Aadhaar now mandatory for PAN: All you need to know

28 Jun 2017 | Written by Gogona Saikia; Edited by NewsBytes Desk

The government has announced that it will be mandatory to provide Aadhaar details or enrolment ID while applying for PAN.

This comes a day after the SC refused to pass an interim order against government notifications on Aadhaar based on "mere apprehensions" of petitioners.

Here's all you need to know about the decision, and how to get the Aadhaar-PAN linking done.

In context: You can now link Aadhaar and PAN card

ProposalThe amended Finance Bill 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, through an amendment of the Finance Bill 2017, had mandated Aadhaar for filing of tax returns.

It also mandated linking of Aadhaar and PAN to check tax evasion through multiple PAN cards.

Jaitley had also hinted Aadhaar might replace PAN and become the "sole (unique identity) card" in the future.

28 Jun 2017Aadhaar now mandatory for PAN: All you need to know

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What does the notification say?

OrderWhat does the notification say?

In its notification, the revenue department said that "every person who has been allotted PAN as on July 1, 2017, and who in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 139AA is required to intimate his Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to the principal DGIT (systems)."

It amended Rule 114 of the IT Act, which deals with allotment of PAN.

OnlineHow can you link Aadhaar card with PAN card?

To link Aadhaar with PAN, you can visit this website at (available on the column of options on the left side) and fill your details. New users can register on the portal first, although registration isn't necessary for linking.

Registered users can go to the 'Profile Settings' tab and then link Aadhaar.

After successful linking, a confirmation message will be sent on email.

Aadhaar-PAN linking through SMS

Taxpayers can also link Aadhaar with PAN by sending an SMS to 567678 or 56161. "In case of any minor mismatch in Aadhaar name provided, OTP will be required," the department said. Linking will be confirmed after verification from UIDAI.

31 Jul 2017Aadhaar-PAN linking deadline extended to Aug 31

The CBDT has extended the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar and PAN till August 31. Income tax returns would be processed after the linking is done, CBDT says.

Earlier, it had clarified that that though July 1 was the initial deadline, PAN cards of defaulters won't be immediately cancelled.

Several taxpayers have reported problems with the process, including glitches on the ITR website.

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31 Aug 2017Aadhaar-PAN linking deadline extended to December 31

The government has extended the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till December 31. The earlier deadline was August 31.

Just a couple of days ago, reports had emerged that the government won't provide any more relief.

Meanwhile, the SC is hearing a batch of petitions challenging mandatory Aadhaar. The recent ruling on privacy might impact its verdict.