What Happens If You Miss The Deadline To Link Your PAN and Aadhaar Card?

As a taxpayer in India, it is mandatory to link your Permanent Account Number (PAN) with your Aadhaar under the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Although the deadline for linking has been extended multiple times in the past, the current deadline is 31st March 2023. If you fail to link your PAN with your Aadhaar by the deadline, there could be several consequences, which we will discuss in this article.

Inability To File Income Tax Returns

If you fail to link your PAN with your Aadhaar by the deadline, the Income Tax Department may block your ability to file income tax returns until the linkage is completed. This can lead to unwanted delays and additional penalties.

Penalties For Non-Compliance

The Income Tax Department may impose a penalty for non-compliance with the linking of PAN with Aadhaar. This penalty may be in addition to any penalty for non-payment of taxes or other offences.

Invalid PAN

If your PAN is not linked to your Aadhaar, it may be deemed invalid, and you may not be able to use it for financial transactions or government-related activities. This can lead to significant inconvenience and even financial loss in certain cases.

Disallowance Of Certain Deductions

If your PAN is not linked with your Aadhaar, certain tax deductions claimed by you, such as deductions under Section 80C, 80D, and 10(10D), may be disallowed by the Income Tax Department. This can result in higher tax liabilities and additional penalties.

Pending Tax Cases

If you fail to link your PAN with your Aadhaar, pending returns will not be processed, pending refunds cannot be issued, and pending proceedings, such as in the case of defective returns, cannot be completed.

Exemptions From Aadhaar-PAN Linkage

The Aadhaar-PAN linkage requirement does not apply to individuals residing in the States of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, and Meghalaya. Additionally, non-residents who are 80 years or older at any time during the previous year, and non-citizens of India, as per the Income Tax website, are exempt from the linkage requirement.


All taxpayers should link their PAN with their Aadhaar before the deadline to avoid any penalties or inconvenience. However, it is worth noting that many PANs are not updated with mobile numbers and email addresses. Therefore, it is recommended that the Income Tax Department send physical letters to notify taxpayers of the deadline for linkage before deactivating their PAN. Additionally, it may be wise for the government to provide some relief to taxpayers, particularly senior citizens who have small deposits in banks and small financial transactions and may be illiterate.


In conclusion, linking your PAN with your Aadhaar is crucial for all taxpayers in India. Failure to do so by the deadline can result in penalties, inability to file income tax returns, invalid PAN, and disallowance of certain deductions. Therefore, it is advisable to link your PAN with your Aadhaar before the deadline to avoid any inconvenience.

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