Missed the PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline? Your Guide to Income Tax Filing

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As the deadline for filing income tax returns approaches, taxpayers who missed linking their PAN (Permanent Account Number) with Aadhaar by the June 2023 deadline are understandably concerned about the implications of having an inactive PAN. However, fret not, as the income tax department has clarified that an inoperative PAN remains active, ensuring individuals can still file their income tax returns without major setbacks.

Understanding Inoperative PAN

Having an inoperative PAN simply means that your PAN is not linked with your Aadhaar number within the stipulated timeframe. Despite this status, taxpayers can proceed with filing their income tax returns without hindrance.

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Filing Income Tax Returns with an Inactive PAN

The process of filing income tax returns remains unchanged even if your PAN is inactive. Taxpayers are required to pay their income taxes due and submit their Income Tax Returns (ITR) as usual. However, it’s crucial to note that having an inactive PAN can lead to certain repercussions.

Implications of an Inactive PAN

One significant consequence of an inactive PAN is the inability to claim a refund or interest on any refunds. This underscores the importance of linking Aadhaar and PAN, as it is mandatory for refund claims. Therefore, individuals with an inoperative PAN must ensure they complete the PAN-Aadhaar linking process at the earliest to avoid missing out on potential refunds.

Filing Updated Returns

For those who missed the initial income tax return deadline, there’s still a window of opportunity. Taxpayers have until March 31, 2024, to file updated returns for the assessment years 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24. However, it’s essential to remember that any additional tax liabilities must be settled along with the updated return.

Ensuring Compliance

With the deadline for individuals not requiring an audit for the Financial Year 2023-24 (Assessment Year 2024-25) fast approaching on July 31, 2024, taxpayers must ensure they comply with all necessary requirements for filing their income tax returns.


While an inactive PAN may present certain challenges, such as the inability to claim refunds, it does not impede the filing process itself. Taxpayers should prioritize linking their PAN with Aadhaar to avoid any potential complications and ensure a smooth income tax filing experience. Additionally, those who missed earlier deadlines should take advantage of the opportunity to file updated returns before the March 31 deadline.

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Pooja Gupta

CA Pooja Gupta (CA, ISA, M.com) having 15 years of experience. Educator and Digital Creator

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