PAN Card-Aadhaar Card Link: NRIs Exempted, Late Fee Considered - Latest News

The Income Tax Department clarifies that NRIs are exempted from PAN-Aadhaar linking. Late fee cases will be considered. Stay updated on the latest news.

PAN Card-Aadhaar Card Link
  1. NRIs exempted from PAN-Aadhaar linking.
  2. Unlinked PAN cards to remain inoperative, not inactive.
  3. Reactivate PAN card by writing to the Income Tax Department.
  4. Last date of linking Aadhar with PAN is June 30, 2023.

The Income Tax Department has been addressing queries and concerns regarding the linking of PAN cards with Aadhaar cards, even after the deadline for the process has passed. Recently, a Twitter user raised a claim about the linking of PAN and Aadhaar for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs). The user alleged that over 10 crore PANs belonging to NRIs had been made "inactive," and there were concerns about the freezing of their investments and bank balances in India.

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What did the Income Tax Department say about the claim?

In response, the Income Tax Department clarified that not linking Aadhaar with PAN renders the PAN card inoperative. Non-residents who had informed the Department about their NRI status were already exempted from PAN-Aadhaar linking, and their PAN cards remain active and operational.

Furthermore, the Department stated that individuals who have not yet informed the Department about their NRI status should contact their Jurisdictional Assessing Officer (JAO) online, providing supporting documents such as a copy of the PAN card and a copy of the passport showing the period of residence outside India. This will allow their status to be updated in the PAN database.

How to reactivate an inoperative PAN card?

Another non-resident user reached out to the Department, stating that their PAN card was inoperative and seeking assistance to reactivate it. In response, the Department advised the user to write an email to and, providing taxpayer details, a colour-scanned copy of the PAN card, and documents supporting their non-resident status (such as a passport showing the period of residence outside India).

Regarding the late fee for PAN-Aadhaar linking, the deadline for linking with a payment of Rs. 1,000 ended on June 30. The Department assured users who had paid the fee but failed to link their PAN and Aadhaar that their cases would be duly considered.

Also Read: 6 Documents That Can Be Linked With Your Aadhaar Card

How to download the payment challan?

The Department also addressed an issue faced by some PAN holders couldn't download the payment receipt after paying the fee for Aadhaar-PAN linking. The receipt can be located in the e-pay tax tab on the portal after logging in. If the payment is successful, the PAN holder can proceed to link PAN with Aadhaar.

However, there is no need to download the receipt. As soon as the payment is completed successfully, an email containing a copy of the challan is automatically sent to the PAN holder. Cases where fee payment and consent for linking have been received but linking has not been done by June 30, 2023, will be duly considered by the Department.

In conclusion, the Income Tax Department has clarified the PAN-Aadhaar linking rules for NRIs and provided guidance for users who faced difficulties in the linking process.


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