All the tax payers are therefore mandated to link their PAN cards with their bank accounts.
The advisory issued on Wednesday directed the tax payers to link their PAN (permanent account number) with bank account in a bid to get the refund directly, swiftly and securely. The notification further added that the bank account could be either savings, current, cash or overdraft.
Till now, the department used to disburse the refunds to the tax payers either in their bank accounts or via account payee cheques, in a case-to-case basis depending on the category of taxpayers.
The announcement added that the taxpayers can now check the status of their bank account linkage with PAN by logging onto the e-filing website of the tax department.
Tax payers who have not linked their PAN with bank accounts can do by visiting their home branch and also validate this over the e-filing website of the I-T Department.
The department also made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN prior to filing Income Tax Returns by March 31.