On July 1, 2017, the Indian government made it mandatory for every resident of the country to link their Aadhaar and PAN cards. Filing income tax returns, opening a stock trading account, opening a bank account, buying/selling financial securities, or even checking your CIBIL score becomes easy with this linkage.
PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline
The good news is that you can now link your PAN to your Aadhaar before March 31, 2023, to keep the former operational. Previously, the deadline for you to do the same was March 31, 2020. But, due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in that year, the deadline date kept extending until September 30, 2021. Then, the date was extended to March 31, 2022. And now, the deadline date for you to link your Aadhaar to your PAN Card has been extended to March 31, 2023. This means that you still have enough time to do the needful.
Ways of Linking Aadhaar to PAN Card
There are several ways in which you can link your PAN card to your Aadhaar card to avoid serious implications of being unable to do so -
Link Aadhaar to PAN Card online,
Link Aadhaar to PAN Card online through an SMS
Even Link Aadhaar to PAN Card manually
Linking PAN to Aadhaar via e-Filing Website
Below are the steps on how to link your PAN Card to Aadhaar Card online with the help of the e-filing website of the Income Tax Department of India -
Step 1: Visit the official Income Tax e-filing website at incometax.gov.in/iec/foportal
Step 2: On the homepage, you will be able to see the ‘Quick Links’ button. Click on the same and then select the ‘Link Aadhaar’ sub-option from it to move further.
Step 5: Feed in your PAN Card number, Aadhaar Card number, your name as per your Aadhaar Card. Additionally, you will find two tick boxes underneath that. One will ask you whether your Aadhaar number only states your date of birth and the other one will ask you for your consent for validating your Aadhaar. Click on the first one if that is true in your case. In the case of the other, you will have to mandatorily click on the same to proceed.
Step 6: Enter the One Time Password (OTP) that you will receive on your mobile number on the following page. Click on the ‘Validate’ option to proceed. Note that you will receive the said OTP from the Income Tax Department of India itself.
Step 7: You will finally see a notification stating that your Aadhaar-PAN linking request has been shared with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Additionally, it will also say that you must check the status of the same after a few days. If you see such a notification, you have successfully placed a request for linking your Aadhaar to your PAN Card.
Linking PAN and Aadhaar by Sending an SMS
You can also link aadhar and PAN card by simply sending an SMS to a particular number. Note that in order to do so, you will need to make the payment to the concerned authorities through the NSDL portal as per the standard procedure mentioned previously. Once you have made the payment, you must:
For instance, if your Aadhaar card number is 123456789101 and your PAN is FGHIJ2345D, you have to send the message in the form of UIDPAN 123456789101 FGHIJ2345D and then send the text message to either 56161 or 567678. As soon as the information sent is verified, your Aadhaar card will be linked with the PAN.
Manual Form-Filling at a PAN Service Provider
If you do not wish to use any of the two above-listed methods, learn how you can link your aadhar and pan card manually -
Step 1: Visit the nearest NSDL office.
Step 2: Fill up the relevant form after checking with the concerned official.
Step 3: Feed in the relevant details and submit the supporting documents like your Aadhaar card, PAN card, and birth certificate. Post-verification, the Aadhaar will be linked to the PAN.