Last day to link PAN and Aadhaar on June 30: How to link the two? What happens if deadline is missed?
The government has announced that the last day to link the Permanent Account Number (PAN) card with the Aadhaar number is June 30, 2021. Failing to link the two would result in the PAN card becoming “inoperative” and a penalty of ₹1,000 would also be levied.
Earlier, the government had set the deadline as March 31 to link the two documents after extending it multiple times. However, the date was again extended to June 30 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government said.
In its order regarding the extension of the last date, the government said on March 31, “Representations have been received from taxpayers that the last date for intimating the Aadhaar number may further be extended in the wake of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping in view the difficulties faced by the taxpayers, the Central Government has issued notification today extending the last date for the intimation of Aadhaar number and linking thereof with PAN to 30th June, 2021”.
With the deadline of June 30 approaching and the government yet to announce any further postponement of the date, here are the ways to link PAN card and Aadhaar number:
Linking PAN and Aadhaar via income tax department’s e-filing portal
The income tax department’s e-filing portal has a “Link Aadhaar” section on their list of services. It leads to a page where the user needs to enter his details such as name, PAN card number, Aadhaar number accurately. Following this, the details would be validated and the two documents would be linked.
In case a user is not able to link the two via the website, then it can be done by sending an SMS from the registered mobile numbers to 567678 or 56161. There is a specified format to send the SMS which is as follows -
UIDPAN (12-digit Aadhaar Number) (10-digit PAN)
Visiting a nearby PAN service centre
If the user wishes to link their PAN card and Aadhaar number manually, then they could do so by visiting a nearby service centre for PAN. A form named ‘Annexure-I’ needs to be filled and submitted along with a copy of the PAN card and Aadhaar card. However, this is a paid service, unlike the other two online services. Users are required to pay the prescribed fees for linking the two documents manually.