Whether you are a taxpayer or not, you are required to go through some formalities. One among these is linking your Aadhaar with your PAN. Thankfully, you can link Aadhaar with PAN on the e-filing portal. This is important because you are required to link your Aadhaar card and PAN card in order to file your income tax returns (ITR). 

 

In fact, the Aadhaar and PAN card linking is easy to access as it is right on the Income Tax website dashboard. Read on to go through the step-by-step process to complete the Aadhaar-PAN link on the income tax portal.

Why is it necessary to link your Aadhaar and PAN card?

Before diving into the process of linking your Aadhaar and PAN card, it is important to understand why it is necessary to do so. The Indian government has made it mandatory to link the two cards as a measure to curb tax evasion. It helps ensure that taxpayers file their ITRs accurately. 

 

The linking of Aadhaar and PAN card helps the government to track your financial transactions and identify any discrepancies in your ITR. This is why you need your PAN Card for Income Tax purposes. 

 

The government has also made it easier for taxpayers to link their Aadhaar and PAN card by providing an online portal. This has eliminated the need for taxpayers to visit the Income Tax Department's office physically, saving you time and effort.

Steps to link your Aadhaar and PAN card on the ITR portal

Now that it is understood why it is necessary to link your Aadhaar and PAN card, here is a step-by-step process to follow:

  • Step 1: Visit the e-filing Portal

The first step to linking your Aadhaar and PAN card is to visit the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department. You can do so by going to the following website: https://www.incometax.gov.in/iec/foportal/. 

  • Step 2: Log in Using your Credentials.

  • Step 3: Click on the "Link Aadhaar" Option

On the portal for e-filing, the Aadhaar card link option will be visible as "Link Aadhaar". Click on it to proceed with the process.

  • Step 4: Enter your Aadhaar and PAN Details

In the next step, you will be required to enter your Aadhaar number and PAN details. It is important to ensure that the name, date of birth and gender mentioned on both your Aadhaar and PAN cards are the same. 

 

If there is any discrepancy, you may need to get it corrected before linking the two cards.

  • Step 5: Verify your Aadhaar Details

After entering your Aadhaar and PAN details, the portal will fetch your Aadhaar details from the UIDAI database. Verify the details displayed on the screen and click on the "Link Aadhaar" button.

  • Step 5: Enter the OTP

In the next step, you will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number linked with your Aadhaar. Enter the OTP and click on the "Submit" button to complete the process.

  • Step 6: Confirmation

Once the linking process is complete, a confirmation message will be displayed on the screen. You will also receive a confirmation message on your registered mobile number and email ID.

Things to keep in mind while linking your Aadhaar and PAN card

While the process of linking your Aadhaar and PAN card is fairly simple, there are a few things you need to keep in mind while doing so.

1. Name and DOB should match

The name and date of birth mentioned on both your Aadhaar and PAN cards should match. In case of any discrepancy, you will need to get it corrected before proceeding with the linking process.

2. Verify details before submitting 

It is important to verify the details displayed on the screen before submitting the linking request. Any errors in the Aadhaar or PAN details may lead to rejection of the request.

3. Ensure your mobile number is linked to Aadhaar

You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number linked with your Aadhaar. Hence, it is important to ensure that your mobile number is linked with your Aadhaar before proceeding with the linking process.

4. Keep your PAN card handy

You will need to enter your PAN details while linking your Aadhaar and PAN card. Hence, it is important to keep your PAN card handy.

5. Link before the deadline

The deadline for linking Aadhaar and PAN card has been extended to March 31, 2023. It is important to link your Aadhaar and PAN card before the deadline to avoid any penalty or rejection of your ITR.

Ways to Check PAN and Aadhaar link status

Thanks to digitisation, not only can you link Aadhaar with PAN on the e-filing portal, but also check the status online. This service comes in handy if you are looking to do a quick check after you have completed the linking process. Alternatively, it helps you to know if your PAN and Aadhaar are already linked.  

 

Thankfully, the process is fairly straightforward and easy to complete. Here are the steps to follow. 

 

In just a few seconds, you can know if your documents are linked, and all from the comfort of home. 

 

On the portal for income tax e-filing, the Aadhaar-PAN link process is simple and easy to complete. Remember, it is a mandatory requirement for taxpayers in India. It is an essential step towards streamlining the tax system and ensuring that taxpayers' information is accurate and up-to-date. 

 

By following the steps outlined, you can easily link your Aadhaar and PAN card and avoid any penalties or rejections of your ITR. Remember to keep your PAN card handy, verify the details before submitting the request, and complete the linking process before the deadline. 

 

The government has made the process of linking Aadhaar and PAN card user-friendly and convenient, and it is in the best interest of taxpayers to comply with this requirement.

FAQs About Linking your Aadhaar and PAN Card on the ITR Portal

It is impossible to unlink your Aadhaar, once it has been updated on the IT portal. 

Yes, it is mandatory and the deadline for doing so is 31 March 2023. 

Yes, you are required to link these two documents even if you don’t pay tax. Failing to do so will attract penalties and other consequences.

These individuals do not have to link these documents, but it is better do so.

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