The government on Sunday extended by six months the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar, giving people time till September 30.
The government had said in June 2018 the two identity numbers have to be linked by March 31, aiming to remove fake PANs from the system and track financial transactions. News agency PTI reported the deadline is being extended for the sixth time.
"....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.
Quoting Aadhaar will be mandatory while filing income tax returns (ITRs) with effect from Monday still.
The CBDT said there were reports that those PANs 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.