As per the Income Tax Department notification, income tax returns could be e-filed without linking Aadhaar and PANtill 5 August 2017. The deadline to link PAN and Aadhaar which was initially extended from 31 August 2017 to 31 December 2017, has now been further extended by the CBDT to 31 March 2018 to facilitate the process of linking . 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 the cases– identical names in the two databases or in case where there is a minor mismatch.
The Income Tax Department has made it easy for taxpayers to link their PAN with Aadhaar with just a 2 step process which does not even require to login or register at the e- filing website. This facility can be used by anyone to link their Aadhaar with PAN.
Click Here To Link Aadhaar Card With PAN Card
In 2017, it was announced that PAN and Aadhaar had to be mandatorily linked irrespective of whether one files income tax returns (ITR) or not. The government, in the previous budget, introduced a law which made it a must for everyone with a PAN to link it with their Aadhaar.
How to link Aadhaar card with PAN
It is a 2-step process to link Aadhaar with PAN card. Keep the Aadhaar Number and PAN handy before starting the process. Following are the simple steps:
Visit the official website of Income Tax e-filling which is www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. Now, click on the banner or blinking link on the left side– “Link Aadhaar”.
A new window will open asking you to enter details- PAN number, Aadhaar number, and Name (same as Aadhaar card). Enter the Captcha or request an OTP on the registered number and submit.
After verification from UIDAI, the Aadhaar PAN linking will be confirmed.
You should make sure that Aadhaar Number and Name you enter here is same as per Aadhaar Card. In case of any minor mismatch in Aadhaar name provided, Aadhaar OTP method will be required. Also, ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are same as well.
If Aadhaar name is completely different from name in PAN, then the linking will not be done from here and it will fail. In such casse, you will need to change the name in either Aadhaar or in PAN database.
Link Aadhaar with PAN through SMS
The Income Tax Department has also facilitated taxpayers to link their Aadhaar with their PAN, using an SMS-based facility. You can link your Aadhaar and PAN card by sending an SMS to either 567678 or 56161. Send SMS to any of these numbers from your registered mobile number in the following format:
UIDPAN <SPACE> <Aadhaar Card Number> <Space> <PAN Number> and send it to 567678 or 56161.
Example: UIDPAN 543212346789 ABCDS1234T
The process of linking Aadhaar with PAN is also available after logging in to the Income Tax website. For this, you need to first register yourself at the Income Tax e-filing website, if you are not already registered.
After registration, when you log in, a pop-up window will appear prompting you to link your PAN card with Aadhaar card. If you don’t see this, you can go to ‘Profile Settings’ and click on ‘Link Aadhaar’. A new page will open and now verify the details such as name, date of birth and gender already mentioned on screen with the ones mentioned on your Aadhaar card.
If the details match, enter your Aadhaar card number and captcha code and click “Link now” button. A message stating “Aadhaar card has been successfully linked to your PAN card” will pop up on the screen to confirm the linking.