Taxpayers can now link their Aadhaar number with their PAN details using an SMS-based facility, the Income Tax department said on Wednesday. An individual can send a text message to either 567678 or 56161 to link both unique identity numbers. People can also visit the official e-filing website of the I-T department, which was launched earlier this month, to link the two details.
“People can send an SMS ‘UIDPAN<space><12 digit Aadhaar><space><10 digit PAN>’ format to 567678 or 56161, to link their Aadhaar with PAN,” the department said in advertisements in national dailies.
The SMS facility is only for those whose names are identical on Aadhaar and PAN cards.
“After verification from the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), the linking will be confirmed. In case of any minor mismatch in Aadhaar name provided, Aadhaar OTP (one-time password) will be required,” the I-T Department said in a note to taxpayers.
The OTP will be sent to the mobile number registered in the Aadhaar database. The government, under the Finance Act, 2017, made it mandatory for taxpayers to quote Aadhaar number or the enrolment number of Aadhaar application form for filing I-T returns.
You can also use the I-T Department’s e-filing website to link the two numbers, it said, adding linking Aadhaar number and PAN.
The government also made Aadhaar mandatory for applying for PAN starting July 1, 2017. While Aadhaar is issued by the UIDAI to Indian residents, the 10-digit alphanumeric PAN is issued to individuals and companies.