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An Aadhaar card contains a unique 12-digit number issued to every citizen in India by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It acts as an identification number that can be used to access the cardholder’s details, such as biometrics, contact information, among others from the government database.
Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident of India, can enrol to obtain an Aadhaar number voluntarily. The enrolment process is free of cost. Once an individual enrols his/her details are permanently stored in the database. One person cannot have multiple Aadhaar numbers.
If you hold a PAN and are eligible to get Aadhaar or have an Aadhaar number already, then it is essential for you to inform the Income Tax Department on the same. This is why linking PAN to Aadhaar is important. If you fail to do PAN Aadhaar linking, your PAN will become ‘inoperative’ after June 30, 2021.
The last date for linking Aadhaar with PAN has been extended to 30th June 2021 from 31st March 2021.
As per the Income Tax Department notification, income tax returns could be e-filed without linking Aadhaar and PAN till 5 August 2017. The deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar, which was initially extended from 31 August 2017 to 31 December 2017 and subsequently to 31 March 2018 followed by 30 June 2018 had been extended to 31 March 2021. Further, it has been extended to 30 June 2021.
Do note that while income tax returns can be filed without linking, the tax department will not process the returns until PAN and Aadhaar are linked. People can visit the official e-filing website of the department to link the two identities, in both cases– identical names in the two databases or in a case where there is a minor mismatch.
Online linking of the Aadhaar number with PAN can be done by logging on to the income tax e-filing portal. There are two ways of doing it on the income tax portal.
1. Without logging in to your account (2 step procedure)
2. Logging in to your account (6 step procedure)
Step 1: Go to www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and click on the link on the left pane, ‘Link Aadhaar’.
Step 2: Enter the following details:
After entering the details click on ‘Link Aadhaar’. Post verification from UIDAI the linking will be confirmed.
In case of any minor mismatch in the Aadhaar name provided, Aadhaar OTP will be required. Please ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly the same. In a rare case where the Aadhaar name is completely different from the name in PAN, then the linking will fail and the taxpayer will be prompted to change the name in either Aadhaar or in the PAN database.
Step 1: Register yourself at the income tax e filing portal, if you are not already registered.
Step 2: Log in to the e-Filing portal of the Income Tax Department by entering the login ID, password and date of birth.
Step 3: After logging in to the site, a pop up window will appear prompting you to link your PAN card with Aadhaar card. If you don’t see the popup, go to blue tab on the top bar named ‘Profile Settings’ and click on ‘Link Aadhaar’.
Step 4: Details, such as name, date of birth and gender will already be mentioned as per the details submitted at the time of registration on the e-Filing portal. Verify the details on the screen with the ones mentioned on your Aadhaar card.
Step 5: If the details match, enter your Aadhaar number and captcha code and click on the “Link now” button.
Step 6: A pop-up message will inform you that your Aadhaar number has been successfully linked to your PAN card.
Now you can link your Aadhaar and PAN through SMS also. 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
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, mobile number, amongst others.
Initiate the Aadhaar linking process, enter your PAN and Aadhaar number, and the name and date of birth 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.
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 Aadhaar enrolment number.
Only as resident Indian 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.