How to Link Aadhaar Number to PAN Card ?
An Aadhaar card contains a unique 12-digit number issued to every citizen in India by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It acts as an identification number that can be used to access the cardholder’s details, such as biometrics, contact information, among others from the government database.
Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident of India, can enroll to obtain an Aadhaar number voluntarily. The enrolment process is free of cost. Once an individual enrolls his/her details are permanently stored in the database. One person cannot have multiple Aadhaar numbers.
If you hold a PAN and are eligible to get Aadhaar or have an Aadhaar number already, then it is essential for you to inform the Income Tax Department on the same. This is why linking PAN to Aadhaar is important. If you fail to do PAN Aadhaar linking, your PAN will become ‘inoperative’ after June 30, 2021.
How to link Aadhaar with Pan Card
As per the Income Tax Department notification, income tax returns could be e-filed without linking Aadhaar and PAN till 5 August 2017. The deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar, which was initially extended from 31 August 2017 to 31 December 2017 and subsequently to 31 March 2018 followed by 30 June 2018 had been extended to 31 March 2021. Further, it has been extended to 30 June 2021.
Do note that while income tax returns can be filed without linking, the tax department will not process the returns until PAN and Aadhaar are linked. People can visit the official e-filing website of the department to link the two identities, in both cases– identical names in the two databases or in a case where there is a minor mismatch.
Online Linking of Aadhaar Number and PAN
Online linking of the Aadhaar number with PAN can be done by logging on to the income tax e-filing portal. There are two ways of doing it on the income tax portal.
- Without logging in to your account (2 step procedure)
- Logging in to your account (6 step procedure)
Method 1: Without logging in to your account (2 step procedure)
Step 1: Go to www.incometax.gov.in.On scrolling down the home page, click on the ‘Our Services’ tab.
Step 2: Enter the following details:
- Aadhaar no.,
- Name as exactly specified on the Aadhaar card (avoid spelling mistakes), and
- Mobile number
In case if only year of birth is mentioned in your Aadhaar card, then select the check box asking “I have only year of birth in Aadhaar card”. Tick on the box that says, “I agree to validate my Aadhaar details”. It is mandatory to select this check box to proceed further for Aadhaar linking.
You will receive a 6-digit One Time Password on your mobile number. Enter this OTP on the verification page on your screen. Once you enter the OTP, click on ‘Validate’ button.