The Central Board of Direct Taxes today extended the deadline for linking the permanent account number and Aadhaar to June 30. The policy-making body of the tax department issued an order extending the deadline from the current last date of March 31.
The order said the deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linking for filing IT returns is being extended after “consideration of the matter”. The latest order by the CBDT has come in the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s direction earlier this month to extend the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar with various other services.
The apex court ordered an extension of the deadline till the five-judge Constitution bench delivers its judgment on petitions challenging the validity of the biometric scheme and the enabling law.
This is the fourth extension given by the government for individuals to link their Permanent Account Number with their biometric ID (Aadhaar).
The government has now made quoting of Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns as well as obtaining a new PAN. Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.
As per updated data till March 5, over 16.65 crore PANs, out of the total about 33 crore, have been linked with Aadhaar. The earlier deadlines for linking the two databases were July 31, Aug. 31 and Dec. 31, 2017, with the last being March 31 this year.