How to link PAN to Aadhaar
Posted by: Girija Gadre on May 15, 2017, 06.30 AM IST
It is now mandatory for individuals to link their PAN to Aadhaar. Those PANs that are not linked to Aadhaar by the end of December 2017 will be rendered invalid. Also, while filing income tax returns, it is mandatory to fill one's Aadhaar number or alternatively Aadhaar enrolment number. Linking of Aadhaar is a measure to eliminate fraudulent practices such as multiple PANs held by individuals. The IT department has made provision for assesssees to link their PAN to Aadhaar on the efiling portal. Once Aadhaar-PAN is linked, one can e-verify the IT return using Aadhaar if the mobile number is registered with Aadhaar database. If the name in Aadhaar does not exactly match with the name on PAN, you need to additionally provide Aadhaar OTP or EVC to proceed with partial name match.
Visit the income tax e-filing portal at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/ and enter your user id and password to access your profile. A new user can register on the portal by entering basic registration details such as PAN, name and date of birth.
Once you are logged into the portal, go to the "Profile Settings" tab. A drop down menu will appear. Click on "Link Aadhaar". A new form will be displayed.
You need to enter name, date of birth and gender as per PAN records. Next, your Aadhaar number and your name as per Aadhaar records must be entered. These details must be submitted after entering the text in the captcha code appearing on the screen.
After submitting the Aadhaar details, a success message is displayed confirming the linking of Aadhaar with PAN. A confirmation email is also sent to the registered email id of the assessee.
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(Content courtesy: Centre for Investment Education and Learning (CIEL). Contributions by Girija Gadre, Arti Bhargava and Labdhi Mehta) This article appeared in Economic Times dated May 15, 2017, 06.30 AM IST