The income tax department on Friday shared on Twitter the status of challan payment for Aadhaar-PAN linking. The department clears the confusion of PAN holders who found it difficult to download the challan after fee payment for Aadhaar linking. The last date to link both Aadhaar and PAN cards ended on 30 June 2023, Friday as per the latest circular from the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Revenue.
The linking of two cards requires users to pay Rs. 1,000/- One can check the e-pay tax tab of the portal after login. The income tax department guaranteed the users who had paid the fine for Aadhar-PAN linking to get consent but the action is yet pending. Such cases will be considered by the tax department before making PAN inoperative. An inoperative PAN has tax and banking issues.
The tax department tweeted: There is no need of downloading the challan receipt for linking PAN with Aadhaar. Further, as soon as the PAN holder completes the payment successfully, an email with an attached copy of the challan is already being sent to the PAN holder.
The rule to link PAN with Aadhaar came into result from July 1, 2017. Till March 31, 2022, there was no fine for failing to link both PAN and Aadhaar cards. Aadhaar-PAN linking was free of cost before March 31, 2022. Since April 1 2022, a fee of ₹500 was charged and was later increased to ₹1,000 from July 1, 2022 till now.
It is compulsory for all taxpayers to link their Aadhaar number with their PAN number. Even capital markets regulator SEBI asked its investors to link their PAN, which is the only identification number for all transactions along with an Aadhaar number to continue making transactions in the securities market.
While it is a must for every Indian citizen to link their PAN number with their Aadhaar card, there are certain exceptions made for Indian citizens who are above 80 years, non-residents, and non-citizens.
The idea to make Pan-Aadhaar linking compulsory came after the income tax department found that there are many permanent account numbers given to one person or one PAN was given to more than one person. The motive behind such a compulsory step came from the department to avoid tax evasion. It can be understood that PAN and Aadhaar cards can be linked on any laptop or tablet or computer that has an internet connection.
If you still haven’t done your PAN-Aadhaar linking, then here are some easy steps:
- Visit the Income Tax e-Filing portal i.e., incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
- Click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option
- Submit your PAN number, and Aadhaar card details in the appropriate fields
- Verify your details and click on submit
- A confirmation message will get on the screen, and an OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number after the linking of your PAN and Aadhaar.