The deadline for filing Income Tax Returns for 2016-17 has been extended till August 5, the income tax department said on Monday, and asked taxpayers to link their Aadhaar cards with PAN latest by August 31.
The extension also comes in view of difficulties faced by taxpayers as quoting Aadhaar number was made mandatory for ITR filings from July 1.
The government has made quoting of the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar or the enrolment ID a must at the time of application of permanent account number (PAN).
As many as 2.07 crore taxpayers have already linked their Aadhaar with PAN. There are over 25 crore PAN card holders in the country while Aadhaar has been issued to 111 crore people.
While Aadhaar is a biometric authentication issued by the UIDAI, PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number alloted by the I-T department to individuals and entities.
The government also said for e-filing of returns, it would be sufficient, as of now, to quote the Aadhaar or the acknowledgement number of applied-for Aadhaar number in e-filing website.
“The actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before August 31. The returns will not be processed till this linkage is done,” it said.
Here’s how to link your Aadhaar with PAN:
*Go to the e-filing website and click on the tab ‘Link Aadhaar’ on the left-hand side of the website.
*Fill your PAN and Aadhaar number
*Then enter your name exactly as mentioned in Aadhaar and then submit it.
After verification of details from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the linking will be confirmed.
If you are already registered on the e-filing website:
*You can link your Aadhaar after logging-in to the e-filing website.
*Just click on the Aadhaar linking option under profile settings.
*The details as per PAN will be pre-populated and you only need to enter your Aadhaar number and name exactly as mentioned in Aadhaar.
*Once you link your Aadhaar with PAN, you will be able to e-verify your income tax return using OTP sent to your mobile.
*If your Aadhaar name is completely different from your name in PAN, then the linking will fail and the taxpayer will be prompted to change the name in either Aadhaar or PAN database.
Making corrections in PAN and Aadhaar :
For making corrections in your PAN or Aadhaar, you log on to National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) website and UIDAI portal, respectively.