The government has made it mandatory to link the 12-digit unique identification number Aadhaar with your PAN(Permanent Account Number). The government’s rationale behind linking Aadhaar with PAN is to eliminate fake or multiple PANs held by the same person from the system.
Earlier in June, the Supreme Court upheld the law+making Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and its linkage to PAN.
Here is your simple 3-step guide to link Aadhaar with PAN:
1) Log on to the Income Tax department’s e-filing portal — www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
2) Enter your Aadhaar and PAN number (mentioned on Aadhaar card and PAN card), your name as mentioned in Aadhaar Card and the captcha code. Then click the ‘Link Aadhaar’ button.
Make sure your name mentioned in the Aadhaar card is the same as the PAN card. In case of any discrepancy, like spelling mistakes, the linking will not be possible. If the names mentioned in Aadhaar card and PAN card are different, you need to update your Aadhaar details.
3) That’s it! And your Aadhaar is now linked with PAN. A successful linking should display a message as shown in the picture.
The Income Tax department has also issued advertisements on how to link Aadhaar and PAN through SMS.