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PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline is December 31. Here is how to link the two

Linking your PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory to file your income tax return. Another thing you to keep in mind is that if your PAN is not linked with Aadhaar by the December 31 deadline, then as per current laws your PAN will become inoperative.

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Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 12.07 PM IST
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Have you linked your Permanent Account Number (PAN) with your Aadhaar number? If you haven't done it yet, you have time till December 31, 2019 to link the two. The finance ministry, in September, extended the earlier deadline (September 30) by three months to December 31.

In this story we will tell you why you need to link the two and how to link your PAN with Aadhaar.

Why you need to link PAN with Aadhaar?
From April 1, 2019 it has become mandatory to quote and link Aadhaar number while filing income tax return (ITR), unless specifically exempted. According to chartered accountants, an individual cannot file ITR without linking the two first.

Another thing you to keep in mind is that if your PAN is not linked with Aadhaar by the extended deadline, then as per current laws your PAN will become inoperative.

Also, if you are planning on quoting your Aadhaar in lieu of PAN, you have to make sure the two are linked. This is because if you have not linked the two and you quote your Aadhaar in lieu of PAN, then you will be issued another PAN. In July 2019 Budget, the government had allowed quoting of Aadhaar number in lieu of PAN wherever quoting of PAN is mandatory.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), then issued a notification on August 30, where it stated that if someone without a PAN card quotes their Aadhaar number to make a financial transaction, then the income tax department will consider this an auto-application for PAN and it will be issued to the individual. You can read the full story here.

How to link your PAN with Aadhaar?
If you are already a registered user of the income tax e-filing website
If you are already filing tax returns, then chances are that your PAN is already linked with Aadhaar if you have mentioned it previously while filing ITR. It is done by the income tax department in case details of both are already available with it.

You can check if your Aadhaar is already linked to your PAN by visiting the income tax e-filing website www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. You can read this story on how you can check if you PAN is linked to Aadhaar.

For non- registered users
If you don't want to register yourself at the e-filing website, there is another way using which you can link your PAN and Aadhaar.

Just click on 'Link Aadhaar' on the e-filing website. A new form will appear where you are required to enter details - PAN, Aadhaar number, Name as per Aadhaar.

If your Aadhaar card has only year of birth, then you must also tick the option: 'I have only year of birth in Aadhaar card'.

Enter the captcha code and click on submit. Once submitted successfully, a message will be displayed on your screen showing your PAN is successfully linked to Aadhaar.

Other methods
a) By sending an SMS to PAN service providers

If you are unable to link your PAN and Aadhaar using the e-filing website of the department then there are other ways for linking PAN and Aadhaar.

You can link your PAN and Aadhaar by sending an SMS. You can send an SMS to either of the PAN service providers -- NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited or UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited (UTIITL).

You will have to send an AMS in a specific format using a keyword to the either 567678 or 56161.

The format is: UIDPAN<SPACE><12 digit Aadhaar><SPACE><10 digit PAN>

For example, if your Aadhaar number is 111122223333 and PAN is AAAPA9999Q. Then you are required to send sms to 567678 or 56161 as: UIDPAN 111122223333 AAAPA9999Q

NSDL and UTI won't charge you for this. However, SMS charges as levied by the mobile operator will be applicable.

b) Manual linking by filing up a form (Annexure-I)
CBDT has provided for a manual method as well to ease the problems of taxpayers in case the person is unable to sort out the problem of mismatch in the data of PAN and Aadhaar through other methods.

You can visit a service centre of PAN service provider, NSDL or UTIITSL. You will be required to fill in the form 'Annexure-I' along with the supporting documents i.e. copy of PAN card and Aadhaar card.

Unlike online services, this service is not free of charge. An individual is required to pay a prescribed fee to them. The fee charged depends on whether while linking, correction is made in the PAN or Aadhaar details.

For any correction in the PAN details, the fee charged is Rs 110. On the other hand, for correcting Aadhaar details, the prescribed fee is Rs 25.

Biometric authentication is compulsory in case there is a major mismatch in data of PAN and Aadhaar.

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