As per the notification of the Income-tax department, it is mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN for filing Income-tax returns. Aadhaar is a 12-digit identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) whereas PAN is a 10-character code issued by the Income Tax Department. Linking the two is a hassle-free process, and it can be done in just a few simple steps.
The Income Tax Department has provided two ways to link Aadhaar with PAN: Online and Offline. In this article, we will discuss the process of linking Aadhaar with PAN online.
Step 1: Visit the e-Filing portal of the Income Tax Department
To link Aadhaar with PAN, visit the e-Filing portal of the Income Tax Department. The URL for the portal is www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. Make sure that you are visiting the official website of the Income Tax Department.
Step 2: Click on the Link Aadhaar option
Once you have accessed the e-Filing portal, click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option appearing on the left-hand side of the dashboard.
Step 3: Enter the details
Once you click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option, a new window will open where you need to fill in the necessary details such as your PAN number, Aadhaar number, name as per Aadhaar, and the captcha code.
Before entering the details, make sure that all the information is correct and matches with the information available in both the documents. It is essential to enter the correct details; else, the linking process will not be successful.
Step 4: Click on ‘Link Aadhaar’
After entering the required details, click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ button. Once you have clicked on the button, a pop-up will appear on your screen confirming your request to link Aadhaar with PAN. The pop-up will display your personal details such as your name, date of birth, gender, and address, as available in the Aadhaar database.
Step 5: Authentication through OTP
Once you click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ button, an OTP (One-Time Password) will be sent to the registered mobile number linked with your Aadhaar. Enter this OTP in the field provided to authenticate the linking process.
Step 6: Successful linking
Once OTP authentication is completed successfully, you will receive a message on your screen that confirms the successful linking of your Aadhaar with your PAN card.
Step 7: Verification
After the completion of the linking process, you can check the status of your linked Aadhaar and PAN by visiting the e-Filing portal of the Income Tax Department. To check the status, visit the ‘Profile Settings’ option on the e-Filing portal and click on the ‘Link Aadhaar Status’ option.
Linking Aadhaar with PAN is a simple process that can be completed in just a few simple steps through the e-Filing portal of the Income Tax Department. The process is mandatory, and failure to link the two could result in several consequences. It is, therefore, essential to link Aadhaar with PAN to file your Income-tax returns.