aadhaarThe last date for mandatory Aadhaar-PAN linking is March 31, 2019. This is a must-do task for PAN holders who file Income Tax Return (ITR). Linking Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) will be mandatory for filing ITR for the assessment year 2019-20. This means if PAN is not linked with Aadhaar, the tax return will not be accepted.

There are crores of people who have not linked Aadhaar and PAN. Only about 23 crore PAN card holders of the total 42 crore have linked their cards with biometric ID Aadhaar, reports say. This means another 20-21 crore have not done it.

As per the Income Tax department, the constitutional validity of Aadhaar has been upheld by the Supreme Court of India in September 2018. “Consequently, in terms of Section 139AA of Income Tax Act., 1961 and order dated 30.6.2018 of the Central Board of Direct Taxes, Aadhaar-PAN linking is mandatory now which has to be completed till 31.3.2019 by the PAN holders requiring filing of Income Tax Return,” said I-T department on their website.

By linking with Aadhaar, the Income Tax department will know whether there are any duplicate PAN or not. There are certain duplicate PANs.

Aadhaar is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It is a 12 digit number.

PAN is a 10-digit combination of letters and numbers. PAN is given by I-T department.

How to link

The procedure for Aadhaar-PAN linking is easy.

Linking through SMS facility – You can complete Aadhaar-PAN linking by sending an SMS. Here is the process.

Send SMS to 567678 or 56161 in the following format. UIDPAN(space)(12 digit Aadhaar number)(Space)(10 digit PAN)

Example: UIDPAN 234556781256 AAAPB7891Z

Linking through e-filing portal – Online linking of Aadhaar number with PAN can be done by logging on to the income tax e-filing portal. You can:

1. Without logging in to your account

You have to go to this link – https://www1.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-FilingGS/Services/LinkAadhaarHome.html

Do note that in the case of any minor mismatch in Aadhaar name provided, Aadhaar OTP may be required.

Do ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly same.

In case where Aadhaar name is completely different from name given in PAN, then the linking will fail and taxpayer will be prompted to change the name in either Aadhaar or in PAN database.

2. Logging in to your account (6 step procedure)

This will require you to log in your Income Tax website account with proper credentials.

Check whether your PAN card is linked to Aadhaar

Visit incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in website and click on ‘link Aadhaar’ under the ‘Quick Links’ section on left. On top of the new page, click on ‘Click here’ option. A new page will open up where you are asked to enter Aadhaar number and PAN number. Enter Aadhaar number and PAN. You will get to know whether they are linked or not.

Kumar Shankar Roy

Kumar Shankar Roy is contributing editor with RupeeIQ. He can be contacted on contact@rupeeiq.com