Mumbai: From July 1, your PAN card will be rendered useless unless it its linked to your Aadhaar number, as mandated by the government.
As enshrined in the Finance Act, 2017, the quoting of the 12-digit unique identification number will become mandatory for filing income tax returns. An email from the I-T department’s e-filing team said: “This (linking of Aadhaar and PAN) will be useful for E-Verification of Income Tax returns using Aadhaar OTP (One-Time Password)”.
With just two days to go for the deadline, here is a step-by-step guide to linking your Aadhaar with your PAN :
Step 1: The I-T department’s email from its e-filing team says a new feature available on the website does not require the user to register or login. This feature can be used by anyone to link their Aadhaar with PAN. This is the link to the website: incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
Step 2: Once you are on the I-T Department’s e-filing website, click on the new ‘Link Aadhaar’ option visible in red, on the left hand side, just below the blue “I Am..” box.
Step 3: You have been directed to a page that requires you to fill in your PAN, Aadhaar No. and name (as is exactly mentioned in their Aadhaar cards, sans any mistake) in the respective fields. Hit ‘Submit’. The linking will be confirmed after you receive a verification from UIDAI.
Caution: Ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly the same. The linking will not take place in the event of any mismatch.
Step 4: Once your validation is successful, your Aadhaar will be successfully linked to your PAN. A pop-up will appear, confirming the same.
Linking PAN and AADHAAR via SMS
Alterantively, you can link your AADHAAR with your PAN by sending an SMS to 567678 or 56161.