Effective from 1st July 2017, it is mandatory to quote Aadhaar for the filing of IT Returns and also linking Aadhaar with PAN. However, many taxpayers were unable to link Aadhaar with PAN. How to resolve this issue?
In the Budget 2017, a new provision was inserted, making the quoting of Aadhaar number mandatory in the application form the for PAN. Also, effective from 1st July 2017, it is mandatory to quote your Aadhaar number while filing IT Return.
The intention is to identify the persons who avoid taxes by having multiple PAN cards. However, the implementation is not so smooth sailing. Because now all PAN card holders must have Aadhaar card. Also, whoever trying to apply the new PAN, must first have Aadhaar card. Otherwise, the existing PAN cards will be treated as invalid.
What will happen if your PAN card is treated as invalid?
TDS will be deducted at a flat rate in many cases. You are unable to file IT return and pay the dues or claim the tax refund. You will not be able to acquire or sell the property or a motor car, open a bank or Demat account, purchase mutual fund units or debentures or bonds exceeding Rs.50,000, or pay life insurance premium exceeding Rs.50,000 without submitting the Form No.60. Because for all these transactions, PAN is mandatory.
Considering all these aspects, it is very much important to link your Aadhaar with PAN Card.
How to link Aadhaar with PAN?
Before jumping into the problems of unable to link Aadhaar with PAN, let us first try to understand the procedure of linking Aadhaar with PAN card.
Do remember that you no need to upload any copies. Instead, IT Department will validate the Aadhaar database.
Step 1-Visit the e-Filing portal login page and login to your account.
Step 2-Go to the tab “Profile Settings” and from the drop-down menu, select the option “Link Aadhaar”.
Step 3– Enter your Aadhaar number, the code and click on the tab “Link Aadhaar”.
Step 4-You will get the successful message or unsuccessful message as below. If you receive the successful message, then you no need to worry.
Unable to link Aadhaar with PAN – What are the alternatives?
As I pointed above, if you receive the successful message, then you no need to worry further. However, if you receive the failure message as above, then it means that you are unable to link Aadhaar with PAN.
Reasons for unable to link Aadhaar with PAN are as below.
# Your Name, date of birth or Gender in PAN database may be different with that of Aadhaar Card.
# Aadhaar number you entered may be wrong or does not exist with Aadhaar database.
The problems mainly faced is by south Indians. Because your name may be V. Rangaswamy in Aadhaar but in PAN it may be V Rangaswamy (without the DOT) or Venkat Rangaswamy.
This is just an example and you may find many such small errors in the name. Hence, the biggest reason when you are unable to link Aadhaar with PAN is mainly due to name difference between PAN card and Aadhaar Card.
Because the date of birth and gender usually in many cases will be same.
Now you will come to know the reasons easily if you cross check with PAN Card and Aadhaar Card. The solution is to identifying what to do next.
There are two alternatives one can correct it. Either you have to correct the name in PAN Card or in Aadhaar Card.
Unable to link Aadhaar with PAN Card- How to correct in PAN Card?
Let me first explain the process of correcting the name in PAN Card as per your Aadhaar Card. But do remember one important aspect of changing your name with PAN card is that you have to submit fresh KYC to update the name with your bank, mutual funds or with any other investments you did (including an insurance company).
Few points to update your name in PAN card are as below.
- Fee for processing PAN application is Rs.107.00 ( 93.00 + 15.00% service tax).
- Payment can be made by Demand Draft, Credit Card / Debit Card or by using Net Banking.
- You can correct your name, date of birth and gender also (Along with these updates, you can also change signature, photo, father’s name or address).
- You can update the data either offline or online.
- To update or correct data offline, use “Form for changes in PAN” form and send this with your valid documents.
- To update or correct data online, use the link of NSDL. In application type, select the option of “Changes/Correction in existing PAN Data”.
- Fill the details and submit it online and send the valid documents. The complete procedure of online correction in PAN is explained HERE.
Unable to link Aadhaar with PAN Card- How to correct in Aadhaar Card?
The second option to correct your data is updating the Aadhaar details. You can update or correct the data in Aadhaar either by submitting your request Online or Offline (Refer this link for updating Aadhaar Offline). Updating Aadhaar details is purely free.
If you plan to use Online mode, then it is mandatory that you must be linked your mobile number to Aadhaar Card database. Because UDAI will send you OTP and sometimes may call you for verification.
You can change your name, gender, date of birth, address, mobile number and email id. The complete process is explained in this below video of UDAI.
Now you come to know the procedure of how to link Aadhaar to PAN. Also, you came to know that what are the alternatives to you if you are unable to link Aadhaar with PAN. But which option you feel the best to update the data and link Aadhaar to PAN?
After the huge uproar by many taxpayers, IT Department came up with a simple solution. They said “In case the taxpayer is unable to link PAN with Aadhaar because of discrepancy in name, they can log into the Aadhaar website, request for a name change and upload a scanned copy of PAN card. However, the registered mobile number with UIDAI has to be functional,”.
As per me, this seems to be the best and easiest solution than paying for PAN Card update and do the KYC process once again.
Also, IT Department is planning to introduce an option on the e-filing portal through which taxpayers can choose to link the Aadhaar without changing the name by opting for a One-Time Password (OTP), provided that the year of birth of the person matches in both documents. Until this happens, it is a nightmare for all those taxpayers who are unable to link Aadhaar with PAN.