It’s extremely important to be aware that individuals who hold both an Aadhaar number and a PAN card are required to link the two no later than March 31, 2023. The previous deadline by which to link your Aadhaar number and PAN card were March 31, 2022 — however, the deadline has been extended by 12 months. If you have both an Aadhaar number and a PAN card, you have until March 31, 2023, to link the two, but you will need to pay a fee in order to do so. As of July 1st, 2022, you are required to pay a fee of 1,000 rupees in order to link your Aadhaar number and PAN card.
How to Link Aadhaar With PAN
Here are the steps you must use to link your Aadhaar number and your PAN card:
First step: pay the linking fee
If you are linking your PAN card with your Aadhaar number in 2022, you must pay a fee first.
- Navigate to the e-payment portal where you can pay your fee.
- Click the button that says “proceed” under the non-TDS/TCS category “Challan no./ITNS 280.”
- After clicking proceed, you will see a major (0021) and minor (500) head.
- Fill out the required fields with the necessary payment information.
- You must wait 4-5 days after submitting your payment to enter a request to link your PAN card and Aadhaar numbers.
Second step: validate your PAN and Aadhaar numbers
After you’ve waited the required 4-5 days from submitting your payment, you are ready to link your PAN card and your Aadhaar number.
- Navigate to the e-filing homepage and log in.
- On the dashboard, find the option to “link Aadhaar to PAN” and click “link Aadhaar.
- You can also find the “link Aadhaar” button in the “personal details” section.
- Enter your Aadhaar number and PAN in the respective fields.
- Click the button that says “validate.”
- If the PAN you enter is already linked to a different Aadhaar number, you will receive an error message that says: “PAN is already linked with the Aadhaar or with some other Aadhaar.” In this scenario, you will need to get in touch with the e-filing helpdesk.
Third step: PAN-Aadhaar link
If you have already successfully submitted your payment:
- After you click the button to validate your PAN and Aadhaar number, you will see a message that says, “your payment details are verified.”
- Click the button that says “continue.”
- You’ll be presented with a list of empty fields. Fill them with the required information.
- Click the button that says “link Aadhaar.”
- You will receive a six-digit number via text message. Enter the six-digit number where prompted on the website.
- Your request to link your Aadhaar number and PAN has now been submitted, and you may now check your Aadhaar card PAN card link status to find out when your request is completed. You can find out how to check if your PAN is linked to Aadhaar on the PAN-Aadhaar linking status page.
If you have not already submitted your payment:
- After you click the button to validate your PAN and Aadhaar number, you will see a message that says, “payments details not found.”
- Click the button that says “continue” to be rerouted to the payment portal where you can submit your payment. Submitting the payment is required before you will be able to link your Aadhaar number and PAN.
Link Your Aadhaar Number With Your PAN Card: FAQs
Aadhaar is a 12-digit identification system used by the government of India. An Aadhaar number is a random number that is issued to residents of India. However, it is a voluntary number, and residents of India are not required to register for one. You must be a resident of India in order to receive an Aadhaar number. Any individual who is a resident or citizen of India may register for an Aadhaar card regardless of personal information such as age, gender, or religion.
When a person enrolls for an Aadhaar number, they also must supply some demographic and biometric information which the government of India then stores in a database. This database is used in combination with the Aadhaar number to make it easy to verify people’s identities. People’s Aadhaar numbers can be verified against the information in the database so they can be securely identified. One of the purposes of using an Aadhaar number is to reduce the risk of identity fraud because it relies on biometric information.
Another reason that Aadhaar is a very secure system is that it is a unique and randomized number, and there is no possibility of duplicates. Recipients of Aadhaar numbers only apply one time and receive a single 12-digit number that they will then use for the rest of their life. This 12-digit number can be used to identify the individual in a wide variety of scenarios, such as applying for government programs or opening a bank account.
Aadhaar numbers are intended to make services such as these easier to obtain and more inclusive for all residents of India. However, there has also been some concern that the Aadhaar system actually has the opposite effect in some cases. While the system does work in many cases, there are also some problems, such as a lack of access for people with disabilities who are unable to supply the required biometric information. There are also some concerns that the Aadhaar database is a prime target for illegal data brokers to leak people’s personal information. Issues like these may be addressed as the program continues to evolve.
A PAN (sometimes called a PAN number) is a similar type of number to an Aadhaar number, but the two numbers serve different purposes. While an Aadhaar card’s primary purpose is to serve as a form of personal identification, a PAN card is used for financial purposes only. PAN stands for permanent account number, and it is a 10-digit alphanumeric number that must be held by anyone who pays taxes in India. While PANs are primarily used by Indian citizens, they may also be required for individuals who operate a business in India, even if they are not citizens.
The primary goal of permanent account numbers is to track financial transactions. Each person who pays taxes in India must hold a permanent account number in order to ensure that they are not evading taxes. By tracking financial transactions via a PAN, the Indian Income Tax Department can verify whether or not individuals have paid the taxes required of them. All transactions made by people who have been assigned PAN cards can be linked back to them using their unique, 10-digit number. The PAN system creates a convenient method of storing and accessing details about any tax-paying individual’s tax information.
PAN cards are sometimes believed to be personal identification methods like Aadhaar numbers, but PAN cards are actually only used for tax-related purposes. A PAN card contains some personal information like the account number and the individual’s name, address, and date of birth — however, it does not include biometric data such as eye scans or fingerprints like the Aadhaar system does. Like an Aadhaar number, a PAN card can be used as proof of identification in some scenarios, but its main purpose is to help the Indian Income Tax Department keep track of all transactions and verify compliance with tax laws, not to be an identifying document.
The last date to link your Aadhaar number with your permanent account number without paying a fee was March 31, 2022. The linking deadline has now been extended to March 31, 2023, but anyone who is submitting a PAN-Aadhaar link request on or after April 1, 2022, is now required to pay a fee. As of July 1, 2022, the required fee is 1,000 rupees. This fee must be paid 4-5 working days in advance of the request to link your Aadhaar number and PAN.
Aadhaar numbers and permanent account numbers are applicable primarily to Indian citizens. However, there are also cases when non-citizens may need or want an Aadhaar number or PAN. Any resident of India, whether they are a citizen or not, may apply for an Aadhaar number — however, applying for an Aadhaar number is not mandatory for anyone. On the other hand, you are required to have a PAN card if you are an Indian citizen who pays taxes or if you conduct any kind of taxable business in India (even if you are not a citizen). Remember that you are now required to link your Aadhaar number and permanent account number if you have both.
The Aadhaar identification system is authorized by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Permanent account numbers are issued and overseen by the Indian Income Tax Department.
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