Mumbai, May 11: Removing the last bottleneck in linking PAN card number to Aadhaar card, the Income Tax department on Thursday launched a dedicated website www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in offering simple steps to link the two government recognised identification documents. The website will now allow the government to keep track of individual tax payers and their consumption of subsidised utilities. The Narendra Modi government had been demanding linking PAN and Aadhaar but it hit a roadblock after it was found that individuals used their names in a different manner on the two different documents.
To keep a check on such fraudulent activities and make it easy for taxpayers to link their PAN with Aadhaar, the Income Tax department has launched a new e-facility. An individual can now link his/her Aadhaar with PAN card in just 3 simple steps. Linking Aadhaar to PAN card is now a mandatory procedure for filing IT returns. The departments e-filing website has created a new link on its homepage making it “easy” to link the two unique identities of an individual.
How to link PAN card to Aadhaar card in three simple steps:
- Taxpayers can go to www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and click on the link on the left pane which states ‘Link Aadhaar’
2. After clicking on Link Aadhaar, a new page will open where you need to provide PAN, Aadhaar card number. You have to make sure that you enter the name exactly as given in the Aadhaar card. One should avoid making spelling mistakes. Once you fill the details, click on submit.
3. After verification from UIDAI, the linking will be confirmed and it will display Aadhaar-PAN linking is completed successfully.
If there is a minor mismatch in Aadhaar name provided by an individual when compared to the actual data in Aadhaar, One Time Password (Aadhaar OTP) will be sent to the mobile registered with Aadhaar, the press release by the Income Tax department mentioned. The taxpayers should ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly same. In a rare case where Aadhaar name is completely different from name in PAN, then the linking will fail and taxpayer will be prompted to change the name in either Aadhaar or in PAN database.
There is no need to login or be registered on E-filing website. This facility can be used by anyone to link their Aadhaar with PAN. After responding to grievances of taxpayers regarding difficulties in linking PAN with Aadhaar their names did not match in both systems (Eg. Names with initials in one and expanded initials in another), the Department has come out with a simple solution now. Taxpayers are requested to use the simplified process to complete the linking of Aadhaar with PAN immediately. This will be useful for E-Verification of Income Tax returns using OTP sent to their mobile registered with Aadhaar.