Income Tax Department on Wednesday has asked the taxpayers to link their Aadhaar number with Permanent Account Number or PAN using an SMS-based facility.
The IT department in an advertisement in newspapers said that the two numbers can be linked by sending an SMS to either 567678 or 56161.
It also says that people can visit the official e-filing website of the department to link the two identities, in both the cases –identical names in the two databases or in case where there is a minor mismatch.
It also says that linking Aadhaar number and PAN is the key to “seamlessly avail online, a world of income tax facilities.”
“Aadhaar can also be seeded into PAN database by quoting Aadhaar in PAN application form for new PAN allotment or by quoting Aadhaar in change request form used for the reprint of PAN card,” it said in the advertisement.
The Income-Tax-department had early this month launched a new e-facility to link a person’s Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number(PAN), a mandatory procedure for filing I-T returns now.
The department’s e-filing website has posted a new link on its homepage to link the two unique identities.
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 Aadhaar name provided, Aadhaar OTP (one-time password) will be required,” the department had said in its advisory to taxpayers and individuals.
The OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number in the Aadhaar database.
The government, under the Finance Act 2017, has made it mandatory for taxpayers to quote Aadhaar or enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing Income-Tax returns (ITR).
Also, Aadhaar has been made mandatory for applying for 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 I-T department to any person, firm or entity.