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How to Link your PAN Card to your Aadhaar Card

According to the guidelines issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), every individual holding a PAN must link the same with their Aadhaar. The last date for linking Aadhaar and PAN has been notified as March 31, 2023, post which all PANs that haven’t been linked with Aadhaar will be disabled.

 

Considering the fact that the linking of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory, it is important for you to do it forthwith. Here’s a quick look at the different ways through which you can link them both. 

 

Note: From July 01, 2022 onwards, linking of PAN card with Aadhaar card will incur a fee of ₹1,000. 

How to Link PAN Card to Aadhaar Card Online

The CBDT has made it extremely easy to link your PAN with your Aadhaar. You can opt to do it either by logging into the Income Tax portal or without logging into the portal. The steps that you would have to follow may vary depending on how you choose to proceed with the linking. 

 

However, before you proceed with the linking of PAN with Aadhaar, the first thing that you should do is make a payment of ₹1,000 as mandated by the CBDT. The process that you would have to follow for the same are outlined below. 

  • Step 1: Visit the TIN portal of the Income Tax Department. 

  • Step 2: Click on the ‘Proceed’ button under the head ‘Challan No./ITNS 280’. 

  • Step 3: Click on the ‘(0021) Income Tax (Other than Companies)’ option. 

  • Step 4: Click on the ‘(500) Other Receipts’ option. 

  • Step 5: Enter all mandatorily required details such as your PAN, the assessment year, city, state, PIN code, and the Captcha code. 

  • Step 6: Click on the ‘Proceed’ button below.

  • Step 7: Click on the ‘I Agree’ checkbox and then on the ‘Submit to the Bank’ option. 

  • Step 8: Complete the transaction by making a payment of ₹1,000 and download the challan.

 

Around 4 to 5 days after you’ve made the payment, you can proceed to link Aadhaar and PAN via the www.incometax.gov.in website. You can do that by following the steps mentioned below. 

1. Linking PAN with Aadhaar Without Logging into the Income Tax Portal

  • Step 1: Visit the www.incometax.gov.in portal. 

  • Step 2: Click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option on the left side of the webpage. 

  • Step 3: Enter your PAN and Aadhaar in the respective fields and click on ‘Validate’. 

  • Step 4: A pop-up message will be displayed showing details of the payment that you made. 

  • Step 5: Click on the ‘Continue’ button to proceed. 

  • Step 6: Enter your name and your mobile number as per your Aadhaar. 

  • Step 7: Click on the ‘I agree to validate my Aadhaar details’ checkbox and then on the ‘Link Aadhaar’. 

  • Step 8: Enter the OTP that you receive on your mobile number and click on ‘Validate’ once again. 

  • Step 9: That’s it. Your linking Aadhaar and PAN is now complete. 

2. Linking PAN with Aadhaar By Logging into the Income Tax Portal 

If you have an account on the Income Tax e-filing portal, you can link your PAN with your Aadhaar by logging into it as well. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Step 1: Visit the www.incometax.gov.in portal. 

  • Step 2: Log into your account by entering your user credentials. 

  • Step 3: Click the ‘Link Aadhaar to PAN’ option on your Dashboard. Alternatively, you can also click on your profile and then on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option. 

  • Step 4: Enter your PAN and Aadhaar in the respective fields and click on ‘Validate’.

  • Step 5: A pop-up message will be displayed showing details of the payment that you made. 

  • Step 6: Click on the ‘Continue’ button to proceed. 

  • Step 7: Enter your name and your mobile number as per your Aadhaar. 

  • Step 8: Click on the ‘I agree to validate my Aadhaar details’ checkbox and then on the ‘Link Aadhaar’. 

  • Step 9: Enter the OTP that you receive on your mobile number and click on ‘Validate’ once again. 

  • Step 10: That’s it. Your linking Aadhaar and PAN is now complete.

How to Link PAN Card to Aadhaar Card Offline

Alternatively, if you prefer to link your PAN with Aadhaar offline, there are two different ways to do it - via an SMS, via a PAN service centre. Let’s take a quick look at each of the methods one after the other. Remember to first make the payment of ₹1,000 before proceeding to link both of them together. 

1. Linking PAN With Aadhaar Via an SMS 

Sending an SMS to link your PAN with your Aadhaar is one of the easiest ways to complete the process. 

  • Step 1: Type the following message - UIDPAN <12 Digit Aadhaar> <10 Digit PAN> on your phone. Here’s an example - UIDPAN 123456789999 AAAPD1234L.

  • Step 2: Send it to either 567678 or 56161 from the mobile number that’s registered with your Aadhaar. 

 

Upon sending the SMS, the request for linking would be taken up and you should receive a confirmation message. 

2. Linking PAN With Aadhaar Via a PAN Service Centre

You can also visit a PAN service centre near you to complete the linking Aadhaar and PAN. Here’s what you would have to do in this case. 

  • Step 1: Visit a PAN service centre. 

  • Step 2: Fill and sign the ‘Annexure I’ form for seeding of Aadhaar into the PAN database. 

  • Step 3: Submit the form along with the designated fee for processing the linking request. 

  • Step 4: You will be asked to confirm the request using biometric authentication. 

  • Step 5: Once you complete the authentication process successfully, your PAN and Aadhaar will be linked. 

Correction Facility for Linking PAN with Aadhaar Card

One of the most common issues that many people face when attempting to link a PAN card with Aadhaar is a mismatch in either the name or the date of birth. In this case, the linking wouldn’t be successful. To rectify this issue, the affected individual would have to first correct the mismatch and then proceed to link both PAN and Aadhaar. Here’s what you would have to do to correct the mismatch. 

Correction of Errors in Aadhaar Card

If your Aadhaar card has an error, you can get it rectified by following the below mentioned steps. 

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of UIDAI. 

  • Step 2: Under the ‘My Aadhaar’ menu, click on the ‘Update Your Aadhaar’ option. 

  • Step 3: If you wish to make any changes other than your address, you would have to click on the ‘Update Aadhaar at Enrolment / Update Centre’. Using the tool in the website you can find out the nearest enrollment centre based on your PIN code, make a physical visit along with the supporting documents and get the error rectified.

  • Step 4: On the other hand, if you wish to change your address, click ‘Update Address in your Aadhaar’ and complete the process. 

Correction of Errors in PAN Card

If the error is in your PAN card, then here’s what you would have to do to rectify the mistake. 

  • Step 1: Visit this website:  https://www.onlineservices.nsdl.com/paam/endUserRegisterContact.html. 

  • Step 2: Under ‘Application Type’, click on the ‘Changes or Correction in existing PAN Data / Reprint of PAN card (No changes in existing PAN Data) option. 

  • Step 3: Proceed to complete the application form. 

  • Step 4: Upload scanned copies of supporting documents online and submit the form.  

Steps to check PAN-Aadhaar Link Status

Unsure of whether you’ve done the Aadhaar link with your PAN card? By following the step-by-step guide below, you can quickly check the linking status. Here’s how you can do it. 

  • Step 1: Visit the following link - https://www.incometax.gov.in/iec/foportal 

  • Step 2: Click on the ‘Link Aadhaar Status’ hyperlink under ‘Quick Links’.

  • Step 3: Enter your PAN and your 12-digit Aadhaar number in the fields and click on ‘View Aadhaar Link Status’ to know whether you’ve linked your PAN and Aadhaar. 

 

Alternatively, you can also check the status by typing out the following message - UIDPAN < 12-digit Aadhaar number> < 10-digit Permanent Account Number> on your mobile phone and sending it as an SMS to 567678 to get to know if you’ve done the Aadhaar card to PAN card linking or not.

Importance of Linking PAN Card with Aadhaar Card

The PAN and Aadhaar are two unique ways of identifying an individual. The government of India has mandated that all individuals possessing both PAN and Aadhaar link them both before the due date of 31st March, 2023. There are many reasons why this mandate has been enforced by the government. Here’s an overview of a few of them. 

  • It reduces the instances of multiple PAN cards 

Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a unique alphanumeric sequence. No two individuals can ever have the same PAN. Similarly, no single individual can ever have more than one PAN allotted to them. 

 

However, it has been found that many individuals and entities with an intention to defraud the government have availed more than one PAN card. By quoting different PAN cards for different transactions, these unscrupulous entities are avoiding payment of tax. 

 

When entities link an Aadhaar to a PAN card, the other unlinked PAN cards that they may possess become worthless, which ultimately reduces the instances of multiple PAN cards. 

  • It prevents evasion of tax 

When an individual or an entity completes the Aadhaar card and PAN card link, it becomes easier for the government authorities to keep a tab on the financial transactions being undertaken by them. Thanks to the detailed record of transactions, the instances of tax evasion can be reduced significantly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you check if a PAN is linked to an Aadhaar?

Checking your PAN and Aadhaar link status is extremely easy and takes only a few seconds. The steps you would have to follow are listed below. 

  • Step 1: Visit the Income Tax e-filing portal homepage. 
  • Step 2: Under the ‘Our Services’ tab, click on the ‘Link Aadhaar Status’ option. 
  • Step 3: Enter your Aadhaar and PAN in the respective fields and click on the ‘View Link Aadhaar Status’.
  • Step 4: You should receive a pop-up displaying the current PAN and Aadhaar link status.

Can we link Aadhaar and PAN online with a mobile phone?

Yes. It is possible to link your PAN with your Aadhaar online through the web browser on your mobile phone.

How do I link PAN and Aadhaar if there is a mismatch in name or date of birth?

You can only complete the Aadhaar and PAN card linking process after rectifying the mismatch in your name or date of birth. If there’s a mismatch in your Aadhaar card, you can visit the nearest Aadhaar enrollment centre to rectify it. Alternatively, if there’s a mismatch in your PAN, you can proceed to rectify it online by visiting the website of NSDL, now Protean eGov Technologies Limited.

What are the details we need to check when linking PAN with Aadhaar card?

Before you link an Aadhaar with a PAN card, make sure that your name, date of birth, and gender are the same in both of them. If there’s a mismatch in any one of the identity proofs, you will not be able to link them until you rectify the errors.

Why do I get a failed authentication message when I try to link Aadhaar to a PAN card?

The failed authentication message is displayed if there’s a mismatch in any of the details in your Aadhaar card and your PAN card. Check to ensure that all of the details such as your name, your date of birth, and your gender are the same across both of these identity proofs. If there’s a mismatch, you will have to get it rectified before proceeding to link your Aadhaar with your PAN card.

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