Errors in names and other details in permanent account number (PAN) and Aadhaar document can now be amended, thanks to an online facility set up by the Income Tax Department.
This is in the form of two hyperlinks that can be accessed on the department’s e-filing website alongside the facility to link biometric identifier Aadhaar with PAN. One hyperlink can be used to update changes in existing PAN data or for application of new PAN. The second is for individuals who want to update Aadhaar details by logging into 'Aadhaar Self Service Update Portal' using the unique identity number. The individual can then upload scanned documents as proof for data update request.
Over 1.22 crore assessees already have Aadhaar-linked PAN but the number is appallingly low as there are over 25 crore PAN card holders in the country, while Aadhaar has been issued to 111 crore people. According to the tax department, only 6 crore people file returns at present.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, through an amendment to the Finance Bill for 2017-18, had made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to curb tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards.
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