How to Link PAN Card with Aadhaar Card? Last Updated : 16 Oct 2019

There are two ways through which you can link PAN and Aadhaar. These are:

  • Through the Income Tax e-filing website
  • Sending an SMS to 567678 or 56161

Deadline for linking PAN Card with Aadhar is 31 December 2019

The deadline to link your Permanent Account Number to your Aadhaar card has been extended from 30 September 2019 to 31 December 2019 as per the Central Board of Direct Taxes. This is the seventh time the Income Tax Department has extended the last date for linking of the PAN card with the Aadhaar card since early this year.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes issued the statement regarding the further extension of the deadline on Friday, 27 September 2019.

Linking PAN with Aadhaar through the e-filing website

  • Provide the PAN, Aadhaar number, and name as mentioned in the Aadhaar card
  • Tick the square if only the birth year in mentioned in the Aadhaar card
  • Enter the Captcha code. (Visually challenged users can request for an OTP instead of the captcha code. The OTP will be sent on the registered mobile number)
  • Click on the 'Link Aadhaar' button.
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Linking PAN with Aadhaar by sending an SMS

The PAN can be linked with the Aadhaar number by sending an SMS to 567678 or 56161 from the registered mobile number. In order to do so, you need to type UIDPAN<12-digit Aadhaar><10-digit PAN> and send it.

SMS ‘UIDPAN Aadhaar-number PAN-numberto 567678

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Finance Minister Proposes to Allow Aadhaar Card for Filing of Taxes, PAN Card not Compulsory

During the Union Budget 2019, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has made a proposal to allow the acceptance of Aadhaar card to file taxes for the tax payers in the India.

Previously, only the PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department was accepted to pay taxes. However, the minister pointed out that more than 120 crore Indians have Aadhaar card.

With this, she has proposed that Aadhaar card and PAN card be interchangeable to file for taxes for the citizens who do not have a PAN card.

The process for filing tax returns is said to be the same with the only change of adding the Aadhaar number instead of the PAN whenever required.


PAN and Aadhaar New Rules That You Need to Know

The 2019 Union Budget has brought about a lot of changes with respect to PAN and Aadhaar usage. Here are some of the new rules proposed by Finance Minister, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman:

  • Use of Aadhaar for transactions above Rs.50,000: Earlier, transactions greater than Rs.50,000 required the sender to quote their PAN number. Now, however, you can quote your Aadhaar number instead. Banks and all other institutions will upgrade their systems to accept Aadhaar details for transactions that previously required PAN details.
  • Cash withdrawal and deposit: Your Aadhaar details can now be used to withdraw or deposit amounts greater than Rs.50,000.
  • Aadhaar-PAN link: Those who file their IT returns using their Aadhaar card will be allocated a new PAN by the tax authorities.
  • ITR filing with Aadhaar: Your income Tax returns can now be filed with your Aadhaar even if you do not have a PAN card.
  • PAN will not be terminated if it Is not linked with Aadhaar: Since people now have the option of using either their PAN details or their Aadhaar details, their PAN cards will not be terminated if it isn’t linked to their Aadhaar.

There are a few cases where these details cannot be interchangeable used though. This includes cash transactions made at hotels or for foreign travel bills (transactions need to be over Rs.50,000). Moreover, you will require PAN card details if you wish to purchase immovable property whose worth is greater than Rs.10 lakh.

Importance of Linking PAN Card with Aadhaar Card

Both the PAN card as well as the Aadhaar card are unique identification cards that serve as proof of identity that are necessary for registration and verification purposes.

The government has urged all entities to link their PAN cards with their Aadhaar cards. This is being done for the following purposes:

Prevent Tax Evasion:

By linking the Aadhaar and PAN cards, the government will be able to keep tabs on the taxable transactions of a particular individual or entity, whose identity and address will be verified by his Aadhaar card. This will effectively mean that every taxable transaction or activity will be recorded by the government.

As a result, the government will already have a detailed record of all the financial transactions that would attract tax for each entity, making tax evasion a thing of the past.

Multiple PAN Cards:

Another reason for linking PAN with Aadhaar is to reduce the occurrence of individuals or entities applying for multiple PAN cards in an effort to defraud the government and avoid paying taxes.

By applying for more than one PAN card, an entity can use one of the cards for a certain set of financial transactions and pay taxes applicable for those. Meanwhile, the other PAN card can be used for accounts or transactions that the entity wishes to conceal from the Income Tax department, thereby avoiding paying tax on them.

By linking the PAN and Aadhaar card, the government will be able to link the identity of an entity through his/her Aadhaar card, and subsequently have details of all financial transactions made through the linked PAN card. If there are multiple PAN cards registered under the same name, the government will be able to identify the same and take corrective action.

Correction facility for linking PAN with Aadhaar is launched by the Income Tax Department

The IT department has started the online facility for correction of errors in names and other information present on the Aadhaar document and Permanent Account Number (PAN) card. The Income Tax department already launched the facility to link the PAN Card with Aadhaar. Now it has also added two hyperlinks on the official website for e-filing of tax. One link takes to the application page for Permanent Account number by an Indian national or a foreigner and the other link takes you to the page where you can update all the necessary changes. In order to update all the Aadhaar details, an individual can easily log on to the Aadhaar SSUP (Self Service Update Portal). He/she can also upload all the scanned documents that are needed as data update request proof.

FAQs for Linking Aadhaar with PAN

  1. If I don’t fall into the taxable bracket, do I still have to get an Aadhaar card or have it linked to my PAN?

    Yes, it is advisable that you apply for an Aadhaar card and have it linked with your PAN. Aadhar is now necessary to avail most government benefits and so it is advisable to apply for it and also get it linked with PAN to ensure that your PAN is valid.

  2. Do NRIs residing in India have to link their PAN as well?

    The requirement to quote Aadhaar for filing income tax returns and for making an application for allotment of PAN with effect from July 1, 2017 does not apply to non­resident Indians [NRIs].

  3. Is it mandatory to create an account with the department website?

    No, it is not necessary to have an account with the department website. There is a direct link that is available which you can use to link your PAN and Aadhaar Card.

  4. I used to live in India but settled abroad. I plan on returning to India. Do I need to apply for an Aadhaar Card or am I exempted from this rule?

    If you plan on staying in the country for more than 6 months or 182 days, you will have to apply for an Aadhaar card when you reach India.

  5. How long is the OTP sent by the Aadhaar database valid for?

    The Aadhaar OTP is valid for a total of 15 minutes from the time it was generated.

  6. How can I change the mobile number that is registered with Aadhaar?

    You can get in touch with the UIDAI helpdesk by email at authsupport@uidai.gov.in or you can contact their toll-free number which is 1800-300-1947.

  7. Can I de-link my Aadhaar number?

    No. There is no option that is available to de-link your Aadhaar number once it has been updated on the e-filing page.

  8. How do I make changes to an Aadhaar Number that I have filed?

    You can get in touch with the UIDAI helpdesk by email at authsupport@uidai.gov.in or you can contact their toll-free number which is 1800-300-1947.

  9. What should I do if my details as per my PAN card do not match with the ones mentioned on my Aadhaar card?

    If the details on your PAN card such as spelling of name, date of birth or gender do not match the ones on your Aadhaar card, you will have to submit an application with valid proof and get the details corrected. After this, you may apply to link your Aadhaar with your PAN card.

  10. Do I have to submit any documentary proof to link my PAN and Aadhaar card?

    No, you are not required to submit any documents when linking your Aadhaar to your PAN card. You have to check if the PAN information mentioned on the website matches your Aadhaar card and then apply for them to be linked.

  11. What are the details I have to check when linking my PAN with my Aadhaar card?

    When linking your PAN with your Aadhaar card, you have to make sure that your name, date of birth and gender as displayed on the income tax website matches with the details on your Aadhaar card.

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News About linking PAN With Aadhaar Card

  • Deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar extended till December 1

    The ministry of Finance announced that the last date of linking of PAN with Aadhaar has been extended from September 30, 2019 to December 1, 2019.

    The news will come as a huge relief for those who are yet to link their PAN with their Aadhaar.

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) decided to extend the last date of linking the PAN to Aadhaar. However, if the individual fails to link their PAN with Aadhaar by December 1, then the PAN will become inoperative and the PAN card holder will not be able to quote his/her PAN whenever required. Unfortunately, there is no method yet deployed by CBDT which can convert an inoperative PAN card to an operational one. Hence, in order to ensure that the taxpayer faces no inconvenience, the finl date has been extended.

    1 October 2019

  • Aadhaar-PAN Linking Deadline Extended to December 31

    The deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN has been extended to December 31, 2019 according to a notification issued by the Ministry of Finance. The previous deadline was September 30, 2019.

    The extension will enable individuals who have not linked their PAN and Aadhaar yet, as all PAN cards not linked stand to become inoperative. This renders the PAN unusable since it cannot be submitted or quoted for any purpose.

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has not released the date that unlinked PAN cards will become inoperable by, but has urged all individuals to link the two documents at the earliest.

    30 September 2019

  • Aadhaar-PAN interchangeability can be implemented for cash transactions above Rs.50,000, among other tasks.

    In the recent changes mentioned between the Aadhaar card and the PAN card during the Union Budget 2019, the interchangeability option of these two cards can be done for several tasks. These tasks, which previously were allowed only with the authentication of PAN, will not be functional with your Aadhaar as well.

    Some of these tasks where the interchangeability of PAN and Aadhaar card can be done is for transactions above Rs.50,000 along with buying property which is worth more than Rs.10 lakh. These transactions required a PAN card for authentication but can be done with the Aadhaar card as well.

    Other tasks which can be done with the Aadhaar card for the citizens who do not hold a PAN card are, the purchase and sale of a car, applying for a Demat account, applying for a debit or a credit card.

    In the budget, the Finance Minister also mentioned that an Aadhaar card will be issued to NRI citizens who hold an Indian passport. The card will be issued to them when they enter the country and they will not be required to go through the regular waiting period of 180 days (6 months).

    22 July 2019

  • As IT return deadline closes in, only 56% have linked their PAN to Aadhaar

    As per the ITD (Income Tax Department), only a mere 56% have linked their PAN to Aadhaar. Out of around 45 crore PANs issued, only around 25 crore have been linked to Aadhaar. The mandate to link these documents was issued by the supreme court, and only 56% of PAN card holders have done so as on March 31, 2019. The last date for linking this has been extended several times by the government and is currently been extended to September 30, 2019. Although there has been an extension in the date, people filing their Income Tax Returns (ITR) must link their PAN card to Aadhaar by July 31, 2019, as they will have to quote their Aadhaar number to file the return.

    20 June 2019

  • PAN to be deemed invalid if not linked to Aadhaar by September 30

    The central government has notified its citizens that their PAN will become invalid if it hasn’t been linked to Aadhaar by September 30, 2019. This notification was released on March 21, 2019.

    All tax payers who were holding a PAN as on July 1, 2017 will have to get their two identity cards linked to each other.

    The deadline was extended from March 31, 2019 as there was no clarity on whether or not PAN cards would be inactive if not linked.

    Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act states that all PAN holders as on July 2017 will have to link their PAN to Aadhaar. The deadline for this has been extended, via a formal notification, to September 30, 2019.

    12 April 2019

  • Individuals Face Iitials Hurdle When Looking to Link PAN-Aadhaar

    With the last date for linking PAN and Aadhaar fast approaching, tens of thousands of people may not be able to file their income tax returns for the coming financial year. This is because many individuals are facing the initials hurdle when looking to link PAN with Aadhaar. An official of the Income Tax Department has stated that a large number of people in the country especially south India are not being able to link PAN with Aadhaar.

    The problem emerges because both PAN and Aadhaar use separate software systems and are at different levels of sophistication. Unlike PAN which is based on an old system, Aadhaar allows the use of initials in the name of the individual.

    With the PAN software being at least 30 years old, and the department having no plans to upgrade the systems in order to allow abbreviations, there is only one solution in sight. The officials of the Income Tax Department have already asked the individuals facing the issue to change their names on the Aadhaar card to what is reflected on the PAN card. This will ensure that both the documents can be linked.

    3 April 2019

  • Link PAN With Aadhaar Before March 31

    The Permanent Account Number (PAN) issued by the Income Tax Department under the supervision of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is one the most important documents that an individual possesses. The 10-digit alphanumeric code helps bring a universal identification to all the financial transactions and prevent tax evasion. The PAN card serves as an important ID proof for the individual. With the country’s apex court i.e., Supreme Court of India making the linking of PAN and Aadhaar mandatory, you need complete it before March 31. Failure to do so may result in the PAN card becoming invalid. The government had closed or put as many as 11.44 lakh PAN cards in the inactive category last year for not linking it with the Aadhaar number. The same could be done this year as well if individuals fail to link PAN and Aadhaar before the deadline ends. It is noteworthy to mention here that the Income Tax Department has started to issue e-refunds from March 1 in the bank accounts of only those individuals who have linked their respective bank accounts with the PAN. To receive the e-refunds, individuals need to validate the bank account with the Income Tax department e-filing portal.

    19 March 2019

  • Link PAN with Aadhaar to avoid cancellation of PAN

    Are you still waiting to link PAN with Aadhaar? If yes, then you must do it before March 31. In case, you fail to carry out the linking before the mentioned date, the PAN card that you possess may be of no use anymore.  

    Yes, that’s true because as per the order given by the country’s apex court i.e., Supreme Court of India, the linking of PAN and Aadhaar needs to be carried out mandatorily before the due date. Given this fact, the government has asked everyone to carry out the linking before 31 March 2019. It needs to be mentioned here that cancellation of PAN will mean that you can’t file income tax returns.  

    Sushil Chandra, the former Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had earlier stated that failure to link PAN and Aadhaar before the deadline could result in cancellation of PAN. He had said that linking of PAN with Aadhaar will help the Income Tax department in identifying duplicate PAN cards which many individuals nowadays possess. 

    It needs to be mentioned here that the Supreme Court of India in September last year declared the Aadhaar scheme as being constitutionally valid. In the order, the apex court had made the Aadhaar document mandatory for filing I-T returns and issuance of PAN card. 

    12 March 2019

  • SC says linkage of PAN with Aadhaar mandatory for filing IT returns

    A Supreme Court bench which comprised of Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer has said that linking PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory for filing Income Tax (IT) returns. The decision of the court came after an appeal was filed by the central government against an order by the Delhi High Court that allowed two people to file IT returns for 2018-19 without linking their PAN with Aadhaar.

    The bench in its verdict stated that the aforementioned order was passed by the High Court after having taken regard to the fact that the matter was pending consideration in this court. The judges added that after hearing the matter, it had decided to uphold section 139AA of the Income Tax Act which makes the linking of PAN with Aadhaar mandatory.

    It needs to be mentioned here that the apex court of the country on September 26 had declared that the central government’s flagship Aadhaar scheme was constitutionally valid. However, it had struck down some of its provisions including its linking with bank accounts, mobile phones and school admissions.

    15 October 2018

  • Reasons Why Supreme Court Endorsed Linking Of PAN With Aadhaar

    On Wednesday, when the country’s apex court i.e., Supreme Court of India pronounced its verdict on the Aadhaar Act, it had confirmed the linking of the 10-digit PAN with the 12-digit Aadhaar number. Here, we take a look at the reasons why the court found merit in the various arguments regarding the linking of PAN and Aadhaar.

    •Removal of fake PANs from the system - The first reason was the need to weed out fake PANs from the system. As per a report of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in India, there are as many as 10.52 lakh fake or duplicate PANs. The Supreme court acknowledged that linking of PAN with Aadhaar will ensure that the fake and duplicate PANs are rooted out.

    •Verification of documents - The linking of Aadhaar with PAN will ensure that hundred per cent seamless verification of data that is entered in the PAN application form is carried out. This is necessary as currently verification of data or original documents is carried out in only 0.2% cases.

    •Tax compliance - The Supreme court took note of the fact that individuals do not quote their PAN when high-value transactions are carried out more so when it involves the sale and purchase of the property. The linking of PAN with Aadhaar will ensure that such transactions cannot be concealed from the tax authorities.

    15 October 2018

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