Have you linked your Aadhaar with you PAN? If not, you really should not delay it because as per latest circular from Income Tax Department, it is mandatory to provide Aadhaar and PAN details while filing tax returns. And you can link them by simply logging-in to the I-T department’s e-filling portal and you won’t have to physically visit I-T department or any office.

Linking both the Aadhaar and PAN is made compulsory by the government, with hopes to keep tabs on the taxable transactions of a particular individual or entity, whose identity and address will be verified by his Aadhaar card and hence avoid the tax evaders who hold multiple PAN cards to escape paying tax. And by linking the two, citizens will no longer have to submit their I-T details to the I-T department and will save users from much hassle. This rule will be applicable from July 1, 2017.

There is no need to visit the Income Tax Department or any other government office to link your Aadhaar and Pan; it can be done by logging-in into the I-T department e-filling portal. Here are the steps to complete online linking successfully:

  • Register on the Income Tax Department e-filling portal and if you have already signed up, you need to login with your account details; your PAN as User ID, date of birth and password.
  • On logging in to the site, a pop up window will appear prompting you to link yourPAN card with Aadhaar
  • Now enter your Aadhaar number, enter captcha code and click on ‘Link now’ button.
  • The system will match your name, date of birth and gender with PAN card and Aadhaar database, if detail matches, you will get the message “Aadhaar – PAN linking is completed successfully.”

That’s all you need to do. After the declaration of the new rule, around 1.08 crore citizens have linked their Aadhaar and PAN but the number is still comparatively low because there are a total of 25 Crore PAN card holders and Aadhaar has been issued to 111 crore people. So link your Aadhaar with PAN because you might not get a second chance after July 1, 2017.

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