PAN-Aadhaar Linking: Income Tax Department Clarifies Payment Confusion, Announces Last Date.

The Income Tax Department has addressed the concerns raised by PAN holders regarding difficulties faced in downloading the challan after payment of the fee for Aadhaar linking. It has assured individuals who have paid the penalty for linking their PAN with Aadhaar, provided their consent, and are still awaiting action that their cases will be duly considered before rendering their PAN inoperative. It is important to note that an inoperative PAN can have implications on taxes and banking matters.

To check the status of the challan payment for Aadhaar-PAN linking, individuals can log in to the portal and visit the ‘e-pay tax’ tab. The income tax department emphasized that there is no need to download the challan receipt for the PAN-Aadhaar link. Upon successful payment, a confirmation email with an attached copy of the challan is automatically sent to the PAN holder.

The mandate to link PAN with Aadhaar came into effect on July 1, 2017. Until March 31 of the previous year, there were no penalties for failing to link the two cards. However, if an individual misses the deadline of June 30, 2022, for linking their Aadhaar and PAN and wishes to link them at a later date, they can inform the tax authorities and pay the required penalty to complete the process.

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