PAN card-Aadhaar card link deadline extended: 5 things to know
The last date to link PAN card with Aadhaar card was March 31 but those who failed to do so need not worry as the government has once again on decided to extend the deadline by 6 months, till September 30. The government, however, made it clear that quoting of Aadhaar will remain mandatory for filing income tax returns (ITRs), following the Supreme Court order. In June 2018, the government had said that PAN has to be linked with the biometric ID by March 31. "....Now the cut-off date for intimating the Aadhaar number and linking PAN with Aadhaar is September 30, 2019, unless specifically exempted," the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement.
1. The CBDT said there were reports that those PAN cards which are not linked with Aadhaar number by March 31 may be invalidated, following which the matter was considered by the government and the date extended till September 30. "Notwithstanding the last date of intimating/linking of Aadhaar Number with PAN being September 30, 2019, it is also made clear that w.E.F. April 1, 2019, it is mandatory to quote and link Aadhaar number while filing the return of income," the statement added. Image source: Income Tax Dept
4. According to Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act, every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities. Till September 2018, of the 41 crore PANs issued, over 21 crore were linked to Aadhaar. Image source: Reuters
5. Notably, this is the sixth time the government has extended the deadline for individuals to link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar. The earlier deadlines for the same were July 31, August 31 and December 31, 2017, March 31, 2018, June 30, 2018 and March 31, 2019. Image source: Reuters