PAN to be inoperative if not linked to Aadhaar, here are 3 ways to link the numbers

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New Delhi: The Income Tax department on Friday said that Permanent Account Number (PAN) will become inoperative if it is not linked with Aadhaar by March 31, 2020.

The deadline for linking of PAN and Aadhaar has been extended several times and the current deadline ends on March 31, 2020.

Till January 27, 2020, over 30.75 crore PANs have already been linked to Aadhaar. However, 17.58 crore PANs are yet to be linked with the 12-digit biometric ID.

"Where a person, who has been allotted the permanent account number as on July1, 2017 and is required to intimate his Aadhaar number under sub-section (2) of section 139AA, has failed to intimate the same on or before March 31, 2020, the permanent account number of such person shall become inoperative immediately after the said date for the purposes of furnishing, intimating or quoting under the Act," the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said.

Through a notification, the CBDT amended Income Tax rules and inserted Rule 114AAA, stipulating the "manner of making permanent account number inoperative".

The notification further said that persons whose PANs become inoperative shall be liable for all the consequences under the I-T Act for not furnishing, intimating or quoting the permanent account number.

For those linking PAN with Aadhaar after March 31, 2020, the I-T department said it shall "become operative from the date of intimation of Aadhaar number".

Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.

The Supreme Court had in September 2018 declared Aadhaar as constitutionally valid and held that the biometric ID would remain mandatory for the filing of income tax returns and allotment of PAN cards.

Aadhaar is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, to a resident of India and PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number allotted by the income tax department to a person, firm or entity.

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How to link your PAN with Aadhaar?

Your PAN card is likely to be linked with Aadhaar already if you are filing tax returns and you have mentioned your Aadhaar number in the income tax e-filing site.

If you haven't done so you may log in to the income tax e-filing site and select the 'Link Aadhaar' option in the site.

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PAN card users may also send an SMS to 567678 or 56161 from the registered mobile number to link their Aadhaar.

The format of the SMS is UIDPAN<12-digit Aadhaar><10-digit PAN>. Only SMS charges are applicable in this method.

It is also possible to link PAN to Aadhaar manually. The PAN card user will be required to fill in the form 'Annexure-I' along with the supporting documents i.e. copy of PAN card and Aadhaar card and submit it to a service centre of PAN service provider, NSDL or UTIITSL.

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