Through Finance Bill 2017, the government made changes in the tax laws and made it mandatory for taxpayers to link their PAN to Aadhaar. The government also prescribed an online procedure so that people can link their accounts easily. But several taxpayers have been facing problems in linking both accounts due to difference in spelling of their names in each account. The problem is so grave that out of 25 crore PAN accounts, only 1 crore have been linked to Aadhaar so far. If you have been facing the same problem, you should read further because the government has listened to you and come up with alternate ways to do this.
With the linking of PAN with Aadhaar being made mandatory, individuals can log on to e-filing website of the income tax department or NSDL but the seeding cannot happen if the name is differently spelt in the two cards — like use of full name in PAN and initials in Aadhaar. In such cases, government has allowed a simple uploading of a scanned copy of PAN on the Aadhaar website.
In case the taxpayer is unable to link PAN with Aadhaar because of discrepancy in name, the government has advised them to log in to the Aadhaar website, request for a name change and upload a scanned copy of PAN card as supported proof. This is the simplest way to update name in Aadhaar and only the registered mobile number has to be functional.
This option will hold good for people who have given short forms of their name or in some cases there are some spelling errors in the name provided in Aadhaar card.
However, in certain cases, there are people who have got married and changed their surname and updated the same while getting Aadhaar number, but it does not get reflected in PAN documents.
In such and other name change cases, the tax department is planning to give the OTP option wherein the password would be sent to the Aadhaar-registered mobile number and the tax department, on its part, would match the year of birth of the taxpayer with the Aadhaar database.