NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department on Wednesday urged taxpayers to link their Aadhaar with their Permanent Account Number (PAN), using a SMS-based facility.
The department issued advertisements in leading national dailies and described how both the unique identity numbers of an individual can be linked by sending an SMS to either 567678 or 56161.
It said people can also visit the official e-filing website of the department to link the two identities, in both the cases of having identical names in the two databases or in case where there is a minor mismatch.
The advertisement said linking the two numbers is the key to "seamlessly avail online, a world of income tax facilities."
"Aadhaar can also be seeded into PAN database by quoting Aadhaar in PAN application form for new PAN allotment or by quoting Aadhaar in change request form used for reprint of PAN card," it said in the advertisement.
The advertisement comes at a time when the Supreme Court will soon hear various petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and also on making the unique identity mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes provided by the government, on June 27.
The Income-Tax Department had, early this month, also launched a new e-facility to link a person's Aadhaar with the PAN, a mandatory procedure for filing I-T returns now.
The department's e-filing website has hosted a new link on its homepage to link the two unique identities.
The link requires a person to punch in his PAN number, Aadhaar number and the exact name as given in the Aadhaar card.
Source:-The Times of India