How to Link Aadhaar Card and PAN Card


Procedure for Linking PAN Card and Aadhaar Card

In order to link PAN and Aadhaar cards, tax payers have to first register on the Income tax e-Filing portal. Once they have done so, they are to follow the steps outlined below:
  • Log in to the e-Filing portal of the Income Tax Department by entering the log-in ID, password and date of birth
  • On logging in to the site, a pop up window will appear, prompting you to link your PAN card with Aadhaar card.
  • Details such as name, date of birth and gender will already be mentioned as per the details submitted at the time of registration on the e-Filing portal.
  • Verify the details on screen with the ones mentioned on your Aadhaar card.
  • If the details match, enter your Aadhaar card number and click on the “link now” button.
  • A pop-up message will inform you that your Aadhaar card has been successfully linked to your PAN card.
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Importance of Linking PAN Card with Aadhaar Card

Both the PAN card as well as the Aadhaar card are unique identification cards that serve as proof of identity that are necessary for registration and verification purposes.
The government has urged all entities to link their PAN cards with their Aadhaar cards. This is being done for the following purposes:
Prevent Tax Evasion:
By linking the Aadhaar and PAN cards, the government will be able to keep tabs on the taxable transactions of a particular individual or entity, whose identity and address will be verified by his Aadhaar card. This will effectively mean that every taxable transaction or activity will be recorded by the government.
As a result, the government will already have a detailed record of all the financial transactions that would attract tax for each entity, making tax evasion a thing of the past.
Multiple PAN Cards:
Another reason for linking PAN with Aadhaar is to reduce the occurrence of individuals or entities applying for multiple PAN cards in an effort to defraud the government and avoid paying taxes.
By applying for more than one PAN card, an entity can use one of the cards for a certain set of financial transactions and pay taxes applicable for those. Meanwhile, the other PAN card can be used for accounts or transactions that the entity wishes to conceal from the Income Tax department, thereby avoiding paying tax on them.
By linking the PAN and Aadhaar card, the government will be able to link the identity of an entity through his/her Aadhaar card, and subsequently have details of all financial transactions made through the linked PAN card. If there are multiple PAN cards registered under the same name, the government will be able to identify the same and take corrective action.
Ease in Filing of Income Tax Returns:
Entities who have linked their PAN and Aadhaar cards will be able to file their e-Returns, or their online Income Tax returns seamlessly and quickly. By linking the two, entities will no longer have to submit their Income Tax acknowledgement to the IT department, thus saving tax payers a lot of trouble.

FAQ’s on Linking Aadhaar Card to PAN Card

  1. What should I do if my details as per my PAN card do not match with the ones mentioned on my Aadhaar card?
    If the details on your PAN card such as spelling of name, date of birth or gender do not match the ones on your Aadhaar card, you will have to submit an application with valid proof and get the details corrected. After this, you may apply to link your Aadhaar with your PAN card.
  2. Do I have to submit any documentary proof to link my PAN and Aadhaar card?
    No, you are not required to submit any documents when linking your Aadhaar to your PAN card. You have to check if the PAN information mentioned on the website matches your Aadhaar card and then apply for them to be linked.
  3. What are the details I have to check when linking my PAN with my Aadhaar card?
    When linking your PAN with your Aadhaar card, you have to make sure that your name, date of birth and gender as displayed on the income tax website matches with the details on your Aadhaar card.

People who do not have surnames face issues with PAN and Aadhaar linking

Several people feel that they face problems as the Centre took the decision of making the Aadhaar card absolutely mandatory for the filing of income tax returns. The Aadhaar card must be linked to the PAN of the individuals.
Most of the people from the southern parts of India use initials after or before their names. The centres have not thought about this problem clearly and this has turned out to be a challenge for everyone. In case the linking between PAN and Aadhaar card does not take place by December 31, 2017 then the PAN card will become invalid.

PAN cards that are not linked to Aadhaar are going to get cancelled

Aadhaar card will be required henceforth for filing IT returns. If an individual does not have an Aadhaar card but wants to pay his/her taxes then he/she must apply for one. Aadhaar, however, does not stop at IT filing. It must be linked to Permanent Account Number or PAN as well.
As per the new rule stated in the Finance Bill, Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number must be linked. In case, they are not linked, then the PAN will get cancelled.
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