New Delhi: In a relief to taxpayers, the Finance Ministry has extended the deadline to link PAN and Aadhaar cards once again from September 30 to December 31, stated a report.

Note that if you have been filing income tax returns (ITR) through the income tax e-filing portal, then there a possibility that you PAN and Aadhaar cards are already linked because the IT department links both the IDs by default. Taxpayers can confirm if both their IDs are linked by visiting the official IT website.

Here’s How to Link PAN And Aadhaar:

Step 1: Log onto the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website, i.e., incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

Step 2: On the homepage, click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ tab.

Step 3: New users should register to open a tax account.

Step 4: Fill in all the required credentials including your name, your Aadhaar and PAN numbers.

Step 5: Enter the right captcha code. Those who are visually-impaired have the option of receiving OTP while registration.

Step 6: Now click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ icon. Your PAN and Aadhaar cards will be linked.

You can also link your PAN and Aadhaar cards by sending an SMS to either of the PAN service providers namely NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited and UTI Infrastructure Technology And Services Limited (UTIITL). To do so, type UIDPAN<SPACE><12 digit Aadhaar><SPACE><10 digit PAN> on your mobile and send an SMS to either 56768 or 56161. You will not be charged extra besides the SMS charges levied by the mobile operator.