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How to Link Aadhaar to Your PAN?

The government has taken a major step for the smooth functioning of the economy by making it mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN card for all citizens. But do you know how to link it? Find it out here.

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PAN is another identity proof that provides a unique identification number to the tax-paying entity of India. It is a primary key for storing tax-related information provided by the Income Tax Department. It is mandatory for everyone to link Aadhaar with PAN; let us find out how.

Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, being a resident of India, can enrol to obtain an Aadhaar number voluntarily. The enrolment process is free of cost. It is a 12-digit unique number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to Indian citizens.

Earlier, the deadline to link Aadhaar to PAN was 31st March 2023. However, the government pushed the deadline to 30th June 2023 with the clause of paying ₹1000 as a penalty for all those who had not linked the documents in time. If not linked in time again, the PAN card will become inoperative from 1st July 2023. To understand the process of linking both identity documents, you must read ahead.

How to Link PAN to Aadhaar?

According to the recent mandate, if you file an income tax return without linking your PAN to your Aadhaar, the income tax department will not process the return. You need to link both documents with each other to experience smooth filing of income tax returns.

In case you are not sure if your Aadhaar is linked to your PAN, the following step will show how to check PAN card is linked to Aadhaar card:

  • Visit the Income Tax e-filing portal and click on the “Link Aadhaar Status,” which appears on the homepage.
  • Enter your PAN and Aadhaar number.
  • Click on “View Link Aadhaar Status.”

Step-by-Step Guide to Link Aadhaar to PAN

If you are trying to link your Aadhaar to your PAN, the following step-by-step guide will make your journey easier without creating any confusion in the process.

The two major steps for linking Aadhaar to PAN are:

  • Payment of fee
  • Submission of PAN Aadhaar link request

Documents Required:

  • Aadhaar card
  • PAN card
  • The Registered mobile number

Payment of penalty:

Mentioned below are the initial steps to link the documents by paying the penalty:

  • Visit the Income Tax e-filing portal online.
  • Within the heading of “Quick Links,” click on “e-Pay Tax.”
  • Enter your PAN number under “PAN/TAN” and click confirm.
  • Enter the registered mobile number and click the “Continue” button.
  • After the verification through OTP, the website will redirect to the e-Pay Tax page. Click “Continue.”
  • Now, click on the “Proceed” button under the “Income Tax” tab.
  • Select the year of assessment and click on “Type of Payment” to choose “Other Receipts.” Click “Continue.”
  • The amount will be pre-filled. Click “Continue” and make the payment.

Submit a Request for linking Aadhaar to Pan

You can link the Aadhaar to your PAN card online by logging on to the Income Tax e-filing portal. You can also do it by using SMS services. Read ahead to understand the steps involved in both processes.

Log in to your account

  • Register yourself on the e-filing portal of Income Tax in case you are not registered.
  • Log in to the web portal through the user ID.
  • Enter the password and click “Continue.”
  • After this, click on “Link Aadhaar.”
  • Enter your Aadhaar number and press the highlighted button “validate.”
  • At last, a pop-up will appear to provide information that your Aadhaar number is linked to your PAN card.

Aadhar link request through SMS

The government has provided another option to link the documents via SMS. You can do it by sending an SMS to either 567678 or 56161. You have to follow the following format to raise the request:


To Sum Up

The main goal of linking Aadhar with PAN is to remove duplicate entries in the PAN database. Through this process, the government will get authentic data from authorized sources. Therefore, it will prevent tax evasion and streamline financial transactions.

As a responsible citizen, you must link your Aadhaar with your PAN card as soon as possible to experience a hassle-free financial journey.

Key Takeaways

  • The last date to link Aadhaar to PAN with a penalty is 30th June 2023.
  • You can link your PAN and Aadhaar by either visiting the e-filing portal of the Income Tax or by sending an SMS.
  • Documents required to link Aadhaar to PAN are; your PAN card, Aadhaar card, and registered mobile number.
  • Those who will not link their Aadhaar and PAN will not be able to file ITR.
  • Through this action, the government will be able to eliminate duplicate entries in the PAN database.

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