Investors and taxpayers must make sure they have linked their PAN card with their Aadhaar card before March 31 as the fiscal year 2022–23 comes to an end. PAN cards that are not linked to Aadhaar by March 31, 2023, according to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), will become inactive.

“It is mandatory. Don’t delay, link it today! As per the I-T Act, it is mandatory for all PAN-holders who do not fall under the exempt category, to link their permanent account numbers (PAN) with Aadhaar before March 31, 2023. From April 1, 2023, the unlinked PAN shall become inoperative,” the I-T Department in the public advisory said.

According to a notification issued by Finance Ministry in 2017, there are four categories that are exempted from PAN-Aadhaar linking mandate.

1. Residents of the north-eastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir

2. A non-resident as per the Income-tax Act of 1961

3. Of the age of 80 years or more at any time during the previous year;

4. Not a citizen of India.

NOTE: Those who fall under one of the aforementioned categories and willingly want to link their Aadhaar with their PAN must pay the requisite price. The e-Pay Tax feature on the e-filing Portal must be used to pay the charge for PAN-Aadhaar Linkage.

How to Check the Status of Aadhaar-PAN Linking
a) Visit to file your income tax electronically.
b) Look for the 'Link Aadhaar Status' option.
c) Enter your PAN and Aadhaar number, then select 'View Link Aadhaar Status'.
d) A message will appear on your screen if your PAN is linked to your Aadhaar.
Your PAN 10 digits PAN> will be linked to Aadhaar number 12 digits Aadhaar card number>.

To link your PAN with your Aadhaar, you can follow the steps given below:
1. Visit the official website of the Income Tax Department of India (
2. Click on the 'Link Aadhaar' option available under the 'Quick Links' section on the homepage.
3. A new page will open where you need to enter your PAN, Aadhaar number, and your name as mentioned on your Aadhaar card.
4. Enter the Captcha code displayed on the page and click on the 'Link Aadhaar' button.

PAN card-Aadhaar linking deadline on March 31: Who should link, what happens if you do not



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 Today PAN card-Aadhaar linking deadline on March 31: Who should link, what happens if you do not

In an effort to streamline financial transactions and prevent tax evasion, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has released a final warning for people to link PAN with Aadhaar. The government has asked all taxpayers to comply with this requirement before March 31, 2023 with a penalty of Rs 1,000. If not linked till the due date, the PAN card will become inoperative to initiate all financial transactions. Even the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has issued a notification regarding the linking of the two identity cards or one will not be able to initiate any transactions in financial markets like NSE and BSE.

If you have not yet linked Aadhaar with PAN and have some queries regarding the process read on. We have tried to answer some of the most common queries related to PAN Aadhaar linking to help you understand why and how to initiate the PAN and Aadhaar linking process. Why government made it mandatory to link PAN with Aadhaar card

The Income-tax Department of India made it mandatory to Aadhaar with PAN to address the issue of duplication of PANs. The IT Department identified cases where one person had multiple PANs, or where one PAN number was allotted to multiple individuals. This resulted in inaccuracies in the tax collection process and made it difficult to identify and track taxpayers. So in order to establish a robust method of de-duplication of the PAN database, Aadhaar- PAN linking was made mandatory.

After linking Aadhaar with PAN, the government can verify the identity of taxpayers, prevent tax evasion, and ensure compliance with tax laws as Aadhaar holds the unique identification number and biometric data of Indian residents. In addition, linking Aadhaar with PAN further also helps in eliminating fake and duplicate PANs, thereby increasing the efficiency of the tax system.Who will have to link PAN with Aadhaar card

In March 2022, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued a circular, stating that it is mandatory for all individuals who were allotted a PAN on or before July 1, 2017, to link their Aadhaar number with their PAN. The linking of Aadhaar and PAN card is required to be done before March 31, 2023. Failure to do so will result in the PAN becoming inoperative.Who are exempted from Aadhaar- Pan linking

While the mandate applies to all Indian citizens, there are some categories of individuals who are exempted from the Aadhaar-PAN linking.

There are a few categories of individuals for whom this linkage is not compulsory.

Citizens of age 80 years and above, non-residents as per the Income-tax Act and people who are not citizens of India but living in the country are exempted from the Aadhaar-PAN linking. Aadhaar- PAN link last date and penalty fee

The last date to link Aadhaar with PAN for free was March 31, 2022. After that the government extended the deadline but with a penalty fee. Citizens will now have to pay Rs 1,000 as fine to link Aadhaar with PAN by March 31, 2023.

And if not done post the deadline, the PAN card will become inoperative, which means it will not be valid to carry out any finance related process like filling in ITR return. What if Aadhaar is not linked with PAN after March 31

CBDT has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN, and failure to do so will render PAN inoperative. Once the PAN becomes inoperative, the person will now be able to file income tax returns, process pending returns or issue refunds.

Additionally, pending proceedings, such as defective returns, cannot be completed once the PAN is inoperative. The defaulters may also face difficulties in other financial transactions, such as with banks, as PAN is a key KYC criterion. In addition, tax will be deducted at a higher rate if the PAN becomes inoperative, and the person will be liable to all consequences under the Income-tax Act.How to link Aadhaar with PAN

To link Aadhaar with PAN-

- Visit the Income Tax e-Filing portal-

- Click on the 'Link Aadhaar' option.

- Enter your PAN, Aadhaar number, and name as per Aadhaar in the relevant fields.

- Verify the details and submit.

- Upon successful linking, a confirmation message will be displayed on the screen, and an OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number.

You can also link Aadhaar with PAN by sending an SMS. To do so-

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