Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Aadhaar, PAN linking: Just 48 hours left, here's how to do it fast using e-Filing portal and via SMS

By this time you must have filed your income tax return for the Financial Year 2016-17 and most of you also have linked your Aadhaar number with the PAN card, as directed by the Income Tax Department. However, if you have still not linked the two cards for some unavoidable reasons, then it is time to do so as the deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN, ie. August 31, is only two days away.

It may be noted that earlier the deadline for filing income tax return as well as linking Aadhaar with PAN was July 31st. However, in order to facilitate the e-filing of return, the government had extended the deadline for tax filing from July 31 to the 5th August, 2017, and had also extended the last date for the linking of PAN with Aadhaar to August 31.

The government had said that for filing one's tax return on the income tax website, it would be sufficient to quote one's Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment ID and linking the two was not required for those who hadn't already done it.

Still, you are required to link your Aadhaar number with the PAN card till August 31 because if you fail to do so, your income tax returns will not be processed. "The returns will not be processed until the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is done," CBDT had earlier said.

Although there was some confusion in view of the recent Supreme Court verdict on privacy. However, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan clarified that "taxpayers will have to link their PAN with Aadhaar by the stipulated deadline, which is 31st August, as the Supreme Court verdict on privacy has no bearing on the requirement."

No need to mention that taxpayers have to link their Aadhaar number with the PAN card by August 31. Thankfully, linking your Aadhaar number with your PAN card has now been made very easy. You can link your Aadhaar number with PAN by any of the two ways: Using SMS facility and using facility on e-Filing portal -

1. Linking Aadhaar number with PAN using SMS facility:

Taxpayers who wants to link their Aadhaar number with PAN are required to send SMS to 567678 or 56161 in the following format:

Example of SMS to 567678 or 56161:

UIDPAN 111122223333 AAAPA9999Q

Aadhaar number will be linked with PAN if the name of the taxpayer is identical to Aadhaar and PAN.

2. Linking Aadhaar number with PAN using e-Filing portal:

# With your Aadhar and PAN card handy, go to the Income Tax e-Filing portal and register (if you haven't done yet). Registered members can log in using their ID, password, and date of birth.

# Usually, a pop-up window prompting you to link PAN with Aadhaar card appears, but if you have activated a pop-up blocker, then you need to click on "Link Aadhar".

# Submit your details including PAN, Aadhaar number, and name as per Aadhaar. Verify the captcha and click "Link Aadhaar" button.

# Upon successful validation of your Aadhaar, it will be automatically linked to your PAN.

# A pop-up will verify that the linking has been successfully processed.

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