As compared to previous year, there is significant growth (i.e. 25%) in number of Income Tax Return filed in current fiscal advance tax (Personal Income Tax) collections up by 41%, but the there is significant increase in deactivation of PAN. As per latest data, nearly 11 lakh PAN has been deactivated. There was a partial relief for the taxpayers to file ITRs for the year 2016-17 by just quoting Aadhaar or acknowledgement no. for those who have applied for Aadhaar. But the actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before 31st August, 2017.

In other words, if the PAN is not linked with Aadhaar before 31st August, 2017, then the PAN shall be deactivated and subsequently returns will not be processed, which means if the same is not linked within the stipulated time then the filed return shall be treated as if the return has not been filed.

Following are the steps, from where you can check whether the aadhaar is being linked with PAN or not:

If you are not a registered user

  1. Visit e-filing website i.e.
  2. In the left side, there is a link ‘Link Aadhaar’ (which is blinking)
  3. Clink on the ‘link aadhaar’, fill in the required information i.e. PAN, Aadhaar Number, Name as pr AADHAR, captcha code
  4. If the aadhaar is already linked with PAN, then a message will appear like this “Your PAN is linked to Aadhaar Number …………”

If you are a registered user

  1. Visit e-filing website i.e.
  2. Login with user ID and password
  3. Click on “Profile Setting”.
  4. Click on the “Link Aadhaar” button
  5. If the aadhaar is already linked with PAN, then a message will appear like this “Your PAN is linked to Aadhaar Number …………”


1. Send SMS to 567678 or 56161

SMS format (UIDPAN<SPACE><12 digit Aadhaar card number><Space><10 digit PAN card number>)

2. If it is already linked then you will get a message as below

“Aadhaar {XXXXXXXX—-} is already associated with PAN {XXXXX—–} in ITD Database. Thank you for using our Services” – NSDLDP


Hope this information will help you in your Professional endeavors. For further assistance/query, feel free to write to us.

Author: C S Ekta Maheshwari is the Author of this article and is Company Secretary by profession. The Author can be reached at

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    I am sorry to state that most of the authors give an incorrect picture of the last date of linking Aadhaar with PAN.
    The Govt is yet to notify the same in the Central Govt Gazette as per the section 139AA.
    If Aadhaar is not linked to PAN by 31 August your ITR will not be processed; that is all.
    That does NOT mean that your Aadhaar will be deactivated.

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