As per a Central government notification, it is mandatory to quote the Aadhaar card when filing Income Tax returns in India. Additionally, the Aadhaar has to be submitted when applying for a new PAN card as well. Section 139AA(2) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, states that every taxpaying individual must furnish the Aadhaar number to tax authorities.
The Aadhaar card is an official document with a 12-digit unique identification number. The vital document can be used to serve all official identification requirements. Permanent Identification Number (PAN) card, on the other hand, is a ten-character identifier that is essential when filing income tax returns and undertaking financial transactions in India.
There has been a serious lag in the linking of PAN-Aadhaar cards across the country. Thus, the Finance Ministry has extended the final date for linking the PAN-Aadhaar cards to March 31, 2022. This extension has been specially made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the inability of citizens to carry out their functions on time. If citizens do not undertake the linking within the stated period, the PAN card will become inoperative. This will have serious implications as an inoperative PAN cannot be used to make financial operations.
To ensure complete implementation of this system, the government is likely to impose a fine of ₹10,000 after the deadline.
Note: The PAN will become operative once it is successfully linked with the Aadhaar database.
The PAN and Aadhaar cards can be linked using the given methods that include:
The online application is the most widely preferred method of linking the PAN and Aadhaar cards.
Step 1: Visit the official Income Tax e-filing Website.
Step 2: You will be able to view the ‘Quick Links’ option. Click on the sub-option ‘Link Aadhaar’ listed just below.
Step 3: You must then enter your PAN and Aadhaar numbers.
Step 4: Enter the captcha code.
Step 5: Click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option.
Step 6: You will see a pop-up that confirms the successful linking of your PAN and Aadhaar. This step concludes your linking process.
You can use the SMS method to conveniently link your PAN and Aadhaar cards.
Type an SMS message in the format of UIDPAN <12-digit Aadhaar> <10-digit PAN>.
Use your registered mobile number to send the message on 567678 or 56161.
As soon as the information sent is verified, your Aadhaar gets linked with the PAN.
If you do not wish to use any of the two above-listed methods, you can choose to manually link your Aadhaar and PAN cards.
Visit your nearest NSDL office.
You will be asked to fill up a form.
Fill in the relevant details and submit the supporting documents like your Aadhaar card, PAN card, birth certificate, etc.
Post-verification, the Aadhaar will be linked to the PAN.
The PAN and Aadhaar cards are vital documents that serve different purposes for Indian citizens. Read on to know the benefits that Aadhaar-PAN linking carries for citizens and the government.
You can easily open your bank account without being caught up in the documentation process
You can use the Income Tax login to get a complete view of all your tax-related transactions
The Aadhaar-PAN linking lets you authenticate your tax filings with many conveniences
Authorities have encountered issues wherein multiple PAN cards were being used to evade tax. Aadhaar-PAN linking will help the government keep track of such transactions and help deter tax evasion.
When the issue of tax evasion is tackled, the government can lower the tax rate on the back of higher income tax revenue collection
Ensure that the circulation of black money and money laundering is controlled.
Over the years, the officials have made several reforms in the Aadhaar-PAN linking system to accommodate the needs of citizens. Stay updated on the latest Aadhaar-related news on Finserv MARKETS.
If you failed to link your PAN with Aadhaar, you must visit the nearest PAN Centre. Submit the signed Aadhaar seeding form. You must always carry your relevant documents that include your PAN and Aadhaar card when visiting the centre.
Follow the given listed steps to check the status of your Aadhaar Card linking with your PAN card.
Step 1 - Visit the Income Tax Department’s official website.
Step 2 - Navigate the Aadhaar Status.
Step 3 – You must enter your Aadhaar and PAN number.
Step 4 – Now click on ‘View Link Aadhaar Status’. You can view the status of the linking.
Alternatively, you can also check the linking of Aadhaar with PAN using the SMS facility. All you have to do is send an SMS to 567678 or 56161 in a formatted manner i.e
UIDPAN < 12-digit Aadhaar number> < 10-digit Permanent Account Number>
If the Aadhaar has been successfully linked with PAN then you will receive a message that reads ‘Aadhaar (Aadhaar number) is already associated with PAN..in ITD database. Thank you for using our services’.
There may be some cases wherein the Aadhaar cannot be linked with the PAN. Typically, the reason for this issue is the mismatch of information presented via your PAN and Aadhaar card. Ensure that you make the necessary corrections to rectify the mismatched information. Once done, you will be able to link the PAN and Aadhaar.
It is extremely important to ensure that the details listed in your PAN card are true and correct. It cannot be used as a valid proof of identity or document if the details are incorrect. Follow the given steps to undertake corrections in your PAN card details.
Step 1: Visit the official NSDL website i.e https://www.tin-nsdl.com/downloads/pan/downloads-pan.html
Step 2: Download form 49AA and fill in all the requested details. Ensure that you provide accurate information.
Step 3: You must then provide documents to support all the information that you claim. These include age proof, address proof, and proof of identity. Follow the instructions listed on the form about the documents that are accepted and instructions to fill the form. Please follow the same carefully.
Step 4: Attach your passport size photograph. (It must be a recent one)
Step 6: Upon filling in all the information, tick the box situated on the left margin of the row that requires correction
Step 7: To conclude, mail the application to The INCOME TAX PAN SERVICES UNIT (Managed by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited), 5th Floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony, Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune - 411 016.
If you find that the details carried in your Aadhaar card are incorrect, you must correct the details immediately. The process to make the corrections on the Aadhaar Card is convenient. You can choose to complete the process online or offline. Read on to know more about the processes.
Step 1 - Visit the official UIDAI website i.e https://ssup.uidai.gov.in/web/guest/update.
Step 2 - Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number. Also, enter the captcha code to log in to your account.
Step 3 – Click on the option that says “OTP.” A One Time Password (OTP) is then sent to the registered number.
Step 4 - Enter the OTP.
Step 5 - Click the submit button.
Step 6 - Select all the fields in your Aadhaar Card that must be updated.
Step 7 – Upload the scanned copy of the supporting documents.
Step 8 – Upon completing the above-mentioned steps, the system will generate the URN (Update Request Number). The URN generation is required to complete the further process.
Step 9 – The Aadhaar correction will be complete. You can take a printout of the updated document.
Step 1 – Login to the UIDAI website.
Step 2 - Navigate to Resources. Click on Enrolment Docs and follow by Download Forms.
Step 3 - Download the Aadhaar Correction Form.
Step 4 - Fill in all the required details that have to be updated.
Step 5 – Attach all the necessary supporting documents to support the changes that have to be made.
Step 6 – You must send the updated form along with the attached documents to the given address i.e UIDAI, Post Box No - 99, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500034, India.
It is imperative that the name mentioned on the Aadhaar Card and PAN Card is the same. If you spot a mismatch, you must rectify the same using the given process:
In the case that the name is completely different in the Aadhaar Card when compared to the PAN Card, the correction has to be made on the PAN database or the Aadhaar database.
If the name mismatch is minor, you must generate a One Time Password (OTP) that will on be generated on your registered phone number. The OTP can be used to verify the name change. You must also make sure that the date of birth and gender details are the same
The Income Tax department has initiated an online facility to enable the correction of errors in names and other information listed on the Aadhaar document and Permanent Account Number (PAN) card. Earlier, the Income Tax department had launched the facility to link the PAN Card with Aadhaar. You can now find two additional hyperlinks on the official website for e-filing of tax. While one link guides you to the application page for Permanent Account number by an Indian national or a foreigner, the other link lets you update all the necessary changes.
To update your Aadhaar details, you must log on to the Aadhaar SSUP (Self Service Update Portal). Follow by uploading all the scanned documents that are needed as proof to support your update request.
To link the Aadhaar with PAN, you can simply visit the official income tax website and follow the steps. You can also send an SMS through your registered number or manually fill up a form at your local NSDL office. Once you complete the process successfully, your Aadhaar and PAN get linked.
Yes, it is mandatory to link the Aadhaar and PAN cards before September 30, 2021.
The Central government has extended the deadline for linking the Aadhaar and PAN cards to September 30, 2021.
You do not have to submit any documents to link your Aadhaar and PAN. Keep your PAN and Aadhaar numbers handy, and ensure that the details given on the PAN card match those on the Aadhaar card.
If you do not link your Aadhaar with the PAN before the deadline, the latter will become inoperative. You will not be able to use the PAN to conduct any financial transactions. Additionally, you will incur a penalty of ₹10,000 if you do not complete the linking before the stated deadline, i.e. September 30, 2021.
If the name does not match on your PAN and Aadhaar cards, you need to get it rectified. Once done, you can follow the usual procedure of linking your Aadhaar and PAN cards.
No, there is no way to unlink your Aadhaar and PAN cards.