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June 13, 2020

PAN to become invalid if not linked to Aadhaar before 30 June 2020 Know Online Steps

by Mahesh Mara in Income Tax

PAN to become invalid if not linked to Aadhaar before June 30, 2020 Know Online Steps

The Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman on March 24th announced that the deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar has been extended to 30th June, 2020. The earlier deadline was 31st March, 2020.

Section 139AA was inserted in the Income Tax Act by Budget 2017. This section makes it mandatory to link PAN with Aadhaar. This section states that every person who has PAN as on July 1, 2017 is required to link his/her PAN with his/her Aadhaar number. As per the rules if PAN is not linked with Aadhaar by 30th June, 2020, then the PAN will become invalid. One will not be able to use their Pan to conduct financial transactions where quoting of PAN is mandatory. The PAN and Aadhaar can be used interchangeably, once linked.

It has also become mandatory to quote and link Aadhaar number while filing income tax returns unless specifically exempted. 

The last date to link PAN with Aadhaar will not be applicable to the following persons, only if they do not have Aadhaar number or Aadhaar Enrolment ID: 
a) Non-resident Indians as per the Income Tax Laws 
b) Not a citizen of India 
c) Is of age 80 years or more at any time during the tax year 
d) Resident of the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir 

How to link PAN to Aadhar?

Online Method

Step 1 – Visit the Income Tax Department e-filing portal – incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in

Step 2 –  Select the ‘Link Aadhar’ option on the left side of your page

Step 3 – Enter the details which are asked. Mark ‘I have the only year of birth in Aadhar card,’ if you have only the birth year on the Aadhaar.

Step 4 – Enter the captcha code and click on ‘Link Aadhar’. If user is visually impaired they may use the OTP option instead of the Captcha Code. Once submitted successfully, a message will be displayed on your screen showing your PAN is successfully linked to Aadhaar. 

SMS Method

CBDT has provided other methods to link PAN and Aadhaar as well. You can link your PAN and Aadhaar by sending a simple SMS. You can send an SMS to either of the PAN service providers namely NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited or UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited (UTIITL). 

You can simply send an sms in the below mentioned format to either 567678 or 56151.

The format is: UIDPAN<SPACE><12 digit Aadhaar><SPACE><10 digit PAN> 

For example, if your Aadhaar number is 123456789987 and PAN is AAAPA1111Q. Then you are required to send sms to 567678 or 56161 as 
UIDPAN 123456789987 AAAPA1111Q

Manual Linking

CBDT has provided for a manual method as well to ease the problems of taxpayers in case the person is unable to sort out the problem of mismatch in the data of PAN and Aadhaar through other methods. 

One can visit a service centre of PAN service provider, NSDL or UTIITSL. One will be required to fill in the form ‘Annexure-I’ along with the supporting documents i.e. copy of PAN card and Aadhaar card. Unlike online services, this service is not free of charge. For any correction in the PAN details, the fee charged is Rs 110. On the other hand, for correcting Aadhaar details, the prescribed fee is Rs 25.  Biometric authentication is compulsory in case there is a major mismatch in data of PAN and Aadhaar. 

Here is how you can check if yor PAN is liked to you Aadhar

Step 1 – Visit the Income Tax Department e-filing portal – incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in

Step 2 –  Select the ‘Link Aadhar’ option on the left side of your page

Step 3 – On the top of the screen of the new page, a new hyperlink will be reflecting allowing you to view status of PAN-Aadhaar linkage. Select that hyperlink.

Step 4 – Enter the details and click on ‘View Link Aadhaar Status’. 

The status of whether your PAN is linked to Aadhaar or not, will be displayed. 

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