The government has extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar card number or UID (Unique Identity Number) with PAN (Permanent Account Number). The earlier deadline of December 31, 2017 has now been extended to March 31, 2018, the Central Board of Direct Taxes said, adding that the move was to facilitate the process of Aadhaar linking. "It has come to notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar," said the CBDT, the apex policy-making body of the Income Tax Department. Meanwhile, the taxman has provided an online facility to enable users to link their Aadhaar card with PAN card online. (Also read: How SBI, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank customers can link Aadhaar with their bank accounts)
The Income Tax Department has provided this online tool on its e-filing portal - incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.
How to link Aadhaar card with PAN card via incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
Through income tax website
This tool can be accessed either by a link or by visiting the e-filing website and clicking on the 'Link Aadhaar' link.
(The taxman has provided an online tool to link PAN with Aadhaar through its e-filing portal)
Once on the 'Link Aadhaar' page, the user is required to enter his or her PAN, Aadhaar number and full name as given on Aadhaar card, along with a security code.
After entering the details correctly, proceed by clicking on the 'Link Aadhaar' button.
Details such as name, date of birth and gender as per PAN will be validated against Aadhaar, according to the Income Tax Department's website.
Please ensure that entries made in the 'Aadhaar number' and 'name as per Aadhaar' fields are "exactly the same as printed on your Aadhaar card", the taxman adds on its website.
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.
Through PAN application form
Aadhaar can also be seeded into the PAN database by quoting the biometrics-based identity number in the PAN application form - for allotment of a new PAN or for reprint of PAN card, the taxman has said.
"In case where Aadhaar name is completely different from name in PAN database then the linkage may fall and the PAN holder has to change the name in either Aadhaar or in PAN database or visit personally to designated PAN application centre of NSDL eGov or UTIITSL for Biometric Aadhaar authentication."
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