Financial tasks that you need to do right away

Here are some financial errands that you need to deal with immediately.

LINK YOUR AADHAAR CARD
It is mandatory to link your Aadhaar card to bank account, PAN card and mobile number. Here’s how you can do it:

(a) Bank account
Step 1. Log on to the Net banking facility of your bank.

Step 2. Click on ‘Update Aadhaar card’ or ‘Aadhaar card seeding’ option.

Step 3. Enter Aadhaar card details and submit.

Step 4. After verification, the linking will be done and you will be informed via SMS or e-mail. You can also link it offline.

(b) PAN card
Step 1. Log on to the government income tax website www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and click the link ‘Link Aadhaar’ on the left under ‘Services’.

Step 2. Give PAN and Aadhaar numbers, fill name and submit. After verification from UIDAI, the link will be confirmed.

Or,

Step 1. If you are registered on the income tax portal, log on and go to ‘Profile Settings’. Pull it down, click on ‘Link Aadhaar’.

Step 2. Verify details like name, date of birth and gender with those in your Aadhaar card. If the details match, fill in the Aadhaar number and captcha code, and click on ‘Link now’.

Step 3. A pop-up message will inform you when the linking has been done.

(c) Mobile phone
If you are linking for the first time, download the Aadhaar card correction application from the UIDAI website. Fill the details, attach copies of Aadhaar card and identity proof, and submit these to the enrolment centre. It will be updated in about 10 days. If you are updating a new number, go to the UIDAI site, fill the Aadhaar number and captcha code. On getting an OTP, update your number and it will be linked.

PREPARE TO FILE YOUR TAXES
To ready yourself for the online filing process, get the information and documents you will need at the time.

Step 1. Secure Form 16 from your employer.

Step 2. Check your TDS status so that you know if there is any tax due. Do so by logging on (if you are registered) to the income tax website (www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in). Under ‘My account’ click on ‘View Form 26AS’.

Step 3. Make sure you have other information and papers like interest income, charity contribution and details for exemptions (HRA, health insurance premium, etc) that have not been take into account by your employer.

Step 4. Go through the latest tax slabs and exemption limits before starting with the calculations.

FATCA COMPLIANCE
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act enables exchange of information between India and the US. Under a 2015 agreement, all individuals and entities who opened a bank account or invested in mutual funds, NPS and insurance schemes between 1 July 2015 and 31 August 2015, will have to get compliance by providing self-certification. Though the last date was 30 April, you can still do it to avoid your account being blocked.

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