NEW DELHI: The Income-Tax Department has launched a new e-facility to link a person's Aadhaar number with the Permanent Account Number (PAN), a linkage that is sought to be made mandatory by the Central government for taxpayers to file their income tax returns.
The department's e-filing website (incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in) has a new link on its home page making it "easy" to link the two unique identities of an individual.
The link requires a person to punch in his PAN number, Aadhaar number and the "exact name as given in the Aadhaar card".
"After verification from the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), the linking will be confirmed. In case of any minor mismatch in the Aadhaar name provided, an Aadhaar OTP (one-time password) will be required," the department said in an advisory to taxpayers and individuals.
The OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number and email of the individual.
It urged them to ensure that the date of birth and gender in the PAN and Aadhaar are exactly the same, to ensure linking without failure.
"There is no need to login or be registered on the e-filing website (of the I-T department). This facility can be used by anyone to link their Aadhaar with PAN," it said.
Under the Finance Act 2017, the government has made it mandatory for taxpayers to quote their Aadhaar or enrolment ID of the Aadhaar application form for filing of income tax returns (ITR).
Also, Aadhaar has been made mandatory for applying for the Permanent Account Number with effect from July 1, 2017.
While Aadhaar is issued by the UIDAI to a resident of India, PAN is a ten-digit alphanumeric number issued in the form of a laminated card by the IT department to any person, firm or entity.