It is mandatory to link your Aadhaar card with the PAN card to keep your PAN card operative. Your PAN card is necessary for filing IT returns and carrying out bank transactions. Other than these, you would need your PAN to open a bank account or as an important ID proof while applying for loans or any other Government-monitored transactions. If you haven’t linked your PAN with Aadhaar, the former could be deemed inoperative. To keep your PAN operational, link your Aadhaar and PAN online and via SMS. Here are the correct steps to link your Aadhaar with a PAN card. Read on!
Go to the official website of the IT Department.
Navigate through the quick links and locate the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option.
Enter your PAN, Aadhaar number, Name as per Aadhaar, mobile number.
If your Aadhaar card only mentions your year of birth, you have to tick the ‘I have only year of birth in Aadhaar card’ option.
Validate the details and click on ‘Link Aadhaar’.
You will receive an OTP on your mobile number. Enter the OTP and click on ‘Validate’.
Upon completing these steps, a pop-up message will appear on the screen saying that you have successfully linked your PAN with your Aadhaar card.
You can link your PAN with Aadhaar by following these steps:
Step 1: Type a message in the following format: UIDPAN<12 Digit Aadhaar> <10 Digit PAN>.
Step 2: Send this message from your registered mobile number to 56161 or 567678.
After you make a request to link your PAN with Aadhaar, you can also check the Aadhaar and PAN link status. Scroll down to the next section to learn how to do so.
You can also link Aadhaar with PAN offline. Visit the Protean e-Gov Technologies Limited (formerly NSDL e-Gov) and fill-up the form for linking Aadhaar and PAN. Submit all the documents required to submit your request.
You won’t be able to link your PAN and Aadhaar if there is a mismatch of information in either your PAN card or Aadhaar card. However, you can make corrections to validate your request.
Here is how you can make corrections to your PAN card:
After completing these steps, you will receive your updated and new PAN card at your address.
Here’s how you can make changes to your Aadhaar card:
You will receive an acknowledgement slip which consists of the update request number (URN). You can use this number to track the status of your request. When the request is accepted and updated, you can proceed to link your PAN with Aadhaar.
Linking Aadhaar with PAN helps the government to keep track of all taxable transactions of individuals. This helps in preventing tax fraud, which was possible earlier.
Earlier, many individuals tried to apply for multiple PAN cards to avoid paying taxes. Now, by linking the PAN with Aadhaar, the government can easily detect the identity of a person thereby minimizing the fraud risk. If there are multiple PAN cards registered under one name, the government will be able to find out about it soon and take necessary action.
As per the latest directive issued by the Government of India, if you fail to link your PAN with Aadhaar on or before 31 March 2022, your PAN Card will become inoperative. If your PAN becomes non-functional, you may face difficulties while opening a bank, trading or filing income tax. So, link your PAN with Aadhaar as soon as possible, in case you haven’t yet.
Update on PAN and Aadhaar linking: The Centre recently announced that PAN – Aadhaar card linking deadline has been extended to 31 March 2023. According to a circular released by The Central Board of Direct Taxed, if you link your PAN and Aadhaar after March 31 and by June 30, 2022, you will have to pay a penalty fee of Rs.500. However, if you link your PAN with Aadhaar after the specified date, you will have to pay a penalty of Rs.1,000.
Before you start linking Aadhaar and PAN, keep these pointers in mind:
Linking Aadhaar with PAN is mandatory by 31st March 2022. Failing this can make filing tax returns difficult and prevent bank transactions from taking place. Follow the instructions provided to link your Adhaar with PAN easily online and via SMS. Make sure you fill in your details such as Aadhaar number, name, etc. as per the Aadhaar card for a hassle-free process.
Ans: Yes, this rule is applicable to all individuals and entities. Even if your income is below the taxable limit, you will have to link these two numbers by following the steps mentioned in the above sections.
Ans: It is not mandatory to link both these documents if you are a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya. Furthermore, NRIs, foreign nationals living in India, and senior citizens over 80 years old are also exempted from quoting their Aadhaar numbers when filing IT returns.
Ans: You may have been entering the wrong OTP. A failed authentication message generally appears when you do not enter the correct one time password. Make sure to double-check the OTP and then re-enter it again to resolve this issue.
Ans: No, you do not need to submit any documents while linking PAN and Aadhaar. You simply have to fill up the blank boxes with a few personal details, enter the OTP and validate your request.
Ans: Yes, you can file IT return, but it will not be processed until you link both these documents. However, if you have your Aadhaar enrolment number, you can use this as of now to link it with your PAN. But, it is advisable that you complete the linking process at the earliest.
Ans: PAN card details such as your name, address, gender, DOB, etc., will be matched against the details in the Aadhaar database. If there is a mismatch with regard to the information, you will have to encounter this error.
Ans: You will have to make corrections to either of the two documents. If you want to make corrections on your Aadhaar card, you will have to visit your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Center. On the other hand, corrections in PAN card information can be done online by visiting the NSDL website.
Ans: Unfortunately, you cannot change your mobile number on your Aadhaar card online. To do so, you will have to first download the Aadhaar correction/enrollment form from the UIDAI’s website. After that, you will have to visit your nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre and submit the form along with the supporting documents.
Ans: Linking your Aadhaar with PAN is a convenient and straightforward process; You won’t have to submit any document. You will just have to provide a few basic details and enter an OTP. Moreover, you can also complete the process via SMS service.
Ans: No, as an NRI, you are exempted from linking these documents. In addition, citizens of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya, and senior citizens over 80 years old do not need to link PAN and Aadhaar.
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