Residents of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, and Meghalaya are exempted from the requirement of linking their PAN card with the Aadhaar card. However, individuals who were issued a PAN card on or before July 1, 2017, are required to link it with their Aadhaar card. Failure to do so by June 30, 2023, will result in a fine of Rs 1,000.
Furthermore, as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, even non-residents are not obligated to link their Aadhaar and PAN cards. The linking requirement also does not apply to individuals who are 80 years of age or older or those who were not citizens of India during the previous year. However, the Income Tax Department states that individuals falling into any of the aforementioned categories who voluntarily choose to link their Aadhaar with PAN will be subject to the fine.