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Aadhaar-PAN linking last date extended: How to link Aadhaar card with PAN card

PAN linking deadline from March 31 to June 30, 2023, by three months. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has announced that all unlinked PAN cards will stop functioning as of July 1, 2023.

PAN-Aadhaar link check status: The last date to link Permanent Account Number (PAN) card and the Aadhaar card has now been updated to June 30, 2023. All unlinked PAN cards shall become inoperative from July 1, 2023. The Finance Ministry said in a release, "In order to provide some more time to the taxpayers, the date for linking PAN and Aadhaar has been extended to 30th June 2023, whereby persons can intimate their Aadhaar to the prescribed authority for Aadhaar-PAN linking without facing repercussions."

Every person who is eligible to have an Aadhaar card and also has a PAN card must link both these cards by March 31, as per Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act 1961. Taxpayers can check their PAN-Aadhaar linking status by either visiting the Income Tax e-filing portal and by SMS. 

Step 1: Visit the Income Tax e-filing portal. 

Step 2: Click the ‘Quick Links’ option on homepage. Following this, select ‘Aadhaar status.’

Step 3: You will be redirected to a page having two fields for entering PAN and Aadhaar numbers.

Step 4: Following this, the server checks the PAN-Aadhaar link status and a pop-up message will be displayed. 

Step 5: The message will say, “Your PAN is already linked to given Aadhaar,” if both the cards are linked.

Step 6: In case your PAN and Aadhaar cards are not linked, the message will say, “PAN not linked with Aadhaar. Please click on ‘Link Aadhaar’ to link your Aadhaar with PAN.Step 7: If the link is in progress, the taxpayer will see this on their window, “Your Aadhaar-PAN linking request has been sent to UIDAI for validation. Please check the status later by clicking on ‘Link Aadhaar Status’ link on Home Page.” 

Here’s how to check PAN-Aadhaar linking status via SMS

The Income Tax department has also given the option to check the PAN-Aadhaar linking status through SMS. For this, taxpayers have to send an SMS to 567678 or 56161. The message will read, “Aadhaar is already associated with PAN in ITD Database,” if both cards are linked. 

If the PAN and Aadhaar cards are not linked, then the message will say, “Your Aadhaar is not associated with PAN in ITD Database. Thank you for using our services.”

What will happen if you fail to link your Aadhaar and PAN cards? 

In case taxpayers fail to link their PAN and Aadhaar cards by June 30, the taxpayers will face the following consequences: 

1. No refund shall be made against such PANs

2. Interest shall not be payable on such refund for the period during which PAN remains operative

3. TDS and TCS shall be deducted/collected at higher rate, as provided in the Income Tax Act 1961

only this, the PAN card shall be made operative again in 30 days after a payment of Rs 1,000. 

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