1. Aadhaar, PAN linking: Here is how it can be done in easy steps

Aadhaar, PAN linking: Here is how it can be done in easy steps

With the introduction of Aadhaar as an identity proof, there has always been a buzz around it. The latest addition to Aadhaar’s growing importance lies in the direction issued by the government, making the following actions mandatory from July 1, 2017), for individuals required to obtain Aadhaar:

Published: July 11, 2017 4:38 AM
aadhaar, aadhaar PAN linking, how to link aadhaar with pan, what is gst, what is Aadhaar Any person having PAN and Aadhaar/Aadhaar Enrolment ID must link the two to avoid getting the PAN invalidated.

With the introduction of Aadhaar as an identity proof, there has always been a buzz around it. The latest addition to Aadhaar’s growing importance lies in the direction issued by the government, making the following actions mandatory from July 1, 2017), for individuals required to obtain Aadhaar:

Identity requirement for new PAN applications;

Linking of Aadhaar Number with your PAN;

Quoting of the same in the return of income tax

However, relief has been given to the following four classes of individuals after due deliberations by the stakeholders:

Individuals residing in the states of Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Meghalaya;

Non-residents as per the Income-tax Act, 1961;

Individuals of age 80 years or more;

Individuals not citizens of India.

Any person having PAN and Aadhaar/Aadhaar Enrolment ID must link the two to avoid getting the PAN invalidated. However, the date by when the two must be linked to avoid PAN becoming invalid has not been yet notified by the government. Therefore, the window is still open to link your Aadhaar with PAN.

This would be important for persons requiring to file their individual income-tax return (due date being July 31, 2017), since after July 1, 2017 one cannot file income-tax return without quoting Aadhaar except for the excluded classes of individuals.

The government has taken measures to ensure that the process of linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is not cumbersome and has rolled out both digital and non-digital methods to link the two seamlessly. You can get your Aadhaar linked with PAN in either of the following ways:

Non digital/manual method

Submitting prescribed form in hard copy to the designated PAN Service centres. This should be accompanied with a copy of PAN card, copy of Aadhaar card and applicable fees.

Digital method

Visiting the income tax e-filing website (www.incometaxefiling.gov.in) or the website of the PAN service providers (www.tin-nsdl.com for NSDL eGov or www.utiitsl.com for UTIITSL) and following these simple steps:

Step 1—Click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option.

Step 2—Enter your PAN, Aadhaar number, name given on the Aadhaar Card and Date/ Year of Birth.

Step 3—Click on Link Aadhaar button to proceed and the two identities will be linked immediately if there is no mismatch or else following two additional steps are required.

Step 4—Where there is any mismatch, an OTP would be sent to the mobile number registered with Aadhaar.

Step 5—Submit the OTP and the two identities are linked immediately.

Sending a simple SMS to 567678 or 56161 in the format UIDPAN<12-digit Aadhaar><10-digit PAN>. However, SMS based facility can be used only if name given in the Aadhaar and PAN are identical.

People who do not have Aadhaar or do not wish to acquire it are still immune to the above provisions of linking the two as the apex court has granted interim stay on invalidating the PAN of non-Aadhaar holders till the matter is finally adjudicated by the court. However, it must be noted that the relaxation is available only for linking of the Aadhaar with the PAN for the non-Aadhaar holders. In absence of Aadhaar, they may still not be able to file their income-tax return.

It would be prudent to obtain Aadhaar, link it with PAN, file appropriate income-tax return and be compliant.

The author, Dinesh Agarwal is tax partner, EY India. Inputs from Milesh Kumar, senior tax professional, EY. Views expressed here are personal.

  1. R
    Reader
    Oct 6, 2017 at 8:56 am
    The Supreme Court is yet to take a decision on the validity of Aadhaar and whether the State can compulsorily link Aadhaar to various programs and all financial transactions. On 24 August 2017, a nine-judge Consti-tution Bench of the Supreme Court ruled against the Central Government to declare that privacy is a fundamental right under the Consti-tution of India. The Supreme Court is set to hear peti-tions challenging the validity and other aspects of Aadhaar in the first week of November 2017.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Oct 6, 2017 at 8:55 am
      I have not taken Aadhaar. A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is not stopped by the Supreme Court, the biometric details of Indians would soon be available for .
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      1. R
        Reader
        Oct 6, 2017 at 8:31 am
        UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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        1. R
          Reader
          Oct 6, 2017 at 8:30 am
          The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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