Written bySagar Malik
It is essential for undergoing various financial transactions such as receiving taxable salaries/professional fees, sale or purchase of assets, trading of mutual funds, etc.
It also serves as an important identity proof.
Here's how you can update your PAN card address, other details.
Although your PAN card does not feature your residential address, it might be helpful to keep it updated. To update/change your PAN card address, get Form 49A, fill it up, attach necessary documents, and submit at your nearest NSDL TIN-facilitation center or PAN center.
To update other PAN details online, follow these steps:
Firstly, log on to the official online PAN application portal.
Under the 'Application Type' drop-down menu, click on 'Changes or correction in existing PAN data' link. Select the relevant 'Category.'
Following this, enter all the necessary details, upload required documents, make payment, and you are done.
Documents required to make changes in your PAN card, online, are: 1) A proof of identity such as Aadhaar card/Ration card/Passport, 2) One proof of address, such as DL/Voter's ID card/Passport, and 3) A DoB proof such as Matriculation certificate/Birth Certificate/Aadhaar card/Passport etc.
This implies that you can now quote your Aadhaar number instead of PAN to file Income Tax returns.
Further, Aadhaar can also be used for other services where quoting of PAN is necessary, such as buying/selling financial instruments like MF, gold etc.
Further, according to reports, the government is planning to temporarily invalidate all PAN cards that are not linked with Aadhaar latest by August 31, 2019.
The thought behind the move is that the government believes that if after so many extensions, your PAN isn't yet linked with Aadhaar, its authenticity is questionable.
Simply put, the government is skeptic that your PAN might be fake.
To link Aadhaar with PAN online, log on to the Income Tax e-portal.
Next, under the 'Quick Links' section, click on 'Link Aadhaar.'
Enter details such as Aadhaar number, PAN, name, and Captcha code.
Submit the details, click on 'Link Aadhaar', and you're done.
After successful verification from UIDAI, the linkage will be confirmed.
You can also link your PAN with Aadhaar via SMS.
Apart from the online method, users can also link their Aadhaar with PAN, using SMS service. To do so, type a text message in this format: UIDPAN (space) 12-digit Aadhaar number (space) 10-digit PAN, and send to 567678 or 56161 from your Aadhaar-registered mobile number.
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