Have you linked your Aadhaar with PAN or Permanent Account Number? If not, this is mandatory and the last date to do so is August 31, 2017. While the government has extended the deadline for filing ITR or income tax return to August 5, it also extended the last date to link Aadhaar with PAN to August 31. It cited difficulties faced by assessees due to overloading of the e-filing website as the reason behind pushing the income tax return (ITR) deadline. From July 1, Aadhaar-PAN linking has been made mandatory for filing ITR. The finance ministry has said that the returns will be processed after the Aadhaar-PAN linking.
The government has decided that for e-filing of income tax return, “it is sufficient to quote Aadhaar or acknowledgement No. for having applied for Aadhaar in e-filing website”, the finance ministry said while notifying the income tax return deadline. Also, “actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before 31st August, 2017”, the finance ministry said on microblogging site Twitter.
Here are some ways to link your Aadhaar card with PAN:
Aadhaar-PAN linking through SMS
For all taxpayers whose name given in the Aadhaar card and PAN card are identical, a simple SMS-based facility is provided to achieve the linking. Such assessees need to send an SMS to 567678 or 56161 in the format: UIDPAN<12-digit Aadhaar><10-digit PAN>
For example: UIDPAN 111122223333 AAAPA9999Q
However, in case of assessees whose names given in the Aadhaar and PAN cards have a “minor mismatch”, according to the Income Tax Department, the linking can be achieved using an online facility.
Linking Aadhaar with PAN through income tax website
A facility available on the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website enables assessees with identical names given on Aadhaar and PAN as well as those with a minor mismatch to link the two identities.
The taxman has outlined steps to carry out this task through the portal: