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

By Mayashree Acharya

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Updated on: May 28th, 2024

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14 min read

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

The Income Tax Department has issued a reminder to taxpayers to link their PAN with Aadhaar by 31st May 2024 if they have not yet linked them. 
The reminder also states that if the PAN - Aadhaar linking is not completed within 31st May 2024, it will lead to tax deduction/ collection (TDS/ TCS) at a higher rate under Sections 206AA and 206CC of the Income Tax Act, 1961. This is because of using an inoperative PAN for transactions entered into before 31 March 2024. 

All citizens having a PAN card should have linked 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. However, you can still link your Aadhaar with PAN even after it becomes inoperative after paying the necessary fees.

PAN Aadhaar link

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 last date to for PAN-Aadhaar linking date was 30th June 2023. The government has not provided an extension in the last date for linking PAN-Aadhaar beyond 30th June 2023. If the PAN card is not linked with Aadhaar within 30th June 2023, it becomes inoperative. However, inoperative PAN card due to non-linking with Aadhaar card can be activated by paying the penalty and requesting to link PAN-Aadhaar.

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.

link aadhar status in e-filing portal

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

Aadhaar link PAN

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.
 

Aadhaar PAN link status
 

How to link your PAN to your Aadhaar after deadline?

Two main steps for linking your Aadhar with your PAN after the deadline of 30th June 2023 is as follows:

I. Payment of penalty.  
II. Submit the Aadhaar-PAN link request.

Things to keep handy:

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

I. Payment of penalty

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.

Income Tax e-filing portal

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

Aadhaar PAN penalty

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

Pay penalty for Aadhaar PAN link

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

Penalty on Income Tax portal

Step 6: Select Assessment Year as ‘2025-26’, ‘Type of Payment (Minor Head)’ as ‘Other Receipts (500)’ and Sub-type of Payment as ‘Fee for delay in linking PAN with Aadhaar’ and click the ‘Continue’ button.

PAN linking fee for delay in linking

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

Aadhaar PAN linking late fees

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. There are two ways of linking your PAN to your Aadhaar:

1. Without logging in to your account 

2. Logging in to your account

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.

Aadhaar PAN link online

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

Aadhaar PAN link process

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

Steps to link Aadhaar PAN

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

PAN Aadhaar link

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

PAN Aadhaar link request

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.

Aadhaar PAN link on e-filing portal

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

As mentioned in point 2 in the pop up message, once the payment of penalty is made, it will take 4-5 days to process the payment then only one can make the request for linking. But practically payment will reflect in 30mins to 1 hour and allows request for linking.

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.

Income Tax e-filing login

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

Income Tax e-filing dashboard

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.

Linking Aadhaar PAN

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

Link PAN Aadhaar steps

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

Aadhaar PAN link complete

Once you have sent a request to link PAN with Aadhaar to activate your PAN card which is inoperative due to non linking PAN-Aadhaar, the UIDAI will process the request. However, the reactivation of PAN card will take around 7 days to 30 days from the date of submission of request. 


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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?

One can file the income tax return by quoting the Aadhaar number, however the return will not get processed if the PAN –Aadhaar is not linked and refund, if any will be issued.

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.

Is Aadhaar PAN linking mandatory for Non-Resident Indian (NRI)?

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.

Can I link my Aadhaar with PAN for free?

No. Since, the last date for linking Aadhaar with PAN was 30 June 2023, you cannot link it for free. You can now link your Aadhaar with PAN only after paying the penalty of Rs. 1,000.

How many days will it take to link PAN with Aadhaar?

Once the request for linking your Aadhaar with your PAN is submitted, it may take 7 days to 30 days to link your PAN with your Aadhaar and reactivation your PAN card.

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The last date for linking Aadhaar with PAN was 30th June 2023. If not linked, PAN will become inoperative from 1st July 2023. Non-compliance leads to higher tax deductions. The enrolment process for an Aadhaar card is free and mandatory. Payment of late penalty allows linking after 30th June 2023. Steps are outlined to pay the penalty and link Aadhaar-PAN online.

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