Through Finance Bill 2017, the government made changes in the tax laws and made it mandatory for taxpayers to link their PAN to Aadhaar. The government also prescribed an online procedure so that people can link their accounts easily. But several taxpayers have been facing problems in linking both accounts due to the difference in spelling of their names in each account. The problem is so grave that out of 25 crore PAN accounts, only 1 crore have been linked to Aadhaar so far. If you have been facing the same problem, you should read further because the government has listened to you and come up with alternate ways to do this.
With the linking of PAN with Aadhaar being made mandatory, individuals can log on to e-filing website of the income tax department or on the NSDL website to link the two unique identity documents. However, you can now directly opt for linking PAN with Aadhaar even if you are not registered on the e-filing website. Any individual can use this facility to complete the linking.
The official e-filing website has created a new link on its homepage, making it easy for people who are not registered on the site to link the two unique identities together.
However, the seeding cannot happen if the name is differently spelt in the two cards — like the use of full name in PAN and initials in Aadhaar. In case the taxpayer is unable to link PAN with Aadhaar because of discrepancy in name, the government has advised them to log in to the official Aadhaar website on https://ssup.uidai.gov.in/web/guest/update or the NSDL website on https://www.onlineservices.nsdl.com/paam/endUserRegisterContact.html and request for a correction in either one of the documents. This is the simplest way to update your name in Aadhaar or PAN and then proceed to link Aadhaar to PAN on the e-filing website.
This option will hold good for people who have given short forms of their name or in some cases there are some spelling errors in the name provided in Aadhaar card.
However, in certain cases, there are people who have got married and changed their surname and updated the same while getting Aadhaar number, but it does not get reflected in their PAN documents.
If in the case where the Aadhaar name is totally different from that of the name on the PAN, the linking will automatically fail and the taxpayer would be asked to change the name in either one of the cards.
Remember that 30th of June, 2017 is the deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar. Post this date, if your PAN is not linked with Aadhaar database, it can be made invalid by the government. As a result, you will not be able to do any activity which requires PAN like filing your Income Tax Return. However, Aadhaar enrolment number will also suffice to file your taxes if you don’t have Aadhaar card. Other than this, the government has also asked people to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar by December 31, 2017. After this date, any unlinked bank account can be frozen by the authorities and no new bank account can be opened without providing Aadhaar details. You also need to link your mobile number with Aadhaar for which the government is yet to prescribe a due date.