An Aadhaar number – also known as Unique Identity Number or UID – can be linked with a PAN or Permanent Account Number online. The Income Tax Department provides two services for assessees to assist them in the process of linking the two identification numbers. These are: an SMS-based facility, and through its e-filing portal (incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in). In its Budget 2019, the government has introduced interchangeability of Aadhaar with PAN under the income tax rules. The Income Tax Department had earlier set September 30 as the due date for assessees to link their Aadhaar with PAN “unless specifically exempted”.
Here’s how to link the Aadhaar number with PAN card online (through SMS and through income tax e-filing portal):
Link Aadhaar with PAN through income tax e-filing portal
In order to link a PAN with Aadhaar online, the assessee is required to log in to the é-filing portal, according to the Income Tax Department.
After login, the user can select the “link Aadhaar” option under “profile settings”.
Link Aadhaar with PAN through SMS service
The Income Tax Department also provides an SMS-based facility to enable the linking of Aadhaar with PAN online. In order to access this service, the user is required to send an SMS to either 567678 or 56161 in the following format, according to the Income Tax Department:
UIDPAN<12 digit Aadhaar><10 digit PAN>
UIDPAN 111122223333 AAAPA9999Q
Name on Aadhaar and PAN must be identical
Both the facilities allow the user to link the Aadhaar with PAN if the name given in both the identification documents is identical, according to the I-T department’s website, incometaxindia.gov.in.