The income tax department has launched an online facility to correct errors in names and other details in permanent account number (PAN) and Aadhaar document.
Alongside the facility to link biometric identifier Aadhaar with PAN, the department has also put two separate hyperlinks on its e-filing website – one to update changes in existing PAN data or for application of new PAN by an Indian or a foreign citizen.
The second hyperlink is for individuals who want to update Aadhaar details by logging into ‘Aadhaar Self Service Update Portal’ using the unique identity number. The individual can then upload scanned documents as proof for data update request.
Over 1.22 crore assessees already have Aadhaar-linked PAN but the number is terribly low as there are over 25 crore PAN card holders in the country, while Aadhaar has been issued to 111 crore people.
As per statistics with the tax department, only 6 crore people file income tax returns at present.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, through an amendment to the Finance Bill for 2017-18, had made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to curb tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards.