PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline missed? Here is how to activate your PAN

The last date to link PAN with Aadhaar was June 30. PAN cards that are not linked post-deadline will now become inoperative, restricting individuals from certain services where quoting the PAN is mandatory.

Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Aadhaar link were required till June 30, 2023. Additionally, the government has yet to make any announcements regarding the deadline extension. As a result, starting on July 1, all PAN cards that are not linked to Aadhaar will stop working with the Income Tax Department's official standards. People who missed the deadline for linking will also not be able to use some services where providing the PAN is required.

However, there is a last chance to reactivate your PAN card if it has stopped working. Before March 28, 2023, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) published a notification outlining the procedures for reactivating  PAN cards.

According to the notification, people must inform the authorized about their Aadhaar linkage and pay a cost of Rs. 1,000 to reactivate their PAN card. After the connection date, the reactivation process will take 30 days.

How to check if PAN is valid or not

  • Go to the Income Tax filing portal:
  • Look for the "Verify Your PAN" service under the "Quick Links" section and click on it.
  • On the "Verify Your PAN" page, provide your PAN number, full name, date of birth, and a reachable mobile number.
  • Click on "Continue" to proceed to the verification page.
  • Enter the 6-digit One-time Password (OTP) that you received on your mobile number and click "Validate." Remember, the OTP is valid for only 15 minutes, and you have three attempts to enter the correct password.
  • If the verification is successful, you will see your PAN status displayed on the screen. If your PAN is still active, the message will indicate, "PAN is active, and the details are as per your PAN."

How to activate the inoperative PAN

who have missed the deadline for linking their PAN with their Aadhar. those people would need to pay a fee of Rs 1,000  to reactivate their PAN card according to the notification. it will take around 30 days from the date of linking for the reactivation procedure to be finished for the PAN card to become active once more. This means that if you begin the PAN card activation procedure today, July 5, your PAN card will be useful by August 5.

If your PAN has become inoperative, you can activate it after paying a fine.

  • Visit and navigate to 'e-Pay Tax' to proceed with the submission of the Aadhaar-PAN linking request.
  • Enter PAN details and look and proceed for CHALLAN NO./ITNS 280 for submission of the Aadhaar-PAN linking request.
  • Make sure to do fee payment is done under Minor head 500 (Fee) and Major head 0021 [Income Tax (Other than Companies)] in a single challan.
  • Select mode of Payment
  • Enter PAN, select Assessment year, and enter the address
  • Enter the Captcha code and click the Proceed tab.

Why PAN-Aadhaar linking mandatory

The Indian government has made it mandatory to link PAN and Aadhaar for services.
  • Tax avoidance is reduced thanks to the PAN-Aadhaar connection. The government can guarantee that every taxpayer is accurately recognized and that their taxes are paid via PAN and Aadhaar.
  •  PAN-Aadhaar linkage reduces fraud. People may protect themselves from identity theft and stop fraudsters from creating several bank accounts or filing multiple tax returns under false names by linking these two identification numbers.
  • Finally, the government hopes to simplify the process of filing taxes and paying taxes via the linkage of PAN-Aadhaar.

Consequences of not linking PAN and Aadhaar

All PAN holders who do not fall under the exempt category must connect their PAN with Aadhaar by the Income-tax Act of 1961. The PAN will become inactive if this is not done. Additionally, there are penalties if PAN and Aadhaar are not linked. You can not use your PAN card in certain places like investing in certain financial products, opening a bank account, or filing income tax returns (ITRs). Additionally, the interest on your savings may be subject to a larger tax deduction rate.

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