Earlier this year, and post demonetisation, our country underwent a lot of changes, especially with regard to the economy and the way we handle our finances. With a cashless economy swooping in on us, there was a sudden shift from the usage of cash to card. And a bunch of us started looking at Debit and Credit Cards as viable payment options. And with e-wallets coming into the picture, we have been able to almost completely wean ourselves off cash and make the transition to digital payments
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In line with the government’s vision of a digital India, many services have been going online. Whether it’s applying for a loan, or buying an investment product, or simply a plate of momos – everything can be done online. And to ensure that these transactions are governed, and to ensure that every citizen can be identified, the Government of India introduced the Aadhaar Card.
An Aadhaar Card has a 12-digit unique verification number that is very much like a social security number that you may have heard of being used in other western countries. This card is issued to citizens of our country and has proved to be a very valuable card to have. Your Aadhaar Card serves as a valid ID proof when availing various services/benefits, including investing in Mutual Funds.
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The government recently made the linking of Aadhaar mandatory for several services. Some of them include linking it to your bank account, PAN Card, and LPG connection. You also need it to get a driver’s license, and to file your Income Tax Return. Having an Aadhaar Card also means that you can avail benefits and other subsidies given by the government.
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In this article, we will take you through the process of linking your Aadhaar Card to file your IT return.
From 1st July, 2017, the government has made it mandatory to quote your Aadhaar number while applying for a PAN Card or while filing your income tax return. And if this hasn’t been linked at the earliest, you may fall under the scrutiny of the Income Tax department for supressing income!
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The process to link your Aadhaar to file your IT return is rather simple. All you need is to log into the e-filing website of the Income Tax Department and follow the instructions on the screen.
Step-by-step Guide To Link Aadhaar To PAN
Log into the Income Tax e-filing website (https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/). You will arrive at this page.
To your left you will see an icon that reads “Link Aadhaar”. Simply click on it.
Once you click on it, you will be redirected to a new screen
Now, start filling in your details, that is, your PAN, Aadhaar number and Name as it appears on your Aadhaar card. Fill in the Captcha code and then click on the ”Link Aadhaar” button at the bottom of the page and you’re set!
Wasn’t this easy as pie?
Well, if you don’t have an Aadhaar Card yet, you can apply for one right now. And if you already have one and need to make some corrections in it, that’s not difficult either.
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Up to speed on linking your Aadhaar and PAN? How about putting your Aadhaar to good use and investing in Mutual Funds? It’s so easy, you can do it on your mobile phone in just a few minutes.