E-facility to link Aadhaar with PAN launched
I-T Department asks people to ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly the same, to ensure linkage without failure.
The Income Tax Department has launched an e-facility to link Aadhaar with Permanent Account Number (PAN), a mandatory procedure for filing IT returns now.
The department's e-filing website (https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/) has created the link on its homepage.
The link requires the PAN, the Aadhaar number and the "exact name as given in the Aadhaar card".
"After verification from the UIDAI [Unique Identification Authority of India], the linking will be confirmed. In case of any minor mismatch in the Aadhaar name provided, Aadhaar OTP [one time password] will be required," the department said in an advisory to taxpayers and individuals.
OTP would be sent on the registered mobile number and email of an individual, it said.
The department urged people to ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly the same, to ensure linkage without failure.
"There is no need to login or be registered on the e-filing website. This facility can be used by anyone to link their Aadhaar with PAN," it said.
The government, under the Finance Act 2017, has made it mandatory for taxpayers to quote Aadhaar or enrolment ID of the Aadhaar application form for filing income tax returns (ITR).
Also, Aadhaar has been made mandatory for applying for PAN with effect from July 1, 2017.
The department, till now, has linked over 1.18 Aadhaar with its PAN database.
While Aadhaar is issued by the UIDAI to a resident of India, PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number issued in the form of a laminated card by the IT department to any person, firm or entity.