Recently IT department of India has made it mandatory to link AADHAAR number to your PAN, in order to file your Income Tax. Since the AADHAAR-PAN linking is an automated seeding process (which works through API), it will fail if there is a small mismatch of data. E.g. if your name is YOURNAME on PAN and YOUR NAME on your AADHAAR, the linking process will fail, because of the space in the name on your AADHAAR. And that is what exactly happened to me. Take one more case, for example, if your name on PAN is LASTNAME FIRSTNAME, and on AADHAAR it is FIRSTNAME LASTNAME, the linking process will fail again. And hence why IT department has given an option to enter your name as per your Aadhaar while entering data for linking.
I have created a small and crisp 5 step how-to guide to link your Aadhaar to your PAN, in next 3 minutes.
Follow the below easy steps to Link your AADHAAR number to your PAN
Step 1: Go to https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-Filing/UserLogin/LoginHome.html. You will see the following screen. Enter your User Id, password, and Captcha to login
Step 2: Once you are logged into your account, take your mouse over to the Profile Settings and click on Link Aadhaar from the list. Refer the picture below
Step 3: Next you will see the following screen. Here you will see some instruction related to linking your AADHAAR number to PAN. Click on the Continue button.
Step 4: Once you click on the Continue button, you will see the actual page, where you have to enter your AADHAR number and your name printed on your AADHAR card. Please cross check your name as per the AADHAR, before clicking on the Link Aadhaar button. Refer the picture below
Step 5: After entering correct AADHAAR number and name as per the Aadhaar, click on the Link Aadhaar button. If the data you have entered is correct, you will get the following successful message
Hope this small guide would help you in linking your Aadhar to your PAN. Since the Aadhaar-PAN linkage is made mandatory by IT department, you should do it right away, if you file your income tax online.
Should you have any queries, ask through the comments.
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