Link Aadhaar with PAN: Last date today; here’s consequences of not linking it

The Income Tax Department has clarified earlier that those who will not link their Aadhaar with PAN card will have to face the consequences while filing their Income Tax Returns.

The last date for lining your Aadhaar with PAN card is today, August 31, 2017.

In order to check whether your Aadhaar is linked with PAN or not, you can simply login into your account on the income tax department’s e-filing website –

Once you login, search for ‘Profile Settings’ Tab and click on it to see if your Aadhaar number is linked there. In case not, here is how to link your Aadhaar with PAN card:

In case you don’t link your Aadhaar with PAN, here are some of the consequences that you may have to face:

1) Your ITR will not be processed

If your ITR is not taken up for processing, it will be treated as you have not filed your returns for the financial year 2016-17. The return filed would become null and void. You may have to face the consequences applicable for not filing ITR.

2) Income Tax notice and or penalty

The income tax department may send you a notice to file your ITR under section 142(1). The assessing officer may levy a penalty of Rs 5,000 for not filing ITR on time.

3) You won’t be able to claim losses

You will not be able to claim or carry forward your losses such as capital loss, business losses, etc.

4) No refund shall be granted

 It would definitely affect the processing of refunds. The refunds shall not be granted in case ITR is not processed.

5) You may have to pay heavy interest

 Interest under section 234 A, B, C will be applicable as the case may be, i.e., if the tax is payable.

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