Registered and unregistered users can now link their Aadhaar to their PAN card on the new Income Tax portal with the help of the ‘Link Aadhar’ service. A taxpayer must link his Aadhar with Pan to file his income tax returns and the Aadhaar number must be mentioned during the process.
The Central government has, for the third time, extended the deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar Card to September 30. The decision was taken in the wake of the disruptions caused by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
As per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, every person having a PAN Card as on 1 July 2017 is eligible to obtain Aadhaar and must link the two documents. The two documents can be linked with the help of an online tool on the e-filing portal that enables users to link the two identification numbers.
Steps to link PAN with Aadhaar using the Income Tax Filing Portal:
Step 1: Taxpayers need to log in to incometax.gov.in. website to link the PAN card with the Aadhaar number. You will need your correct registered username and password.
Step 2: Now, you need to enter the name and the Aadhaar number in the required fields and click on ‘Link Now’.
Step 3: You have to ensure that basic details like name and date of birth on both the identification documents are correct.
Step 4: The details entered by the user will be validated by the IT department with the Unique Identification Authority of India.
How to check whether your PAN number and Aadhaar are linked or not:
Step 1: You need to the official Income Tax filing portal and search for ‘Our Services’ option. You will find an option of ‘Link Aadhaar’ on the homepage.
Step 2: Now, you need to click ‘Link Aadhaar Know About Your Aadhaar PAN linking Status’ option. You will find a new page on your screen.
Step 3: Fill in the PAN and Aadhaar card details in the mentioned box and click ‘View Link Aadhaar Status’.
Step 4: Your Aadhaar-PAN status will be reflected on the page. For instance, if both the documents are linked, then it will show your PAN (PAN Aadhaar) is linked to your Aadhaar number (Aadhar Number).
PAN to become inoperative if the deadline is missed:
The PAN will become inoperative if it is not linked with Aadhaar before the due date i.e. 30 September. As per Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, it is compulsory to mention the Aadhaar number when you are applying for a new PAN card.
If your PAN becomes inoperative, the IT department will consider that the individual has still not submitted PAN. In such cases, the individual is liable to face the consequences for the same. While announcing the Union Budget 2021, the government said that an individual is liable to pay a penalty under new section 234H in the Income Tax Act if both the documents are not linked before the deadline ends. One has to pay a penalty not exceeding more than Rs 1,000 if the deadline is missed.