|Note: The deadline for linking PAN and Aadhaar has ended on 30th June 2023. However, you can still try to link your PAN and Aadhaar post the deadline to continue using your PAN card and file your income tax returns by paying the prescribed fee of Rs. 1,000.
The deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar card has ended on 30th June 2023. There is no official confirmation yet on how you can link your PAN with Aadhaar post the deadline. However, you can still try to link your Aadhaar with PAN card via the Income Tax website by paying the prescribed application fee of Rs. 1,000. Read further to know how to link Aadhaar to PAN Card online in this article below and get your documents linked at the earliest.
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How to Link PAN to Aadhaar Card Online
Given below is the step-by-step guide on how to link Aadhaar with PAN card online:
Step 1: Payment of applicable fee through e-Pay Tax functionality available on e-filing portal if you have account in banks* which are authorised for payment through e-Pay Tax:
i. Visit the e-Pay Tax page on the Income Tax e-Filing website.
ii. Enter your PAN, confirm PAN and mobile number to get an OTP.
iii. After OTP verification, you will be redirected to a page showing different payment tiles
iv. Click on the “Proceed” button on the Income Tax tile.
v. Choose the AY as 2024-25 and the Type of Payment – as other Receipts (500) and click on “Continue”.
vi. Fill in the amount as Rs. 1000 under “Others” field in tax break-up and proceed to make the payment.
Step 2: Submit the Aadhaar linking request on e-Filing portal:
The detailed steps for the same are as follows:
i. Visit the e-filing portal and Login using your credentials. click on “Link Aadhaar” in the profile section on the dashboard or click on “Link Aadhar” in the personal details section. Alternatively, you can also select the “Link Aadhaar” option under the Quick Links section on the Income Tax website without logging in.
ii. Enter the Aadhaar and click on “Validate” to proceed with Aadhaar-PAN linking by login into the Income Tax portal. Alternately, enter your PAN and Aadhaar number and click on “Validate” to continue the linking process without login (pre-login).
iii. Fill in the necessary details such as your mobile number, name as per Aadhaar, etc. and click on the “Link Aadhaar” button.
iv. Enter the 6-digit OTP that you receive on the mobile number mentioned in the previous step and click on “Validate”
v. Your request for linking of Aadhaar-PAN has been submitted successfully and now you can check the Aadhaar-PAN link status
*Bank authorised for payment through e-Pay Tax include Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, City Union Bank, Federal Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, IndusInd Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Karur Vysya Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, RBL Bank, South Indian Bank, State Bank of India, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India (as of 13 January, 2023)
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Correction Facility for Linking PAN with Aadhaar Card
PAN and Aadhaar card linking is successful only when all your details in both documents match. In case there are errors such as spelling mistakes in your name, your PAN will not be linked with Aadhaar. You can make changes by visiting a nearby Aadhaar Enrolment Centre or through the portal of NSDL PAN. In case there are errors in your PAN Card, you can get them corrected by following these steps:
Step 1: The user can correct his PAN details using the NSDL (Protean) website
Step 2: The NSDL link redirects to the page where you can apply for the correction of your name
Step 3: Submit signed digital documents to get your PAN details updated
Step 4: Once your details are corrected in your PAN and confirmed by NSDL over a mail, you can link your PAN with Aadhaar
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Unable to Link PAN with Aadhaar? Here’s what to Do
The Government of India had made it mandatory for all individuals to link PAN card with Aadhaar card before the deadline (i.e. 30th June 2023). In case you have failed to link your PAN and Aadhaar before 1st July 2023, you will be unable to use your PAN card, get pending refunds and interest on such refunds, etc. However, you may still try and link your PAN and Aadhaar post the deadline via the Income Tax website by paying the prescribed fee of Rs. 1,000.
Moreover, make sure that your name is same on both the PAN card and the Aadhaar card. In case there is some spelling mismatch, you will be unable to link Aadhaar with PAN Card. You will have to get your name corrected and after correction, you will be able to easily link your PAN with Aadhaar.
In case your name in the PAN card is wrongly spelt, follow these steps to make corrections:
Step 1: Visit the e-filing website of NSDL (now Protean) at https://goo.gl/zvt8eV
Step 2: Select the ‘Changes or Correction in existing PAN data/Reprint of PAN Card (No changes in Existing PAN Data)’ option from the drop-down menu
Step 3: Select the individual category and enter your details
Step 4: Make payment and submit your form online after Aadhaar e-KYC
Step 5: Your updated PAN will be sent to your address
Step 6:Once your PAN is updated, you can try to link your PAN with Aadhaar. You are not required to wait for the physical copy of PAN card to reach your address before linking it.
In case your name in the Aadhaar card is wrongly spelt, follow these steps to make corrections:
Step 1: Visit an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre
Step 2: Carry a self-attested copy of your proof of identity
Step 3: Fill the Aadhaar Correction Form
Step 4: Submit the form along with the documents
Step 5: You will get an acknowledgement slip that contains the update request number (URN)
Step 6: This URN can be used to check the status of your update request
Step 7: Once your update request is processed and the name is corrected, you can link your PAN with Aadhaar
Importance of Linking PAN Card with Aadhaar Card
Linking PAN with Aadhaar is very important for all PAN cardholders because of the following reasons:
- All PAN cards that have not been linked with Aadhaar are now deactivated, that is, post 30th June 2023
- PAN card Aadhaar link will help in tackling the problem of multiple PAN cards issued to the same person/entity
- The user will get a summarised detail of taxes levied on him for future reference
How to Check the Aadhaar Card and PAN Card Linking Status
To check Aadhaar and PAN card link status, follow the steps mentioned below:
Step 1: Visit the e-Filing Income Tax Department page i.e. https://www1.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-FilingGS/Services/AadhaarPreloginStatus.html
Step 2: Select “Link Aadhaar Status” under “Quick Links”
Step 3: Enter your PAN
Step 4: Enter your Aadhaar Number
Step 5: Now, click on the ‘View Link Aadhaar Status’ button
Step 6: Your Aadhaar-PAN link status will appear on your screen
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What will Happen to PAN Cards Not Linked with Aadhaar
In Case of Resident Indians
PAN cards that were not linked with Aadhaar by 30th June 2023 have now become inoperative. Further, rule 114AAA of the Income Tax Rules provides that once your PAN becomes inoperative, you will not be able to furnish, intimate or quote your PAN and will be liable to all the consequences under the Act for such failure.
An inoperative PAN will have a number of implications including:
- Pending refunds and interest on these refunds will not be issued to these PAN holders
- TDS shall be deducted at a higher rate in accordance with section 206AA
- TCS too will be collected at a higher rate in accordance with section 206CC
Note: Do note that an “inoperative” PAN is not an inactive PAN and you can still continue to file your Income Tax Return even if your PAN has become inoperative.
In Case of NRIs/OCIs
NRIs and OCIs are exempted from linking their PAN with Aadhaar. However, the following are a few key reasons why some NRI and OCI PAN cards may have become inoperative along with how these can be made operational again:
- For NRIs: In case NRIs have not filed their ITR in any of the last three assessment years and their residential status has not been mapped by the Income Tax Department or they have not intimated their residential status to the Jurisdictional Assessing Officer (JAO), their PAN have been rendered inoperative.
In order to make their PAN operational again, they need to intimate their residential status to their respective JAO along with supporting documents with a request to update their residential status in the PAN database. They can find the details of JAO at – https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices
- For OCIs: OCIs/foreign citizens who have not filed ITR in any of the last 3 AYs or those who may have applied for PAN under resident status and have not updated/corrected their residential status to the Jurisdictional Assessing Officer (JAO) will now have inoperative PAN cards.
They need to intimate their residential status to their respective JAO along with supporting documents with a request to update their residential status in the PAN database. They can find the details of their respective JAO at – https://eportal.incometax.gov.in/iec/foservices
Missed PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline? Here’s What You Need to Do
- If you have failed to link your PAN and Aadhaar by 30th June 2023, your PAN will become inoperative. However, you can make it operational by linking your PAN and Aadhaar at a later date by paying the prescribed penalty of Rs. 1,000. It can take up to 30 days for your PAN to become operational again once you raise the linking request on the Income Tax website. Do note that till the time your PAN is inoperational, you will be liable to face all the consequences under the Act such as higher TDS on incomes, no income tax refunds, etc.
- Cases where individuals have given their consent and have paid the fee on or before 30th June 2023 but their PAN and Aadhaar haven’t been linked yet will be duly considered by the Income Tax Department.
What Will Happen if You Have Paid the PAN-Aadhaar Linking Fee and Are Not Able to Download the Challan
- In case you have paid the PAN-Aadhaar linking fee and are facing difficulty in downloading the challan, you can check the status of challan payment through the “e-pay tax” tab of the Income Tax portal after login.
- If the payment is successful, then the PAN holder can proceed to link PAN and Aadhaar
How to Check if Your PAN is Valid or Invalid
Step 1: Visit the Income Tax e-Filing portal homepage and click on “Verify Your PAN”
Step 2: On the Verify Your PAN page, enter your PAN, full name, date of birth and mobile number (accessible to you) and click on the “Continue” button
Step 3: Enter the 6-digit OTP that you receive on your mobile number and click on “Validate”. Your PAN status is displayed upon successful verification.
Note: The OTP that you receive will be valid only for 15 minutes and you get only 3 attempts to enter the correct OTP.
FAQs on Linking PAN-Aadhaar
Q. I don’t have Aadhaar card. Can I still e-file my tax return?
Yes, you can file tax returns but it will not be processed until your Aadhaar is linked with PAN card. In case you have enrolment number, you can link it with PAN and your e-return would be processed this year but you will have to link your PAN with Aadhaar at a later stage.
Q. Do NRIs need Aadhaar Card to e-file?
NRIs are exempt from quoting their Aadhaar while filing their income tax e-returns.
Q. What if my income is below taxable limits? Will I be required to link PAN and Aadhaar numbers?
Even if the income of an individual is below the taxable limits, he has to link his PAN with Aadhaar. Otherwise, it will be deactivated.
Q. Why do I get failed authentication message when I try to link Aadhar to PAN card?
You have to enter the correct OTP sent to your registered mobile number. In case you enter the wrong OTP, you will get the failed authentication message. It is best suggested to enter the OTP diligently on the website to authenticate your request.
Q. When is the Aadhaar PAN link process not compulsory?
You are exempt from linking your Pan with Aadhaar if:
- You are an NRI
- Residents of Assam, Meghalaya, and Jammu & Kashmir
- Foreign nationals residing in India.
- Senior citizens who are more than 80 years of age at any time during the financial year
Q. Do I have to submit any document proof for Aadhaar Card PAN card link?
Linking PAN with Aadhaar is a very simple process and can be carried out online. You do not have to submit any document proof. There is also no document required to check PAN Aadhaar link status.
Q. What are the details I have to check when linking my PAN with my Aadhaar card?
You have to check your name, gender, and date of birth when linking your Aadhaar Card with PAN Card. In case there are errors, you can get them rectified before linking both documents.
Q. How to link Aadhaar card with PAN card when I am not in India?
You can link Aadhaar with PAN card online even if you are not in India. You can check Aadhar card PAN card link status online through the steps mentioned above.
Q. Can I get instant PAN through Aadhaar?
You can apply for PAN using Aadhaar card as proof of identity and residence. You can e-sign the application using Aadhaar OTP and submit it immediately.
Q. My name is different in a PAN Card and Aadhaar and it is not allowing me to link Aadhaar with PAN card. What to do?
In such a case where the name on the Aadhaar Card is completely different from the name in the PAN Card, you will have to get your name changed in the database of either Aadhaar or PAN for PAN Aadhaar link.
Q. After how long should I submit the Aadhaar PAN linking request on the e-Filing portal once I have made the fee payment?
In case you are making the fee payment of Rs. 1,000 through the e-Pay Tax service you can submit the linking request immediately.
Q. I am an NRI. I found my JAO and sent them an email. It has been more than a week and I haven’t got a response from them yet. Please guide me on what forms or documents need to be sent. Also can I send these online as I don’t reside in India?
Yes, you can share your details via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com along with a copy of correspondence sent to JAO to get your matter escalated with the jurisdictional authorities.