Here are four important Aadhaar-related deadlines you simply cannot afford to miss

Irrespective of what your views are on Aadhaar, there’s one fact that you simply can’t deny- it’s become an essential unique-identity number, especially, when it is related to your financial matters. This 12 digit number has now become mandatory for several purposes, including filing your income-tax returns to getting a PAN card. Linking of Aadhaar to various other things has now become  so important that the authorities have set a deadline for the same. And, in case you miss the deadline, it can have dire consequences. So, here’s a quick reminder on the deadline and what you need to do about it.

1) Deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN set at 31 December, 2017

Finance minister Arun Jaitley through an amendment to tax proposals in the Finance Bill for 2017-18 had made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to check tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards. The new deadline is 31 December, 2017. Earlier, the deadline was 31 August, 2017.

Here’s how to link Aadhaar with PAN in five steps

Step 1: Keep Aadhaar and PAN numbers handy.
Step 2 : Register on the Income tax e-Filing portal if you already haven’t yet. If you are already registered at the income tax department’s e-Filing portal, log in using your ID, password and date of birth.

Step 3: A pop up window will appear, prompting you to link your PAN card with Aadhaar card. If you have a pop up blocker active, you will have to go on the “Profile Setting” on the dashboard’s menu bar to click on “Link Aadhar” option.
Step 4: You will have to add the necessary details like name your Date of Birth as per the PAN details as well as your gender. If you data is different that what’s mentioned on your PAN, the Aadhaar will not be linked to your PAN. Next thing to do is, to enter your 12 digit Aadhaar card number, then verify captcha and then click on “Link Aadhaar” button. Once your validation is successful, your Aadhaar will be successfully linked to your PAN.
Step 5: The last step is when a popup message is displayed stating that your Aadhaar card has been successfully linked to your PAN card.

2) Deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile number (SIM): February 2018

Here are 3 steps to link your SIM-Aadhaar for the first time

1) Go to the nearest Aadhaar center and submit an Aadhaar update/correction form along with relevant documents. You can get this form at the center itself or download it from the UIDAI website. Mention on the form that only your mobile number has been updated.
2) Once you do that, the agent collects your biometric data to verify the same at the center.
3) The agent will give you an acknowledgement slip. The details will be updated in a maximum of 10 days.

For updating your new number

If you already have a SIM connected to Aadhaar, you can update a new mobile number online. For this, you don’t need to take the pain of visiting an Aadhaar center.

Step 1: Go to the UIDAI website.
Step 2: Choose the “Update Aadhaar Details (Online)” option. Remember, the online option allows you to make demographic changes like, Name, Address, Gender, Date of Birth, Email and Mobile number is changed or modified.
Step 3: You will be redirected to the Aadhaar Self Service Update Portal. Enter your Aadhaar number and carry on with the authentication process via the OTP you get on your mobile. Also, do the necessary text verification by submitting the code mentioned on the page in the provided box.
Step 4: You will enter the data updating request page. Under ‘Select field(s) to update’, select ‘Mobile Number’. Now enter your new mobile number that you want to record in the database and submit.
Step 5: Once the new number gets updated, you will get the Aadhaar card Update Request Number, which can be further used to track the status of your request. You can check your status here.

The third way to link your new mobile SIM with Aadhaar, you can read more about it here.

3. Deadline for submitting Aadhaar details to banks/- December 31, 2017

The last date to link Aadhaar and your bank accounts is now 31 December.

Here’s how you can do the linking:
Most banks will let you link your Aadhar to bank account via a number of options. For instance, net banking, ATM, phone, SMS or mobile banking, even by visiting a bank branch. They are a few things to keep in mind for each of them.

Net-banking: When you visit the bank website you will see the option to link Aadhaar to bank account on the home page itself. In fact, even after you login into the account, you will be able the do the linking by giving the required details. It’s really that easy. Keep in mind though, that if you have multiple bank accounts with the same bank and even if you have a common login ID, you will have to link all accounts individually.

Phone banking: Some banks let you do the linking via phone. All you need to do is give the bank a missed call and you get a call in return. You will be told to feed in your details over the IVR machine. Remember, anyone asks you for your sensitive financial details like PIN, you are not supposed to share the same.

BHIM: You can also use the BHIM app to add your Aadhaar to the bank account. Check if your bank’s app allows you to do so in case you don’t want to use the BHIM app. Some banks let you do the linkage via SMS, but this facility is available only from the mobile which is registered with the bank.

Offline request: If you plan to ditch the online option and walk into a bank branch, the bank will take 3-4 working days to verify the details and complete the link.

Last date to give Aadhaar details to avail social security schemes  is also being set at 31 December, 2017

Aadhaar number has to be provided for all social security schemes by this 31 December, which means for availing any government schemes like an LPG cylinder or a government scholarship, the person needs to provide his/her Aadhaar number in the respective forms.