Link Aadhaar-PAN before June 30 to avoid Rs. 1000 penalties; here’s how

Link your Aadhaar and PAN Online by June 30 to avoid paying Rs. 1000 penalty. Check the process here.

In order to avoid paying a fine of Rs. 1000, Aadhaar cardholders must link the card to PAN by June 30. If you haven’t linked it yet, you can do so now. It may be noted that the central government has extended the last date for linking your permanent account number (PAN) with Aadhaar to March 31, 2023. However, a host of sanctions have been announced by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). On March 30, the department introduced a subsection (2) under Section 139AA directing that a fine of Rs. 500 will be levied on the binding of documents until June 30, 2022 and will be increased to Rs. 1000 after that.

In addition, after March 31, 2023, the PAN of taxpayers who do not disclose their Aadhaar, as required, will become inoperative and all consequences provided by law for not providing, suggesting or quoting the PAN will apply to such taxpayers. Consequences include the inability to file a return using the inoperative PAN; pending refunds cannot be issued to inoperative PANs, among others.

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Taxpayers may note that effective April 1, 2017, it has become mandatory to quote their Aadhaar in the PAN application and tax return form. Therefore, you must link your PAN to Aadhaar as soon as possible. Here’s a step-by-step guide to doing the same online.

How to link PAN with Aadhaar online

Step 1:

Access the official Income Tax e-filing portal or click on the link – https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/.

2nd step:

Register on it (if you haven’t already). Your PAN will be your user ID.

Step 3:

Log in by entering user ID, password and date of birth.

Step 4:

A pop-up window will appear prompting you to link your PAN to Aadhaar. If not, go to “Profile Settings” in the menu bar and click on “Aadhaar Link”.

Step 5:

Details such as name, date of birth and gender will already be mentioned according to the PAN details.

Step 6:

Check the PAN details on the screen with those mentioned on your Aadhaar. It can be noted that in case of a mismatch, you need to correct the same in one or another of the documents.

Step 7:

If the details match, enter your Aadhaar number and click on the “link now” button.

Step 8:

A pop-up message will inform you that your Aadhaar has been successfully linked to your PAN.

Harry D. Gonzalez