Have you linked Pan with Aadhaar?

All the Permanent Account Numbers (PAN) holders who do not fall under ‘exempt category’ should link their PAN card to Aadhaar before March 31, failure of which will make it ‘inoperative’ from April 1.

What happens if PAN becomes ‘inoperative’

The person will be unable to file an I-T return using the inoperative PAN; pending returns will not be processed; pending refunds will not be issued to inoperative PANs; pending proceedings, such as in the case of defective returns, will be unable to be completed once the PAN is inoperative; and tax will be deducted at a higher rate.

Steps to link PAN-Aadhar via portal:

* Go to the Income Tax e-filing official websites- eportal.incometax.gov.in or incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in

* Register on the portal if you haven’t already. The PAN number will be the user ID.

* Log into the portal by entering your user id, password and date of birth.

* A pop-up window will appear, asking you to link your PAN with Aadhaar.

* If the window doesn’t appear, go to ‘Profile Settings’ on the Menu bar and click on Link Aadhaar.

* Information such as name, date of birth, and gender will already be mentioned as per your PAN card details.

* Verify the PAN details on the screen with the ones mentioned on Aadhaar.

* If there is a mismatch, you need to get the same corrected in either of the documents.

* If the details match, enter your Aadhaar number and click on the link now button.

* A pop-up message will inform you that your Aadhaar has been successfully linked to your PAN.

Other methods of linking PAN with Aadhar:

* People can also visit the following websites for the linking process- https://www.utiitsl.com/ and https://www.egov-nsdl.co.in/

* Through SMS: Type the following message UIDPAN<12 digit Aadhaar><10 digit PAN>. The message can be sent to 567678 or 56161.

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