How to Link PAN Card with Aadhaar Card? Last Updated : 26 Oct 2021

It has become a mandatory process to link your PAN with Aadhaar. This is an important process because this will allow your income tax returns to be processed. Linking of your PAN with Aadhaar is also required if you are carrying out banking transactions for amount of Rs.50,000 and above.

The process to get your PAN linked with Aadhaar is very simple. We will have a look at some of the steps you can follow to link your PAN with Aadhaar.

PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline

Last Date to Link Aadhaar and PAN Extended by the Government

The last date to link the Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) has been extended by the government until 31 March 2022. Earlier, the last date was 30 September 2021. The extension has been provided because of the difficulties that are being faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to give relief to taxpayers.

Ways to Linking PAN with Aadhaar

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

1. Through the Income Tax e-filing website

2. Sending an SMS to 567678 or 56161

Step 1: Visit Income Tax Site

Step 2: Provide the PAN, Aadhaar number, and name as mentioned in the Aadhaar card

Step 3: Tick the square if only the birth year in mentioned in the Aadhaar card

Step 4: 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)

Link aadhar card with pan

Step 5: Click on the 'Link Aadhaar' button.

Link aadhar card and pan

2. Linking PAN with Aadhaar by Sending an SMS

To link PAN with Aadhaar by sending an SMS. You need to follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Type UIDPAN<12-digit Aadhaar><10-digit PAN> on your mobile

Step 2: Send it to 567678 or 56161

SMS ‘UIDPAN Aadhaar-number PAN-number to 567678

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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:

  1. Prevent Tax Evasion:
  2. 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.

  3. Multiple PAN Cards:
  4. 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.

You can also link your PAN with your Aadhaar manually by visiting NSDL which is the PAN Service Provider and fill the form to link your PAN with Aadhaar. You will have to submit the necessary documents along with the form to successfully complete the process.

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In case you failed to link your PAN with Aadhaar, you will have to submit a signed Aadhaar seeding form by visiting the nearest PAN Centre. You must note that along with the Aadhaar seeding form you must carry all the relevant documents such as PAN and Aadhaar.

However, the physical seeding of Aadhaar with your PAN is a chargeable service.

Given below are the steps you will have to follow to check the status of linking of Aadhaar Card with PAN:

Step 1: Visit the Income Tax Department’s official website and go to Aadhaar Status or click on the link

Step 2: Enter your Aadhaar and PAN number.

Step 3: Click on ‘View Link Aadhaar Status’.

You can check the status of linking of Aadhaar with PAN via the SMS facility as well. You will have to send an SMS to 567678 or 56161 in format given below:

UIDPAN < 12-digit Aadhaar number> < 10-digit Permanent Account Number>

If your Aadhaar has been successfully linked with PAN then you will be able to see the message ‘Aadhaar (Aadhaar number) is already associated with ITD database. Thank you for using our services’.

Benefits of Linking your PAN with Aadhaar

Some of the benefits of linking your PAN with Aadhaar are:

  • It removes the possibility of an individual having more than one PAN Card.
  • Linking of Aadhaar with PAN allows the Income Tax Department to meticulously detect any form of tax evasion.
  • The process of filing income returns become considerably easy as the individual is not required to provide any proof of him or her having filed their income tax returns.
  • Linking of your Aadhaar with PAN will prevent the latter from getting cancelled.
  • The linking of PAN with Aadhaar will help in having a summarised detail of one’s taxes attached to Aadhaar for future reference.

In some cases, you may not be able to link your PAN to the Aadhaar. Most of the time, the reason for the rejection would be the mismatch of information present in your PAN and Aadhaar. However, once the corrections have been made, you will able to link the PAN and Aadhaar.

Procedure to Make Corrections to you PAN Card

It is important that the details present in the PAN Card are correct. In case the details are wrong, you will not be able to use it as a valid identity proof. The step-by-step procedure to make corrections on your PAN Card is mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit NSDL website at

Step 2: Download the form 49AA

Step 3: Fill all the details accurately.

Step 4: You will be asked supporting documents for all the information you mention such as age proof, address proof, and proof of identity. The form will have a list of documents that are accepted and instructions to fill the form. Please read them carefully.

Step 5: Affix your recent passport size photograph

Step 6: Once you have filled all the information, please tick box on the left margin of the appropriate row that requires correction

Step 7: Send the application by post to The INCOME TAX PAN SERVICES UNIT (Managed by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited), 5th Floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony, Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune - 411 016.

Procedure to Make Corrections in Aadhaar Card

In certain cases, the details mentioned on your Aadhaar Card may be wrong. It is vital that these details are corrected immediately. The process to make the corrections on the Aadhaar Card is simple and can be completed both online and offline.

  1. Online Method
    • Visit the official UIDAI website at
    • Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number followed by a captcha code to login to your account
    • Choose the option that says “OTP.” A One Time Password (OTP) is then sent to the registered number
    • Enter the OTP and click the submit button
    • Select the fields in your Aadhaar Card that needs to be updated
    • Keep a scanned copy of the supporting documents ready as it has to be uploaded
    • Once the above step completes, an URN (Update Request Number) is generated. This is required for the further process
    • Once the Aadhaar is updated with the new information, a printout can be taken
  2. Offline Method
    • Download the Correction Form from the UIDAI website
    • Navigate to Resources> Enrolment Docs > Download Forms
    • Download the Aadhaar Correction Form
    • Fill the required details that have to be updated
    • You will have to attach necessary supporting documents to whatever changes has to be made
    • The updated form along with the attached documents have to be sent to this address: UIDAI, Post Box No - 99, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500034, India.

It is important that the name mentioned on the Aadhaar Card and PAN Card is the same. In case of any mismatch, the below-mentioned procedure can be used to link the PAN Card and Aadhaar Card:

Complete name mismatch between Aadhaar & PAN

If the name is completely different in the Aadhaar Card when compared to the PAN Card, the correction will have to be made on the PAN database or Aadhaar database.

Partial name mismatch between Aadhaar & PAN

If there is some minor mismatch in case of your name in your Aadhaar card and PAN card, the same can be resolved in the following way:

  • If the name mismatch is minor, a One Time Password (OTP) will be sent to the user who has registered the same with Aadhaar
  • The OTP can thus be used for the verification purpose in case of a name mismatch
  • However, it is a must for taxpayers to make sure that the date of birth and gender details are the same

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.

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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.

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 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 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

  • The last date to link PAN with Aadhaar extended till 31 March 2022

    The Income Tax (IT) Department announced that the last date to link your PAN with Aadhaar has been extended till 31 March 2022. This decision was taken by the Government of India keeping in view how the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has affected people.

    Earlier, the last date to link PAN with Aadhaar was 30 September 2021. This is also the fourth time the date of linking PAN with Aadhaar has been extended by the Central Government. The Indian Government in July had earlier extended the date of linking PAN with Aadhar till 30 September 2021 as the country underwent a second lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic.

    The last date to complete the penalty proceedings under the IT ACT 1961 has also been extended from 30 September 2021 to 31 March 2022.

    20 September 2021

  • Date to link PAN with Aadhaar extended till 30 September 2021

    The Central Government of India announced that the date to link PAN card with your Aadhaar has been extended till 30 September 2021. The announcement was made by Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur on this twitter account. Earlier the date till which you could link your PAN with Aadhaar was 30 June 2021.

    The reason behind extending the date is due to the outbreak of second wave of Covid-19 in India. The government has already extended the date of linking thrice from 31 March 2020, to 30 June 2020, then to 31 March 31 2021, and then again to 30 June 2021. This decision will come as a huge relief for those who are yet to link their PAN with Aadhaar.

    The linking of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory, the failure of which will lead to your PAN not only becoming inoperative but also a penalty of Rs.1,000 will be levied if linking is done after the deadline.

    28 June 2021

  • New Income Tax Website allows users to link PAN and Aadhaar with ease

    The new Income Tax portal which was rolled out on 7 June 2021, will now allow the users to seamlessly link their PAN and Aadhaar. The deadline for the linking of the two documents has been extended to 30 June 2021.

    The new Income Tax website allows the users to link their PAN and Aadhaar from the comfort of their house. This can be completed by using a simple linking and validation process.

    15 June 2021

  • Govt. extends deadline for Aadhaar – PAN linking

    The deadline for linking of Aadhaar with PAN has been extended again by the government. Earlier, the deadline for linking of both the documents was 31st March 2021. The decision to extend the last date was taken in view of the difficulties arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN is 30th June 2021.

    1 April 2021

  • Link your PAN with your Aadhaar by 31 March to avoid penalty

    As per the Finance Bill 2021 which was passed in the parliament recently, every citizen of this country who is paying tax will need to link their PAN with their Aadhaar Card by 31 March 2021.

    The failure to link PAN with Aadhaar will not only result in the former becoming inactive, but a penalty of Rs.1,000 will also be levied on the individual.

    29 March 2021

  • PAN to be linked to Aadhaar card by 31 March 2021

    The income tax department has stated that the deadline for all PAN cards to be linked to the Aadhaar card will be 31 March 2021. If the PAN and Aadhaar are not linked by the date, they would be declared inoperative and deemed useless.

    The PAN holders with inoperative cards will be facing ramifications for not furnishing the PAN card and since it is made compulsory for opening a bank account, buying mutual funds and for all cash transactions above Rs.50,000.

    The PAN card can be linked to the Aadhaar card through the online portal, SMS or via the income tax department website.

    23 March 2021

  • Holders of inoperative PAN cards to be fined Rs.10,000 under Section 272B of IT Act

    The Income Tax Department has stated that failure to carry out PAN – Aadhaar linking before 31 March will result in one’s PAN card becoming inoperative provided the department does not extend the deadline again. The department has informed that inoperative card holders will have to face consequences under the IT Act and will be fined Rs.10,000 under Section 272B of the IT Act. The penalty will be imposed for every such non-compliance. It needs to be mentioned here that you need to provide PAN details for opening a bank account or deposit as well as to withdraw cash above Rs.50,000. Given this fact, linking of PAN and Aadhaar before the due date is very important.

    16 March 2021

  • Around 180 million PAN may become inoperative due to non-linking with Aadhaar by March 2021

    According to sources, around 180 million PAN can become inoperative before 31 March 2021 if not linked with the Aadhaar account. If the PAN becomes inoperative, the holder will not be able to make financial transactions for which PAN is mandatory.

    The government had mentioned earlier this month that around 32.71 crore PANs have been linked to the Aadhaar account. On 29 June, the total PAN allotment was at Rs.50.95 crore. The government had previously given a breakdown of IT distribution of the people who have filed IT returns.

    Around 57% of the income tax returns filed was filed by the people who have an income of below Rs.2.5 lakh. 18% of the people had filed with an income of between Rs.2.5 lakh and Rs.5 lakh. Between an income range of Rs.5 lakh and Rs.10 lakh, 17% had filed returns. Only 1% of the people had an income range of above Rs.50 lakh.

    24 August 2020

  • IT Department may fine PAN cardholders for not linking it to Aadhaar card before 30 June

    According to the Income Tax department, the last date to link PAN card to Aadhaar is 30 June and the PAN cards which are not linked post the date will be deemed inoperative.

    Apart from this, the IT Department also stated that the PAN cardholders who have not linked their card to Aadhaar may face consequences. If a person furnishes a PAN card which is not linked to Aadhaar, they may be fined up to Rs.10,000 under Section 27B of the Income Tax Act.

    To link the PAN card with Aadhaar, one must visit the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department and click on the ‘Link Aadhaar Section’. Once done, the PAN number, Aadhaar number and name must be filled. The IT Department will validate the information and the linking will be done accordingly.

    23 June 2020

  • 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

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