The Income Tax department has made it mandatory to link the Aadhaar Number with PAN Number. The deadline to link the Aadhaar Number earlier was 31st August, 2017 which was later changed to 31st December 2017. This deadline has been changed again to 31st March, 2018 now.
One should note that the Income Tax department has not made it mandatory to link the Aadhaar Number to PAN Number to be able to file the return. What it means is that if your Aadhaar Number is still not linked, you would be able to file the returns. But, the ITR will not be processed by the department until the Aadhaar Number is linked.
The process to link Aadhaar Number with PAN Number is quite simple and does not require you to login to any website.
Here is the detailed process how to link Aadhaar Number with PAN Number:
Step 2: After clicking, the below page will appear. One this page provide your details and click on ‘Link Aadhaar’.
While providing the details make sure that you provide all the correct details. If your details does not match with the details registered with Aadhaar Number, the linking would not be successful.
Once the system is able to verify your details with the UIDAI database, your Aadhaar Number will get linked to your PAN number.
You can now also link your Aadhaar Number with PAN Number using your mobile’s SMS service only. To link your Aadhaar Number to PAN Number by SMS, you have to send an SMS to 567678 or 56161 in the following format:
UIDPAN<SPACE><12 digit Aadhaar><Space><10 digit PAN>
Example: UIDPAN 123456789123 ABCDE1234Z