Aadhaar card, PAN card linking: Have you already filed your income tax return, but haven't linked your Aadhaar number with the PAN card yet? Then better do it today, otherwise your income tax return will not be processed. The Income Tax Department has already said that \u201cITR will not be taken up for processing u\/s 143(I) of the Income Tax Act, until the PAN is linked to Aadhaar. Those who are required to link and have not done, complete the same by 31-08-2017.\u201d This means that the Income Tax Department is in no mood to extend the deadline of 31st August for linking Aadhaar with PAN, unless the government decides to do so. Therefore, it is in your own interest to link the two now. \u201cFor the purpose of income tax returns, if a taxpayer hasn't linked Aadhaar with PAN by this deadline, then his tax returns will not be processed by the tax department. Hence, it is important to link the same,\u201d says Archit Gupta, Founder & CEO, ClearTax.in. Although there was some confusion in view of the recent Supreme Court verdict on privacy. However, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan has also clarified that \u201ctaxpayers will have to link their PAN with Aadhaar by the stipulated deadline, which is 31st August, as the Supreme Court verdict on privacy has no bearing on the requirement.\u201d It is true that the deadline to link Aadhaar for availing social schemes has now been extended till December this year. However, the government has not taken any decision on extending the deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linking. Whatever be the case, linking your Aadhaar number with the PAN card is in your own interest, particularly if you are a taxpayer. Thankfully, linking the two is very easy. Here\u2019s how you can do it: Steps for linking Aadhaar with PAN: 1. To link the Aadhaar number with PAN, you should log on to the income tax efiling website and visit the linking page by clicking on \u2018Link Aadhaar\u2019. 2. Enter your Aadhaar number, PAN number and the name as given in the Aadhaar card. Then put the captcha code and click on 'Link Aadhaar'. After verification from UIDAI, the linking will be confirmed. [jwplayer utrrh5uw] In some cases, like in case of any minor mismatch in the Aadhaar name provided, an OTP will be generated and sent to your registered mobile number to facilitate the linking. In a rare case where Aadhaar name is completely different from the name mentioned in PAN, then the linking will fail and you will be prompted to change the name in either Aadhaar or in PAN database. Aadhaar and PAN can also be linked through SMS. Linking Aadhaar and PAN, thus, is a simple process and you should do so right away to avoid problems with overloaded servers at the last minute.