Centre Extends Aadhaar-PAN Linkage Deadline To March 31
An Aadhaar biometric identity card, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is arranged for a photograph in Mumbai, India (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Centre Extends Aadhaar-PAN Linkage Deadline To March 31

The Central Board Of Direct Taxes today extended the deadline for linking the permanent account number with biometric indentifier Aadhaar to March 31.

“It has come to notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar...therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been decided to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN,” the CBDT said in a release.

This is the third time the deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linkage has been extended from its July 31 deadline. The government had earlier shifted the last date to Aug. 31, 2017, and thereafter to Dec. 31, 2017.

Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 makes it mandatory for all taxpayers having Aadhaar or enrolment number to link the same with PAN. However, non-resident Indians, people who are not citizens of India, those above 80 years of age and residents of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir are exempt from the requirement.

The government recently informed the Supreme Court recently that it is willing to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar to various social welfare schemes and services such as bank accounts and mobile numbers up to March 31 next year.

The extension is likely only if the hearing in the main Aadhaar matter extends beyond the current deadline and will apply only to those who do not yet possess an Aadhaar card, the Centre had said.

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