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The deadline to link your Aadhaar to various documents and services is fast approaching.
As of now, December 31, 2017 is the last date to link Aadhaar to your bank account, mutual fund folios, demat account, and insurance policies.
There may be an extension in date, given that this matter is still in court, do not bank on it.
The Supreme Court is yet to set up a Constitution bench to hear the issue of stay against mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts, mobile phone numbers etc. The apex court said it will hear a batch of petitions challenging the mandatory linking of Aadhaar to important services in the first week of December.
Earlier this week, the Government informed the apex court that it is willing to extend the deadline to March 31, 2018. However, as per reports, that the deadline may be pushed back for only those who do not have an Aadhaar. Hence, for those who do, the existing deadline will remain in force.
Given that the government is hell bent on using this Unique Identification Document (UID) to remove duplication and curb illicit money, you may soon have to link Aadhaar to important services if you wish to continue using them.
This requirement has been brought into the law via the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) (Second Amendment) Rules, 2017, which have been notified by the government under powers delegated to it by the parliament through the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
While it remains to be seen how the Supreme Court assesses the issues associated with Aadhaar linkage, until then, it is wise to comply with the government's directive and link Aadhaar number to your different accounts to avoid it being frozen.
PersonalFN has put together the list of important documents and services to link your Aadhaar in a few simple steps.
You need to link the current services to Aadhaar before December 31, 2017. Your mobile number needs to be linked with Aadhaar before February 6, 2018.
The Government has made it mandatory to link your bank account to keep a track of your financial transactions and prevent money laundering.
The Aadhaar card-bank account link can be done through different channels. The three common channels across banks are:
Under the last two, the process is relatively simple:
Certain banks allow you to update your UID number through phone banking and/or even through SMS.
You need to link your Aadhaar with your mutual fund and demat accounts by December 31, 2017. Submit the details before the due date to avoid having your mutual fund folios frozen.
Presently, Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) and Karvy Computershare, which together service 31 fund houses, offer an online facility for investors to link their Aadhaar to mutual fund accounts.
If you have invested in schemes across a number of fund houses, chances are that you will need to furnish your details to both the registrars - CAMS and Karvy separately. Similarly, if you have invested in schemes of Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund or Sundaram Mutual Fund, you will need to contact the respective registrar to link Aadhaar to your mutual fund accounts.
Do note that the Aadhaar linking process, through either registrars, will only be successful if all the details such as Name, Date of Birth, Gender, etc. match correctly. If there is a mismatch in these details, either at the registrar or at UIDAI, the linking will not be successful.
The Government had recently amended the Income-Tax Act, 1961 introducing Section 139AA to make Aadhaar and PAN linkage mandatory for the taxpayers. This is done to curb the tendency to avoid filing taxes, observed among citizens, and to curtail the circulation of black money within the system. However, the Supreme Court stayed the amendments partially. Subsequently, the Government issued a circular stating that from July 1, 2017 onwards, every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar must quote their UID number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number to file Income Tax Returns as well as for PAN applications.
Step 1: Visit the Income Tax website - https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-Filing/Services/LinkAadhaarHome.html
Step 2: Enter your PAN and Aadhaar details, and
Step 3: Complete the authentication process.
The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) in January 2017 made it mandatory for its pensioners and subscribers to submit their Aadhaar numbers. The deadline had been revised time and again in view of the slow progress over the UID number submission by members. The important benefit of linking Aadhaar with the provident fund Unique Account Number (UAN) is that it increases transparency and makes the verification process easier.
Before linking your Aadhaar card, you need to activate your UAN. Once done, you can update your UID number online through the process outlined below:
Your Aadhaar should get linked within a couple of weeks if all your personal details match.
You can link Aadhaar to your insurance policies by visiting the website or the customer service department of your insurance provider.
Currently, you can link your insurance policies of the below companies online:
SBI Life Insurance: https://sbilife.co.in/en/aadhar-updation-form
ICICI Prudential Life Insurance: https://iciciprulife.com/services/update-your-aadhaar.html
Max Life Insurance: https://maxlifeinsurance.com/customer-service/aadhaar-registration.aspx
To link your insurance policies, in most cases you only need to provide your policy number and date of birth. Once verified, you will be asked to update your Aadhaar number.
Aadhaar is made mandatory for opening a Post Office account or investing in small savings schemes such as National Savings Certificate (NSC), PPF, and Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP).
Existing account holders who have not provided Aadhaar number at the time of application for such deposits need to link their Aadhaar number to the post office savings bank or deposit office concerned, on or before December 31, 2017.
You can link you Aadhaar to post office schemes printing the form available here: https://indiapost.gov.in/Financial/DOP_PDFFiles/AadhaarLinkageDelink.pdf
Once you fill in the details, you may submit the form in the post-office where you are holding an account.
The Government has made it mandatory to link an Indian citizen's mobile number to their Aadhaar number. The network providers have a year's time to verify their users' old and new phone numbers through Aadhaar's eKYC (Know Your Customer) process. Hence, if you have not linked your Aadhaar card to your mobile number yet, mobile service providers will intimate you to do so before February 6, 2018. To comply with the order, mobile service providers will redo the KYC of all existing subscribers through the Aadhaar based eKYC process.
All service providers have rolled out the Aadhaar based e-KYC solution, but the process followed by each service provider on their respective platforms is different. Hence, it would be best to simply visit the nearest store of your service provider to link your mobile number and Aadhaar number. The store executive will then process your request to link the two together.
You can link your Aadhaar with your Voter Id or Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) number as well. Linking the Aadhaar with the EPIC is an effective way to get rid of bogus or multiple voter ID cards in a single individual's name. The linking (also known as seeding) can be done through the following steps
There is no deadline for linking your Voter ID.
With Aadhaar-enabled financial transactions planned for the near future, whether we like it or not, Aadhaar may soon be the most important identification in the life of the aam aadmi.
Linking your Aadhaar is just a temporary phase and should not divert your attention away from your financial goals.
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