How to Link PAN Card with Aadhaar Card? Last Updated : 31 May 2020

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 30 June 2020

The government on Tuesday extended the deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN. The new deadline is 30 June 2020. The decision to extend the deadline was taken due to the coronavirus pandemic. The previous deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linking was 31 March 2020.

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

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.

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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

  • Non-Resident Indians required to link PAN card with Aadhaar card

    In a notification issued on 13 February 2020, the Central Board of Direct Taxes had announced that all PAN cards must be linked to their Aadhaar card by 31 March 2020 and if not done, would result in declaring unlinked PAN cards as inoperative.

    For Non-Resident Indians, their PAN card must also be linked to their Aadhaar cards, irrespective of the residential status. If any person is not eligible for an Aadhaar card, they are not required to link their Aadhaar card with the PAN card. If an NRI is not present physically to link the Aadhaar with the PAN card, they can do so online by visiting the online portal of the Income Tax Department. Another way would be sending an SMS to any of the PAN service providers which are the National Securities Depository Limited and the UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited.

    With this, NRIs will also be allowed to subscribe to PPF accounts and they can make deposits to the accounts which were opened when they were a resident of the country. However, they will not be allowed to open new PPF accounts and withdrawals can be made from the account after it matures in a period of 15 years.

    29 April 2020

  • Deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar extended

    The government on Tuesday extended the deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar. The decision was taken due to the coronavirus pandemic. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a press conference stated that the new deadline would be 30 June 2020. The earlier deadline was 31 March 2020.

    It must be noted here that the failure to link both the documents before the deadline would lead to the PAN becoming 'inoperative'. An individual may also be slapped with a penalty of Rs.10,000 under the Income Tax Act, 1961.

    The extension in the deadline comes as a relief for those who are yet to link their PAN with Aadhaar.

    24 March 2020

  • IT Department India tweets reminder of PAN and Aadhaar linking

    The Income Tax Department issued a very important message for all citizens in India. The message threw light on the importance of linking one’s PAN and Aadhaar. The IT Department had reminded everyone that the last date for linking the PAN and Aadhaar is 31 March 2020.

    The department had also confirmed that the PAN would be deemed inoperative if one fails to link these two cards. To enable convenience for people who have not yet linked their PAN and the 12-digit biometric number, the IT department had even released a tutorial in the form of a video. In addition to this, a guide had also been rolled out.

    The Twitter account had tweeted, "Have you linked your PAN & AADHAAR yet? If not, better hurry! Last date to link PAN & AADHAAR is 31st March 2020. To steps to link PAN and Aadhaar had been mentioned and they had added a link to the video.

    Although the deadline for linking the PAN and Aadhaar has been extended many times in the past, the new deadline will surely end by 31 March 2020. As of January 2020, more than 30.75 crore PANs had been linked to the Aadhaar. There were still 17.58 crore PANs that had not been linked to the Aadhaar.

    20 March 2020

  • 31 March final deadline for linking PAN and Aadhaar

    On Monday, the Income Tax department had issued a message stating that it is "mandatory" for everyone to link their PAN with their Aadhaar. They had also urged people to not "miss" the 31 March deadline. Last month, the department had announced that a PAN would be deemed as "inoperative" if this has not been linked with the Aadhaar. They had announced, "Don't miss the deadline!"

    The Income Tax department had added that this can be done via SMS or through the e-filing portal.

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) which is responsible for framing policies for the I-T department, had extended this deadline. Last year, for the eighth time, this deadline had been postponed to December 30. By September 2019, the Supreme Court had declared the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme as valid and had also added that the biometric ID was mandatory for allotment of PAN and filing of tax returns.

    Official data had shown that over 30.75 crore PANs have now been linked to their respective Aadhaar. Around 17.58 crore PANs had not been linked with their 12-digit biometric ID.

    The CBDT had then issued a notification that amended these rules and added Rule 114AAA. This explains the method of deeming the PAN “inoperative" for everyone who does not link their cards by 31 March.

    The notification had added that individuals whose PANs have become inoperative will be liable for consequences that fall under the I-T Act for not furnishing, intimating or quoting PAN.

    17 March 2020

  • PAN and Aadhaar to be linked by end of March to avoid Rs.10,000 fine

    An Rs.10,000 fine will be levied in case income tax assesses do not link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) to their Aadhaar by 31 March 2020. The income tax department had earlier extended the last date from December 2019 to March 2020.

    The fine will be levied on taxpayers because of an inoperative PAN Card. Last year, the Income Tax Department had announced that the PAN Card will become inoperative in case it is not linked with the Aadhaar. However, a notification has been issued stating that action will be taken against inoperative PAN Card holders. In case the PAN Card is used for any purposes that are not related to tax such as applying for a driving license or opening a bank account, no fine will be levied. However, since all bank transactions come under the purview of income tax, there could be complications if the bank account is opened using an inoperative PAN. In case the PAN has been linked to the Aadhaar, the PAN becomes operative and no charges will be levied. Inoperative PAN cardholders need not apply for a new card in case the PAN is inoperative. The car will become operative once the linking process is done.

    2 March 2020

  • What happens if PAN is not linked to Aadhaar by 31 March 2020

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified that any Permanent Account Number (PAN) that is not linked to Aadhaar by 31 March 2020 will be deemed inoperative. However, those who do link their PAN with Aadhaar post this date will get it operational from the date that the Aadhaar number was intimated. The deadline of 31 March 2020 was one that had been extended multiple times before. If the PAN becomes inoperative, it will be equivalent to not having a PAN at all. It will not be possible to conduct any financial transactions that require the PAN to be quoted. Examples of such transactions are opening a bank account, making investments, buying or selling property, etc. There may also be higher rates of TDS that are charged as well as being barred from making such financial transactions. Rs.10,000 as penalty could also be imposed if PAN has not been listed wherever it had to be. The PAN can be linked to Aadhaar online by visiting the e-filing website of the Income Tax Department. It can also be done by sending an SMS in a specified format to the numbers 567678 or 56161. Verification of linkage between PAN and Aadhaar can also be checked on the e-filing website of the income tax department.

    28 February 2020

  • After 31 March, PAN cards not linked to Aadhaar will become inoperative

    Permanent Account Number that is not linked to Aadhaar cards by 31 March 2020 will become inoperative, announced the Income Tax Department. There are 17 crore PAN cards that are likely to become inoperative if not linked to the Aadhaar. The deadline for linking of PAN to Aadhaar had been extended several times in the past. There are 30.75 crore PAN cards that are already linked to the Aadhaar cards. However, 17.58 crore PAN cards are yet to be linked. The Central Board of Direct Taxes has inserted Rule 114 and amended the income tax rules. For those who link the PAN with the Aadhaar after 31 March 2020, the Income Tax department stated that it will become operative from the date that the Aadhaar card has been intimated. Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act states that the Aadhaar number must be intimated to the tax authorities by every individual who is eligible to avail an Aadhaar and has a PAN cards as of 1 July 2017. Individuals whose PAN cards become inoperative will be liable for consequences of not furnishing details under the Income Tax Act.

    24 February 2020

  • Over 17 crore PAN Cards may become inactive if not linked to Aadhaar by 31 March

    The Income Tax Department may make over 17 crore Permanent Account Number (PAN) Cards in India inoperative if they are not linked to the card holder’s Aadhaar IDs.

    Due to the amendment in the Finance Bill, 2019, the authority has been given to the Income Tax Department to do so. According to the Union Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Singh Thakur, around 17.58 crore PAN card holders have not yet linked their PAN cards to their Aadhaar IDs. However, until January 2020, around 30.75 crore individuals have completed the process. Recently, the government extended the date for the eighth time to 31 March 2020 from 31 December 2019. According to the announcement made by Anurag Singh Thakur in the Lok Sabha, the extension of the due date will give individuals more time to link their PAN and Aadhaar cards. In case the PAN card becomes inoperative, individuals will not be able to process any financial transactions that require the PAN. However, it is not clear whether the PAN Card can be reactivated in case it is linked to the Aadhaar ID after 31 March 2020. The Finance Ministry has also not stated if the Aadhaar number can be used to complete financial transactions if the PAN Card is inoperative.

    11 February 2020

  • Finance Ministry extends deadline for PAN – Aadhaar linking to March 31

    The deadline to link PAN and Aadhaar has been extended again by the Finance ministry. In a notification dated 30 December 2019, the ministry stated that the deadline has extended by 3 months. The new deadline to link both the documents is 31 March 2020.

    The extension provides relief to those who have not linked their PAN with Aadhaar. As per income tax laws, if PAN is not linked to Aadhaar, the 10-digit alphanumeric identifier shall become inoperative.

    The linking of PAN with Aadhaar has been specified under sub-section 2 of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

    31 December 2019

  • Check the status of PAN – Aadhaar linking online

    With the last date of linking PAN and Aadhaar fast approaching, it has become important to link both the documents for individuals. Failure to link PAN with Aadhaar will end in your PAN card becoming invalid from January. In addition to this, you will be barred from filing income tax returns as well. In case, you are yet to link both the documents you need to do so at the earliest. If you have carried out the linking but is unsure whether it was successful, you can check the status online by visiting the e-filing portal of the Income tax department.

    All you need to do after that is click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option. Next, you need to click on ‘Click here’ option blinking in red on the top left side of the page. In the next page, enter the 10-character PAN and the 12-digit Aadhaar number and click on the ‘View Link Aadhaar Status’. If the PAN is successfully linked to Aadhaar, you will see a message stating ‘Your PAN is linked to Aadhaar number XXXX XXXX XXXX.’

    21 December 2019

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