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If you have not linked Aadhaar card with Permanent Account Number (PAN) card yet, then you are left with only two days to do so. As per the Income Tax department, the deadline for linking of Aadhaar and PAN card is March 31, 2019. Earlier, the I-T department has set the deadline of June 30, 2018, for residents to make corrections in the details provided in PAN and Aadhaar cards and linking the two.

Though the I-T department has not clearly stated what will be consequences someone would face if he/she fails to link Aadhaar and PAN card after the deadline, it is very likely that the person will face difficulties in filing of income tax returns. Moreover, PAN card of the concerned individual is likely to be cancelled.

It is mandatory as per a new section put under the Section 139A of the Income Tax Act that every resident of India who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number, on or after the July 1, 2017 must quote the Aadhaar number in the application form for allotment of PAN and filing of the income tax return. In case someone does not possess Aadhaar Number, the Enrollment ID of Aadhaar application form issued to the concerned person must be mentioned in the application for PAN.

On the other hand, if you are a non-resident Indian (NRI), then you are not eligible to get Aadhaar card. But the PAN card is a must if the concerned person is having taxable income in India.

How to link Aadhaar and PAN cards:

Someone can link PAN and Aadhaar numbers on the websites of Income Tax department, NSDL and UTIITSL.

The linkage can be done through SMS, provided there is no mismatch in data. One can send an SMS to 567678 or 56161 in the following format: UIDPAN<12 digit Aadhaar><10 digit PAN>

However, if there is any mismatch in the name mentioned on the Aadhaar card and PAN card, then the linkage will fail. In these cases, the individual can change their name in either of the two databases or personally visit a PAN application center or UTIITSL for biometric Aadhaar authentication.

Meanwhile, in case of a minor mismatch of data in PAN and Aadhaar, the I-T department will undertake a verification using a one-time password (OTP) sent to the registered mobile number and link the two documents.

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