New Delhi: The Income Tax Department will “only” issue refunds via the e-mode into bank accounts of taxpayers beginning next month and they should link PAN with their accounts, the taxman said in its latest public communication. The department said refunds will be sent to bank accounts as it will issue “only e-refunds from March 1, 2019.”Also Read - PAN Card Holders Can Save Rs 10,000 By Doing THIS. Complete Details Here

Link your PAN (permanent account number) with your bank account to get your refund directly, swiftly and securely, the department said in a public advisory issued Wednesday. It added the bank account could be either savings, current, cash or overdraft. Till now, the department used to issue refunds to taxpayers either in their bank accounts or through account payee cheques, on a case-to-case basis depending on the category of taxpayers. The communication added taxpayers can check if their bank account is linked with their PAN by logging onto the e-filing website of the department- incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. Also Read - Income Tax Return: A Step-By-Step Guide To File Revised Income Tax Return

It said those who have not linked their PAN with their bank account should provide it to their home bank branch and also validate this over the e-filing website of the I-T Department. Recently, the linking of the PAN with the Aadhaar-PAN has been made “mandatory” for those filing an Income Tax Return (ITR) and this procedure has to be “completed” by March 31 this year. Also Read - Income Tax Return: Major Relief By Income Tax Dept, Provides One-Time Relaxation

As per data updated till early this month, the I-T Department has so far issued 42 crore PANs, of which 23 crores have been linked with Aadhaar. While Aadhaar is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to a resident of India, PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number allotted by the IT Department to a person, firm or entity.