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Name Mismatch Problem (Aadhar and PAN Card) for ITR Filing Solved

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In a general issue regarding the mismatch in names occurring in the PAN card and Aadhar card has been surging day by day as in the common process to link the Aadhar card to the tax return file, the issue of name mismatch recurring in every taxpayer application.

As the government has mandated the linking of Aadhar card while filing income tax return, the issue has been stagnant as for a while. To revoke the issue, the government has summed up solutions regarding the name mismatch problem and has ordered that if any name mismatch occurrence persists, the taxpayer can have the option to attach a scanned copy of his her PAN card with the file.

Apart from this, the government authority has also proposed to include a column on the official website of tax department in which a link will be provided to link the Aadhar card by which an OTP will be generated in any name mismatch scenario occurs.

The OTP will come through the text message on the registered mobile number of the taxpayer and after entering the received OTP on the portal, the linking will be established between the Aadhar card and the PAN card. The only condition which will fulfill this service is that the birth date must be same on both cards in order to finalize the linking process.


The name mismatch issue was being persistent after the union minister Arun Jaitley has proposed in the financial bills of GST to mandate the linking of Aadhar card in every filing of tax return.

While some of the common issues regarding the linking of PAN card to the Aadhar card are, special character recognition, in which the Aadhar card is unable to recognize any special while on the same side PAN card is able to recognize the special characters. The second issue in the row comes as the initial recognition in which the Aadhar card is unable to recognize the initials whereas the PAN card takes the initials.

Finally, the point of the middle name is also prevalent in the mismatch issue, as the Indian community changes the surname after the marriage especially females, which in turn give a rise in the name mismatch.

One must remember, that the linking of both Aadhar card and PAN card is only eligible in the case of name mismatch, is when the birth date of the individual is mentioned same on both government IDs.

This has been mandated by the government as it will help in identifying the taxpayer identity on a firm basis.

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