PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline Notification
Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) has extended the PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline Notification while filing tax returns. All the taxpayers can now link their PAN Cards to Aadhaar Card till newly announced the last date of 31 March 2019. SC has still not given its verdict on the case of checking constitutional validity of Aadhaar Card. So, the central government has given a huge relief to the people who have still not link their PAN Card with Aadhaar Card.
There are various benefits of linking PAN Card with Aadhaar Card which under PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline Notification also reduces tax evasion and corruption. Central government expects that the final ruling will come in this duration. So, people can now easily link their PAN Card with Aadhar Card at incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
Now candidates can check the official notification and the process to link their Aadhaar Card with PAN Card. This is a fourth extension given by the government for individuals to link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) with their biometric ID (Aadhaar) as PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline Notification.
The government has now made quoting of Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns (ITRs) as well as obtaining a new PAN.
Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities. As per updated data till March 5, over 16.65 crore PANs, out of the total about 33 crores, have been linked with Aadhaar.
The earlier deadlines for linking the two databases were July 31, August 31 and December 31, 2017, with the last being March 31 this year for PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline Notification.
How to link PAN with Aadhaar
- For registered users:
If you are already filing income tax returns, chances are that your PAN is already linked with Aadhaar if you have mentioned it while filing income tax return in the previous assessment years. It is done by the income tax department in case details of both are already available with it.
You can check if your Aadhaar is already linked to your PAN by visiting the income tax e-filing website www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
Login to the website by entering PAN (User ID), password and your date of birth. Once you are logged in and your account opens, click on ‘Profile Settings’ tab and select the last option ‘Link Aadhaar’.
The screen will show the message, ‘Your PAN is already linked to Aadhaar number XXXX1234’.
In case your PAN is not linked to Aadhaar then a form will appear where you will be required to enter details – name, date of birth and gender as per PAN records. Next your Aadhaar number. Click on submit after entering the captcha code appearing on the screen.
Once submitted, a success message will be displayed on your screen.
- For non- registered users
If you don’t want to register yourself at the e-filing website, there is another way using which you can link your PAN and Aadhaar. A hyperlink has been provided on the homepage of the e-filing website and also on the income tax website http://incometaxindia.gov.in/Pages/default.aspx.
If your aadhaar card has the only year of birth, then you must also tick the option: ‘I have the only year of birth in Aadhaar card’
- Other methods
- By sending an SMS to PAN service providers
If you are unable to link your PAN and Aadhaar using the e-filing website of the department then there are other ways for linking PAN and Aadhaar. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in its notification dated June 29, 2017, has provided other methods to link PAN and Aadhaar other than the methods mentioned above. You can link your PAN and Aadhaar by sending a simple SMS. You can send an SMS to either of the PAN service providers namely NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited or UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited (UTIITL). You can simply send an SMS in a specific format using a keyword to the either 567678 or 56161. The format is UIDPAN<SPACE><12 digit Aadhaar><SPACE><10 digits PAN>NSDL and UTI won’t charge you for this. However, SMS charges as levied by the mobile operator will be applicable.
- Manual linking by filing up a form (Annexure-I) As per the above-mentioned notification, CBDT has provided for a manual method as well to ease the problems of taxpayers in case the person is unable to sort out the problem of mismatch in the data of PAN and Aadhaar through other methods. You can visit a service center of PAN service provider, NSDL or UTIITSL. You will be required to fill in the form ‘Annexure-I’ along with the supporting documents i.e. copy of PAN card and Aadhaar card. Unlike online services, this service is not free of charge. An individual is required to pay a prescribed fee to them. The fee charged depends on whether while linking, correction is made in the PAN or Aadhaar details. For any correction in the PAN details, the fee charged is Rs 110. On the other hand, for correcting Aadhaar details, the prescribed fee is Rs 25. Biometric authentication is compulsory in case there is a major mismatch in data of PAN and Aadhaar.