Income-Tax payer? Beware! Your PAN card will become inoperative; check warning

    If you are an Income-Tax payer then know that your PAN card is under threat if you have not done this one big thing. Under no circumstances should you not do it.

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Nov 27 2022, 18:27 IST
    Link PAN with Aadhaar
    Link your PAN-Aadhaar card online. Here are the steps to follow. (Reuters)
    Link PAN with Aadhaar
    Link your PAN-Aadhaar card online. Here are the steps to follow. (Reuters)

    Have you linked your PAN with Aadhaar? If not, do it soon to avoid your PAN from becoming inoperative. It can be known that the last date for linking PAN with Aadhaar is March 31, 2023. The Income Tax Department informed about the same via its Twitter handle. "As per Income-tax Act, 1961, the last date for linking PAN with Aadhaar is 31.3.2023, for all PAN holders who do not fall under the exempt category, failing which the unlinked PAN shall become inoperative. Don't delay, link today!," the tweet read.

    Notably, it is mandatory to link your PAN and Aadhaar as linking these identification documents would make it possible for your income tax returns to be completed. The Income Tax Department has also urged all PAN holders, those who do not come under the exempt category as per the Notifications No. 37/2017, dated 11th May, 2017 and who have not linked their Aadhaar with PAN yet, to link these documents immediately.

    "PAN can be linked with a valid Aadhaar on www.incometax.gov.in after paying a fee of Rs. 1000," the Income Tax Department added. The central government had extended the last date to link your Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar to March 31, 2023. However, a host of penalties have been announced by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

    The department on March 30, introduced a sub-section (2) under section 139AA directing that a fine of Rs. 500 will be levied on linking the documents till June 30, 2022 and will be increased to Rs. 1000 after that. After March 31, 2023, the PAN of taxpayers who fail to link their Aadhaar, as required, shall become inoperative and all the consequences under the Act for not furnishing, intimating or quoting the PAN will apply to such taxpayers. The consequences include not being able to file return using the inoperative PAN; pending refunds cannot be issued to inoperative PANs, among others.

    Link PAN with Aadhaar online: Here is how

    Step 1:

    Go to the official Income Tax e-filing portal or click on the link - https://www.incometax.gov.in/iec/foportal/.

    Step 2:

    Under the ‘Quick Links’ section, click on ‘Link Aadhaar option' and then provide your PAN and Aadhaar number. Then tap on ‘Validate’.

    Step 3:

    If Aadhaar and PAN are already linked, the message ‘PAN is already linked with the Aadhaar or with some other Aadhaar’ will be displayed on your screen.

    Step 4:

    If your PAN is not linked to your Aadhaar and you have paid a challan on the NSDL Portal, the payment information will be validated by electronic filing. You will receive a pop-up notification stating that "Your payment details are verified" after confirming PAN and Aadhaar.

    Step 5:

    After providing the required details, click the Link Aadhaar option, and provide the 6-digit OTP received on your mobile phone number.

    Step 6:

    As you submit your request for an Aadhaar-PAN link, you will be able to check the status.

    Step 7:

    Also, PAN Holders will have to wait 4-5 working days before submitting the linkage request.

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    First Published Date: 27 Nov, 18:27 IST
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