The Income Tax (I-T) Department has launched a new e-facility to allow a taxpayer link in ‘easy’ steps one’s Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN), a mandatory requirement for filing IT returns now. The link requires a person to punch in his PAN number, Aadhaar number and the ‘exact’ name as mentioned on the Aadhaar card. “After verification from the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), the linking will be confirmed. In case of any minor mismatch in Aadhaar name provided, Aadhaar OTP (one time password) will be required,” the department said in its advisory to taxpayers and individuals. The OTP will be sent on the registered mobile number of the individual as provided in the Aadhaar database. It urged them to ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly the same, to ensure linking without failure.“There is no need to log in or be registered on e-filing website (of the I-T department). This facility can be used by anyone to link their Aadhaar with PAN,” it said.In rare cases where the name mentioned on the Aadhaar card is completely different from that on PAN, the linking attempt will fail and the taxpayer will be prompted to change the name in either of the two databases. New system has been introduced after receiving complaints those taxpayers who had used initials in one and full name in the other were not able to link the two unique identities.
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