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PAN-Aadhaar linking: Here's how to do it before March 31 deadline

BusinessToday.In     March 29, 2019

Have you linked your PAN to Aadhar card? If not, you only have two days left to do so. You can get your PAN linked to your Aadhar number on or before March 31, 2019. As per the Income Tax Department, PAN-Aadhaar linking is mandatory in order to file Income Tax returns for the assessment year 2019-20.

If not linked with Aadhaar by March 31, there is a chance that the PAN, or Permanent Account Number, will be deactivated. However, experts are divided on this issue. So far, there is no clarity on what will exactly happen to a taxpayer's PAN card if he or she fails to link it with Aadhaar before the deadline.

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The I-T department has extended the deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linking several times. The previous deadline to link PAN and Aadhaar was June 30, 2018, but it was later extended until March 31, 2019. The Supreme Court has also upheld the validity of Section 139AA, making Aadhaar-PAN link necessary for filing I-T returns.

The I-T Department had posted a reminder tweet about the deadline on March 20.


How to link Aadhaar with PAN online

  • Log on to the official websites of Income Tax Department, NSDL or UTIITSL
  • Go to 'Linking Aadhaar'. Another window should open, prompting you to link your PAN card with Aadhaar card
  • Confirm information such as name, date of birth and gender with the details on your Aadhaar card
  • Submit Aadhaar card number and enter the captcha code
  • Click on the 'Link Aadhaar'
  • A success message should show once the linking process is completed

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How to link Aadhaar with PAN via SMS

  • Type UIDPAN <12-digit Aadhaar number><10-digit PAN> in your phone's create message section
  • Send the SMS to 567678 or 56161 using the mobile number registered with your Aadhaar card
  • You will receive an OTP on the registered mobile number to complete the process
  • Once done, visit Income Tax Department's e-filing website,, to verify whether your Aadhaar and PAN have been linked or not.

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