on the ‘Link Aadhaar Status’ under the quick links on the homepage.

2. Enter your PAN and Aadhaar number and click ‘View Link Aadhaar Status’.

Now, if your PAN & Aadhaar is not linked, you will see a pop-up as shown below. You can follow these steps to link them. And if they are already linked, you can proceed with your Income Tax Filing at Cleartax.


How to link your PAN to your Aadhaar?

Two main steps for linking your Aadhar with your PAN:

I. Payment of fee for AY 2023-24.  
II. Submit the Aadhaar-PAN link request.

Documents to keep handy:

  • Aadhaar Card
  • PAN Card
  • Mobile number linked to Aadhaar

I. Payment of fee for AY 2023-24

Follow the below steps to pay the penalty for linking PAN-Aadhaar numbers:

Step 1: Visit the Income Tax e-Filing Portal.

Step 2: Click the ‘e-Pay Tax’ option under the ‘Quick Links’ heading.

Step 3: Enter the ‘PAN’ number under ‘PAN/TAN’ and ‘Confirm PAN/TAN’ column, enter mobile number and click the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 4: After OTP verification, it will be redirected to e-Pay Tax page. Click the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 5:  Click the ‘Proceed’ button under the ‘Income Tax’ tab.

Step 6: Select Assessment Year as ‘2023-24’ and ‘Type of Payment (Minor Head)’ as ‘Other Receipts (500)’ and click the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 7: The applicable amount will be pre-filled against ‘Others’ option. Click ‘Continue’ button and make the payment.

You can pay the late penalty on Income Tax e-filing Portal through net banking, debit card, over the counter, NEFT/RTGS or payment gateway option. However, you can pay the penalty through the payment gateway option when you have a bank account with the following authorised banks:

  • Axis Bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Canara Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • City Union Bank
  • Federal Bank
  • HDFC Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • IDBI Bank
  • Indian Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • IndusInd Bank
  • Jammu & Kashmir Bank
  • Karur Vysya Bank
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • RBL Bank
  • South Indian Bank
  • State Bank of India
  • UCO Bank
  • Union Bank of India 

After making the payment, proceed to link your PAN with Aadhaar card immediately.

II. Submit Online/Offline Requests for Linking of Aadhaar Number and PAN

You can do online linking of the Aadhaar number with your PAN by logging on to the Income Tax e-filing portal. You can also do it through SMS. There are three ways of linking your PAN to your Aadhaar:

1. Without logging in to your account 

2. Logging in to your account 

3. Linking of Aadhaar Number and PAN via SMS 

Method 1: Without Logging in to Your Account 

Step 1: Go to the Income Tax e-filing portal. Under quick links, click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ tab.

Step 2: Enter your PAN and Aadhaar number and click the ‘Validate’ button.

Step 3: Enter your name as per your Aadhaar card and mobile number and click the ‘Link Aadhaar’ button.

Step 4: Enter the OTP received on your mobile number and click the ‘Validate’ button.

Step 5: The request for PAN Aadhaar linking will be sent to the UIDAI for validation. 

If the payment details are not verified on the e-filing portal: 

After validating PAN and Aadhaar, you will see a pop-up message “Payments details not found”. Click on ‘Continue to Pay Through e-Pay Tax’ button for the payment of fee since the payment is the pre-requisite to submit the Aadhaar PAN link request.

You will have to make the payment through e-Pay Tax complete the request of linking PAN-Aadhaar.

Method 2: Logging in to Your Account 

Step 1: Register yourself at the Income Tax e-filing portal, if you are not already registered. 

Income tax home page image

Step 2: Log in to the e-filing portal of the income tax department by entering the user ID.

Step 3: Confirm your secure access message and enter the password. And click ‘Continue’ to proceed further.

Step 4: After logging in to the website, click on ‘Link Aadhaar’. Alternatively, go to ‘My Profile’ and select ‘Link Aadhaar’ under the ‘Personal Details’ option.

Step 5: Enter your Aadhaar number and click the ‘Validate’ button.

Step 6: A pop-up message will inform you that your Aadhaar number has been successfully linked to your PAN card.

Method 3: Linking of Aadhaar Number and PAN via SMS

Now you can link your Aadhaar and PAN through SMS. The income tax department has urged taxpayers to link their Aadhaar with their PAN, using an SMS-based facility. It can be done by sending an SMS to either 567678 or 56161. Send SMS to 567678 or 56161 from your registered mobile number in the following format:

UIDPAN<SPACE><12 digit Aadhaar><Space><10 digit PAN>

Example: UIDPAN 123456789123 AKPLM2124M

How to Solve Error Message?

How to solve error EF30032 “The PAN is already a client for an ERI”? 

How to solve error EF500096 “This PAN is already client until date”?

An ERI (e-return Intermediary) is an individual or organisation that is authorised to file tax returns on behalf of taxpayers. A taxpayer cannot be a client for multiple ERIs. When your PAN is already a client for an ERI (like ClearTax), you will see this error while linking PAN-Aadhaar.

You can simply deactivate the previous e-return Intermediary by following the below steps:

Step 1: Log in to the e-filing portal and select e-return Intermediary from the dropdown as shown below

Step 2: Click on deactivate

Step 3: Selected ERI will be deactivated successfully. After the successful deactivation of your previous ERI, you can add ClearTax as your ERI and proceed with your ITR filing.

How to solve the error EF500058 “The PAN is not a valid client for this ERI”?

If you face this error when registering your PAN as a client, it means:

  1. ClearTax’s ERI ID is deactivated in your income tax account or
  2. Your PAN is linked as a client of another ERI.

How to rectify the error?

Step 1: Log in to your income tax account. Click on Authorised Partners >>My e-return Intermediary. You can see two tabs, ‘Active’ and ‘Inactive’, as shown below:

Step 2: 

  • ClearTax ERI is ERIP000708. If any other ERI is shown under the Active tab, then deactivate it. 
  • If ClearTax ERI appears in the inactive tab, click on ‘Activate’.

Once ClearTax ERI appears in the active tab, you may proceed with your return filing on ClearTax.
If ClearTax ERI does not appear in the active tab, you must register your PAN by authenticating it through an OTP on ClearTax.

Frequently Asked Questions

While trying for PAN-Aadhar linking, I got a message that the authentication has failed. What should I do?

The authentication fails due to a mismatch in the data between your PAN and Aadhaar. You can check for the correctness of the data such as name, date of birth, and mobile number, amongst others.

How do I link PAN and Aadhaar if there is a mismatch in name or date of birth?

To Initiate the Aadhaar linking process, enter your PAN and Aadhaar number, your name, date of birth and mobile number details as per your Aadhaar card; the income tax department will send an OTP on the registered mobile number to enable the linking. In the case of a mismatch in the date of birth, you need to update your Aadhaar card data.

Can I file my ITR if my PAN and Aadhaar are not linked?

You need to quote your Aadhaar number for the purpose of filing your income tax return. In the absence of an Aadhaar number, you need to quote an Aadhaar enrolment number.

Does a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) is required to link PAN and Aadhaar?

Only resident Indians can get an Aadhaar number. An individual whose stay in India is 182 days or more in the previous 12 months, immediately before the date of an Aadhaar application is a resident. An NRI need not obtain Aadhaar and link their PAN with Aadhaar.

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